Religions contribute fundamentally to the shaping of societies nowadays, with progressively more observable ramifications both on local and global levels. A case in point is the way in which religious semantics determine contemporary and current political issues. Hence, theoretical and empirical investigation of religious topics hold a key position in the field Science of Religion: The discipline deals with religion from the vantage point of cultural studies and thereby explores its cultural, social and historical contexts. It does so by approaching the object of investigation from an external rather than internal perspective. It follows, therefore, that the Science of Religion as a culturally and historically oriented research topic does not investigate “religion” as a hidden truth pervading all phenomena, but as a socially constructed set of religious world-interpretations with specific social contexts.
The Institute for the Science of Religion is subdivided into the two major study areas Science of Religion and Central Asian Studies. For more information on these academic disciplines click "Studies"