Martin Riesebrodt

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Martin Riesebrodt (April 22, 1948 – December 6, 2014) was a German-American professor of sociology and politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in Geneva. He was also emeritus professor at the Divinity School and the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He earned his doctorate at Heidelberg University, and his habilitation at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.[1]

In his book Cultus und Heilsversprechen, Riesebrodt examines the regeneration of religion and fundamentalism in the modern world.[2][3] The book has been positively reviewed, one critic arguing that it is among the most important contributions to the sociology of religion in recent years.[4]


  • The Promise of Salvation: A Theory of Religion (University of Chicago Press 2010)
  • Die Rückkehr der Religionen. Fundamentalismus und der 'Kampf der Kulturen' (C.H. Beck 2000)
  • Pious Passion: The Emergence of Fundamentalism in the United States and Iran (University of California Press 1998)


  1. ^ "Martin Riesebrodt". The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  2. ^ Hinnells, John (2009). The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion. Taylor & Francis. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-415-47327-9. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  3. ^ Riesebrodt, Martin (March 1, 2010). The Promise of Salvation: A Theory of Religion. Steven Rendall (trans.). University Of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-71391-5.
  4. ^ McKinnon, A. (2010). "Review of 'Martin Riesebrodt, the promise of salvation: a theory of religion'". Canadian Journal of Sociology. 35 (3): 470–473. doi:10.29173/cjs8850.


  • Alexander van der Haven: "Comparison, Practice, and Meaning: Martin Riesebrodt’s Theory of Religion" in Method and Theory in the Study of Religion: Working Papers from Hannover. Supplements to Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 8. Ed. Steffen Führding. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2017. 27–37.