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Is There Room for Theory in the Study of Religion? A Question Revisited

Issue: Vol 48 No. 1-2 (2019)

Journal: Bulletin for the Study of Religion

Subject Areas: Religious Studies Buddhist Studies Islamic Studies Biblical Studies

DOI: 10.1558/bsor.39920


This editor's introduction presents this issue of the Bulletin, while raising an important question: Is there room for theory in religious studies? Offers an overview and critique of current trends in theorizing religion.

Author: Philip L. Tite

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