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Religions, history of
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1. Concept and history up to 18th century

The “history of religions” denotes both the academic study of religion as a discipline (Religionswissenschaft) and a specific methodic program that was developed alongside the historico-philological approaches in the 19th century. The historicization of religion in line with other cultural fields admittedly remains a bone of contention in the study of the subject, and even many specialists in the di…

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Gladigow, Burkhard, “Religions, history of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026529>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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