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Publication by Max Stille

Heidelberg University Publishing recently published the book „Religion and Aesthetic Experience - Drama – Sermons – Literature“, edited by Sabine Dorpmüller, Jan Scholz, Max Stille and Ines Weinrich. Max Stille is a former PhD student at the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures of the SAI. He also contributed an article to the volume titled „Between the Numinous and the Melodramatic: Poetics of Heightened Feelings in Bengali Islamic Sermons“. Further information is available here.


Religious aesthetics have gained increasing importance over the past few years in the fields of Religious studies and Islamic studies. This volume highlights the transcultural dimensions of the theoretical foundations of religious aesthetics. It explores aesthetic experience in the religious field through a series of case studies. These include Islamic sermons from the Middle East and South Asia, Islamic religious chanting, a chapter of the Qurʾān, a German performance artist, Indian rasa theory, and Arabic and Bengali literature. Together, the authors demonstrate that the analysis of the aesthetic forms of religious mediation across regions and genres is a fruitful approach to transcultural studies.

Posted on 23 Jan 2019
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