Religious Discourse, Social Cohesion and Conflict: Studying Muslim-Christian Relations (Religions and Discourse #55) (Paperback)

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This is book number 55 in the Religions and Discourse series.

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This book analyses religious identity transformations through inter-religious relations. It aims to highlight the link between religious discourse and social cohesion, or the lack of such a link, and ultimately seeks to contribute to the dominant discourse on Muslim-Christian relations. The book is based on fieldwork in Indonesia and Tanzania, and is timely because of the growing tensions between Muslims and Christians in both countries. Its relevance lies in its fresh look at theories of religion and science.
From its establishment as an academic discipline, the phenomenology of religion has dominated religious studies. Its theory of religion is 'realist' (religion is a reality 'in itself') and its view of science is objectivist (scientific knowledge is true if its representation of reality corresponds with reality itself). Based on Discourse Theory, the author argues that religion does not exist 'in itself'. Human practices and artifacts become religious because they are placed in a narrative context by the believers. By using discourse analysis as a research method, the author shows how religious identities in Tanzania and Indonesia are constructed, negotiated and manipulated in order to gain material or symbolic profit.

About the Author


Frans Wijsen is Professor of Practical Science of Religion and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783034309448
ISBN-10: 3034309449
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W
Publication Date: June 28th, 2013
Pages: 218
Language: English
Series: Religions and Discourse