Book — ix, 296 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
This volume addresses the dynamics of religions in the past and present. As such it also addresses the dynamics of the study of religion. Bringing together programmatic contributions and exemplary case studies, it focuses on the different fields of change, namely that of the individual as subject and object of religion, of community and society, of practices and discourses, and of the narratives of such developments. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Preceded by an introductory essay on this new discipline in the study of religion, this volume is devoted to the academic emancipation of areas constituting a legitimate domain of research referred to by the generic label western esotericism.'. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (xiv, 457 pages) : illustrations.
""Preface""; ""Introduction""; ""Historical models""; ""Godsâ€? statues as a tool of Assyrian political policy: Esarhaddonâ€?s return of Marduk to Babylon""; ""Religious projection: A Hellenistic instance""; ""Mani versus Mazdak: The prophet and his king in pre-Islamic Iran""; ""Religious transformations and socio-political change: A western eurocentric paradigm?""; ""Eastern Europe""; ""The intelligentsia between secular and religious culture""; ""Personal spiritual orientations and religiousness in (former) Soviet society""
""John Paul II and Mikhail Gorbachev: The process of globalization in multidimensional comparison""""The analogy of the proportionalitas: The coherence between sociopolitical development and the development of religion in the new socio-cultural reality of Czechoslovakia""; ""National history, culture and the process of religious change""; ""Religion and revolution: A Hungarian pilgrimage in Rumania""; ""Muslim fundamentalism in Soviet Central Asia: A social perspective""; ""The Muslims of Poland: A religious minority in transition""
""Delusion and illusion, false hopes and failed dreams: Religion, the churches and East Germanyâ€?s
1989 â€œNovember revolutionâ€?""""Theology of liberation and the Protestant monastery of Loccum in Germany""; ""Opposition within affinity between religion and politics with reference to Golden Age Denmark and Brazil""; ""Latin America""; ""Religious transformations and social change in Latin America""; ""In the beginning there were the Canaries ... : The forgotten purgatory en route to the new world""; ""Missionary activity in Latin America: Confession manuals and indigenous eroticism""
""Iconography, inter subjectivity, and anthropological experience: A Toba shamanic tree""""Political culture, religious culture and sacrifice""; ""Theoretical and methodological implications""; ""Theories on tradition and change in sociology, anthropology, history, and the history of religions""; ""Method, theory, and the subject matter""; ""What sort of â€œrealityâ€? is religion?""; ""The symbolics of power discourse among contemporary religious groups in West Africa""; ""Religious studies as a saving grace? From Goodenough to South Africa""; ""Conclusion""
""Methodological conceits and theoretical opportunities: Reflections on the level of analysis appropriate for explaining socio- cultural phenomena""""List of contributors""; ""Index""
The series Religion and Society (RS) contributes to the exploration of religions as social systems- both in Western and non-Western societies; in particular, it examines religions in their differentiation from, and intersection with, other cultural systems, such as art, economy, law and politics. Due attention is given to paradigmatic case or comparative studies that exhibit a clear theoretical orientation with the empirical and historical data of religion and such aspects of religion as ritual, the religious imagination, constructions of tradition, iconography, or media. In addition, the formation of religious communities, their construction of identity, and their relation to society and the wider public are key issues of this series. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (xxix,  pages of plates, 632 pages) : illustrations, portraits. Digital: data file.
1. Oral and written documentation of religious tradition
2. The future of the phenomenology of religion
3. Religion as expressive culture.
Sinceits founding by Jacques Waardenburg in 1971, Religion and Reason has been a leading forum for contributions on theories, theoretical issues and agendas related to the phenomenon and the study of religion. Topics include (among others) category formation, comparison, ethnophilosophy, hermeneutics, methodology, myth, phenomenology, philosophy of science, scientific atheism, structuralism, and theories of religion. From time to time the series publishes volumes that map the state of the art and the history of the discipline. (source: Nielsen Book Data)