Reading Religion in Text and Context: Reflections of Faith and Practice in Religious Materials

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Elisabeth Arweck, Peter Jeffrey Collins
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Religion - 193 pages
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To what extent is religion inherently textual? What might the term 'textual' mean in relation to religious faith and practice? These are the two key questions addressed by the eleven thought-provoking essays collected in this volume. Accounts of the content and structure of sacred texts are commonplace. The rather more adventurous aim of this book is to disclose (within the context of religion) the various ways in which meaning can be read of more or less obviously sacred writing and from discourses such as the body, the built and natural environment, drama and ritual.
 

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Contents

Dignitatis Humanae the Text and
17
The Left Behind Series as Sacred Text?
34
Human Rights and Sacred Texts
50
Devotion to the Prophet Muhammad among
65
Text and Context in Sikkim India
83
The Multiple Forms and Functions of Music
103
Interpretations of Traditional Religious
120
Reading Religious Architecture
137
Textuality and Embodiment among Charismatic Christians
157
The Location of Religion in an Everyday
169
Index
185
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Elisabeth Arweck is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick, UK. She is Editor (with Peter Clarke) of the Journal of Contemporary Religion and has published Researching New Religious Movements: Responses and Redefinitions (2006), Theorizing Faith: The Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Ritual (2002) with Martin Stringer, and New Religious Movements in Western Europe: An Annotated Bibliography (1997) with Peter Clarke. Peter Collins is Lecturer in Anthropology at Durham University, UK. His recent publications include Religion, Identity and Change: Perspectives on Global Transformations (2004), and Locating the Field: Space, Place and Context in Anthropology (2006), both with Simon Coleman.