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1. Title Title of document References - Comparison
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Aaron Hughes; University of Rochester;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) concepts in religious studies; comparison in religious studies; the discipline of religious studies; theory in religious studies; methods in the study of religion
 
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Studies
 
6. Description Abstract Comparison is held to be one of the central methods of the academic study of religion. While many ostensibly engage in the comparative act, often overlooked is what it actually means to do this. What is comparison? Why engage in it and for what purposes? Can there be such a thing as a valid or invalid comparison? Can comparison itself be compared to anything?
The volume starts with the premise that while there are good comparisons and bad comparisons, what is common to both is the sheer artificiality of the enterprise and develops an analytical framework for using the method in the context of religious studies. After briefly tracing the history and genealogy of the category, the volume draws on the author’s own extensive work in Judaism and Islam to argue that comparison can be a useful method, but only under strictly controlled conditions.

 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 26-Oct-2017
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/31600
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.31600
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Comparison
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd