Art and Religion in Africa

Author: Rosalind Hackett

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826436552

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 6033

Africa's religious and artistic traditions constitute a primary example of its intellectual and cultural vitality. Artistic works play a vital role - especially where oral traditions dominate - in communicating ideas about the relationship between the human, spiritual and natural worlds. This work is a comparative study of Africa's visual and performing arts, concentrating on their geographical, material and gendered diversity, and focusing on the relation of these arts to African religion. The author combines ethnographic and art-historical methodology but does not assume any prior knowledge of African art or African religion. The text seeks a greater understanding of the philosophical and religious aspects of African art, thus challenging western perceptions of what is "important" in terms of artistic representation. This approach reveals the transformative capacities and multi-dimensionality of African art. The work also highlights the changes brought about by Christianity, Islam and the newer religious movements in post-colonial Africa.

Art As Religious Studies

Author: Doug Adams,Diane Apostolos-Cappadona

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1579106358

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 7148


Religious Studies in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

A State-of-the-Art Review

Author: John M. Badertscher,Gordon Harland,Roland E. Miller,Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 0889202230

Category: Education

Page: 166

View: 3189

This fourth volume in a series of state-of-the-art reviews of religious studies programs in Canadian provinces traces the formative role of religion in the establishment of the universities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Despite strong roots in denominational colleges, with their confessionally oriented study of religion, by the 1960s, “there was a diffused sense in the culture of the need for a religious perspective, and even a quest for religious experience, but at the same time there was a growing dissatisfaction with the conventional ways of being religious.” This new perspective, coupled with rising enrollments and increased funding, both a result of the explosion of post-secondary education in Canada, was reflected in a shift away from the theological study of religion to an academic one. New Religious Studies departments that reflected a “science of religion” philosophy were founded, and faculty hired and curricula developed to meet these broader concerns. Current issues, such as graduate studies, research and publication, and faculty hiring are also treated, as are the Bible colleges and theological seminaries which play such an important role in both provinces. Assessments of religious studies research programs and their relation to the general community situate the programs in a wider context and indicate future directions. This solid, sensitively written volume adds considerably to our knowledge of religious studies in Canada and illustrates how yet another region is meeting the needs of a pluralistic society by providing new contexts for the study of religion.

Jewish Book Art Between Islam and Christianity

The Decoration of Hebrew Bibles in Medieval Spain

Author: Qaṭrîn Qôǧman-Appel

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004137890

Category: Religion

Page: 245

View: 6015

This book discusses the decoration types of Sephardic illuminated Bibles in their broader historical, and social context in an era of cultural transition in Iberia and culture struggle within Spanish Jewry.


Art, Religion, and Trade in the Middle Ages

Author: Helen C. Evans,Constance Alchermes,Ina Baghdiantz McCabe,Anna Ballian,Sheila R. Canby,Kathrin Colburn,Yolande Crowe,Michael Daniel Findikyan,Rachel Goshgarian,Grigor Grigoryan,Zsuzsanna Gulácsi,Asoghik Karapetian,Anna Leyloyan-Yekmalyan,Christina Maranci,Sylvie L. Merian,Erin Piñon,Earnestine M. Qiu,Ioanna Rapti,Joanna Rydzkowska-Kozak,Suzan Yalman

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588396606

Category: Art

Page: 352

View: 8291

At the foot of Mount Ararat on the crossroads of the eastern and western worlds, medieval Armenians dominated international trading routes that reached from Europe to China and India to Russia. As the first people to convert officially to Christianity, they commissioned and produced some of the most extraordinary religious objects of the Middle Ages. These objects—from sumptuous illuminated manuscripts to handsome carvings, liturgical furnishings, gilded reliquaries, exquisite textiles, and printed books—show the strong persistence of their own cultural identity, as well as the multicultural influences of Armenia’s interactions with Romans, Byzantines, Persians, Muslims, Mongols, Ottomans, and Europeans. This unprecedented volume, written by a team of international scholars and members of the Armenian religious community, contextualizes and celebrates the compelling works of art that define Armenian medieval culture. It features breathtaking photographs of archaeological sites and stunning churches and monasteries that help fill out this unique history. With groundbreaking essays and exquisite illustrations, Armenia illuminates the singular achievements of a great medieval civilization. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Verdana}

