مذہب کی تعریف اور مغربی فکر کی مشکلات کا تنقیدی مطالعہ

  • Zia-ur-rehman Zia Lecturer, Department of Islamic Studies and Arabic, G.C. University Faisalabad
  • Dr. Yasir Arfat Assistant Professor ,Department of Islamic Studies and Arabic, G.C. University Faisalabad
Keywords: religion, western approach, definition

Abstract

Religion has always been a major area of study in modern sociological studies in the west. Defining religion has also been a challenge for the modern western scholarship. What Religion is and what is not? A number of definitions produced in the response to this question. Consequently, we find different definitions of religion that are not only competing but sometimes contradicting each other. In this article, we tried to understand the background of the differences of western approaches on the definition of religion and its consequences on sociological studies of religion. The comparison of these definitions reveals that agreed-upon definition was never the objective of these studies and these were scholarly assumptions not an output of sociological study of religion. Hence, we cannot accept them as a result of discourse but it may provide initial bases to start research in the field.

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Published
2020-12-30
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Articles