Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction

By: Brian Morris

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This important textbook provides a critical introduction to the social anthropology of religion, focusing on more recent classical ethnographies. Comprehensive, free of scholastic jargon, engaging, and comparative in approach, it covers all the major religious traditions that have been studied concretely by anthropologists - Shamanism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and its relation to African and Melanesian religions and contemporary Neopaganism. Eschewing a thematic approach and treating religion as a social institution and not simply as an ideology or symbolic system, the book follows the dual heritage of social anthropology in combining an interpretative understanding and sociological analysis. The book will appeal to all students of anthropology, whether established scholars or initiates to the discipline, as well as to students of the social sciences and religious studies, and for all those interested in comparative religion. • Emphasizes religion as a social institution, rather than merely an ideological or symbolic system • Clear, jargon-free language • Studies a broad range of religions, including Shamanism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, African religions, and contemporary Neo-Paganism Contents Preface; Introduction; 1. Shamanism; 2. Buddhism and spirit cults; 3. Islam and popular religion; 4. Hinduism and new religious movements; 5. Christianity and religion in Africa; 6. African American religion; 7. Religions in Melanesia; 8. Neopaganism and the New Age movement. Printed Pages: 360.

Title: Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction

Author Name: Brian Morris

Categories: Christianity, Religion, Sociology & Anthropology,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Cambridge University Press: 2006

ISBN: 0521617790

ISBN 13: 9780521617796

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Brand New

Size: 228 x 152 Mm

Seller ID: 018603

Keywords: Christianity Religion Anthropology