The History of the Concept of Religion:
Its Effect on Discourses Pertaining to the Bahá'í Faith

By Daniel Grolin

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #132
Center for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, Italy
July 2–5, 2015
(see list of papers from #132)

    The current concept of religion imposes itself in a way that impedes the way in which the Baha'i religion can present itself in the discourses of the West and places where its discourses dominate. This paper presents Foucault's idea of effective history, and then uses the methodology to explore the history of the concept of "Religion". The paper concludes the exploration of religion, by looking at the way Baha'i discourses changes and reconfigures the concept of "Religion."

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