Faculty

Religious Studies

In the field of religious studies, world religions and their culture, customs and traditions are compared with each other and their world views and values as well as their ethical principles are examined. By analyzing and empirical approach we obtain conclusions of actions and life of such cultures and peoples. Understanding each of these comparative areas is an essential contribution to international understanding and better communication between the different ethnic groups.

CONTENTS AND DESCRIPTION OF THE FACULTY

The role of religions in today’s society is becoming more and more important, both in local and global contexts. Each day we are exposed to them and so we are also determined and perceived by religious semantics. A key component of comparative religion is the well-founded, empirical work and the examination of the various world religions, worldviews and ideologies. Being a science of mind and culture, it refers to social, cultural and historical backgrounds and tries to investigate and examine them neutrally, as well as empirically, historically and systematically. Comparative religion studies are not the same as theology, because among other things, they examine the various religions and their contents in terms of their interrelationships, what role they play in society, and how they have changed from the past to the present.
Today, religions as forces shaping society play an increasingly significant role in local as well as global contexts; for example, religious semantics increasingly determine current day politics. The central aim of scientific studies of religions is therefore a theoretical and empirical examination of the subject of religion. As a perspective of cultural studies, it deals with religion in its cultural, social and historical contexts by encountering its subject from an external perspective. As cultural studies, religious studies does not analyze “religion” as a truth hidden among various phenomena, but rather humanly designed religious interpretations of the world in their social contexts.