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Global Perspectives on Methodology in the Study of Religion

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The first section explains the terms "modern" and "post-modern". This chapter also discusses in great detail "orientalism" and the impact created by oriental intellectuals, poets and scientists. There is a discussion on the question of voice as raised by anthropologist Annette B. Weiner. She described in her book "Women of Value, Men of Renown" (1976) how male orientation in anthropology has profoundly affected theory and methodology. Quoting the view expressed by Annemiek Richters on doubts about reason and rationality, the chapter discusses the question of rationality. It discusses the revitalized humanistic study of religion, the freedom of research and education, the promotion of international understanding, and the pursuit of critical knowledge. These are the goals of most universities and also of the International Association for the History of Religions.

Keywords: Annemiek Richters; Annette B. Weiner; History of Religions; methodology; orientalism



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