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The Invention of World Religions - Or, How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism (Paperback, New) Loot Price: R537 Discovery Miles 5 370
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The Invention of World Religions - Or, How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism (Paperback, New)

Tomoko Masuzawa

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The idea of "world religions" expresses a vague commitment to multiculture alism. Not merely a descriptive concept, "world religions" is also a particular ethos, a pluralist ideology, a logic of classification, and a form of knowledge that has shaped the study of religion and infiltrated ordinary language. In this ambitious study, Tomoko Masuzawa examines the emergence of "world religions" in modern European thought through a close reading of a variety of sources as early as the seventeenth century. Devoting particular attention to the relation between the comparative study of language and the nascent science of religion, she demonstrates how new classifications of language and race caused Buddhism and Islam to gain special significance as these religions came to be seen in opposing terms - Aryan on one hand and Semitic on the other. Masuzawa also explores the complex relation of "world religions" to Protestant theology, from the hierarchical ordering of religions typical of the Christian supremacists of the nineteenth century, to the aspirations of early twentieth-century theologian Ernst Troeltsch, who embraced the pluralist logic of "world religions" and by so doing sought to reclaim the universalist destiny of European modernity.

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Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2005
First published: May 2005
Authors: Tomoko Masuzawa
Dimensions: 226 x 154 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-50989-1
Barcode: 9780226509891
Categories: Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > General > Comparative religion
Books > Religion & Spirituality > General > Comparative religion
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LSN: 0-226-50989-3

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