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A Comparative Sociology Of World Religions

Author: Stephen Sharot
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814798058
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The body of the law is an ambiguous phrase. Conventionally, it designates the law as a determinate corpus; legal codes, statutes, and the rulings of common law. But it can also refer to the subjected body that is produced by and is part of the law. This subjected body is necessary for the law's existence. Thinking Through the Body of the Law reconceives the role of the body in the founding, maintaining, and regulation of our legal systems and social order and elaborates on its implications for issues of legal responsibility and justice. Taking into account and sometimes challenging the tenets of critical legal theory, critical race theory, and feminist jurisprudence, these essays examine the body and the law as they relate to surrogacy, the Holocaust, land-rights for Aboriginals, murder, the media and insanity, taxation, genetic engineering, and sexy dressing and sexual harassment.

Theorising Religion

Author: John Walliss
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351879618
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Religion is controversial and challenging. Whilst religious forces are powerful in numerous societies, they have little or no significance for wide swaths of public or private life in other places. The task of theoretical work in the sociology of religion is, therefore, to make sense of this apparently paradoxical situation in which religion is simultaneously significant and insignificant. The chapters of Part One consider the classical roots of ideas about religion that dominated sociological ways of thinking about it for most of the twentieth century. Each chapter offers sound reasons for continuing to find theoretical inspiration and challenge in the sociological classics whilst also seeking ways of enhancing and extending their relevance to religion today. Part Two contains chapters that open up fresh perspectives on aspects of modern, post-modern and ultra-modern religion without necessarily ignoring the classical legacy. The chapters of Part Three chart new directions for the sociological analysis of religion by fundamentally re-thinking its theoretical basis, by extending its disciplinary boundaries and by examining previously overlooked topics.


Author: A. C. S. Peacock
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 1474417140
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The spread of Islam and the process of Islamisation (meaning both conversion to Islam and the adoption of Muslim culture) is explored in the twenty-four chapters of this volume. Taking a comparative perspective, both the historical trajectory of Islamisation and the methodological problems in its study are addressed, with coverage moving from Africa to China and from the seventh century to the start of the colonial period in 1800. Key questions are addressed. What is meant by Islamisation? How far was the spread of Islam as a religion bound up with the spread of Muslim culture? To what extent are Islamisation and conversion parallel processes? How is Islamisation connected to Arabisation? What role do vernacular Muslim languages play in the promotion of Muslim culture? The broad, comparative perspective allows readers to develop a thorough understanding of the process of Islamisation over eleven centuries of its history.

Mind And Religion

Author: Harvey Whitehouse
Publisher: Altamira Pr
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This collection examines new psychological evidence for the modal theory and attempts to synthesize this theory with other theories of cognition and religion.

Religious Diversity In Ancient Israel And Judah

Author: Francesca Stavrakopoulou
Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark
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This volume of essays draws together specialists in the field to explain, illustrate and analyze the religious diversity in Ancient Israel.

Rationalism Religion And Domination

Author: Wolfgang Schluchter
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520056596
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"Publication of this material in English should be a major event in American Weber studies. Together with "Economy and Society, " Weber's comparative studies in the sociology of religion represent not only his own central contribution to theoretical sociology, but also one of the most ambitious and fruitful research programs in the history of modern social theory. Schluchter analyzes both of these projects and shows how they are related. There is nothing in the Anglo-American literature on Weber's sociology of religion that can match the rigor and thoroughness of these essays. They should raise the standards of scholarly debate concerning both the general theoretical significance and the details of Weber's sociology of religion."--Guy Oakes, Monmouth University "There is next to nothing in the field of Weber interpretation that reaches the superior grasp and breadth of knowledge displayed in these essays. Exciting and illuminating, they should be essential reading for anyone interested in comparative religion and domination."--Thomas Burger, Southern Illinois University

Sacred Assemblies And Civic Engagement

Author: Fred Lamar Kniss
Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780813541709
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An in-depth look at one particular urban area-the Chicago metropolitan region-and examines how religion affects the civic engagement of nation's newest residents.

Buddhism And The Contemporary World

Author: Bhalchandra Mungekar
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Contributed articles presented at the First International Buddhist Conference held in Mumbai on 9th and 10th April, 2005.