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Globalization and the institutional modeling of religions

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Fundamentalisms occurring all around the world signal that religion is an important domain in a globalized society, thus helping to render the secularization thesis problematic. These complex disciplinary transformations and critiques are thus in certain respects even somewhat contradictory, pointing perhaps to a situation in which observers are clearly dissatisfied with received ways of understanding, but are still very much undecided as to what they wish to put in their place. This chapter addresses that ambiguity, by carrying the critique one or two steps further, namely by linking the ‘invention of religion’, the ‘desecularization of the world’, and the disputed reality of the ‘world religions’ with the question of religious form and globalization. It discusses three cases: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Christianity, it is charged, implicitly serves as the standard by which any religious manifestation is judged to be religion or not, to be a world religion or not.

Keywords: Buddhism; Christianity; globalization; Hinduism; Islam; religious movements



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