The ideology of religious studies

In recent years there has been an intensifying debate within the religious studies community about the validity of religion as an analytical category. In this book Fitzgerald sides with those who argue that the concept of religion itself should be abandoned. On the basis of his own research in India...

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Contributors: Fitzgerald, Timothy (Other)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: New York Oxford University Press 2000
In:Year: 2000
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Science of Religion
B India / Religion
B Japan / Religion
B Smart, Ninian 1927-2001 / Phenomenology of religion
B Science of Religion / Method / Cultural sciences
Further subjects:B Collection of essays
B Godsdienstwetenschap
B Religion Methodology
B Electronic books
B Religion Méthodologie
B Religion ; Methodology
B RELIGION ; Education
B Ideologieën
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Summary:In recent years there has been an intensifying debate within the religious studies community about the validity of religion as an analytical category. In this book Fitzgerald sides with those who argue that the concept of religion itself should be abandoned. On the basis of his own research in India and Japan, and through a detailed analysis of the use of religion in a wide range of scholarly texts, the author maintains that the comparative study of religion is really a form of liberal ecumenical theology. By pretending to be a science, religion significantly distorts socio-cultural analysis. He suggest, however, that religious studies can be re-represented in a way which opens up new and productive theoretical connections with anthropology and cultural and literary studies
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-267) and index. - Description based on print version record
ISBN:1280534184