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Conclusions

Michael Ostling

in Between the Devil and the Host: Imagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199587902
eISBN:
9780191731228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587902.003.0013
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Social History

This conclusion reviews the themes of the book, in particular its notion of ‘imagining witchcraft’. Drawing on the work of Jonathan Z. Smith, it claims that witchcraft, like religion, is a ... More


Putting Space in Its Place

Ronald L. Grimes

in Rite out of Place: Ritual, Media, and the Arts

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195301441
eISBN:
9780199850952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301441.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter lays out charts and tables in service of an argument with Jonathan Z. Smith over the nature of ritual placement, while searching for an orientation that only a theory can provide. ... More


Introduction: Adventures and Misadventures in Comparison

Corinne G. Dempsey

in Bringing the Sacred Down to Earth: Adventures in Comparative Religion

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199860333
eISBN:
9780199919598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860333.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The introduction establishes the book's foundation by reviewing the history and critique of the comparative method, also reciting rebuttals posed by proponents of a new comparativism. Responding to ... More


Comparing Sasanian Religions

Jason Sion Mokhtarian

in Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520286207
eISBN:
9780520961548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286207.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter draws from the field of comparative religion in order to map out the prospects and pitfalls of juxtaposing the Talmudic and Middle Persian corpora, a task beset with significant ... More


On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Christopher I. Lehrich (ed.)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199944293
eISBN:
9780190258375
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

For more than thirty years, Jonathan Z. Smith has been among the most important voices of critical reflection within the academic study of religion. Smith has also produced a significant corpus of ... More


Maps of Nothing in Particular: Religion as a Cross-cultural Taxon

William E. Arnal and Russell T. McCutcheon

in The Sacred Is the Profane: The Political Nature of "Religion"

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199757114
eISBN:
9780199979530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757114.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores more recent work in the field of religious studies in which the question of defining religion is again addressed and in which the modern parameters of the category of religion ... More


Hermeneutics, Comparison, Context, and Difference

Carl Olson

in The Allure of Decadent Thinking: Religious Studies and the Challenge of Postmodernism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199959839
eISBN:
9780199315970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959839.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Using the methods of Mircea Eliade, Jonathan Z. Smith, and Wendy Doniger as representative of the history of religions approach to the study of religion, the chapter compares these figures to ... More


Second Theoretical Interlude Five Modes of Comparison

Peter Gottschalk

in Religion, Science, and Empire: Classifying Hinduism and Islam in British India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195393019
eISBN:
9780199979264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393019.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Religion scholar Jonathan Z. Smith identifies five modes of social comparison: the ethnographic, encyclopedic, morphologic, evolutionary, and statistical. Each mode essentially shapes the perception ... More


Scriptures and Histories

Jonathan Z. Smith and Christopher I. Lehrich

in On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199944293
eISBN:
9780190258375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account of his appreciation for the work of Wilfred Cantwell Smith. He reflects on W. C. Smith's article “The Study of Religion and the Study of the Bible” ... More


Are Theological and Religious Studies Compatible?

Jonathan Z. Smith and Christopher I. Lehrich

in On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199944293
eISBN:
9780190258375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account of the compatibility of theological and religious studies. He says that aside from matters of academic politics, there is no conflict between ... More


On Words

Aaron W. Hughes

in Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199934645
eISBN:
9780199980666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934645.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Chapters 5 and 6 move from genealogy to analysis, with the aim of dismantling the category “Abrahamic religions.” Chapter 5 begins this process by turning to the intimate connections that develop ... More


Towards Imagining New Frontiers

Jonathan Z. Smith and Christopher I. Lehrich

in On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199944293
eISBN:
9780190258375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account of new frontiers for education in America. He identifies a new situation in education, characterized by a shift from a language of topics and ... More


Here and Now: Prospects for Graduate Education

Jonathan Z. Smith and Christopher I. Lehrich

in On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199944293
eISBN:
9780190258375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account on graduate education. He discusses the teleology of graduate studies: the dissertation and the teaching. He cites the lack of a graceful middle ... More


“Religion” and “Religious Studies”: No Difference at All

Jonathan Z. Smith and Christopher I. Lehrich

in On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199944293
eISBN:
9780190258375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's responses to two questions: “What is the difference between religion and religious studies?” “What is the difference between religious studies and other ... More


Re-forming the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Retrospective

Jonathan Z. Smith and Christopher I. Lehrich

in On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199944293
eISBN:
9780190258375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account of the development of undergraduate education. He says that “coherence and organization will not emerge from merely rearranging already existing ... More


Connections

Jonathan Z. Smith and Christopher I. Lehrich

in On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199944293
eISBN:
9780190258375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's speech on connections, specifically those involving the American Academy of Religion (AAR). He identifies and discusses three areas of common concern and ... More


Religious Studies: Whither (Wither) and Why?

Jonathan Z. Smith and Christopher I. Lehrich

in On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199944293
eISBN:
9780190258375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's assessment of the state of religions studies in the US. He first provides some generalizations about religious studies, including how professional ... More


The Introductory Course: Less Is Better

Jonathan Z. Smith and Christopher I. Lehrich

in On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199944293
eISBN:
9780190258375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents a speech by Jonathan Z. Smith, which starts from the proposition that an introductory course serves the primary function of introducing the student to college-level work, to ... More


Map Is Territory

Pamela E. Klassen

in The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary's Journey on Indigenous Land

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226552569
eISBN:
9780226552873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226552873.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter follows Frederick Du Vernet to the Pacific northwest, where the Anglican Church had consecrated him as the Bishop of Caledonia. Focusing on Du Vernet’s stories of land and spirits ... More


Theorizing Myth in Ancient West Asian Studies

Debra Scoggins Ballentine

in The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780199370252
eISBN:
9780190226824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199370252.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter begins with discussion of myth, emphasizing ideological uses of myth. Drawing on recent theorization of myth by Bruce Lincoln, Russell McCutcheon, and Jonathan Z. Smith, this chapter ... More


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