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Edited by Aaron W. Hughes

Theory and Method are two words that cause considerable consternation in the academic study of religion. Although everyone claims to be aware of and to engage them, the fact of the matter is that they remain poorly understood. Some see the terms as irritants that get in the way of data interpretation and translation. Others may invoke them sporadically to appear in vogue but then return quickly and myopically to their material and with little concern for the larger issues that such terms raise. To contribute to these debates, the present volume reproduces select articles from Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (MTSR) from the first 25 volumes of the journal, and allows a group of younger scholars to introduce and review them, asking if the issues raised are still relevant to the field.

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International Review for the History of Religions

NVMEN publishes papers representing the most recent scholarship in all areas of the history of religions ranging from antiquity to contemporary history. It covers a diversity of geographical regions, and religions of the past as well as of the present. The approach of the journal to the study of religion is strictly non-confessional. While the emphasis lies on empirical, source-based research, typical contributions also address issues that have a wider historical or comparative significance for the advancement of the discipline. Numen also publishes papers that discuss important theoretical innovations in the study of religion and reflective studies on the history of the discipline. The journal publishes book reviews and review articles to keep professionals in the discipline updated about recent developments.

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Carole M. Cusack

Christoph Bochinger and Jörg Rüpke (eds), (2017) Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present; Proceedings of the XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions . Berlin: DeGruyter. ix + 296 pp. ISBN 9783110450934 (hbk.) This edited volume results from the

David Flusser

SALVATION PRESENT AND FUTURE BY DAVID FLUSSER Jerusalem Since Albert Schweitzer, the importance of eschatology for original Christianity has rightly been stressed. Later, a further point entered the scholarly discussion: If Christianity at its very beginnings expected that "the present

Anders Klostergaard Petersen

extreme sports as well as in arts (Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Present is a telling case). In the modern, secularized world, asceticism is expressed in the variety of bodily exercises found outside the more narrow sphere of religion as traditionally defined; but rather than seeing this in contrast

Guillaume Dye

from the idea present in the former text. In Q 70, what is implied is unceasing prayer (this explains the singular in Q 70:34 — there is only one prayer to guard, since it is always the same, unceasing prayer), whereas Q 23:9 refers to several prayers — probably three daily prayers. This idea of

Pia Andersson

mainly came to do religious rituals on the mound. These visits had become an integral part of the archaeologists’ daily life, just as they had become used to visits from film teams, journalists, and local and distant tourists. In 2003 additional panels were put up in the nearby visitor center, presenting

Anders Klostergaard Petersen

publish the most readable and interesting articles in Religionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift — a journal in the study of religion in the Scandinavian languages, located at our department. A special issue (no. 64) of the journal was published in 2016. However, I found it obvious also to present some of our

Christopher R. Cotter

their titles. Readers with specific questions in mind are advised to check the index and spend some additional time browsing — this curiosity will not go unrewarded. Turning to specific sections, much of the early “Definitions and Debates” is tired but well presented. Generally, it represents the “same

Arjan Sterken

something about religion: rather than assuming that religions demand absolute certainty about the existence of supernatural agents, both religion and fiction play with mystery around and uncertainty about these supernatural agents (p. 81). The final two articles, by Carole Cusack and Dirk Johannsen, present