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1. Title Title of document Introduction: Religion as Relation - Religion as Relation
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Peter Berger; University of Groningen; Netherlands
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Marjo Buitelaar; University of Groningen; Netherlands
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Kim Knibbe; University of Groningen; Netherlands
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) study of religion; religious studies methodologies; religious studies approaches; philosophy of religion; history of religious studies; history of religion; anthropology and religion
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Studies Methodologies; philosophy
6. Description Abstract To elucidate the various ways of approaching the subject matter, this introductory chapter will first outline three different modes of defining religion. In some cultures and historical periods, the category of religion may be alien to the context that is studied. Nevertheless, the phenomenon in question is part of a body of thought and practices that is now identified as religious. How did these phenomena come to be studied as ‘religion’ in that tradition? What is the history of such definitions? We will then address the issue of theory: what is it, and why do you need it? We will also introduce some basic distinctions in levels of analysis that we think are useful to navigate our way through the conversations across disciplinary boundaries that often take place within religious studies. Another issue that will be addressed is the relationship of the researcher to the religious context: should one be a ‘believer’ to understand religion? Or is the category of belief itself problematic? This question is a variation of the ‘insider/outsider’ discussion in anthropology, and our discussion will thus draw heavily on these discussions. In closing, we give an outline of the book and how the chapters relate to the central question of how religion is studied.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 24-Oct-2021
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.42550
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Religion as Relation
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd