Archaeology and World Religion

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Religion - 226 pages
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Archaeology and World Religion is an important new work, being the first to examine these two vast topics together. The volume explores the relationship between, and the contribution archaeology can make to the study of 'World Religions'.
The contributors consider a number of questions:
* can religious (sacred) texts be treated as historical documents, or do they merit special treatment?
* Does archaeology with its emphasis on material culture dispel notions of the ideal/divine?
* Does the study of archaeology and religion lead to differing interpretations of the same event?
* In what ways does the notion of a uniform religious identity exist and is this recognisable in the archaeological record?
Clearly written and up-to-date, this volume will be an indispensable research tool for academics and specialists in these fields.
 

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Contents

the archaeology of world religion
1
Negative approaches to archaeology and world religion
10
Positive approaches to archaeology and world religion
16
The individual chapters
23
The archaeology of Hinduism 3 3
33
The implications of the archaeological evidence
51
The variables behind the growth and continuity of a major pilgrim
57
The archaeology of Buddhism 6 I
61
Dietary remains
119
The mosque
125
Muslim diet
131
The community environment
137
Conclusions
144
Interpreting Christian burials and iconography
151
Churches and the archaeology of cult
159
Transformations of sacred space
164

A review of the typology of Buddhist monuments
70
The case studies
80
towards an archaeology of Buddhism
87
The archaeology of Judaism
96
Jewish burial customs
105
Iconography and symbolism
112
References
177
Conclusions
190
the historical context
203
References
218
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Timothy Insoll is Lecturer in Archaeology at the School of Art History and Archaeology of the University of Manchester.

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