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Engaging the History of Religions - from an Islamic Studies Perspective

Stenberg, Leif LU and Olsson, Susanne (2015) In Temenos 51(2). p.201-225
Abstract
The future and relevance of the history of religions discipline in the

Swedish context has been discussed lately. This article is a response

to this debate from an Islamic studies perspective. The authors argue

that the history of religions discipline may become more relevant if a

more self-critical approach is adopted, an interdisciplinary attitude

upheld, and if there is an openness to learn from other disciplines

studying religion such as Islamic studies. Moreover, a reflection on

‘history’ in the history of religions is necessary if elitism and a too

narrow definition of the discipline are to be avoided. Furthermore, the

article addresses the question as... (More)
The future and relevance of the history of religions discipline in the

Swedish context has been discussed lately. This article is a response

to this debate from an Islamic studies perspective. The authors argue

that the history of religions discipline may become more relevant if a

more self-critical approach is adopted, an interdisciplinary attitude

upheld, and if there is an openness to learn from other disciplines

studying religion such as Islamic studies. Moreover, a reflection on

‘history’ in the history of religions is necessary if elitism and a too

narrow definition of the discipline are to be avoided. Furthermore, the

article addresses the question as to whether or not scholarly engagement in disseminating findings in public should be an intellectual and moral requirement. (Less)
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history of Religions, Study of Religion, Islamic Studies, critical perspectives, engaged research
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Temenos
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51
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201 - 225
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Finnish Society for the Study of Religion
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0497-1817
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Swedish context has been discussed lately. This article is a response<br/><br>
to this debate from an Islamic studies perspective. The authors argue<br/><br>
that the history of religions discipline may become more relevant if a<br/><br>
more self-critical approach is adopted, an interdisciplinary attitude<br/><br>
upheld, and if there is an openness to learn from other disciplines<br/><br>
studying religion such as Islamic studies. Moreover, a reflection on<br/><br>
‘history’ in the history of religions is necessary if elitism and a too<br/><br>
narrow definition of the discipline are to be avoided. Furthermore, the<br/><br>
article addresses the question as to whether or not scholarly engagement in disseminating findings in public should be an intellectual and moral requirement.},
  author       = {Stenberg, Leif and Olsson, Susanne},
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  keyword      = {history of Religions,Study of Religion,Islamic Studies,critical perspectives,engaged research},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {201--225},
  publisher    = {Finnish Society for the Study of Religion},
  series       = {Temenos},
  title        = {Engaging the History of Religions - from an Islamic Studies Perspective},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2015},
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