Tag Archives: J.Z. Smith

The First Day in Orientation to the Study of Religion

by Sean McCloud * This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog. “Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start).” “Everything seems to be up in the air at this time.” … Continue reading

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Serpents, Novelty, and Academic Fetish

by Travis Cooper * This is a revised version of a post originally found on the author’s personal blog. Novelty draws academics. This is no controversial claim. We cluster around the odd, the uncanny, and the strange. We gather around scenes … Continue reading

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Honesty Is the Best Pedagogy

by K. Merinda Simmons Note: This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog. When I teach my Introduction to Religious Studies class, I always require that my students read a very short essay by J. … Continue reading

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Dead Religions

by Tenzan Eaghll Did you catch the 2008 interview with J.Z. Smith that was recently making the rounds on Facebook? In it, Smith suggests that the benefit of studying dead ancient religions is that they can’t talk back to you. When you … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: Deconstructing Caputo, Part Two

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: Deconstructing Caputo, Part One

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Navigating the “Normative/Descriptive” Divide: Reflections on Islamic Studies

by Vernon Schubel Editor’s note: This post is part of a broader conversation on scholarship in Islamic Studies that was sparked by two recent articles, one by Omid Safi and one by Aaron Hughes. The Bulletin will be hosting a series of scholars in Islamic … Continue reading

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