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Irreverence and the Sacred: Critical Studies in the History of Religions

Hugh Urban and Greg Johnson


Irreverence and the Sacred brings together some of the most cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and international scholars working today 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 ... More

Keywords: authority, gender, history, myth, politics, power, ritual, sexuality

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190911966
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190911966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Urban, editor
Professor of Comparative Studies, Ohio State University

Greg Johnson, editor
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder

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Hugh B. Urban and Greg Johnson

Part I Myth and Narrative

Part II Ritual and Practice

8 Becoming Zarathustra

Jean Kellens, translated by Erik Nesse

Part III Gender and Sexuality

11 Norn, Vampire, Female Christ

Stefanie von Schnurbein

Part IV Power, Politics, and the Politics of Scholarship

13 What Is Religion?

Claude Calame, translated by Erik Nesse

14 Rereading Charlie Hebdo

S. Romi Mukherjee


Hugh B. Urban, and Greg Johnson

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