Museums of World Religions

Unlike church treasuries, such institutions are designed as public places, and they perform complex social and political roles.1 Museums devoted to religions—plural—to comparative religion, or to world religions are inseparable from the ...

Author: Charles Orzech

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 135001625X

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Critically examining the notion of 'world religions', Charles D. Orzech compares five purpose-built museums of world religions and their online extensions. Inspired by the 19th and 20th century discipline of comparative religion, these museums seek to promote religious tolerance by representing religious diversity and by arguing for underlying kinship among religions. From locations in Europe (Marburg, Glasgow and St Petersburg), to North America (Quebec) to Asia (Taipei), each museum advances a particular cultural history. This book shows how the curation of the objects they contain shapes public perceptions of religion, giving material form to the discourses about religion and world religions. Raising important questions about religion and secularity, museum displays and religious piety, Museums of World Religions questions the ideology that informs these museums. Building on recent anthropological work on the agency of religious objects, the author critiques these museums and suggests new approaches to displaying the matter of religion.

Museums of World Religions

This book shows how the curation of the objects they contain shapes public perceptions of religion, giving material form to the discourses about religion and world religions.

Author: Charles Orzech

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350016268

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 346

Critically examining the notion of 'world religions', Charles D. Orzech compares five purpose-built museums of world religions and their online extensions. Inspired by the 19th and 20th century discipline of comparative religion, these museums seek to promote religious tolerance by representing religious diversity and by arguing for underlying kinship among religions. From locations in Europe (Marburg, Glasgow and St Petersburg), to North America (Quebec) to Asia (Taipei), each museum advances a particular cultural history. This book shows how the curation of the objects they contain shapes public perceptions of religion, giving material form to the discourses about religion and world religions. Raising important questions about religion and secularity, museum displays and religious piety, Museums of World Religions questions the ideology that informs these museums. Building on recent anthropological work on the agency of religious objects, the author critiques these museums and suggests new approaches to displaying the matter of religion.

The Changing World Religion Map

None of these museums sees their role as explaining religious belief, endorsing religious values or providing ... the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Art and Life (Glasgow) which opened in 1993; and the Museum of World Religions ...

Author: Stanley D. Brunn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 940179376X

Category: Religion

Page: 3926

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This extensive work explores the changing world of religions, faiths and practices. It discusses a broad range of issues and phenomena that are related to religion, including nature, ethics, secularization, gender and identity. Broadening the context, it studies the interrelation between religion and other fields, including education, business, economics and law. The book presents a vast array of examples to illustrate the changes that have taken place and have led to a new world map of religions. Beginning with an introduction of the concept of the “changing world religion map”, the book first focuses on nature, ethics and the environment. It examines humankind’s eternal search for the sacred, and discusses the emergence of “green” religion as a theme that cuts across many faiths. Next, the book turns to the theme of the pilgrimage, illustrated by many examples from all parts of the world. In its discussion of the interrelation between religion and education, it looks at the role of missionary movements. It explains the relationship between religion, business, economics and law by means of a discussion of legal and moral frameworks, and the financial and business issues of religious organizations. The next part of the book explores the many “new faces” that are part of the religious landscape and culture of the Global North (Europe, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the U.S. and Canada) and the Global South (Latin America, Africa and Asia). It does so by looking at specific population movements, diasporas, and the impact of globalization. The volume next turns to secularization as both a phenomenon occurring in the Global religious North, and as an emerging and distinguishing feature in the metropolitan, cosmopolitan and gateway cities and regions in the Global South. The final part of the book explores the changing world of religion in regards to gender and identity issues, the political/religious nexus, and the new worlds associated with the virtual technologies and visual media.

The World s Religions After September 11

Some time later, Master Hsin Tao surprised his then only a handful of ordained disciples by announcing his intention to build a museum of world religions that would help people learn more about their own religious traditions and let ...

Author: Arvind Sharma

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780275996215

Category: Religion

Page: 951

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Horrible religious violence has marked the opening of the 21st century, but can the world's religions work together as a force for good? Dozens of experts in religion examine the meaning of religion in the aftermath of September 11 and answer this question.

The World s Religions after September 11 4 volumes

Some time later, Master Hsin Tao surprised his then only a handful of ordained disciples by announcing his intention to build a museum of world religions that would help people learn more about their own religious traditions and let ...

Author: Arvind Sharma

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0275996220

Category: Religion

Page: 996

View: 412

This set is an unprecedented examination of religion's influence on modern life, an honest assessment of how religion can either destroy us or preserve us, and a thorough exploration of what steps might be necessary for all religions to join together as a force for good. Convening on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the global congress The World's Religions after September 11 explored the negative and positive possibilities of the religious dimensions of life. The presentations from the congress have been pulled together in this set, which addresses religion's intersection with human rights, spirituality, science, healing, the media, international diplomacy, globalization, war and peace, and more. This comprehensive set includes contributions from such well-known scholars of religion as Arvind Sharma and a host of others from all the world's religious traditions. This set is an unprecedented examination of religion's influence on modern life, an honest assessment of how religion can either destroy us or preserve us, and a thorough exploration of what steps might be necessary for all religions to join together as a force for good. Because of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the very concept of religion underwent a paradigm shift. Instead of standing for virtue and piety, peace and harmony, the word religion also came to be inextricably associated with evil, aggression, and terror. People around the world began to question whether the religious and secular dimensions of modern life can be reconciled, whether the different religions of the world can ever coexist in harmony. Indeed, the very future of religion itself has sometimes seemed to be uncertain, or at least suspect.

