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Considering Comparison: A Method for Religious Studies

Oliver Freiberger

Abstract

This book seeks to rehabilitate the comparative method in the study of religion by highlighting its fundamental role for the academic mission of religious studies and by proposing both a responsible theoretical approach and a methodological framework. Analyzing the ways in which comparison is used in the study of religion, the book identifies the primary goals of this method and argues that it is constitutive for religious studies as an academic discipline. Revisiting various critiques of comparison—decontextualization and essentialization charges, postcolonialist and postmodernist critiques, ... More

Keywords: comparison, comparative method, discourse comparison, methodology, religious studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199965007
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199965007.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oliver Freiberger, author
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Religious Studies, University of Texas, Austin