1st Edition

Religion and its History
A Critical Inquiry

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ISBN 9780367677084
May 9, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

Religion and its History offers a reflection of our operative concept of religion and religions, developing a set of approaches that bridge the widely assumed gulf between analyzing present religion and doing history of religion. Religious Studies have adapted a wide range of methodologies from sociological tool kits to insights and concepts from disciplines of social and cultural studies. Their massive historical claims, which typically idealize and reify communities and traditions and built normative claims thereupon, lack a critical engagement on the part of the researchers.

This book radically rethinks and critically engages with these biases. It does so neither by offering an abridged global history of religion or a small handbook of methodology. Instead, this book presents concepts and methods that allow for analysis of contemporary and past religious practices, ideas, and institutions within a shared framework.

Table of Contents

1. Religious Individualization and a Critical View of the Concept of Religion

2. Individuals’ Religion

3. Religious Agency, Identity, and Communication: Reflecting on History and Theory of Religion

4. Lived Religion

5. Urban religion

6. Religion and Memory

7. Narrative and the History of Religion

8. The Historiographical Construction of Religious Traditions

9. Reflecting on Dealing with Religious Change

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Jörg Rüpke is vice-director and permanent fellow in Religious Studies at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany, and has been a visiting professor at the Collège de France, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago