Religion and Its Other: Secular and Sacral Concepts and Practices in Interaction

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  • Copyright: 2008-12-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Modern Western thought has traditionally relegated the religious and the secular to two entirely different spheres. Religion and Its Othertakes issue with this oversimplified dichotomy, tracing the borders and grey areas between religion and the secular world as conceived of in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim cultures past and present. A unique collection of theoretically informed historical and anthropological case studies, this comprehensive volume includes discussions of medieval atheism, Egyptian modernization, Jewish mysticism, Lutheran angels, and other such topics.Religion and Its Otherwill enrich the library of anyone interested in the social construction of religion across the centuries.

Author Biography

Heike Bock, Joerg Feuchter, and Michi Knecht are researchers and lecturers in the Department of History and European Ethnology at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Table of Contents

Content Heike Bock, Jorg Feuchter und Michi Knecht: Introduction Talal Asad, Law, Ethics and Religion in the Story of Egyptian Modernization Dyala Hamzah, From religious knowledge to journalism or the genealogy and epistemology of the Salafi turn. Muhammad Rashid Rida (1865 -1935) and his Journal "al-Manad" Richard van Leeuwen, Islamic Reformism and the Secular: Rashid Rida's Theory On Miracles. Dorothea Weltecke, Beyond religion. On the lack of belief during the Central and Late Middle Ages Susan Boettcher, The Extent of Belief in Early Modern Europe Carlos Martinez, Limiting the Power of Religion from Within: Probabilism and Ishtihad Jorg Feuchter, The Islamic Rib?t - A Model for the Christian Military Orders? Sacred Violence, Religious Concepts and the Invention of a Cultural Transfer Boaz Huss, The formation of Jewish Mysticism and its impact on contemporary Kabbalah practitioners Heike Bock, Religion and Magic in Early Modern Catholicism Vera Isaiasz, Lutheran Angels. Early Modern Demarcations between Religiousness and Superstition Kristine Krause, Drugs in the Morning, anointment in the afternoon: Medical Pluralism at the intersections of religion and cultural politics Michi Knecht, Practices of Sacralization and Profanisation in New Reproductional Technologies Gertrud Huwelmeier, Formations of the Religious Self - Becoming "Women in Christ" in a Globalising World Thomas Hauschild, Beyond Politics: Universalism and Particularism in Mediterranean Religious Practice

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