Axial Civilizations And World History

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ISBN: 9789004139558
Release Date: 2005
Number of pages: 573
Author: J©đhann P©Łll © rnason
Publisher: BRILL

Download and read online Axial Civilizations And World History in PDF and EPUB A collection of essays by social theorists, historical sociologists and area specialists in classical, biblical and Asian studies. The contributions deal with cultural transformations in major civilizational centres during the "Axial Age," the middle centuries of the last millennium BCE, and their long-term consequences.


Axial Civilizations And World History

Filename: axial-civilizations-and-world-history.pdf
ISBN: 9789004139558
Release Date: 2005
Number of pages: 573
Author: J©đhann P©Łll © rnason
Publisher: BRILL

Download and read online Axial Civilizations And World History in PDF and EPUB A collection of essays by social theorists, historical sociologists and area specialists in classical, biblical and Asian studies. The contributions deal with cultural transformations in major civilizational centres during the "Axial Age," the middle centuries of the last millennium BCE, and their long-term consequences.


The Axial Age and Its Consequences

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ISBN: 9780674067400
Release Date: 2012-10-31
Number of pages: 500
Author: Robert N. Bellah
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Download and read online The Axial Age and Its Consequences in PDF and EPUB This book makes the bold claim that intellectual sophistication was born worldwide during the middle centuries of the first millennium bce. From Axial Age thinkers we inherited a sense of the world as a place not just to experience but to investigate, envision, and alter. A variety of utopian visions emerged and led to both reform and repression.


The Origins and Diversity of Axial Age Civilizations

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ISBN: 0887060943
Release Date: 1986
Number of pages: 556
Author: Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt
Publisher: SUNY Press

Download and read online The Origins and Diversity of Axial Age Civilizations in PDF and EPUB This book presents a new and original analysis of the great ancient civilizations, focusing on the breakthroughs and their institutionalization in Greece, Israel, China, and India. The conditions under which these civilizations developed are systematically explored. For comparative purposes, the civilization of Assyria, where such a breakthrough did not take place is analyzed.


The Roman Empire in Context

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ISBN: 9781444390209
Release Date: 2010-12-23
Number of pages: 432
Author: Johann P. Arnason
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Download and read online The Roman Empire in Context in PDF and EPUB Through a series of original essays by leading international scholars, The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives offers a comparative historical analysis of the Roman empire’s role and achievement and, more broadly, establishes Rome’s significance within comparative studies. Fills a gap in comparative historical analysis of the Roman empire’s role and achievement Features contributions from more than a dozen distinguished scholars from around the world Explores the relevance of important comparativist themes of state, empire, and civilization to ancient Rome


Religion in Human Evolution

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ISBN: 9780674061439
Release Date: 2011-09-15
Number of pages: 746
Author: Robert N. Bellah
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Download and read online Religion in Human Evolution in PDF and EPUB This ambitious book probes our biological past to discover the kinds of lives that human beings have imagined were worth living. Bellah’s theory goes deep into cultural and genetic evolution to identify a range of capacities (communal dancing, storytelling, theorizing) whose emergence made religious development possible in the first millennium BCE.


Islam in Process

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ISBN: 3899424913
Release Date: 2006
Number of pages: 329
Author: Jóhann Páll Árnason
Publisher: Transcript Verlag

Download and read online Islam in Process in PDF and EPUB The articles included in this Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam focus on two perspectives. Some link the comparative analysis of Islam to ongoing debates on the Axial Age and its role in the formation of major civilizations, while others are more concerned with historical constellations and sources involved in the formation of Islam as a religion and a civilization. More than any other particular line of inquiry, new historical and sociological approaches to the Axial Age have revived the idea of comparative civilizational analysis and channeled it into more specific projects. A closer look at the very problematic place of Islam in this context will help to clarify questions about the Axial version of civilizational theory as well as issues in Islamic studies and sociological approaches to modern Islam. Contributors include Said Arjomand, Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, Josef van Ess and Raif G. Khoury. Each of the editors are sociologists who have widely published on related issues.


The Axial Age and Its Consequences

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ISBN: 9780674070448
Release Date: 2012-10-31
Number of pages: 560
Author: Robert N. Bellah
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Download and read online The Axial Age and Its Consequences in PDF and EPUB This book makes the bold claim that intellectual sophistication was born worldwide during the middle centuries of the first millennium bce. From Axial Age thinkers we inherited a sense of the world as a place not just to experience but to investigate, envision, and alter. A variety of utopian visions emerged and led to both reform and repression.


Social Theory and Regional Studies in the Global Age

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ISBN: 9781438451596
Release Date: 2014-05-21
Number of pages: 496
Author: Saïd Amir Arjomand
Publisher: SUNY Press

Download and read online Social Theory and Regional Studies in the Global Age in PDF and EPUB A pioneering approach to social theory that rectifies overreliance on Western historical experience of development and modernization. In this pioneering volume, leading international scholars argue for the development of a new approach to social theory that draws on regional studies for the conduct of comparative analysis in the global age. Social Theory and Regional Studies in the Global Age moves beyond facile generalizations based on the historical experience of modernization in the West by highlighting differences rather than similarities and contrasts rather than commonalities, and by examining civilizational processes and culturally specific developmental patterns distinctive of different world regions. Essays combine comparative and historical sociology with civilizational analysis and the study of multiple and alternative modernities. Different patterns of modernization are compared within the framework of global/local compressed communication and interaction that results from globalization. The introductory chapter puts the present effort in the context of the seminal work of three generations of comparative sociologists, and what follows is a penetrating analysis of modernization and globality, opening the way for rectifying the erasure of the historical experience of a very sizeable portion of humankind from the foundation of social theory.


