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Social movements, religious
(3,568 words)

1. Definition

Religious social movements are collective actors with religious motives and goals seeking to bring about a partial or total change in conditions of religion and sometimes society as a whole (see also Religious reform movements), or trying to defend existing conditions and prevent or reverse changes (resistance movements).

2. Terminological history

2.1. Introduction

Deriving from the physical sense (displacement of…

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Schneider, Hans, “Social movements, religious”, 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 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027680>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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