What is Wrong with Pagan Studies?

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What is Wrong with Pagan Studies? / Davidsen, Markus Altena.

I: Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, Bind 24, Nr. 2, 05.2012, s. 183-199.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift/Konferencebidrag i tidsskrift /Bidrag til avisReviewForskningpeer review

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Davidsen, MA 2012, 'What is Wrong with Pagan Studies?', Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, bind 24, nr. 2, s. 183-199. https://doi.org/10.1163/157006812X634881

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Davidsen, M. A. (2012). What is Wrong with Pagan Studies? Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 24(2), 183-199. https://doi.org/10.1163/157006812X634881

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Davidsen MA. 2012. What is Wrong with Pagan Studies?. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. 24(2):183-199. https://doi.org/10.1163/157006812X634881

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Davidsen, Markus Altena. "What is Wrong with Pagan Studies?". Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. 2012, 24(2). 183-199. https://doi.org/10.1163/157006812X634881

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Davidsen MA. What is Wrong with Pagan Studies? Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. 2012 maj;24(2):183-199. https://doi.org/10.1163/157006812X634881

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Davidsen, Markus Altena. / What is Wrong with Pagan Studies?. I: Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. 2012 ; Bind 24, Nr. 2. s. 183-199.

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