Europe and Asia beyond East and West

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ISBN: 9781134181414
Release Date: 2006-10-03
Number of pages: 320
Author: Gerard Delanty
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online Europe and Asia beyond East and West in PDF and EPUB This major new book tackles key questions on Europe in the context of shifting parameters of East and West. The contributors - sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers and historians - show, from a variety of different perspectives, that the conventional equation of Europe with the West must be questioned. Featuring four thematically organized chapters, the book looks at: a post-Western world Asia in Europe: encounters in history between Europe and Asia otherness in Europe and Asia. Exploring new expressions of European self-understanding in a way that challenges recent ideological notions of the ‘clash of civilizations’, this outstanding work draws on recent scholarship that shows how Europe and Asia were mutually linked in history and in contemporary perspective. It argues that as a result of current developments and the changing geopolitical context, both Europe and Asia have much in common and that it is possible to speak of cosmopolitan links rather than clashes. This book will be of great value to students and researchers in the fields of sociology, European politics and history and cultural theory.


Beyond Civilization

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ISBN: 9781412849227
Release Date: 2013-01-31
Number of pages: 423
Author: Harry Redner
Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Download and read online Beyond Civilization in PDF and EPUB For Harry Redner, the phrase “beyond civilization” refers to the new and unprecedented condition the world is now entering—specifically, the condition commonly known as globalization. Redner approaches globalization from the perspective of history and seeks to interpret it in relation to previous key stages of human development. His account begins with the Axial Age (700–300 BC) and proceeds through Modernity (after AD 1500) to the present global condition. What is globalization doing to civilization? In answering this question, Redner studies the role played by capitalism, the state, science and technology. He aims to show that they have had a catalytic impact on civilization through their reductive effect on society, culture, and individualism. However, Redner is not content to diagnose the ills of civilization; he also suggests how they might be ameliorated by cultural conservation. Above all, it is to the problem of decline in the higher forms of literacy that he addresses himself, for it is on the culture of the book that previous civilizations were founded. This study will be of interest to sociologists, historians, and social and political theorists. Its style makes it accessible also to general readers, interested in civilization past, present, and future.


The Benefit of Broad Horizons

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ISBN: 9789004192843
Release Date: 2010-10-25
Number of pages: 434
Author: Hans Joas
Publisher: BRILL

Download and read online The Benefit of Broad Horizons in PDF and EPUB More than perhaps anybody else in the world, the Swedish social scientist Björn Wittrock has contributed - both on the intellectual and institutional level - to making a truly global science possible. This book is devoted to an appreciation of his contributions.


Birth of the Persian Empire

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ISBN: 9780857733078
Release Date: 2010-01-08
Number of pages: 160
Author: Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Download and read online Birth of the Persian Empire in PDF and EPUB Of the great ancient civilizations, that of Persia is the least known and the most enigmatic. This book explores the formation of the first Persian Empire under the Achaemenid Persians. It brings together a multi-disciplinary view of ancient Iran in the first millennium BC and concentrates on the art, archaeology, history and religion of a geographical area far beyond the present borders of modern Iran in the period beginning just before the formation of the Persian empire in the middle of the 6th century up to its collapse following conquest by Alexander the Great in the late 4th century BC. Eminent scholars here give a critical approach to some of the traditional interpretations and discuss topics which help the reader towards a better understanding of the formation of the Persian empire. This is the first volume in the Idea of Iran series which will be a four-volume collection encompassing the history of that country.


Routledge Handbook of Body Studies

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ISBN: 9781136903311
Release Date: 2012-07-24
Number of pages: 448
Author: Bryan S Turner
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online Routledge Handbook of Body Studies in PDF and EPUB In the last three decades, the human body has gained increasing prominence in contemporary political debates, and it has become a central topic of modern social sciences and humanities. Modern technologies – such as organ transplants, stem-cell research, nanotechnology, cosmetic surgery and cryonics – have changed how we think about the body. In this collection of thirty original essays by leading figures in the field, these issues are explored across a number of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives, including pragmatism, feminism, queer theory, post-modernism, post-humanism, cultural sociology, philosophy and anthropology. A wide range of case studies, which include cosmetics, diet, organ transplants, racial bodies, masculinity and sexuality, eating disorders, religion and the sacred body, and disability, are used to appraise these different perspectives. In addition, this Handbook explores various epistemological approaches to the basic question: what is a body? It also offers a strongly themed range of chapters on empirical topics that are organized around religion, medicine, gender, technology and consumption. It also contributes to the debate over the globalization of the body: how have military technology, modern medicine, sport and consumption led to this contemporary obsession with matters corporeal? The Handbook’s clear, direct style will appeal to a wide undergraduate audience in the social sciences, particularly for those studying medical sociology, gender studies, sports studies, disability studies, social gerontology, or the sociology of religion. It will serve to consolidate the new field of body studies.


Rethinking Civilizational Analysis

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ISBN: 1412901839
Release Date: 2004-06-09
Number of pages: 260
Author: Said Amir Arjomand
Publisher: SAGE

Download and read online Rethinking Civilizational Analysis in PDF and EPUB Although the concept of 'civilization' has deep roots in the social sciences, there is an urgent need to re-think it for contemporary times. Rethinking Civilizational Analysis points to an exhaustion in using 'the nation state' and 'world system' as the basic macro-units of social analysis because they do not get to grips with the 'soft power' variable of cultural factors involved in global aspects of development.