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This revised second edition of A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion introduces the key concepts and theories from religious studies that are necessary for a full understanding of the complex relations between religion and society. The aim is to provide readers with an arsenal of critical concepts for studying religious ideologies, practices, and communities. Throughout the discussion all ideas and theories are clearly illustrated with new and engaging examples and case studies. The second edition has been restructured to clearly emphasize key concepts including: essentialism, functionalism, authority, and domination.