The term “interreligious studies” is still a relatively new one in academia but during the last decade, some universities (like my own in Oslo) have established new chairs and study programs with exactly this title. Since 2005, there has also been a European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS), which holds biannual conferences and publishes the journal Studies in Interreligious Dialogue. In 2013, AAR welcomed an Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group under the double headings of “interreligious” and “interfaith.”
I seek to define interreligious studies as an academic discipline. Many associate interreligious studies primarily with theology and in the European context this particular term has mainly been used within faculties of theology. But interreligious studies also link up with important developments in the established field of religious studies.