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New Book on Socialist Religion in 19th-century France

Jul 04, 2016

A new publication by Dr. Julian Strube, which examines socialist religion and the emergence of occultism in the nineteenth century France, was recently published by De Gruyter. The volume is the publication of his dissertation, which he reworked during his time at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe".

Under the title "Sozialismus, Katholizismus und Okkultismus im Frankreich des 19. Jahrhunderts. Die Genealogie der Schriften von Eliphas Lévi", the study reformulates the importance of socialist trends in European religious history. By examining the emergence of the radical socialist Alphonse-Luis Constant (1810-1875), who is regarded as the founder of occultism under the name Eliphas Lévi, it reveals the religious character of socialism during the July monarchy and its surprising persistence in new religious movements after 1848.

The book was published by de Gruyter in May 2016 and is part of the series “Religionsgeschichtliche Versuche und Vorarbeiten”, edited by Jörg Rüpke and Christoph Uehlinger.

Julian Strube was doctoral student of research project MC7 “Political Legitimation” and research subproject MC7.1 "‘Religion and Politics’ and ‘Church and State’: A Dichotomous Language of Legitimation and its Transcultural Adaptations". His research interests concentrate on the European history of religions in the nineteenth and twentieth century as well as interdisciplinary themes: religion and science in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, religion and politics and furthermore esotericism and new religious movements.

For more information, please visit the De Gruyter website.

The core argument of the book can also be read in this article in English.