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1. Title Title of document Relic Texts - How and Why Books Matter
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Watts; Syracuse University; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) religious texts; manipulation of books; presentation of books; performance of books; social value of books; books in society;books and hte media; scriptures; iconic texts; literacy
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Texts; Cultural Studies
6. Description Abstract Relic texts tend to be ritualized only in the iconic dimension. They are rare, if not one-of-a-kind, and are in theory not reproducible. Their chief function is legitimation. Owning relic texts legitimizes individuals and communities and conveys a sense of empowerment. Owners use their relic texts to legitimize themselves, their institutions, their nations, and their religions. Losing them can threaten group identity. Individuals, private institutions, and governments sometimes go to great lengths to gain and to keep particular relic texts for themselves.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Jun-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.35884
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; How and Why Books Matter
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd