By James V. Spickard
Sociology has lengthy used Western Christianity as a version for all non secular existence. accordingly, the sphere has tended to focus on facets of faith that Christians locate vital, resembling spiritual ideals and formal corporations, whereas paying much less awareness to different elements. instead of easily criticizing such obstacles, James V. Spickard imagines what the sociology of faith could appear like had it arisen in 3 non-Western societies. What features of faith might students see extra essentially in the event that they were raised in Confucian China? What may they find out about faith from Ibn Khaldun, the famed 14th century Arab scholar? What may they greater comprehend, had they been born Navajo, whose conventional faith definitely doesn't revolve round ideals and organisations?
Through those suggestion experiments, Spickard exhibits how non-Western principles comprehend a few elements of religions--even of Western religions--better than does typical sociology. the amount indicates how non-Western frameworks can shed new gentle on a number of assorted dimensions of non secular existence, together with the query of who continues non secular groups, the relationships among faith and ethnicity as assets of social ties, and the position of embodied adventure in spiritual rituals. those methods display principal elements of up to date religions that the dominant manner of doing sociology fails to notice. each one strategy additionally presents investigators with new theoretical assets to lead them deeper into their subjects. the amount makes a compelling case for adopting an international standpoint within the social sciences.
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Alternative Sociologies of Religion: Through Non-Western Eyes by James V. Spickard