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  1. Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept
    Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept
    Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept
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  2. Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept

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For much of the past two centuries, religion has been understood as a universal phenomenon, a part of the “natural” human experience that is essentially the same across cultures and throughout history. Individual religions may vary through time and geographically, but there is an element, religion, that is to be found in all cultures during all time periods. Taking apart this assumption, Brent Nongbri shows that the idea of religion as a sphere of life distinct from politics, economics, or science is a recent development in European history—a development that has been projected outward in space and backward in time with the result that religion now appears to be a natural and necessary part of our world.

Examining a wide array of ancient writings, Nongbri demonstrates that in antiquity, there was no conceptual arena that could be designated as “religious” as opposed to “secular.” Surveying representative episodes from a two-thousand-year period, while constantly attending to the concrete social, political, and colonial contexts that shaped relevant works of philosophers, legal theorists, missionaries, and others, Nongbri offers a concise and readable account of the emergence of the concept of religion.

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Country
USA
Author
Brent Nongbri
Binding
Hardcover
Brand
Brand: Yale University Press
EAN
9780300154160
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
030015416X
Label
Yale University Press
Manufacturer
Yale University Press
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
288
PublicationDate
2013-01-22
Publisher
Yale University Press
Studio
Yale University Press
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