This first volume of the series “Dynamics in the History of Religions” reviews the opening conference of the "Käte Hamburger Kolleg” at the Ruhr-University Bochum. The first section concentrates on the formation of what later come to be termed "world religions" through inter-religious contact, the second part focuses on the significance of interreligious contacts also during their expansive phase. Methodological problems of multi-perspective research and especially the lack of a general religious terminology are discussed in the third chapter, while the final papers outline various aspects of secularization and (re-)sacralisation in the age of globalisation as an effect of multicultural contacts in a world wide web of religious interferences.
Volkhard Krech, Professor of Religious Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, is Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe". Krech’s main research interests are related to the theory of religion and history of religions, religious pluralization and globalization, religion and violence, and history of the science of religion. Marion Steinicke, Ph. D. in Religious Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, is Science Manager of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg at Ruhr-University Bochum. She has published on Medieval European travels to the Far East and ritual inventions of the Italian Trecento. Her current research regards the Jesuit Mission in China. Contributors include: Victor H. Mair, Patrick Olivelle, Guy Stroumsa, Michael Lecker, Eun-Jeung Lee, Stephen C. Berkwitz, Robert Ford Campany, Ronald M. Davidson, Jan Assmann, Peter Beyer, José Casanova and others
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Contributors include: Marion Steinicke, Volkhard Krech, Peter Wick, Victor H. Mair, Heiner Roetz, Patrick Olivelle, Jens Schlieter, Guy Stroumsa, Sarah Stroumsa, Nikolas Jaspert, Michael Lecker, John Tolan, Eun-jeung Lee, Michael Lackner, Stephen C. Berkwitz, Sven Bretfeld, Lucian Hölscher, Jan Assmann, Robert Ford Campany, Russell McCutcheon, Tim H. Barrett, Francesca Tarocco, Ronald M. Davidson, Markus Zehnder, Aslam Syed, Marion Eggert, Peter Schalk, Peter Beyer, Ian Reader, José Casanova, Heinz Georg Held
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