The Ideology of Religious Studies: The Ideology of Religious Studies
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The Ideology of Religious Studies: The Ideology of Religious Studies

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 148 x 228 x 24mm | 458.13g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195167694
  • 9780195167696
  • 748,163

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Fitzgerald's work ranks him as one of the most significant figures in the debate as to what is 'religious studies'. * Gavin D'Costa, Theology *show more

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