Johannes Quack

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Johannes Quack is an ethnologist at the Goethe University Frankfurt whose primary field of study is religion.[1][2]

He is also the head of the Emmy Noether Research Group “Diversity of Non-Religiosity” at the Goethe University Frankfurt.[2] He has researched non-religious and rationalist organisations in India.[3] He received the Max Weber Award from the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt for his work “Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism on Religion in India”.[4]

Life and work[edit]

Quack studied religious studies, anthropology and philosophy at the University of Bayreuth. Later, he taught anthropology and religious studies at the University of Heidelberg, Lucerne, Münster, Tübingen and Munich. He used to work at the Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg University as a post-doctoral researcher and McGill University in Montreal as a research fellow.[2]

His field of research includes religion, Hindu traditions, ritual theory, criticism of religion, and mental illness. He has done field work in India about religious tourism, non-religious group and psychosocial problems.[2]

Published works[edit]


  • Johannes Quack (22 November 2011). Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-981260-8.
  • William Sax; Johannes Quack; Jan Weinhold (14 December 2009). The Problem of Ritual Efficacy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-974236-3.

Peer-reviewed papers

  • Quack, Johannes (2013). "'What do I know?' Scholastic fallacies and pragmatic religiosity in mental health-seeking behaviour in India". Mental Health, Religion & Culture. 16 (4): 403–418. doi:10.1080/13674676.2012.679358. ISSN 1367-4676.
  • Quack, Johannes (2012). "Ignorance and utilization: mental health care outside the purview of the Indian state". Anthropology & Medicine. 19 (3): 277–290. doi:10.1080/13648470.2012.692357. ISSN 1364-8470.
  • Quack, Johannes (2012). "Organised Atheism in India: An Overview". Journal of Contemporary Religion. 27 (1): 67–85. doi:10.1080/13537903.2012.642729. ISSN 1353-7903.
  • Quack, Johannes; P. Tobelman (2010). "Questioning 'Ritual Efficacy'". Journal of Ritual Studies. 24 (1): 13–28.



  1. ^ "Dr. Johannes Quack" (in German). Goethe University Frankfurt. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Johannes Quack, Dr" (in German). Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg University. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  3. ^ Arik Platzek (10 September 2010). "Die Vielfalt der Nicht-Religion lässt sich schon auf nationalem Level feststellen". Diesseits (in German). Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Max Weber Prize for Johannes Quack". Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg University. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.

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