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Religion, Geography and

  • By: Michael P. Ferber
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The geography of religion is a substantial subdiscipline of human geography that provides significant insight into the breadth and depth of religious traditions in their multifaceted contexts. The geography of religion involves the spatial study of religious systems and phenomena and includes a robust array of themes at numerous scales, including, but not limited to, religious diffusion, religious distributions, religious regions, religious diversity, religious fundamentalism, sacred space, religious landscapes, religion and the environment, and more recent developments in critical human geography.

Geographers of religion explore a multiplicity of faith traditions but tend to be more concerned with the social, cultural, and environmental associations of religion than with religion itself, though this is an internal point of debate among scholars. The geography of religion is therefore differentiated ...

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