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Founded in 1956 under the auspices of the CNRS, the journal Archives de Sociologie des Religions became in 1973 Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions. It is published by Éditions de l’EHESS.

The journal publishes articles reflecting the most advanced research in this field, both in France and abroad, in French, English, and Spanish.
The journal has three main goals:

to promote a comparative perspective, extended to all religions, and all cultural areas ;

to encourage cooperation of all social sciences for the purpose of informing about the multifaceted religious phenomenon;

to emphasize the presentation of methodological and theoretical reflections on the objects of research.

The collection of the Archives de sciences sociales des religions (1956-1999) is available on Persée; recent issues are accessible via Cairn; issues from 2000 to d - 2 years are available on OpenEdition Journals.

Latest issue
193 | janvier-mars 2021
Réguler les pluralités religieuses : mondes indiens et chinois comparés

Regulating Religious Pluralism: Indian and Chinese Worlds Compared
Regulación del pluralismo religioso: comparación de los mundos indio y chino
Regolare il pluralismo religioso: mondi indiani e cinesi a confronto

The direct comparison between the Chinese and Indian religious worlds has rarely been conducted. This is a paradox, because one of the fundamental characteristics common to both Indian and Chinese societies is the very ancient cohabitation of all forms of religion: mediumistic, possession and healing cults; sacrificial cults to local deities; cults of the ancestors or the dead; ascetic, monastic or spiritual traditions; supra-local religious institutions of the “Church” type, structured and recognised by the state; modern and contemporary religious reform movements, some nationalist, some universalist. These common features should not, however, conceal the depth of the differences: from one world to another, the modalities of the division of religious labour differ as much as the modes of regulation of religious practices by the state. It is this comparative work that historians and anthropologists have brought together in the thematic dossier "Regulating Religious Pluralism. Indian and Chinese Worlds Compared".

The dossier is followed by two varia, one on the management by Rome of sexual abuse by the clergy between 1916 and 1939, the other on the issues at stake in the “Arba‘īn march” in contemporary Iran. Lastly, Wiktor Stoczkowski responds to the controversy opened in our journal on his latest book, La science sociale comme vision du monde. Émile Durkheim et le mirage du salut (Gallimard, 2019).

  • Réguler les pluralités religieuses : mondes indiens et chinois comparés

    Regulating Religious Pluralism: Indian and Chinese Worlds in Perspective
    Regulación del pluralismo religioso: comparación de los mundos indio y chino
    Regolare il pluralismo religioso: mondi indiani e cinesi a confronto
    • Vincent Goossaert and Peter Van der Veer
      Introduction [Full text]
    • Adam Yuet Chau
      Ritual Terroir [Abstract | Restricted access]
      The Generation of Site-Specific Vitality
      Le « terroir rituel ». La production locale d’une vitalité d’origine
      El "terruño ritual". La producción local de vitalidad original
      Il "territorio rituale". La produzione locale di una vitalità d'origine
    • Sudheesh Bhasi
      Remembered and Forgotten Gods [Abstract | Restricted access]
      Caste and the Transnational Worship of Ancestral Deities among Malaysian Hindus
      Mémoire et oubli des Dieux. Caste et culte transnational des divinités ancestrales chez les hindous malaisiens
      Memoria y olvido de los dioses. Casta y culto transnacional de deidades ancestrales entre los hindúes malasios
      Ricordo e oblio degli dei. Cata e culto transnazionale delle divinità ancestrali tra gli hindou malesiani
    • Tristan G. Brown
      The Muslims of “All Under Heaven” [Abstract | Restricted access]
      Islam on the Ground in Late Imperial China
      Les musulmans de « All Under Heaven ». L’islam sur le terrain à la fin de la Chine impériale
      Los musulmanes de "Todo bajo el cielo". El islam sobre el terreno al final de la China imperial
      I musulmani di "All Under Heaven". L'islam sul terreno alla fine della Cina imperiale
    • Kenneth Dean
      Opium for the Gods [Abstract | Restricted access]
      Cheang Hong Lim (1841-1893), Headman and Ritual Libationer of the Hokkien Community, Leader of the Singapore Great Opium Syndicate (1870-1882)
      Opium pour les dieux. Cheang Hong Lim (1841-1893), chef et libateur rituel de la communauté Hokkien, chef du Grand Syndicat de l’Opium de Singapour (1870-1882)
      Opio para los dioses. Cheang Hong Lim (1841-1893), líder y maestro de libaciones rituales de la comunidad de Hokkien, líder del Gran Sindicato del Opio de Singapur (1870-1882)
      Oppio per gli dei. Cheang Hong Lim (1841-1893), capo e libatore rituale della comunità Hokkien, leader del Grande Sindacato dell'Oppio di Singapore (1870-1882)
    • Mathieu Claveyrolas
      Histoire, acteurs et pratiques
      The Regulation of Plurality in Mauritian Hinduism. History, Actors and Practices
      La regulación de la pluralidad en el hinduismo de Mauricio. Historia, actores y prácticas
      La regolazione della pluralità nell'induismo mauriziano. Storia, attori e pratiche
    • Aminah Mohammad-Arif
      Conversion and Subjectivities in the Tablīghī Jamāʻat
      « Diversité dans l’unité » au sein d’un mouvement islamique revivaliste en Inde : conversion et subjectivités dans la Tablīghī Jamāʻat
      "Diversidad en la unidad" dentro de un movimiento revivalista islámico en la India: conversión y subjetividades en el Tablīghī Jamāʻat
      "Diversità nell'unità" in un movimento revivalista islamico in India. Conversione e soggettività nel Tablīghī Jamāʻat
  • Varia

    • Agnès Desmazières
      Le crime de sollicitation réinventé [Abstract | Restricted access]
      Le Saint-Office face aux crimes sexuels des clercs (1916-1939)
      The crime of solicitation reinvented. The Holy Office facing the sexual crimes of clerics (1916-1939)
      El crimen de solicitación reinventado. El Santo Oficio y los delitos sexuales de los clérigos (1916-1939)
      Il crimine di adescamento reinventato. Il Sant'Uffizio di fronte ai crimini sessuali dei chierici (1916-1939)
    • Amélie Neuve-Eglise
      La marche d’Arba‘īn en Iran contemporain [Abstract | Restricted access]
      Modalités de l’extension d’une temporalité sacrée entre logiques spirituelles et sociopolitiques
      The Arba‘īn walk in contemporary Iran. Modalities of the extension of a sacred temporality between spiritual and socio-political logics
      La marcha de Arba‘īn en el Irán contemporáneo. Modalidades de la extensión de una temporalidad sagrada entre las lógicas espirituales y sociopolíticas
      La marcia d'Arba'īn nell'Iran contemporaneo. Modalità di estensione di una temporalità sacra tra logiche spirituali e socio-politiche
  • Droit de réponse

    Right of reply
    Derecho de réplica
    Diritto di replica
    • Wiktor Stoczkowski
      Défendre ou comprendre ? [Restricted access]
      Defending or Understanding?
      ¿Defender o comprender?
      Difendere o comprendere?
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