The Ideology of Religious Studies

Paperback | October 16, 2003

byTimothy Fitzgerald

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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 inIndia 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-culturalanalysis. 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.

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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 inIndia and Japan, and through a detailed ana...

Timothy Fitzgerald is at University of Stirling.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.45 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:October 16, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195167694

ISBN - 13:9780195167696

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"A welcome critique of the dubious products marketed by an industry whose shares, Fitzgerald claims, are jointly owned by theologians and practitioners of religious studies." Religious Studies