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Book: Navigating Universalism and Particularism in the Study of Religions

Chapter: Contesting Universalism and Particularism in the Study of Religions: An Introduction to the Mixed-method Approach to the Study of Religions in a Global Perspective

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44294


In this chapter we will introduce and discuss the research project behind this volume, namely the Centre of Excellence in research project Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective (YARG). This project implemented a cross-cultural, comparative and mixed-method study of religious subjectivities and values in their context. In addition to providing a background to the volume, it is essential to the volume as a whole to describe the conceptual and methodological underpinnings of YARG, including the mixed-method, the research process and the data we have collected. In addition to clarifying the epistemological claims of the research project, we also bring up some elementary observations stemming from the Faith Q-study in the project and provide a framework for understanding the separate chapters.

Chapter Contributors

  • Peter Nynäs ( - pnynas) 'Åbo Akademi University'
  • Ruth Illman ( - rillman) 'The Donner Institute for Research in Religion and Culture'
  • Nurit Novis-Deutsch ( - ndeutsch) 'University of Haifa'