Religio Duplex: How the Enlightenment Reinvented Egyptian Religion

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In this important new book, the distinguished Egyptologist Jan Assmann provides a masterful overview of a crucial theme in the religious history of the West - that of 'religio duplex', or dual religion. He begins by returning to the theology of the Ancient Egyptians, who set out to present their culture as divided between the popular and the elite. By examining their beliefs, he argues, we can distinguish the two faces of ancient religions more generally: the outer face (that of the official religion) and the inner face (encompassing the mysterious nature of religious experience).

Assmann explains that the Early Modern period witnessed the birth of the idea of dual religion with, on the one hand, the religion of reason and, on the other, that of revelation. This concept gained new significance in the Enlightenment when the dual structure of religion was transposed onto the individual. This meant that man now owed his allegiance not only to his native religion, but also to a universal 'religion of mankind'.

In fact, argues Assmann, religion can now only hold a place in our globalized world in this way, as a religion that understands itself as one among many and has learned to see itself through the eyes of the other. This bold and wide-ranging book will be essential reading for historians, theologians and anyone interested in the nature of religion and its role in the shaping of the modern world.

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Jan Assmann is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Konstanz.

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"With his characteristic erudition and lucid prose, Jan Assmannexplores a fascinating question: why is religion so oftendouble-layered, with the religion of the philosophers arrayedagainst the religion of the fathers? His genealogy of religioduplex begins with ancient Egypt and Israel, with their mixtures ofuniversalism and particularism, and extends to the modern search,by Gandhi and others, for a rapprochement between particularreligions – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, etc.– and a universal religion of human dignity. Assmann’sstudy brims with philosophical acuity, historical depth, andcontemporary relevance."
Ronald Hendel, University of California, Berkeley

"Assmann is well placed to write such a book, and ReligioDuplex is an interesting read covering a wide range of topicsof various kinds, not least those concerned with belief and withpublic and private ritual. Students of the Enlightenment and of thenature of religion should read this volume."
James Stevens Curl, Member of the Royal Irish Academy, TimesHigher Education

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