Book: Jonathan Z. Smith «Map is not Territory: Studies in the History of Religions»

Map is not Territory: Studies in the History of Religions

In "Map Is Not Territory", Jonathan Z. Smith engages previous interpretations of religious texts from late antiquity, critically evaluates the notion of sacred space and time as it is represented in the works of Mircea Eliade, and tackles important problems of methodology.

Издательство: "University of Chicago Press" (1993)

ISBN: 0226763579

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Jonathan Z. Smith

Jonathan Zittell Smith (J. Z. Smith) is a historian of religions. He has researched the theory of ritual, Hellenistic religions, Māori cults in the 19th century, and mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. His works include "Map is Not Territory, Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown," "To Take Place: Toward Theory in Ritual," "Drudgery Divine: On the Comparison of Early Christianities and the Religions of Late Antiquity," and "Relating Religion: Essays in the Study of Religion".

Education and career

Smith graduated from Haverford College in 1960 with a B.A. in philosophy, and took his Ph.D. in the history of religions from Yale University in 1969; with a thesis on anthropological thought, focused on Frazer, "The Glory, Jest and Riddle: James George Frazer and The Golden Bough". After holding positions at Dartmouth College and UC Santa Barbara, he began teaching at the University of Chicago, where he served as Dean of the College from 1977–1982 and was appointed Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of the Humanities. He still holds this position as of 2007, and is still active in undergraduate teaching as of Autumn quarter 2007, teaching the course titled "Introduction to Religious Studies." He was elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000.

Intellectually, Smith has been influenced by neo-Kantian thinkers, especially Ernst Cassirer and Emile Durkheim. He has also been influenced by Claude Levi-Strauss. Smith's dissertation focused on James Frazer's "The Golden Bough" and the method that Frazer used in the comparison of different religions. Since then much of Smith's work has focused on the problem of comparison and how best to compare data taken from societies that are very different from one another.

Teacher and administrator

While at the College of the University of Chicago Smith has also written on pedagogy and the reform of undergraduate education in the United States. This emphasis on teaching has also affected Smith's output in another way—much of his written work began as lectures, and most of his publications have been essays. Smith's recent research has focused on Western theories of difference ranging from contemporary accounts of alien abduction to Greek and Roman ideas about the way climate shapes human character.

ee also

*List of religion scholars
*Map/territory relation

Books

*"The Glory, Jest and Riddle: James George Frazer and The Golden Bough" (1969), PhD thesis, Yale University.
*"Map is not Territory: Studies in the History of Religions" (1978), University Of Chicago Press 1993 paperback: ISBN 0-226-76357-9
*"Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown" (1982), University Of Chicago Press 1988 paperback: ISBN 0-226-76360-9
*"To Take Place: Toward Theory in Ritual" (1987), University Of Chicago Press 1992 paperback: ISBN 0-226-76361-7
*"Drudgery Divine: On the Comparison of Early Christianities and the Religions of Late Antiquity" (1990), University Of Chicago Press 1994 paperback: ISBN 0-226-76363-3
*"Relating Religion: Essays in the Study of Religion" (2004), University Of Chicago Press paperback: ISBN 0-226-76387-0

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