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.
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