Before Religion Paperback

A History of a Modern Concept

by Brent Nongbri;

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Before Religion

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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.

Before Religion by Brent Nongbri was published by Yale University Press in July 2015. The ISBN for Before Religion is 9780300216783.

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Details for Before Religion

Page last updated 27th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherYale University Press (July 2015)
Number of Pages288
Thickness25 mm
Height210 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4327030
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