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Sociology of Religion
(3,710 words)

[German Version]

I. Terminology

The sociology of religion studies religion’s social aspects and manifestations, clearly including religious institutions, organizations, and social groups. It also studies more situational forms, less clearly defined, such as gatherings, ceremonies, and collective rituals (e.g. processions [Rite and ritual]). In an extended sense, characteristic of the German-language tradition since M. Weber, religious sociology deals with all social or…

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Knoblauch, Hubert, Mürmel, Heinz, Otto, Eckart, Ebertz, Michael N., Stuckrad, Kocku v. and Daiber, Karl-Fritz, “Sociology of Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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