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1. On the Grammar of Teaching Religious Studies

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1. Title Title of document 1. On the Grammar of Teaching Religious Studies - On the Subject of Religion
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Leslie Dorrough Smith; Avila University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) academic study of religion; Jonathan Z. Smith; method of religion; religious data; society and religion; theory of religion
5. Subject Subject classification academic study of religion
6. Description Abstract This essay explores what is at stake if we start talking about the category of religion more frequently in active, verb form within the classroom setting. The underlying presumption is that students (not to mention the scholars who teach them) are so steeped in perennialist assumptions that a grammar disruption may be a useful tool in helping to generate critical thought. Talking about religion as if it is a "thing" may inadvertently reinforce essentialist ideas of a cohesive, sui generis entity, but shifting our language to describe religion as an active process places attention on the very real social and cultural acts that religious speech is used to achieve. The essay considers the implications of using this type of speech in light of the ideal critical goals of the religious studies classroom while also offering classroom-tested case studies of how this language shift might be realized.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 04-Oct-2022
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.41068
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; On the Subject of Religion
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd