Book: Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion
Chapter: 8. History of Religions Without an Object?: Comparing Theoretical Objects in the History of Religions and in Anthropology
Historians of religions work with (mostly) historical materials, primarily texts, and attempt to reconstruct the histories of religious traditions and their inter-relations with social and cultural formations. All with the purpose of understanding ideology and practice, but the question remains what the theoretical object really is and to what extent it is an object constructed by the community of scholars.