Religion and Societies

Asia and the Middle East

Author: Carlo Caldarola

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110823535

Category: Religion

Page: 696

View: 6890

The series Religion and Society (RS) contributes to the exploration of religions as social systems – both in Western and non-Western societies; in particular, it examines religions in their differentiation from, and intersection with, other cultural systems, such as art, economy, law and politics. Due attention is given to paradigmatic case or comparative studies that exhibit a clear theoretical orientation with the empirical and historical data of religion and such aspects of religion as ritual, the religious imagination, constructions of tradition, iconography, or media. In addition, the formation of religious communities, their construction of identity, and their relation to society and the wider public are key issues of this series.

The Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy

Reflections on Indian Art, Life, and Religion

Author: Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

ISBN: 1935493957

Category: History

Page: 157

View: 3079

Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) was a pioneering scholar in the fields of Indian art, culture, and religion, as well as an expert on the comparative study of world religions. This anthology contains excerpts from his articles, letters, and speeches arranged thematically and richly illustrated with historical photographs.

Visual Arts and Religion

Author: Hans Alma,Marcel Barnard,Volker Kuster,Volker Küster

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3825807088

Category: Religion

Page: 150

View: 7605

Images have caused uproar, violence and even casualties in the meeting of religions and cultures during the last years. Iconoclasm and iconolatry are on the agenda once more. Late Modern Culture is dominated by images and is understood in concepts such as aestheticization and symbolisation. Theological debate is likewise performed through images, symbols and rituals rather than through doctrines and beliefs. In this book, authors from various research backgrounds seek to clarify the terms of reference, and explore the diversity and disagreements in their use from a Christian perspective.
Art and religion

Imagining the Divine

Art and the Rise of World Religions

Author: Jaś Elsner,Stefanie Lenk

Publisher: Ashmolean Museum Oxford

ISBN: 9781910807187

Category: Art and religion

Page: 232

View: 7113

Religion has always been a fundamental force for constructing identity, from antiquity to the contemporary world. The transformation of ancient cults into faith systems, which we recognise now as major world religions, took place in the first millennium AD, in the period we call 'Late Antiquity'. Our argument is that the creative impetus for both the emergence, and much of the visual distinctiveness of the world religions came in contexts of cultural encounter. Bridging the traditional divide between classical, Asian, Islamic and Western history, this exhibition and its accompanying catalogue highlights religious and artistic creativity at points of contact and cultural borders between late antique civilisations. This catalogue features the creation of specific visual languages that belong to four major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam. The imagery still used by these belief systems today is evidence for the development of distinct religious identities in Late Antiquity. Emblematic visual forms like the figure of Buddha and Christ, or Islamic aniconism, only evolved in dialogue with a variety of coexisting visualisations of the sacred. As late antique believers appropriated some competing models and rejected others, they created compelling and long-lived representations of faith, but also revealed their indebtedness to a multitude of contemporaneous religious ideas and images. Exhibition: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK (19.10.2017-18.02.2018).

Official and Popular Religion

Analysis of a Theme for Religious Studies

Author: P. H. Vrijhof

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9789027979988

Category: Religion

Page: 739

View: 3453


Religion in Calabar

The Religious Life and History of a Nigerian Town

Author: Rosalind I. J. Hackett

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110114812

Category: History

Page: 481

View: 5879


Dance As Religious Studies

Author: Doug Adams,Diane Apostolos-Cappadona

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1579106315

Category: Religion

Page: 238

View: 9731


The Oxford History of Islam

Author: John L. Esposito

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195107993

Category: History

Page: 749

View: 5968

Discusses the origins, historical development, and culture of Islam.

