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      Religious Studies in Germany: Institutional Frameworks and Constraints

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      NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
      Amsterdam University Press

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          In Germany the distinction between theology and Religionswissenschaft remains firmly in place. This article compares the institutional context of both disciplines. A related development is the recent creation of chairs and programs of Islamic theology. While Christian theology is shielded by constitutional and legal privileges and is far bigger than Religionswissenschaft, the latter has benefited from new initiatives in educational policy; successful new centres and projects were established, the most prominent of which focus on topics at the intersection with sociology. This growth, however, risks not being sustainable, given some peculiarities of the German academic system, in particular its hierarchical, professor-focused structure. The article also discusses the international dimension of German Religionswissenschaft.

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          Role: Professor of Religion
          Journal
          NTT
          NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
          Amsterdam University Press
          2542-6583
          2590-3268
          2017
          18 July 2019
          : 71
          : 1
          : 58-73
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          Michael Stausberg is Professor of Religion at the University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR). E-mail: Michael.Stausberg@ 123456uib.no

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          10.5117/NTT2017.71.058.STAU
          bcb12ae1-6e4f-4a87-a37b-b701859106ea
          © 2018 Amsterdam University Press
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