Max Weber on Islam and Confucianism

Bryan S. Turner

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Max Weber on Islam and Confucianism

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This article discusses the themes of secularisation/disenchantment and enchantment that emerge in Weber's sociology of comparative religion and his Kantian notion of secularisation. It argues that whatever the tradition – Christian, Islamic, or Confucian – the life and authority of the educated and elite carriers of religion are undergoing a serious challenge from the popular ‘spiritual supermarkets’. This form of re-enchantment of the world, the discussion suggests, would appear to contradict Weber's general secularisation thesis.

Keywords: Max Weber; Islam; Christian radicalism; secularisation; disenchantment; comparative religion

Article.  8497 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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