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The third edition of this widely popular book offers a unique perspective on how people engage in everyday religious practices , such as prayer, sacrifice, pilgrimage, and dress, as well as investigates major issues of gender, nation-states, and laws with respect to religion. No other book examines the full spectrum of religions from small-scale societies to full-blown "world religious movements." the in-depth treatment of Islam and Christianity is of particular interest to students, and is easily expanded to include field projects directly related to material covered in the text. As one reviewer writes, "In our post 9/11 era, it is great to have a book whose author has done fieldwork in Indonesia and is so knowledgeable about Islam. " the third edition includes new material on the anthropology of war, expanded coverage of American religions and an exploration of how non-practitioners of organized religion turn to alternative beliefs, such as health food, tarot cards and psychics.
Table of Contents
|Studying Religion through Practice||p. 1|
|What Is "Religion"?||p. 2|
|An Anthropological Approach to Religion||p. 5|
|Practices, Contexts, Diversity||p. 8|
|Social Theory in the Anthropology of Religion||p. 10|
|Religion as Intellectual Activity||p. 10|
|Religions in Social Life||p. 14|
|The Psychology of Religion||p. 20|
|Ideas and Practices of "Religion" in Europe and Elsewhere||p. 25|
|Western Ideas of Religion||p. 25|
|Other Religions, Other Models||p. 27|
|Combining Religious Practices in Japan||p. 31|
|Rituals and the Shaping of Emotions||p. 43|
|Rites of Passage||p. 44|
|Initiation, Secrecy, and Fear||p. 46|
|Death Ritual and the Social Order||p. 48|
|Grief and Ritual Form||p. 55|
|Gender, Religion, and Ethnography||p. 59|
|Creating Gender through Ritual||p. 60|
|Reanalyses through the Lens of Gender||p. 64|
|Articulating Women's Perspectives through Spirits||p. 65|
|Religious Patriarchy and Its Challenges||p. 67|
|Women and Islamic Dress||p. 69|
|Patterns, Powers, and the Self||p. 76|
|Magic, Patterns, and Causes||p. 76|
|Explaining Misfortune||p. 80|
|The New Age||p. 84|
|Wicca or Modern Witchcraft||p. 85|
|Healing through Religion||p. 89|
|Prayer, Faith, and Healing||p. 89|
|Does Prayer Heal?||p. 90|
|Narratives and Pain Relief||p. 93|
|Trance, Possession, and Healing||p. 95|
|Modern Magic in Japanese New Religions||p. 97|
|Sorcery, Witchcraft, and Modernity||p. 104|
|La Sorcellerie in Cameroon||p. 105|
|Azande Oracles||p. 107|
|Sorcery and Modernity||p. 109|
|Witchcraft as Satan versus God||p. 114|
|Objects, Images, and Worship||p. 123|
|Conveying Meaning through Symbols||p. 123|
|Masks in West Africa||p. 125|
|Images and Offerings in Hinduism||p. 129|
|Relics and Images in Catholicism||p. 134|
|Mary and Marys in European Societies||p. 141|
|Crossing Cultural Boundaries||p. 150|
|Translating: Mary in the Americas||p. 156|
|Adapting: Islamic Sacrifice in New Cultures||p. 162|
|Sacred Speech and Divine Power||p. 170|
|The Qur'an as Recitation of God's Speech||p. 171|
|The Creative Power of Navajo Speech and Song||p. 175|
|Speech and Grace in Protestant Churches||p. 177|
|Religion on the Web||p. 188|
|Pilgrims and Places||p. 192|
|Centers and Directions||p. 192|
|Dimensions of Pilgrimage||p. 194|
|The Pilgrimage to Mecca||p. 195|
|Contrasts in Pilgrimage from Japan and India||p. 203|
|Saints, Visions, and Prophets||p. 211|
|Saints as Exemplars and as Sources of Assistance||p. 212|
|Prophets and Social Change||p. 216|
|Revitalization Movements: Messiahs, Millennia, and Revivals||p. 220|
|Mormon Prophecy and Authority||p. 226|
|Muhammad and His Successors||p. 230|
|Religion, Violence, and War||p. 235|
|Cults, Sects, and Violence||p. 236|
|Struggle and Authority in Islam||p. 241|
|The Place of Religions in Modern Nations and States||p. 249|
|Religious Nationalisms||p. 250|
|Religion and State Law||p. 255|
|Religious Minorities and Public Religions||p. 258|
|Minority Religions in Europe: Toleration or Public Recognition?||p. 261|
|Religion, Nation, and State in the United States||p. 265|
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