The Study of Religion An Introduction to Key Ideas and Methods

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-01-30
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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This updated textbook unravels the complex issues related to methodology and theory in the study of religion. It equips students with the knowledge needed for the academic study of religion, explaining the history of the methodology, including ideas of key theorists, and discusses key issues in the field, such as gender, phenomenology, and the insider/outsider discourse.

Updated throughout, additional material includes:
-New chapter on colonialism and post-colonialism
-New chapter on insider/outsider discourse
-Coverage of ‘cyber-religion' and the internet as a research tool in religious studies

Study and classroom features in each chapter include:
-Chapter outlines
-Case studies
-Boxed key concepts
-Discussion questions
-Chapter bibliographies

The text is illustrated throughout with 35 images, and extra resources can be found online, including additional coverage of 'levels of religion'.

Author Biography

George D. Chryssides is Honorary Research Fellow in Contemporary Religion at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Ron Geaves is Professor of the Comparative Study of Religion at Liverpool Hope University, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Tools of the Trade
2. Methodology in Religious Studies
3. Insiders and Outsiders
4. Does Size Matter?
5. Key Figures in the Study of Religion
6. Phenomenology and its Critics
7. Colonialism and Post-colonialism in the Study of Religion
8. Authenticity and Diversity
9. Fieldwork in the Study of Religion
10. Religion and Gender
11. The Question of Truth
12. The Internet as a Resource in the Study of Religion

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