The Relationship between Religion and Culture in Cultural Policy-Making

Jabbar Rahmani, Mehri Tayyebinia


Despite the development of cultural policy-making, issues such as the definitions and interpretations of culture, its role in policy-making, and its relationship with other social institutions such as religion are of great significance. Given the centrality of religion in Iranian culture and cultural policies in Iran, an important and fundamental issue is the relationship between religion and culture in social and sociological theories. This important relationship has central significance in cultural policy-making. Classical thinkers in social sciences have all tried to answer this question. The present article tries to consider this issue by analyzing the theories of some sociological thinkers who have carried out extensive studies on religion and culture. The key point is that all these theorists have considered religion in the society and as a social phenomenon; thus religion is a part of culture and society and is positioned under these concepts. Therefore, a deliberate generalization of religion to different cultural areas and policies not only results in fattening up the religion, but also leads to inefficiency of cultural systems.


religion, culture, sociology, cultural policy-making

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