Unearthly Powers : Religious and Political Change in World History, Paperback / softback Book

Unearthly Powers : Religious and Political Change in World History Paperback / softback

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Why was religion so important for rulers in the pre-modern world? And how did the world come to be dominated by just a handful of religious traditions, especially Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism?

Drawing on sociology and anthropology, as well as a huge range of historical literature from all regions and periods of world history, Alan Strathern sets out a new way of thinking about transformations in the fundamental nature of religion and its interaction with political authority.

His analysis distinguishes between two quite different forms of religiosity - immanentism, which focused on worldly assistance, and transcendentalism, which centred on salvation from the human condition - and shows how their interaction shaped the course of history.

Taking examples drawn from Ancient Rome to the Incas or nineteenth-century Tahiti, a host of phenomena, including sacred kingship, millenarianism, state-church struggles, reformations, iconoclasm, and, above all, conversion are revealed in a new light.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 404 pages, Worked examples or Exercises; 5 Halftones, black and white; 2 Line drawings, black and wh
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Humamities
  • ISBN: 9781108701952

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