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Religionswissenschaft and its challenges to the Study of Religions: A theoretical and philosophical study on religion
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is threefold: (1) to give a historical background of the concept of religion; (2) critically examine the challenges in the Study of Religions based on David Thurfjell and his essay Religionswissenschaft and the challenge of multi-religious student groups; and (3) to offer a solution that might improve and turn the Study of Religions into a more fruitful field. The results show that the concept of religion is the result of the developments in Western Europe and Christian theology. Secondly, the results illustrate that the methodologies of the department for the Study of Religions at Södertörns University College are seriously flawed. Finally, some personal suggestions and reflections are made that might improve the methodologies of the field. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 24 p.
Keyword [sv]
Religion, humaniora, humanities, religionswissenschaft, postcolonial, religionsvetenskap, david thurfjell, study of religion, deconstruction, Talal Asad, religious, secular, universal
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Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21497OAI: diva2:690207
Subject / course
The Study of Religions
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2014-01-23 Created: 2014-01-22 Last updated: 2014-01-23Bibliographically approved

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