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Religious Studies

The Relationship Between Religious Experience and Religious Belief: Essentialism, Scholarly Naivety, or Logical Positivism?

Lecture Type: 
Mysticism Seminar/Interdisciplinary Seminar for the Study of Religions
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Gregory Shushan
Date: 
Monday, May 9, 2011 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

In recent decades, the study of ‘religious’ or ‘mystical’ experiences has been criticised by postmodern scholars who argue that because all experience is dependent upon language and culture, it is unintelligible to speak at all of some cross-culturally comparable event called ‘religious experience’. Because experience cannot precede culture, such scholars assert that it is ‘naive’ or otherwise methodologically or theoretically unsound to claim that the origins of religious beliefs can lie in ‘religious’ experience.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Gregory

How Can Religion Be Studied in South Asian Universities? Or Should It Be?

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Joseph T. O’Connell
Date: 
Friday, June 10, 2011 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

There is a striking disparity between the prominence of religious factors in personal and collective life of so much of the population of South Asian countries and the extreme rarity of study and research explicitly on religion in the universities of those same countries. This anomalous disparity has recently become a subject of concern to a number of scholars within South Asia as well as to some elsewhere who focus their own scholarship on religion in South Asia.

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Joseph T.

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