The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion

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This prestigious Companion offers the most comprehensive survey to date of the study of religion. Featuring a team of international contributors, and edited by one of the most widely respected scholars in the field, The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion provides an interdisciplinary and authoritative guide to the subject.


  • Examines the main approaches to the study of religion: anthropology, the comparative method, economics, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and theology.
  • Also covers a diverse range of topical issues, such as the body, fundamentalism, magic, and new religious movements
  • Consists of 24 essays written by an outstanding team of international scholars
  • Reviews, within each chapter, an outline of a particular subfield and traces its development up to the present day
  • Debates how the discipline may look in the future
  • Represents all the major issues, methods and positions in the field

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This Companion offers the most comprehensive survey to-date of the study of religion. Featuring a team of international contributors, and edited by one of the most widely respected scholars in the field, The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion provides a truly interdisciplinary and authoritative guide to its subject. The volume:


  • Examines the main approaches to the study of religion: anthropological, economic, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological, and theological;
  • Covers a range of specific topics, such as the body, fundamentalism, magic, and new religious movements;
  • Reviews, within each chapter, the key issues and debates;
  • Provides a bibliographical guide to the main literature on each subject.

The quality and the coverage ensure that this Companion will be the definitive reference work for students and scholars alike.

About the Author:

Robert A. Segal is Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. His previous publications include Joseph Campbell: An Introduction (1987), Theorizing about Myth (1999), The Myth and Ritual Theory (ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 1998), Hero Myths: A Reader (ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2000), and Myth: A Very Short Introduction (2004).

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