Max-Weber-Kolleg Religion, Society, and World Relations Knowledge, Spaces, and Media Research

Divine Property. Solutions from Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Subproject in SFB TRR294 "Structural Change of Property". The project explores various historical and conceptual foundations underlying the structural change of and through property with a view to religious practices and theories.

01/2021 - 12/2024

Project management

Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke
Holder of the Professorship for Comparative Religious Studies (Vergleichende Religionswissenschaft) (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)
Prof. Dr. Markus Vinzent
Fellow and Member of the Meister-Eckhart-Research Centre (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)


Main project

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Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow
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The subproject is based on the hypothesis that ancient practices such as sacrificial offerings, prayer and pilgrimage, and theories attributing property rights to gods had far-reaching consequences:

They provided a context in which to experiment with the concept of property, encouraged reflection on ownership structures, and turned ownership and the renunciation thereof into key aspects of religious practice. By analysing diachronic sources, the project explores the internal dynamism of that hypothesis and its contribution to the development of property as a concept.