Special Issue "Methodical Aspects of Comparison"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2018)
This special issue discusses how comparison works as a method in the study of religion. It tackles question such as: Which methodical components should a comparative study include? Which problems does the comparativist encounter in deploying the comparative method? How is the design of the method related to the outcome of the study and to its value for the study of religion? Author A’s “input paper” outlines a methodological framework and terminology of comparison. Then five experienced comparativists in their respective fields respond to the issues addressed in that framework each in their own way. Rather than reflecting upon comparison in a dry, theoretical manner, they discuss the methodical questions in the light of specific comparative studies that they have conducted. Engaging with the framework in this way produced rich essays, in which the authors highlight issues that are most relevant for them, criticize some components of the framework, and suggest new aspects and insights. This seems to be the first time that the method of comparison in the study of religion is put front and center in a collaborate discussion.
Prof. Dr. Oliver Freiberger
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