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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Discourses of Purity in Transcultural Perspective (300–1600)

Editors: 
Matthias Bley , Nikolas Jaspert andStefan Köck

Publisher: 
Brill

Publication Year:
2015

Abstract:
This volume comprises fifteen articles on the differing functions that purity, impurity, pollution and related categories could fulfil in Asian and European religions and societies of the 3rd to 17th century c.E. They focus processes of religious demarcation and transfer.




Table of Contents:
Preface
An Introduction to Discourses of Purity in Transcultural Perspective

Section 1 Material Purity

Chapter 1 Early Medieval Churches as Cultic Space between Material and Ethical Purity

Chapter 2 Some Brief Notes on Purity in Chinese Daoism

Chapter 3 An Almost Tangible Presence: Some Thoughts on Material Purity among Medieval European Jews

Section 2 Ethical and Moral Purity

Chapter 4 From 'Clean' to 'Pure' in Everyday Life in Late Imperial China: A Preliminary Enquiry

Chapter 5 Discourses on Purity in Western Christianity in the Early and High Middle Ages 

Section 3 Purity of Spirit and Thought

Chapter 6 Purity between Semantics and History: Notes on Daoist Soteriology and Interreligious Encounters in Early Medieval China

Chapter 7 Purity of Language: A Short-lived Concept in Medieval Hebrew Poetry

Section 4 Purity of Cult

Chapter 8 Domum immundam a perversis violata mundavit. Viking Defilement in Early Medieval Francia 

Chapter 9 Washing Away the Dirt of the World of Desire-On Origins and Developments of Notions of Ritual Purity in Japanese Mountain Religions 

Chapter 10 Patterns of Intensification of the Laws on Ritual Purity in Medieval Jewish Ashkenaz

Section 5 Concepts of Textual Purity

Chapter 11 Religious Texts and the Islamic Purity Regime

Section 6 Concepts of Genealogical Purity

Chapter 12 Sons of Damnation: Franciscans, Muslims, and Christian Purity

Chapter 13 Purifying the Pure: The Visuddhimagga, Forest-Dwellers and the Dynamics of Individual and Collective Prestige in Theravāda Buddhism

Chapter 14 Registers of Genealogical Purity in Classical Islam

Index

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