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Dynamics of Religion. Past and Present. Proceedings of the XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions

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Book Series: Religionsgeschichtliche Versuche und Vorarbeiten ISSN: 0939-2580 ISBN: 9783110450934 9783110451108 Year: Volume: 67 Pages: ix, 296 DOI: 10.1515/9783110450934 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Religion
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Religious ideas, practices, discourses, institutions, and social expressions are in constant flux. This volume addresses the internal and external dynamics, interactions between individuals, religious communities, and local as well as global society. The contributions concentrate on four areas: 1. Contemporary religion in the public sphere: The Tactics of (In)visibility among Religious Communities in Europe; Religion Intersecting De-nationalization and Re-nationalization in Post-Apartheid South Africa; 2. Religious transformations: Forms of Religious Communities in Global Society; Political Contributions of Ancestral Cosmologies and the Decolonization of Religious Beliefs; Esoteric Tradition as Poetic Invention; 3. Focus on the individual: Religion and Life Trajectories of Islamists; Angels, Animals and Religious Change in Antiquity and Today; Gaining Access to the Radically Unfamiliar in Today’s Religion; Religion between Individuals and Collectives; 4. Narrating religion: Entangled Knowledge Cultures and the Creation of Religions in Mongolia and Europe; Global Intellectual History and the Dynamics of Religion; On Representing Judaism.

Public and Private in Ancient Mediterranean Law and Religion

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ISBN: 9783110367034 9783110371024 9783110392517 Year: Pages: 263 DOI: 10.1515/9783110367034 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council
Subject: Religion --- History
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The public/private distinction is fundamental to modern theories of the family, religion and religious freedom, and state power, yet it has different salience, and is understood differently, from place to place and time to time. The volume examines the public/private distinction in the cultures and religions of the ancient Mediterranean, in the formative periods of Greece and Rome and the religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Beyond Priesthood. Religious Entrepreneurs and Innovators in the Roman Empire

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Book Series: Religionsgeschichtliche Versuche und Vorarbeiten ISSN: 0939-2580 ISBN: 9783110448184 9783110447644 Year: Volume: 66 Pages: xiv, 460 DOI: 10.1515/9783110448184 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Religion --- History
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The last decade has seen a surge of scholarly interest in these religious professionals and a good number of high quality publications. Our volume, however, with its unique intercultural character and its explicit focus on appropriation and contestation of religious expertise in the Imperial Era is substantially different.Unlike the rather narrow focus of earlier studies of civic priests, the papers presented here examine a wider range of religious professionals, their dynamic interaction with established religious authorities and institutions, and their contributions to religious innovation in the ancient Mediterranean world, from the late Hellenistic period through to Late Antiquity, from the City of Rome to mainland Greece, Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt, from Greek civic practice to ancient Judaism.A further advantage of our volume is the wide range of media of transmission taken into account. Our contributors look at both old and new materials, which derive not only from literary sources but also from papyri, inscriptions, and material culture. Above all, this volume assesses critically convenient terminological usage and offers a unique insight into a rich gamut of ancient Mediterranean religious specialists.

History and Religion: Narrating a Religious Past

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ISBN: 9783110445954 9783110444544 9783110437256 Year: Pages: 471 DOI: 10.1515/9783110445954 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council
Subject: Religion --- Science (General)
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This volume is the first systematic scholarly study that analyses the complex relationship between history and religion. It considers religious groups as both producers of historical narratives and topics of historiography. From different disciplinary perspectives, the authors explore how religions are historicised. In so doing, they address the biases and elisions of current analytical and descriptive frames in the history of religion.

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