Globalization of religious networks

Globalization of religious networks

Peter van der Veer

This project aims to develop the comparative study of the globalization of religious networks in Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism and Islam. The focus will initially be on patterns of regional and global expansion from India and China, but the project will not limit itself in geographical terms. Religious movements are connected to patterns of migration that are increasingly globalized. New methodologies have to be developed to enable research on the pathways of religious globalization. Important in this project will be the study of missionaries, missionary societies, their support structures and modes of communication. This has to be studied comparatively across religions. The ethnic and religious dynamics in South-East Asia are a theme of special interest in so far as they are affected by the economic and political expansion of China.

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