The Study of Religion under the Impact of Fascism

Author: Horst Junginger
The study of religion under the spell of fascism has not received due attention. One reason for the noticeable lack of interest was the political involvement of many historians of religions. Among those who had good reason to leave the era of fascism untouched, we find prominent figures in the field. Another obstacle to examining the past impartially has been the connection with religious and other worldviews which render historical accounts in the study of religion an intricate matter. The articles in this volume provide evidence of the great complexity of the problems involved. Laying the groundwork in many cases, they shed new light on a dark and poorly-lit era of the academic study of religion in Europe.

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Horst Junginger, Dr. phil. (1997) in the study of religion, University of Tübingen. He has published extensively on antisemitism and on the history of the academic study of religion including Von der philologischen zur völkischen Religionswissenschaft (Stuttgart: Steiner, 1999).     


In conclusion, this volumecontains many high-quality scholarly contributions, and sheds light on little-known areas (such as the beginnings of the ‘science of religion’ in Greece, Italy and Romania). [...] I recommend it to all who are
interested in the academic genealogy of Religious Studies. - Carole Cusack, University of Sydney in: Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, Vol. 2, Iss. 1 (2011)
Contributors include: Andreas Åkerlund, Gustavo Benavides, Eugen Ciurtin, Richard Faber, Cristiano Grottanelli, Halina Grzymała-Moszczyńska, Fritz Heinrich, Sigurd Hjelde, Willem Hofstee, Horst Junginger, István Keul, Hiroshi Kubota, Bruce Lincoln, Iveta Leitane, Vasilios N. Makrides, Udo Mischek, Petteri Pietikäinen, Kurt Rudolph, Michael Stausberg, Mihaela Timuş, Florin Ţurcanu, Ulrich Vollmer
All those interested in the academic study of religion, the history of science, antisemitim, Paganism, National Socialism, and fascism in general.