Religion in Museums

Bringing together scholars and practitioners from North America, Europe, Russia, and Australia, this pioneering volume provides a global survey of how museums address religion and charts a course for future research and interpretation.

Author: Gretchen Buggeln

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474255531

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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Bringing together scholars and practitioners from North America, Europe, Russia, and Australia, this pioneering volume provides a global survey of how museums address religion and charts a course for future research and interpretation. Contributors from a variety of disciplines and institutions explore the work of museums from many perspectives, including cultural studies, religious studies, and visual and material culture. Most museums throughout the world – whether art, archaeology, anthropology or history museums – include religious objects, and an increasing number are beginning to address religion as a major category of human identity. With rising museum attendance and the increasingly complex role of religion in social and geopolitical realities, this work of stewardship and interpretation is urgent and important. Religion in Museums is divided into six sections: museum buildings, reception, objects, collecting and research, interpretation of objects and exhibitions, and the representation of religion in different types of museums. Topics covered include repatriation, conservation, architectural design, exhibition, heritage, missionary collections, curation, collections and display, and the visitor's experience. Case studies provide comprehensive coverage and range from museums devoted specifically to the diversity of religious traditions, such as the State Museum of the History of Religion in St Petersburg, to exhibitions centered on religion at secular museums, such as Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, at the British Museum.

Museums of World Religions

These museums are located in Europe (Marburg, Glasgow and St Petersburg), North America (Quebec) and Asia (Taipei) and, inspired by the 19th and 20th-century discipline of comparative religions, museums now seek to promote religious ...

Author: Charles D. Orzech

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781350016279

Category: Museums

Page:

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Critically examining the notion of 'world religions', Charles Orzech examines and compares five purpose-built museums of world religions, as well as a number of online sites structured according to the category. These museums are located in Europe (Marburg, Glasgow and St Petersburg), North America (Quebec) and Asia (Taipei) and, inspired by the 19th and 20th-century discipline of comparative religions, museums now seek to promote religious tolerance by representing religious diversity and by arguing for underlying kinship among religions. 0Each museum advances a particular cultural history, and this book shows how the curation of the objects they contain shapes public perceptions of religion, giving material form to the discourses about religion and world religions. Raising important questions about religion and secularity, museum displays and religious piety, World Religions Museums questions the ideology that informs these museums. Building on recent anthropological work on the agency of religious objects, the author both critiques and suggests new approaches to displaying the matter of religion.

Judaism and the World s Religions

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Author: David Bamberger

Publisher: Behrman House, Inc

ISBN: 9780874414615

Category: Religion

Page: 152

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Basic facts about the major religions of the world are given with special emphasis on comparisons with Judaism.

Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces

Bringing together religious studies scholars and museum curators, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is the first volume to focus on Asian religions in relation to these questions.

Author: Bruce M. Sullivan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147259083X

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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We have long recognized that many objects in museums were originally on display in temples, shrines, or monasteries, and were religiously significant to the communities that created and used them. How, though, are such objects to be understood, described, exhibited, and handled now that they are in museums? Are they still sacred objects, or formerly sacred objects that are now art objects, or are they simultaneously objects of religious and artistic significance, depending on who is viewing the object? These objects not only raise questions about their own identities, but also about the ways we understand the religious traditions in which these objects were created and which they represent in museums today. Bringing together religious studies scholars and museum curators, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is the first volume to focus on Asian religions in relation to these questions. The contributors analyze an array of issues related to the exhibition in museums of objects of religious significance from Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions. The "lives†? of objects are considered, along with the categories of "sacred†? and "profane†?, "religious†? and "secular†?. As interest in material manifestations of religious ideas and practices continues to grow, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is a much-needed contribution to religious and Asian studies, anthropology of religion and museums studies.

Experiencing the World s Religions

... locations where native religious life persists , the largest and most complex indigenous urban remains of native religious buildings , and museums center north of Mexico ; a UNESCO World Herthat display the arts of oral religions .

Author: Michael Molloy

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 576

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Experiencing the World's Religions provides a clear and compelling account of religion as a diverse, lived experience by peoples around the world. Global in its coverage, the text conveys the vitality and richness of the world's religions as a living cultural wellspring that not only concerns systems of belief but how those beliefs are expressed in ceremonies, food, clothing, art, architecture, pilgrimage, scripture, and music. The text demonstrates why an understanding of the world's religions enriches our lives. In an engaging narrative emphasizing the experience of religion, the text takes students on a personal voyage through doctrines, history, the religiously inspired arts, ceremonies, and everyday expressions of belief and combines these with powerful photographs from around the globe. The text goes beyond traditional approaches to personally connect students with the vitality of the great religions and how they reach into the lives of individuals and the culture at large. This fourth edition has been thoroughly updated in both content and illustration, to address recent world events and political changes, and provide additional insight into current theory and practice.