Some modern sociological studies of religion

Purpose is to see how religion as a social institution fits within, and interacts with, other institutions within a particular society. Examined are four social fields where the study of religion, and its place in society received prime consideration as presented by 1) Evans-Pritchard in ‘Nuer religion’, 2) Lienhardt in ‘Divianity and Experience, the Religion of the Dinka’, 3)Evans-Pritchard in ‘The Sanusi of Cyrenaica’, 4) Sundkler in ‘Bantu Prophets’. The contents of these four books are summarised. In his conclusion the author indicates from a sociological viewpoint some functions and characteristics of religion.

Title: Some modern sociological studies of religion
Author: Obeid Abdel Rahman, Mohammed El
Year: 1969
Periodical: Sudan Society
Pages: 59-75
Language: English
Geographic term: Africa
Subject: African religions
Abstract: Purpose is to see how religion as a social institution fits within, and interacts with, other institutions within a particular society. Examined are four social fields where the study of religion, and its place in society received prime consideration as presented by 1) Evans-Pritchard in ‘Nuer religion’, 2) Lienhardt in ‘Divianity and Experience, the Religion of the Dinka’, 3)Evans-Pritchard in ‘The Sanusi of Cyrenaica’, 4) Sundkler in ‘Bantu Prophets’. The contents of these four books are summarised. In his conclusion the author indicates from a sociological viewpoint some functions and characteristics of religion.