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Religions in Practice: An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion, 6th Edition

By John R. Bowen

Published by Routledge

Published Date: May 30, 2013


Examines religious practices from an anthropological perspective
Religions in Practice, 6/e, offers an issues-oriented perspective on everyday religious behaviors ¿ prayer, sacrifice, initiation, healing, etc. ¿ by focusing on such topics as transnationalism, gender, and religious laws. The text examines a full spectrum of religions, from small-scale societies to major, established religions. The in-depth treatment of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity is particularly noteworthy and easily supplemented with field projects directly related to the text.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:Studying Religion through Practice   
Chapter 2:The Twin Transformations of ¿Religion¿
Chapter 3:Domains and Boundaries of Religion
Chapter 4:Rituals of Transition
Chapter 5:Healing through Religion
Chapter 6:Sorcery, Witchcraft, and Modernity
Chapter 7:Worship, Hierarchy, Conflict: Focus on Hinduism
Chapter 8:Imagery and Faith: Focus on Catholicism
Chapter 9:Transatlantic Religion
Chapter 10:Boundaries and Selves in Orthodox Judaism
Chapter 11:Speech and Grace in Protestantism
Chapter 12:New Religious Movements
Chapter 13: Revelation and Authority in Islam
Chapter 14:Migration and Adaptation: Focus on Muslims in Europe
Chapter 15:Virtual Religion
Chapter 16:Secularisms and Religions in Modern States