Jacques Waardenburg, Dr. Dr. h.c.
Professor (emer.) of Comparative Religion
Université de Lausanne
Born on March 15, 1930 in Haarlem, Netherlands; passed away on April 8, 2015 in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Studied religious studies (specializing in Islam) at the University of Amsterdam
Islamic Studies and Religious Studies: Interaction Between ReligionsThe purpose of my stay at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin is to put the finishing touches on a book on Islamic Studies and the scholarly study of religions. For a long time the relations between these two fields have been somewhat distant. More interaction between them will be profitable both for our understanding of Islam and for the study of religions and religion in general.<br>
I am now reworking some papers that I wrote earlier on the subject. A few of them have been published, but they have to be revised. On arrival in Berlin the texts themselves should be practically ready. My work at the Wissenschaftskolleg will then be threefold: making final corrections to the texts, making additions to the footnotes and adding to the bibliographical data.<br>
The book will have three parts: 1. Elements of the recent history and contexts of Islamic studies; 2. Some recent developments and contexts of the study of religions; 3. Interaction between the two fields, especially in research on present-day interpretations of Islam and religion in general. My interest focuses on problems of meaning in contemporary contexts.<br><br>
Waardenburg, Jacques, ed. Muslim Perceptions of Other Religions. A Historical Survey. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.<br>
-. Islam. Historical, Social, and Political Perspectives. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2002.<br>
-. Muslims and Others. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2003.