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World religions
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1. Concept

The concept of world religions became increasingly prevalent in the long 19th century, but its origins and first use are impossible to establish with precision. Moreover, it does not denote any specific variant of religion (Religions), but addresses generalities. Religionswissenschaft, professionalizing as a discipline from the 1870s onwards, used the term in contradistinction to “national religions” (Dutch volksgodsdiensten, German Landesreligionen). It also u…

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Rüther, Kirsten, “World religions”, 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 21 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030243>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20230627



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