Comparative Religion and its Vicissitudes in an Age of Globalization

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  • Morny Joy University of Calgary,

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.48460

Keywords:

Comparative Religion, Postcolonialism, Orientalism, Critical Approaches, Cultural Essentialism, Globalization, Jonathan Z. Smith, Edward Said, James Clifford

Abstract

This article is a survey of some of the major challenges that have been directed at Comparative Religion during the last forty years. A number of these regard such an orientation as simply a construction that is a product of a scholar’s imagination. Others regard it as exhibiting a distinctly western, specifically Christian influence that is dismissive of other religions. Nonetheless, there have been attempts to redress this imbalance and challenge biased categories and interpretations. In this regard, much can be learnt from postcolonial and women scholars, as well as from other disciplines such as anthropology. Nonetheless in contemporary times, the exploits from globalization threatens to have a disruptive influence on the discipline.

Author Biography

Morny Joy, University of Calgary,

University Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary

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Published

2015-01-07

How to Cite

Joy, M. (2015). Comparative Religion and its Vicissitudes in an Age of Globalization. Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 50(2), 215–234. https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.48460

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