Editing Encyclopedias and Handbooks in Religious Studies in the Twenty-First Century: Aims and Challenges

Frank Burch Brown

Abstract


In the twenty-first century, the editing of encyclopedias and handbooks in religious studies grows ever more daunting, not least because of the sheer amount of knowledge now available and because of the greater need to attend to multiple religions and cultures. What makes the work so challenging is also, however, what makes it increasingly indispensable. The ideal of an encyclopedia or handbook as making for an expanded community of inquiry can be realized in new ways online, but only with proper attention to highlighting patterns and making connections—such as those that exist between the arts and religion.

Keywords


Encyclopedias; Reference Works; Religious Studies

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11157/rsrr5-2-678