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This interdisciplinary collection of essays addresses idolatry, a contested issue that has given rise to both religious accusations and heated scholarly disputes. Idol Anxiety brings together insightful new statements from scholars in religious studies, art history, philosophy, and musicology to show that idolatry is a concept that can be helpful in articulating the ways in which human beings interact with and conceive of the things around them. It includes both case studies that provide examples of how the concept of idolatry can be used to study material objects and more theoretical interventions. Among the book's highlights are a foundational treatment of the second commandment by Jan Assmann; an essay by W.J.T. Mitchell on Nicolas Poussin that will be a model for future discussions of art objects; a groundbreaking consideration of the Islamic ban on images by Mika Natif; and a lucid description by Jean-Luc Marion of his cutting-edge phenomenology of the visible.

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Art historians and other scholars from the humanities and social scientists explore a number of themes regarding idols in the Abrahamic religions. Their topics include the Christian critique of idolatry, the painter's breath and the concepts of idol anxiety in Islamic art, dreadful beauty and the undoing of adulation in the work of Kara Walker and Michael Ray Charles, two implicit religious discourses in art history, and idol anxiety and the awakening of a philosophical mood. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This interdisciplinary collection of essays on idolatry, including both historical and theoretical contributions, shows that the concept of idolatry is helpful for all who study the ways that people interact with and conceive of the things around them.

About the Author

Josh Ellenbogen is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture at University of Pittsburgh. Aaron Tugendhaft teaches philosophy and history of religions at the Gallatin School, New York University. He was guest curator of the 2008 exhibition Idol Anxiety at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804760430
Author:
Ellenbogen, Josh
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Tugendhaft, Aaron
Author:
Ellenbogen, Josh
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20110718
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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