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1. Title Title of document Notes - The Invention of Religions
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Daniel Dubuisson; CNRS, Paris; France
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) academic study of religion; history of religion; enthnocentric; idea of religion; colonialism; cultural imperialism;
 
5. Subject Subject classification Discipline of Religious Studies; History of Religions
 
6. Description Abstract For nearly thirty years, a scientific revolution has taken place in the religious studies departments of several North American and British universities—and the results are considerable, obliging us to envisage new ways of conceiving of this academic field. While the History of Religions tended to rest in the shade and guardianship of past authorities, this critical current has re-examined the discipline’s a priori positions, its favourite arguments, its long prehistory within Euro/Christian culture, but also its numerous ethnocentric prejudices.


The first part of the volume considers anew the origins and Christian history of the notion of religion. This starting point then allows us to identify dead ends and contradictions within the traditional History of Religions approach. The second part is dedicated to the synthetic presentation of the concepts, methods, and controversies, which distinguish this current. Following this are two related contributions devoted to two major case studies: “Colonialism and Cultural Imperialism” and “The Invention of Hinduism and Shintoism”. Finally, in the third and last part of the book, this trend itself is critically examined. The author identifies some of the paradoxes, gaps, and aporias that this approach has already gathered during its short existence.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 08-Oct-2019
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/39876
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.39876
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Invention of Religions
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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