Engaging the History of Religions - from an Islamic Studies Perspective

  title={Engaging the History of Religions - from an Islamic Studies Perspective},
  author={Leif Stenberg and Susanne Olsson},
The future and relevance of the history of religions discipline in the Swedish context has been discussed lately. This article is a response to this debate from an Islamic studies perspective. The authors argue that the history of religions discipline may become more relevant if a more self-critical approach is adopted, an interdisciplinary attitude upheld, and if there is an openness to learn from other disciplines studying religion such as Islamic studies. Moreover, a reflection on ‘history… 
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