Medicine – Religion – Spirituality

Global Perspectives on Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Healing

Edited by Dorothea Lüddeckens and Monika Schrimpf

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Medicine – Religion – Spirituality

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Pub Date: August 2019

ISBN: 9783837645828

274 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Medicine – Religion – Spirituality

Global Perspectives on Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Healing

Edited by Dorothea Lüddeckens and Monika Schrimpf

Transcript-Verlag

In modern societies, the functional differentiation of medicine and religion is the predominant paradigm. Contemporary therapeutic practices and concepts in healing systems, such as transpersonal psychology and ayurveda as well as Buddhist and Anthroposophic medicine, however, are shaped by medical as well as religious or spiritual elements. This book investigates configurations of the entanglement between medicine, religion, and spirituality in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa. How do political and legal conditions affect these healing systems? How do they relate to religious and scientific discourses? How do therapeutic practitioners position themselves between medicine and religion, and what is their appeal for patients?

About the Author

Dorothea Lüddeckens teaches the study of religions at the University of Zurich. Her research foci lie in qualitative-empirical research of contemporary religion in western Europe and contemporary Zoroastrianism, ranging from studies regarding dying and death to research on religion and medicine.

Monika Schrimpf teaches Japanese studies at the University of Tübingen. She currently holds a Heisenberg professorship and has published on modern and contemporary religions in Japan. Her present research focuses on gender and religion in contemporary Japan.