Asian religious traditions have always been deeply concerned with "sins" and what to do about them. As the essays in this volume illustrate, what Buddhists in Tibet, India, China or Japan, what Jains, Daoists, Hindus or Sikhs considered to be a "sin" was neither one thing, nor exactly what the Abrahamic traditions meant by the term. "Sins"could be both undesireable behavior and unacceptable thoughts. In different contexts, at different times and places, a sin might be a ritual infraction or a violation of a rule of law; it could be a moral failing or a wrong belief. However defined, sins were considered so grave a hindrance to spiritual perfection, so profound a threat to the social order, that the search for their remedies through rituals of expiation, pilgrimage, confession, recitation of spells, or philosophical reflection, was one of the central quests of the religions studied here.
Sins and Sinners
Edited by Michael Hawley (Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada)
Sikh Diaspora: Theory, Agency, and Experience is a collection of essays offering new insights into the diverse experiences of Sikhs beyond the Punjab. The essays in this volume engage with diaspora theory, agency, space, social relations, and aesthetics.
by Kim Esther Knibbe.
Faith in the familiar is an ethnography of religious change in the Netherlands, discussing Catholicism and popular forms of New Age. It focuses on the location of religion in local life and how people relate to religious authority.
by Mercedes García-Arenal and Fernando Rodríguez Mediano. Translated from the Spanish by Consuelo López-Morillas
The Spanish Orient offers a study of the Morisco minority in Early Modern Granada through the affair of the forged Arabic gospels found in the city at the end of 16th century. It connects the findings of this gospel with the origins of Orientalism.
Edited by Pashaura Singh & Michael Hawley
Re-imagining South Asian Religions is a collection of essays offering new ways of understanding aspects of Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Theosophical, and Indian Christian experiences.
Edited by Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler and Marvin Döbler.
Although religious education is a crucial topic in present-day History of Religions, its study focuses on contemporary phenomena and is still undertheorised. The present volume proposes a comprehensive theoretical framework based on interdisciplinary case studies of religious education in ...
Edited by David Cave and Rebecca Sachs Norris
This book reflects on the implications of neurobiology and the scientific worldview on aspects of religious experience, belief, and practice, focusing especially on the body and the construction of religious meaning.
By Jorunn J. Buckley
An edition of the scholarly letters of the English Lady E. S. Drower, famous for her novels, travel accounts, and studies in the Middle East, especially on the Mandaeans. Drower (1879‐1972) kept up a lively correspodence with scholars, and the letters here span the years 1938 to the mid‐1960s.
By Daniel Dubuisson (translated by Seth Cherney)
Resting on a new and long awaited comparative study (of buddhism, yoga, christian spirituality and ancient philosophies), this book restores wisdoms into their fascinating and vigorous personality. It particularly demonstrates that all of them were inspired by similar principles and conceived ...
by James Alexander Kapaló
This ethnographic study of Gagauz religion offers an original perspective on ‘folk religion’ as discourse and object of study. It is also the first monograph published in a Western language on this little-known European people’s history and culture.
Edited by Katell Berthelot and Matthias Morgenstern
This volume explores the development of the idea of a common humanity for all human beings from Antiquity to the present time focussing on the "other" as "neighbour, enemy, and infidel", on the interpretation of the Biblical story of Abraham´s sacrifice and on ancient and modern ethical and ...
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