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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. Focusing on one colonial contact zone, South Africa, as a crucial site of interaction, the book shows how imperial theorists such as Friedrich Max Müll ... More

Keywords: African religion, colonialism, comparative religion, history of the study of religion, imperialism, indigenous religion, South Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226117263
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226117577.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Chidester, author