The Anthropology of Western Religions: Ideas, Organizations, and Constituencies

The Anthropology of Western Religions: Ideas, Organizations, and Constituencies

Murray J. Leaf


The world’s “great” religions rely on traditions of great scholarship, devoted to retaining their key texts but additionally to knowing them and, for that reason, to debating what figuring out itself is and the way top to do it. in addition they have vital public missions of many forms, and their principles and firms effect many different vital associations, together with govt, legislation, schooling, and kinship. The Anthropology of Western Religions: rules, enterprises, and Constituencies is a comparative survey of the world’s significant non secular traditions as expert agencies and, usually, as social pursuits. Documenting the primary rules at the back of Western spiritual traditions from an anthropological point of view, Murray J. Leaf demonstrates how those rules were utilized in construction inner companies that mobilize or fail to mobilize exterior support.

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