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The Turkish Contribution to the History of Religions

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This article has as its subject researches in the field of history of religions in Turkey and describes a tradition that started in 1912 and has undergone a developmental process of its own up until today. This study evaluates, based on scholarly theses, published articles and books, an academic mentality which was initiated by Annemarie Schimmel and was further developed by Hikmet Tanyu and his students. It also classifies the studies in the field conducted in Turkey with examples and draws attention to the difficulties concerning the method employed. This article, moreover, provides information about the scholarly activities of the Turkish Association for the History of Religions, which was founded in 1994 with the purpose of improving the communication between Turkish historians of religions and establishing a closer dialogue with their Western colleagues.

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Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Divinity, Ankara University, 06500 Beşevler-Ankara, Turkey


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