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First, the paper recalls some of the main tools that have been used in the work of the KHK. These include the concept of contact, which helps avoid essentialization and reification; a comparative approach, which is not simply applied by scholars, but which religious traditions themselves perform when they encounter each other; and correspondences between object and metalanguage. Second, the paper deals with the distinction between semantics and social structures. Third, the paper summarizes again the four dimensions that underpinned the KHK’s work program, namely knowledge, experience, action, and materiality. Reflections on the emergence of a global religious field conclude the contribution.

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In: Stepping Back and Looking Ahead: Twelve Years of Studying Religious Contact at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg Bochum