Locating Religions

Contact, Diversity, and Translocality


This collection of articles is an innovative contribution to religious studies, because it picks up concepts developed in the wake of the so-called "spatial turn". Religions are always located in a certain cultural and spatial environment, but often tend to locate (or translocate) themselves beyond that original setting. Also, many religious traditions are not only tied to or associated with the area its respective adherent live in, but are in fact "bi-local" or even "multi-local", as they closely relate to various spatial centers or plains at once. This spatial diversity inherent to many religions is a corollary to religious diversity or plurality that merits in-depth research. The articles in this volume present important findings from a series of settings within and between Asia and Europe.

Contributors are: Anna Akasoy, Christopher I. Beckwith, Stephen C. Berkwitz, Alexandra Cuffel, Ana Echevarria, Reinhold F. Glei, Tsering Gonkatsang, Georgios T. Halkias, Nikolas Jaspert, Adam Knobler, Zara Pogossian, Henrik H. Sörensen, Knut Martin Stünkel, John Tolan, Dorothea Weltecke, and Michael Willis.
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Nikolas Jaspert, Ph.D. (1995), is Professor for medieval history at University of Heidelberg. He has published on the history of the Iberian Peninsula, Mediterranean History, the crusades, medieval religious orders and urban history.
Reinhold Glei, Ph.D. (1983), is Professor for classical philology at University of Bochum. He has published on ancient literature and philosophy, medieval and early modern reception of Islam in Europe, and on translation theory and techniques, esp. from Arabic into Latin and Greek.
"The eclectic breadth of Locating Religions will draw scholars from all time periods and geographical locations. The powerful spectrum of this edited volume demands a lot from its readers. Although the essays are accessible to anyone interested in phenomenology and the history of religions, the reader must prepare to engage religious history at the microcosmic level."

Josefrayn Sánchez-Perry, University of Texas at Austin, Reading Religion
All interested in processes of interaction between societies and inidividuals of different creeds and cultures: historians, anthropologists, theologians.
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