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Before religion : a history of a modern concept

Author: Brent Nongbri
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examining a wide array of ancient writings, Nongbri demonstrates that in antiquity, there was no conceptual arena that could be designated as "religious" as opposed to "secular." He offers a concise and readable account of the emergence of the concept of religion.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brent Nongbri
ISBN: 9780300154160 030015416X 9780300216783 0300216785
OCLC Number: 785865186
Description: ix, 275 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: What do we mean by "religion"? --
Lost in translation: inserting "religion" into ancient texts --
Some (premature) births of religion in antiquity --
Christians and "others" in the premodern era --
Renaissance, reformation, and religion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries --
New worlds, new religions, world religions --
The modern origins of ancient religions --
Conclusion: after religion?
Responsibility: Brent Nongbri.

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