Religious Studies
(3,747 words)

Religious studies and intellectual fashions


Religious studies was initially a product of the Enlightenment with its emphasis on empiricism, description, induction, and reason. It encouraged sensitivity to context and historical change as well as openness to a range of religious phenomena across space and time. Religious studies self-consciously set itself apart from Christian theology, which was considered normative and c…

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Young, Katherine K., “Religious Studies”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2009

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