Primitive Religion in Dutch Religious Studies

  • Lammert Leertouwer


In the twentieth century, Dutch religious studies have been decisively influenced by two external factors: the vicissitudes of the Netherlands as a major colonial power and the gradually declining impact of theology upon the intellectual discourse. In this paper, the notion "primitive religion", representing an apposite test-case, is examined, as it is used by four influential scholars in the field: C.P. Tiele, G. Van der Leeuw, Th.P. Van Baaren and F. Sierksma.


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How to Cite
Leertouwer, L. (2021). Primitive Religion in Dutch Religious Studies. Religious Studies: An International Journal, 9(1), 141-158. Retrieved from