Engels: The First Marxist Historian and Anthropologist of Religion

Religion and Marxism - An Introduction - Paul-Francois Tremlett

Paul-Francois Tremlett [+-]
Open University
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Paul-François Tremlett is a senior lecturer in religious studies at the Open University. His research interests include classical and contemporary anthropological and sociological theories of religion and the broad constitution of religion as a site of study in societies experiencing rapid social change. He is the author of Towards a New Theory of Religion and Social Change: Sovereignties and Disruptions (Bloomsbury 2021) and co-edited Ritual and Democracy: Protests, Publics and Performances (Equinox, 2020). He also co-edits the Bloomsbury Series ‘Religion, Space and Place’.


This chapter provides a brief biographical sketch of Engels’s life before moving on to consider the extent of the collaborative relationship between Engels and Marx and Engels’s influence on historical and anthropological accounts of religions.

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Tremlett, Paul-Francois. Engels: The First Marxist Historian and Anthropologist of Religion. Religion and Marxism - An Introduction. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 20-30 Jul 2023. ISBN 9781800502871. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44045. Date accessed: 01 Jun 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44045. Jul 2023

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