Media, Religion and Culture

An Introduction

Author: Jeffrey H. Mahan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317692349

Category: Religion

Page: 178

View: 4742

Religion has always been shaped by the media of its time, and today we live in a media culture that informs much of what we think and how we behave. Religious believers, communities and institutions use media as tools to communicate, but also as locations where they construct and express identity, practice religion, and build community. This lively book offers a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary field of religion, media, and culture. It explores: the religious content of media texts and the reception of those texts by religious consumers who appropriate and reuse them in their own religious work; how new forms of media provide fresh locations within which new religious voices emerge, people reimagine the "task" of religion, and develop and perform religious identity. Jeffrey H. Mahan includes case study examples from both established and new religions and each chapter is followed by insightful reflections from leading scholars in the field. Illustrated throughout, the book also contains a glossary of key terms, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading.


Kunst und Architektur

Author: Markus Hattstein,Peter Delius

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783833161032


Page: 623

View: 2192


Foundations of Oriental Art and Symbolism

Author: Titus Burckhardt

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

ISBN: 1933316721

Category: Art

Page: 136

View: 8610

This fascinating edited collection of art historian Titus Burckhardt's most important writings on Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist art is lavishly illustrated with 140 superb examples of Oriental art, architecture, statuary, and painting.
Islamic architecture

The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

Author: Jonathan Bloom,Sheila S. Blair

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 019530991X

Category: Islamic architecture

Page: N.A

View: 4369

Oxford University Press is proud to present the most up-to-date and comprehensive encyclopedia in this field. In three illustrated volumes with more than 1,500 entries, the Encyclopedia deals with all aspects of this important area of study, ranging from the Middle East to Central Asia to Southeast Asia and Africa as well as Europe and North America. The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture covers all subject areas including: artists, ruler, writers, architecture, ceramics, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, coins, textiles, and much more. The Encyclopedia offers fully-updated articles and bibliographies that draw upon the expansive scholarship of The Dictionary of Art, as well as more than 500 plans, maps, diagrams, illustrations, and color plates. This exciting reference work is accessible to scholars, students, and general readers, making it a reliable and essential resource covering this topic of burgeoning importance in world history and the visual arts.

Atlas of the World's Religions

Author: Ninian Smart,Frederick Mathewson Denny

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 1575

Maps and text present a guide to the historical development and current state of the world's religions.

African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa

Emerging Trends, Indigenous Spirituality and the Interface with other World Religions

Author: Dr Afe Adogame,Dr Bolaji Bateye,Professor Ezra Chitando

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409481786

Category: Religion

Page: 278

View: 411

The historiography of African religions and religions in Africa presents a remarkable shift from the study of 'Africa as Object' to 'Africa as Subject', thus translating the subject from obscurity into the global community of the academic study of religion. This book presents a unique multidisciplinary exploration of African traditions in the study of religion in Africa and the new African diaspora. The book is structured under three main sections - Emerging trends in the teaching of African Religions; Indigenous Thought and Spirituality; and Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Contributors drawn from diverse African and global contexts situate current scholarly traditions of the study of African religions within the purview of academic encounter and exchanges with non-African scholars and non-African contexts. African scholars enrich the study of religions from their respective academic and methodological orientations. Jacob Kehinde Olupona stands out as a pioneer in the socio-scientific interpretation of African indigenous religion and religions in Africa. This book is to his honour and marks his immense contribution to an emerging field of study and research.

Creativity and Spirituality

Bonds between Art and Religion

Author: Earle Jerome Coleman

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791436998

Category: Art

Page: 237

View: 715

Drawing from six living faiths, this book philosophically analyzes relations between art and religion in order to explain how the concepts "art," "beauty," "creativity," and "aesthetic experience" find their place or counterparts in religious discourse and experience.