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Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on ReligionModern Fascinations$
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Daniel Gold

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520236134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520236134.001.0001

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Concepts of Collectivity and the Fabric of Religiohistorical Knowledge

Concepts of Collectivity and the Fabric of Religiohistorical Knowledge

(p.211) Chapter 11 Concepts of Collectivity and the Fabric of Religiohistorical Knowledge
Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion

Daniel Gold

University of California Press

The instances of collective work in religious studies are few, but small-scale collaborative volumes and ideals of public knowledge are many. These are driven by different understandings of the significantly true and the academically possible. This chapter turns toward more deliberately constructed, generally less-interactive groups: the collections of scholars assembled by anthology editors. Through the designs of their collections, editors suggest possibilities about the ways through which knowledge in religious studies builds on itself and grows. Four edited volumes on sacred kingship have been examined, with particular attention to what these suggest about visions of collective knowledge in religious studies. This chapter reveals some characteristic textures in the fabric of evolving religiohistorical knowledge.

Keywords:   religious studies, collections of scholars, anthology editors, sacred kingship, evolving religiohistorical knowledge

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