ABSTRACT

It is perhaps not by chance that the idea of this book’s collection originated from a reflection on the role of religion in the contemporary world. Religion seems to have become one of the privileged sites for the politics of imagination. As a system of beliefs, religion must be able to impose its image of the world to gain support. As an aggregation of followers, it must be able to convey the sense of a united community. As a creed, it often resorts to representing threats in order to survive the challenges of our epoch. In other words, in all these basic functions religion has to rely in one way or another on imagination.