Interdisciplinary Issues in Asian Studies:Religion, modernities and moralities

Course content

Contrary to the Secularization thesis forwarded in the 1950s and 1960s that processes of modernization lead to a decline in religion, contemporary scholars are noticing a possible re-enchantment rather than disenchantment of modernity leading to the impression that the relationship between religion and modernity is more complex than previously thought. This course looks at the nexus between modernity and religion taking into consideration the burgeoning field of the anthropology of morality. By approaching religion through an anthropological approach to moralities and modernities, this course opens up the field of the anthropology of religion by bringing in classical debates as well as new and recent research in the field.  Understanding religion to be not distinct from but very much a part of modernity avoids the classic distinction between religion and secularity, or understanding religion to be equivalent with tradition and opposed to the modern.


Curriculum for Master´s Program  in Asianstudies The 2008 Curriculum

Learning outcome

Asienstudier KA 2008-ordning:
Tværfagligt tema:
Tibetologi (fagelementkode HTIK03021E)
Japanstudier (fagelementkode HJAK03032E)
Indonesisk (fagelementkode HFKK00356E)
Indologi (fagelementkode HIDK03021E)
Kinastudier (fagelementkode HKIK03022E)
Thai (fagelementkode HFKK00372E)

Lectures, discussions, student presentations, guest lecturers

Horstmann, Alexander and Thomas Reuter 2014: Faith in the Future: Revitalization of Religion in Asia. Brill: Leiden

Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 356,5
  • English
  • 412,5