Religions in Practice : An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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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

Prefacep. xi
Studying Religion through Practicep. 1
What Is "Religion"?p. 2
An Anthropological Approach to Religionp. 5
Practices, Contexts, Diversityp. 8
Social Theory in the Anthropology of Religionp. 10
Religion as Intellectual Activityp. 10
Religions in Social Lifep. 14
The Psychology of Religionp. 20
Ideas and Practices of "Religion" in Europe and Elsewherep. 25
Western Ideas of Religionp. 25
Other Religions, Other Modelsp. 27
Combining Religious Practices in Japanp. 31
Rituals and the Shaping of Emotionsp. 43
Rites of Passagep. 44
Initiation, Secrecy, and Fearp. 46
Death Ritual and the Social Orderp. 48
Grief and Ritual Formp. 55
Gender, Religion, and Ethnographyp. 59
Creating Gender through Ritualp. 60
Reanalyses through the Lens of Genderp. 64
Articulating Women's Perspectives through Spiritsp. 65
Religious Patriarchy and Its Challengesp. 67
Women and Islamic Dressp. 69
Patterns, Powers, and the Selfp. 76
Magic, Patterns, and Causesp. 76
Explaining Misfortunep. 80
The New Agep. 84
Wicca or Modern Witchcraftp. 85
Healing through Religionp. 89
Prayer, Faith, and Healingp. 89
Does Prayer Heal?p. 90
Narratives and Pain Reliefp. 93
Trance, Possession, and Healingp. 95
Modern Magic in Japanese New Religionsp. 97
Sorcery, Witchcraft, and Modernityp. 104
La Sorcellerie in Cameroonp. 105
Azande Oraclesp. 107
Sorcery and Modernityp. 109
Witchcraft as Satan versus Godp. 114
Objects, Images, and Worshipp. 123
Conveying Meaning through Symbolsp. 123
Masks in West Africap. 125
Images and Offerings in Hinduismp. 129
Relics and Images in Catholicismp. 134
Mary and Marys in European Societiesp. 141
Crossing Cultural Boundariesp. 150
Convertingp. 151
Translating: Mary in the Americasp. 156
Adapting: Islamic Sacrifice in New Culturesp. 162
Sacred Speech and Divine Powerp. 170
The Qur'an as Recitation of God's Speechp. 171
The Creative Power of Navajo Speech and Songp. 175
Speech and Grace in Protestant Churchesp. 177
Religion on the Webp. 188
Pilgrims and Placesp. 192
Centers and Directionsp. 192
Dimensions of Pilgrimagep. 194
The Pilgrimage to Meccap. 195
Contrasts in Pilgrimage from Japan and Indiap. 203
Saints, Visions, and Prophetsp. 211
Saints as Exemplars and as Sources of Assistancep. 212
Prophets and Social Changep. 216
Revitalization Movements: Messiahs, Millennia, and Revivalsp. 220
Mormon Prophecy and Authorityp. 226
Muhammad and His Successorsp. 230
Religion, Violence, and Warp. 235
Cults, Sects, and Violencep. 236
Struggle and Authority in Islamp. 241
The Place of Religions in Modern Nations and Statesp. 249
Religious Nationalismsp. 250
Religion and State Lawp. 255
Religious Minorities and Public Religionsp. 258
Minority Religions in Europe: Toleration or Public Recognition?p. 261
Religion, Nation, and State in the United Statesp. 265
Referencesp. 271
Indexp. 282
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