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Book: Fabricating Authenticity

Chapter: Do People Misunderstand their Own Religion?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40262


In this chapter, Martin draws on two examples to explore whose claims and understandings of religion are authenticated or legitimated and in what ways. Martin highlights that “authentic” understandings of religion are often applied to white, male-led, institutional practices, while marking practices of women and ethnic minorities as “inauthentic” and argues that the role of the scholar is to consider how religions are defined, by whom, and for what purposes.

Chapter Contributors

  • Craig Martin ( - cmartin) 'St. Thomas Aquinas College'