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On our website you will find information and news about Bayreuth’s Study of Religion.

The study of religion rests on doing empirical studies that take a neutral perspective towards worldviews. Relevant topics not only include the “world religions,” but also the diversity of old and new religious traditions and movements as well as phenomena such as esoteric, spirituality, and atheism. The study of religion scrutinizes these topics with historical and linguistic methods paired with methods used in cultural and social studies. In this regard, it differs fundamentally from various theologies and other religiously normative approaches.

With its three professorships - focusing on contemporary religious cultures in Europe, contemporary Islam, and religion in Africa - the study of religion at the University of Bayreuth is particularly well equipped to engage with contemporary religious culture from a global historical perspective.

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