Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures

Get access

Religious Studies
(3,747 words)

Religious studies and intellectual fashions


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 closely …

Cite this page
Young, Katherine K., “Religious Studies”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0061>
First published online: 2009

▲   Back to top   ▲