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Comparison as Collaboration: Notes on the Contemporary Craft of Hagiology
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Comparison as a Provisional Activity

Department of History, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
Religions 2020, 11(1), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11010036
Received: 17 December 2019 / Revised: 2 January 2020 / Accepted: 3 January 2020 / Published: 8 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Comparative Hagiology: Issues in Theory and Method)
The careers of many scholars in various disciplines have been focused on the study of hagiography, including that of the author. Yet, as those scholars have uncovered new knowledge and employed new interpretations of the materials at hand, the very notions of “hagiography” and “hagiology” have become deeply problematized. The issues become more complex as multiple religious traditions are examined. The scholarly work that forms the basis of the essays in this volume has explored the effects of taking a comparative and collaborative approach to “hagiography”. This piece responds to the core essays by showing first how personal the study of such sources and act of comparison can be, and then exploring how knowledge changes through the processes of comparison and collaboration. In the end, this response argues that comparison is by its very nature a provisional activity in that the knowledge it creates constantly changes as comparative methods and theories are re-applied again and again over time. This process is only aided by collaborative efforts which make the act of comparison even more effective and productive. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaborative scholarship; comparative method; comparative religions; hagiography; hagiology; religious studies; sacred biography; sainthood; theory and method in religious studies collaborative scholarship; comparative method; comparative religions; hagiography; hagiology; religious studies; sacred biography; sainthood; theory and method in religious studies
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Hoel, N.O. Comparison as a Provisional Activity. Religions 2020, 11, 36.

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