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Magic and Magical Texts

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Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008

Though the Qumran community knew of the biblical prohibition against magic (11Q19 lx.16–21; cf. Dt. 18.9–14), both sectarian and ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
114 words

The word sihr encompasses a wide range of subjects, from white and black magic to having contacts with jinn (nonhuman ...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Religion
Length:
1,619 words

assumed protean forms in Reformation Europe, nearly all of which came under attack from various religious reformers. From erudite magi ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
490 words

(μαγεία). In Byz. usage synonymous with sorcery (goeteia), magic was a normal phenomenon in the life of late ...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
229 words

The production of effects in the world by actions, often ritualized, whose source of power is not open to observation; ...

Magic and Superstition

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A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
339 words

There are numerous references to magical practices in the Torah. At the beginning of Moses' confrontation with Pharaoh, he engages ...

Magic and Divination

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Religion
Length:
873 words

Magic is based on the assumption that one can achieve desired results through the recitation of proper formulas or by ...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

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Current Version:
2005

This entry comprises four articles: An Overview; Magic in Medicine; Magic in Daily Life; and Magic in ...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
3,568 words
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2

Ancient magical thought and practice are attested by diverse categories of evidence, many of them rich: (1) a flourishing literary ...

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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
Length:
1,957 words

Magic is the performance of acts or rites that are intended to influence a person, object, or event. It can ...

Magic and Sorcery

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Religion, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
1,626 words

According to Henri Hubert and Marcel Mauss (“Esquisse d’une théorie générale de la magie,” in Mauss's Sociologie et anthropologie, ...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Regional and National History, Philosophy
Length:
2,246 words

Magic refers to practices, rites, and chants carried out to influence outcomes that either positively or negatively affect events, objects, ...

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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
831 words

During its long history as a European and Western concept, magic has had two principal meanings. (Its use as a ...

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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Current Version:
2005

(‘the art of putting in action the power of spirits’ and ‘the secret operations of natural powers’ (Dr Johnson ...

Magic, Sorcery, and Witchcraft in Africa

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Encyclopedia of Africa

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Current Version:
2010

In any effort to understand how African peoples explain the world, belief in magic, sorcery, and witchcraft is critically important. ...

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
212 words

From Augustine to Aquinas and beyond, intellectuals had debated the limits and dangers of magic, seen as the effecting of ...

magic and sorcery

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Religion
Length:
201 words

Magic is a means by which human beings manipulate deity to obtain a benefit; the appropriate formula and substance (metal ...

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The Oxford Companion to Irish History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
348 words

is the manipulation of the supernatural for immediate practical purposes. This in theory distinguishes it from religion, which offers a ...

magic and witchcraft

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
978 words

Complex magical traditions existed throughout the MA, and conceptions of supposedly magical practices changed significantly during the period, culminating with ...

magic, belief in

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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
377 words
The early Church was forced to adapt many pagan beliefs to Christian usage rather than attempt to stamp them out. Despite the efforts of its leaders, the medieval Church still had to cope ... More

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