Call for Papers: Case Studies on Religious Contact and Transfer


Entangled Religions is an interdisciplinary academic journal, published online by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe” as part of the Center for Religious Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The journal is edited by an international board of renowned scholars from the fields of Religious Studies, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Islamic studies, Jewish Studies, Buddhist Studies, and Sinology.

Thematically, Entangled Religions deals with encounters between different religious traditions and processes of transfer in past and present times. The journal aims at overcoming past disciplinary cleavages in religious by providing a shared conceptual basis for the analysis of religious encounter. Inter- and intra-religious processes initiated by religious encounter are a focal point of research on religion, enabling researchers from various academic backgrounds to share their respective research. The broader goal of Entangled Religions is to enable larger-scale comparisons of individual case studies. This is done by using analytical concepts that help express and investigate communalities of seemingly very different case studies. This makes every case study in Entangled Religions a case of a larger phenomenon.

Against this backdrop, we welcome papers which address the overarching theme of religious contact and transfer. This can include, but is not limited to, case studies on occasions, themes, modes, conditions, and consequences of contacts between religious groups and the way religious ideas and practices developed within and as a result of religious contact.

Papers should use analytical concepts to substantiate their case studies and enable comparability. Authors are strongly encouraged to engage with the guiding concepts of Entangled Religions as they see fit – whether as a source of inspiration or a reason for critique. Alternatively, authors may introduce other analytical concepts which allow abstraction and comparability.

Contributions to Entangled Religions can address research questions such as:

  • How have situations of contact between religious groups influenced the development of religious thought?
  • How can obvious parallels between different religions, such as similarities in rituals or in figures of thought, be identified, traced in history, and explained? How have rituals and concepts travelled from one religion to another?
  • How do followers of different religious strands interact, argue, and articulate their respective positions in relation to each other?
  • How have new religious ideas and practices been integrated into existing traditions?
  • Where can we trace moments of ruptures in religious traditions, and how can such ruptures be explained?
  • How have intra-religious conflicts and schisms developed?
  • How have religious minorities positioned themselves vis-à-vis religious majorities?
  • What does the analysis of religious polemics reveal about issues of contention between representatives of different religions?
  • What do historical manuscripts and artifacts tell us about the development of religions and about the role of religious contact and transfer in this development?
  • How do contemporary new religious groups relate to and draw from existing religious traditions, thoughts, and practices?

Entangled Religions does not operate according to pre-established publication deadlines. Therefore, we offer our authors publication throughout the year.

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Manuscripts and other editorial correspondence should be sent to the managing editor, Julia Heinig (