Religious Architecture

Anthropological Perspectives

Edited by Oskar Verkaaik

Edited by Oskar Verkaaik

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

210 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9789089645111 Published February 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Borrowing from a range of theories on spacemaking and material religion, and with contributions from anthropologists working in the United Kingdom, Mali, Brazil, Spain, and Italy, this fascinating and comprehensive study develops an anthropological perspective on modern religious architecture including mosques, churches, and synagogues. Religious Architecture examines how religious buildings take their place in opposition to their secular surroundings and, in so doing, function not only as community centers in urban daily life, but also as evocations of the sublime that help believers to move beyond the boundaries of modern subjectivity.
Jojada Verrips | University of Amsterdam
“A compelling and thought-provoking collection of essays that sheds new theoretical light on the relation between the material and immaterial in the realm of religion in our so-called secular world.”
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