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World Religions, Concept of

  • By: Mark Juergensmeyer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Global Studies
  • Edited by: Helmut K. Anheier & Mark Juergensmeyer
  • Subject:Globalization, Social Policy (general), Cultural Geography

The concept of “world religions” is a 19th- and 20th-century European and American attempt to understand the global diversity of cultural patterns. Those who use the concept imagine that variations in the world's religious practices and beliefs can be apportioned into ...

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