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Reading Spiritualities: Constructing and Re-presenting the Sacred Deborah Sawyer and Dawn Llewellyn
Reading Spiritualities reflects and encourages the movement of studying sacred text in the confines of specialist subject areas such as biblical studies, religious studies, oriental studies and so on, into the wider arena of the arts and social sciences. These texts are now part of the curriculum for departments of literature, as well as loci where gender and cultural studies feature in various departments of the arts and social sciences. This movement from conventional contexts to new and alternative ones opens up the very concept of what constitutes sacred text. This volume being produced from this project is innovative in reflecting the complex interdisciplinary environment in which sacred text is explored in contemporary scholarship. Furthermore, in this project examples of the ways in which sacred texts themselves are being reinterpreted or even redefined are identified by the contributors. Together the chapters present a wide panoramic of the contemporary religious landscape within a clear and viable structure.