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Discourse on Civility and Barbarity

Timothy Fitzgerald


This book analyzes the development of different meanings of the term “religion” in different contexts and in relation to other categories with shifting and unstable nuances such as the state, politics, economics, and the secular. It traces a major transformation of the category as a function of Euro‐American colonialism and capitalism from its traditional meaning of Christian Truth to the modern generic and pluralized category of religions and world religions. For centuries the English word Religion meant Christian Truth, and it stood in opposition to superstition, paganism, and falsehood. As ... More

Keywords: religion, history, colonial ideology, orientalism, sacred, profane, secular state, political science, economic theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195300093
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Fitzgerald, author
University of Stirling
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