Religious studies (German: Religionswissenschaft) is an academic discipline which employs (but is not limited to) historical, philological, and sociological approaches to analyse past and present religions. Religious studies takes a neutral perspective on religion(s) and is concerned with understanding the religious beliefs and practices of different cultures and eras.
The Institute of Religious Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin focuses on the European tradition from Greek antiquity to the modern era, whilst also including both scriptural and non-scriptural cultural traditions outside of Europe in its programme. It emphasises the critical examination of fundamental concepts, theories, and methods relevant to the study of religion. This includes the analysis of specific religious and cultural developments as well as of the transfer and transformation of religious ideas and practices in all areas of culture, such as literature, art, philosophy, and the history of scholarship.
A short history of the institute in German can be found here.
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