Religion and its History: A Critical Inquiry


Religious individualization and a critical view of the concept of religionLooking at religionMaster narratives of individuality and individualization in thehistory of religionTheorizing religion with a view to individualizationRefining the modelling of religious actionPreparing for a new historiography of religionIndividuals’ religionPrivatization of religionIndividualizationA comparative view of processes of individualizationTypes of individualityParadoxes: individualization and de-individualizationReligious agency, identity, and communication: Reflecting on history and theory of religionThe collective bias of theories of religionConceptualizing religion with a view to the individualReligious agencyReligious identityReligious communicationFrom a concept of religion to a theory of religionConclusionLived religionLived religion in the contemporary worldTesting the viability of lived religion for research into pastreligionIdentityReligious experience in literary textsMaterial religionUrban religionReligion as spatial practiceReligion and urbanizationReligion as an urbanizing factorUrbanized religionConclusionReligion and memoryMemorizing religionCollective concepts of religion versus individual actionReligion as communicationConclusionNarrative and History of ReligionEntangled conceptsNarrating the pastCharacteristics of narrativeNarrative and History of ReligionThe historiographical construction of religious traditionsHistory and memoryHistory and religionReligious history and History of ReligionReligions as subjects and products of historical narrativeConclusionReflecting on dealing with religious changeHistory of ancient Mediterranean religionWriting about religious changeNarrativePractices and knowledge