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Irreverence and the sacred : critical studies in the history of religions

Author: Hugh B Urban; Greg Johnson
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, cop.2019
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Irreverence and the Sacred brings together some of the most cutting edge, interdisciplinary, and international scholars working today in order to debate key issues in the critical and comparative study of religion. The project is inspired in large part by the work of Bruce Lincoln, whose influential and wide-ranging scholarship has consistently posed challenging, provocative, and often-irreverent questions that have  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh B Urban; Greg Johnson
ISBN: 9780190911966 0190911964
OCLC Number: 1109387565
Description: XII, 336 páginas ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : Destabilizing the sacred : a aritical history of religions / Hugh B. Urban and Greg Johnson --
1. (Mythical) battles in medieval Scandinavia : battle narratives and the construction of society / Nicolas Meylan --
2. Moscow, third Rome, and the uses of ressentiment : an essay in myth criticism / Ivan Strenski --
3. How the Arthashastra and the Kamasutra got away with their critiques of Dharma / Wendy Doniger --
4. Authority apart from truth : superhero comic book stories as myths / Kevin J. Wanner --
5. Myths and utopias, critics and caretakers : in defense of revisionist history / Stefan Arvidsson --
6. Ritual, advocacy, and authority : the challenge of being an irreverent witness / Greg Johnson --
7. Death, nationalism, and sacrifice : ritual, violence, politics, and tourism in northeast India / Hugh B. Urban --
8. Becoming Zarathustra / Jean Kellens --
9. Where men are knights and women are princesses : gender ideology in brazils valley of the dawn / Kelly E. Haves --
10. Straightening out the Gods' gender / Kathleen Self --
11. Norn, vampire, female Christ : myth and myth-making in Sweden's first feminist novel (a failed essay) / Stefanie von Schnurbein --
12. Historicizing the elephant in the room / Russell T. McCutcheon --
13. What is religion? : between Christianocentric paradigm and anthropological relativism / Claude Calame --
14. Rereading Charlie Hebdoi of irreverence and Laïcité / Romi Mukherjee --
Afterword: an interview with Bruce Lincoln on religion, comparison, and the politics of scholarship.
Responsibility: edited by Hugh B. Urban, Greg Johnson.

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Irreverence and the Sacred brings together some of the most cutting edge, interdisciplinary, and international scholars working today in order to debate key issues in the critical and comparative study of religion. The project is inspired in large part by the work of Bruce Lincoln, whose influential and wide-ranging scholarship has consistently posed challenging, provocative, and often-irreverent questions that have really pushed the boundaries of the field of religious studies in important, sometimes controversial ways. Retracing the history of the discipline of religious studies, Lincoln argues that the field has tended to champion a "validating, feel-good" approach to religion, rather than posing more critical questions about religious claims to authority and their role in history, politics, and social change. A critical approach to the history of religions, he suggests, would focus on the human, temporal, and material aspects of phenomena that are claimed to have a superhuman, eternal, or transcendent status. This volume takes up Lincoln's challenge to "do better," by engaging in critical analyses of four key themes in the study of religion: myth, ritual, gender, and politics. The book also interrogates the "politics of scholarship" itself, critically examining the relations of power and material interests at work in the study as well as the practice of religion. The scholars involved in this project include not only some of the most important figures in the American study of religion-such as Wendy Doniger, Russell McCutcheon, Ivan Strenski, and Lincoln himself-but also European scholars whose work is hugely influential overseas but not as well known in the U.S.-such as Stefan Arvidsson, Claude Calame, Nicolas Meylan, and others. -

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