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date: 29 January 2020

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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

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