conflict & communication online, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2018
ISSN 1618-0747




Peter Antes
Migration und religion

Only since the 1990s, the Social Sciences started to see religion in connection with migration. This is very surprising because Europe always imported her great religions (i.e. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, but also Buddhism and Hinduism) from Asia. The expansion had different forms (mission, conquest, colonial politics, texts, persecution) and often led to changes in the respective religions. The presence of religions in contemporary Europe is due to decolonization, labour migration, wars and persecutions as well as to immigration so that a multitude of languages, cultures, religions and worldviews in the narrowest space is typical of Europe today. This multitude is a challenge to psychiatry and psychotherapy in Germany because Western concepts of health and illness are often hardly reconcilable with the culturally embedded thinking of immigrants for whom other phenomena like demons, evil eye or possession are also valid causes for disturbances of the body or the soul.


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The author:
Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. theol. Peter Antes is professor emeritus of religious studies at the Institute for Theology and Religious Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Leibnitz University Hannover, Germany. Born in 1942, he studied Catholic theology, comparative study of religion, and Islamic studies in Freiburg/Br. and Paris. 1973-2012 he taught in Hannover.