Introducing the Field: Conspiracy Theory in, about, and as Religion

Robertson, David G.; Asprem, Egil and Dyrendal, Asbjørn (2018). Introducing the Field: Conspiracy Theory in, about, and as Religion. In: Dyrendal, Asbjørn; Robertson, David G. and Asprem, Egil eds. Handbook of Conspiracy Theory and Contemporary Religion. Brill.

Abstract

The last decade has seen a rapid increase in interest in conspiracy theories within the study of religion, as demonstrated by several chapters on the topic in textbooks and anthologies, and panels at major academic conferences. An obvious reason for this is the discourse around religion, politics, and terrorism, in which conspiratorial narratives often connect the three domains. But, we argue, religious studies may also stand to make considerable theoretical gains by engaging conspiracy theories in light of the major developments in the field since the 1990s.

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