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prof. dr. Fred van Lieburg

Full Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Art and Culture, History, Antiquity

Full Professor, CLUE+

Full Professor, Network Institute

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Fred van Lieburg is Professor of Religious History in the Faculty of Humanities, Director of History Studies, and co-ordinator of the Amsterdam Centre for Religious History, which is affiliated with the CLUE+ Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage.

In essence or method, religious history is the same as history of religion(s). In German and Dutch, you can speak of Religionsgeschichte or religiegeschiedenis/godsdienstgeschiedenis. In English and French, different terms are in use, reflecting the different traditions in the disciplines of theology and history. History of religion(s)/histoire des religions is commonly associated with comparative studies of (non-Christian) religions, while religious history/histoire religieuse developed as a specialisation within general history (mostly concerned with Christianity and therefore close to what is known as church history or ecclesiastical history).

From education and research experience, Van Lieburg represents the field of general history with a focus on the religious factor in cultural, social and political realities. However, he is keen on the convergence and integration of various research traditions by means of conceptual exchange, cross-disciplinary approaches and linked scholarly networks. Given the interest of global dimensions and long-term developments, computer-assisted research of digitised sources is recommandable for doing religious history today.


Van Lieburg’s current projects involve the late Medieval and early modern Protestant clergies in the Netherlands, the local and international context of the Synod of Dordrecht (1618-1619), international Pietism and Revivalism in the 18th and 19th centuries, religious mobilisation and popular petitions in the Netherlands between 1850 and 1930, and strong religion in European (e.g. Dutch) Bible Belts in the 20th and 21st centuries.


BA/MA History, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, 1985-1990

PhD History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1991-1996


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Prizes and Awards

Casimir-Ziegler Award for the Humanities (2006)


Several grants from NWO, KNAW, and special funds (e.g. Kuyperfonds).

Ancillary activities
  • Stichting Het Reveil Archief | Amsterdam | Bestuurder | 2014-01-02 - present
  • Interd. Zentrum fur Pietismusforschung | Halle/Saale | Redacteur | 2014-01-02 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

prof. dr. Fred van Lieburg