Chapter 3: The Death Pangs of the Insider/Outsider Dichotomy in the Study of Religion

The Insider/Outsider Debate - New Perspectives in the Study of Religion - George D. Chryssides

Ron Geaves [+-]
Cardiff University
Ron Geaves is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of History, Archaeology and Religion, based in the Centre of the Study of Muslims in Britain at Cardiff University, previously holding Chairs in Religious Studies at the University of Chester (2001-2007) and in the Comparative Study of Religion at Liverpool Hope University (2007-2013). Professor Geaves remains active in research. Usually, his research is contemporary in focus and involves ethnographic study, although recently he has embarked on the historical study of the Muslim presence in Britain. He has written and edited nineteen books and contributed to around twenty-five edited collections and numerous journal articles. His works include Sectarian Influences in Islam in Britain (1994), Sufis in Britain (2000), Islam and the West Post 9/11 (2004), Aspects of Islam (2005), Islam Today (2010), Islam in Victorian Britain: The Life and Times of Abdullah Quilliam (2010), Sufis of Britain (2014) and Islam and Britain: Muslim Mission in an Age of Empire (2017). He is currently working on Glastonbury and the Making of New Age Spirituality.

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The chapter explores how the insider/outsider dichotomy in the study of religions has become increasingly untenable as ‘objectivity’ was increasingly challenged by post-modernist theory, the advent of reflexivity and the collapse of primordial theories of identity construction as they were supplanted by newer understandings. On route, the author argues that the study of religion is uniquely placed to revolutionise both scientific methodological paradigms and the ethics of research that currently prevail in the social sciences.

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Geaves, Ron. Chapter 3: The Death Pangs of the Insider/Outsider Dichotomy in the Study of Religion. The Insider/Outsider Debate - New Perspectives in the Study of Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2019. ISBN 9781781793442. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27440. Date accessed: 23 May 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27440. Oct 2019

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