Historicizing and Deconstructing “Religion”: A Short Overview of a Persisting Problem

In: Transformation of Religion
Nickolas P. Roubekas
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In the last decades, scholars of the academic study of religion have vigorously called for a critical study of the very subject matter of the field, viz. “religion.” As the argument goes, “religion” as a taxon is proven to be inadequate, problematic, and occasionally harmful as a scholarly classificatory tool. This essay offers a brief overview of the said problematization by focusing on some recent works by scholars primarily working within the Anglophone world – whence most such representatives come from. The essay identifies two pivots in such argumentations and debates, namely, the historicization and the deconstruction of “religion” – with some scholars calling for a possible reconstruction of the term.

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