Religious Studies and Comparative Methodology : The Case for Reciprocal Illumination
Comparison is at the heart of religious studies as a discipline and foundational to the field's methodology. In this book, Arvind Sharma introduces the term "reciprocal illumination" to describe the mutual enlightenment that can occur when a comparison is made between one tradition and another, one method and another, or between a tradition and a method. Developing the concept of reciprocal illumination through historical, phenomenological, and psychological methods, Sharma demonstrates how to use comparison, while avoiding the pitfall of treating it as merely raw material for higher order generalizations.
- Hardback | 324 pages
- 152.4 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 544.32g
- 22 Sep 2005
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
About Arvind Sharma
Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta and Methodology in Religious Studies: The Interface with Women's Studies, also published by SUNY Press.