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 Many courses provided by Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Humanities have required insight into religion and religious phenomena from the earliest stages of academic work. To truly understand ancient, or Eastern cultures knowledge of their religions is vital. The literature and culture of the middle ages, the early modern era, and even today’s societies can only be interpreted through a thorough study of their respective religion(s). Religious studies share a strong bond with ethnography (cultural anthropology), philosophy, and their respective sub-fields (e.g. ritual studies, philosophy of religion). However, archaeology and history of art also study subjects of a religious/ritualistic nature. Many internationally esteemed scholars of religious studies have taught and carried out research at the Faculty (e.g. Károly Kerényi, Károly Marót, Imre Trencsényi-Waldapfel, István Hahn, László Kákosy).
     ELTE has been offering a bachelor minor in religious studies since 2006 through the cooperation of many separate departments of the Faculty. Talented students have been able to continue their studies on a master’s course since 2011. The Faculty has chosen not to integrate religious studies into a department or institute, but rather—with the full cooperation of all course managers and lecturers/professors involved—to centralise all aspects (teaching, research, and other services) into a research centre (Centre for the Study of Religion) under the surveillance of the Dean. The Centre coordinates the work of researchers and teachers working in different departments of the University, and also presents their results to the Faculty, University and also to the wider scientific community and general public.
     The Centre for the Study of Religion is a part of an ideologically neutral university, thus all research and educational work is carried out accordingly. Colleagues are expected to exert respect and tolerance, while carrying out an objective but empathetic study of religions, religious culture and the religious person. These values and the professional presentation of research comprise the base of the Centre for the Study of Religion. However the founder of the University (Cardinal Péter Pázmány, Archbishop of Esztergom), and the circumstances around the foundation (1635) are held in high regard.
     The goal of this site is to convey these values and we are confident that our future students, teachers–researchers, the wider scientific community and the general public will support and contribute to our work.
     The order of the icons on this page is in no way judgemental, but rather represent appreciation, since most of them commemorate an unforgettable personal experience.
Professor Balázs Déri,
director of the Centre

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