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Empire of Religion: Imperialism and Comparative Religion


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Empire of Religion: Imperialism and Comparative Religion

David Chidester

Providing a new history of the study of religion, Empire of Religion locates knowledge about religion and religions within the power relations of imperial ambitions, colonial situations, and indigenous innovations. The book uncovers the material mediations—imperial, colonial, and indigenous—in which knowledge about religion was produced during the rise of an academic study of religion between the 1870s and the 1920s in Europe and North America. .... Read more


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