Engaging the History of Religions - from an Islamic Studies Perspective

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The future and relevance of the history of religions discipline in the
Swedish context has been discussed lately. This article is a response
to this debate from an Islamic studies perspective. The authors argue
that the history of religions discipline may become more relevant if a
more self-critical approach is adopted, an interdisciplinary attitude
upheld, and if there is an openness to learn from other disciplines
studying religion such as Islamic studies. Moreover, a reflection on
‘history’ in the history of religions is necessary if elitism and a too
narrow definition of the discipline are to be avoided. Furthermore, the
article addresses the question as to whether or not scholarly engagement in disseminating findings in public should be an intellectual and moral requirement.


  • Leif Stenberg
  • Susanne Olsson
External organisations
  • Stockholm University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • History of Religions


  • history of Religions, Study of Religion, Islamic Studies, critical perspectives, engaged research
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-225
Number of pages25
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch