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17. Exploring the Challenges and Potentialities of the Database of Religious History for Cognitive Historiography


 
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1. Title Title of document 17. Exploring the Challenges and Potentialities of the Database of Religious History for Cognitive Historiography - Studying the Religious Mind
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Brenton Sullivan; Colgate University;
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Michael Muthukrishna; London School of Economics;
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Frederick Tappenden; St. Stephen’s College at the University of Alberta; Canada
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Edward Slingerland; University of British Columbia; Canada
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country M. Willis Monroe; University of British Columbia; Canada
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Anthropology; History
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) cognitive science of religion; anthropology of religion; evolutionary religion; religion and culture; history of religion; ethnography; lived religion; psychology of religion; religious experience; religious behaviour; rites; rituals; worship
 
5. Subject Subject classification cognitive science of religion; anthropology; history
 
6. Description Abstract This chapter explores the potential impact and contribution of the Database of Religious History (DRH) project within the field of Cognitive Historiography. The DRH aims to bring together, in a systematic and open-access format, data on religious groups from across the globe and throughout history. By utilizing robust, open-source technologies and best-practice software principles, the DRH constitutes a novel and innovative approach to historical and cultural studies. As a contribution to the scientific study of both religion and history, the DRH offers data amenable to statistical analyses, thus providing tools for assessing diachronic cultural innovation and adaptation, the testing of grand narrative theories of religious change, and for enriching and revitalizing traditional fields such as comparative religions, history of religion(s), and anthropology of religion. In this chapter we explore the methods employed in collecting and digitizing historical data, identify our unit of analysis, outline the challenges of recruiting historians of various fields, and highlight the DRH’s methodological potential for both Religious Studies and Cognitive historiography.
 
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
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/43017
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.43017
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Studying the Religious Mind
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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