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

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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


See the university guide at www.studiegids.vu.nl.

Prizes and Awards

Casimir-Ziegler Award for the Humanities (2006)


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

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Research Output 1997 2018

Medische opleiding gaf geen overlevingsvoordeel

Van Poppel, F. W. A., Bijwaard, G. E., Van Lieburg, M. J., Van Lieburg, F. A., Hoekstra, R. & Verkade, F. 21 Jul 2018 In : Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde. 162, 29, D2653

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Visser 't Hooft 1900-1985: Een leven voor de oecumene

Zeilstra, J. A. 2018 585 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access

Inleiding: een godgeleerde verrekijker

van Lieburg, F. A. 2017 Een VU-theoloog die verder keek: Harry Kuitert, zijn theologie en de samenleving. Flipse, A. (ed.). Amsterdam, p. 6-9 (Ter Lezing; vol. 11)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Luther in Dutch Reformed Pietism: Theological and cultural dynamics of the experience of justification by faith

van Lieburg, F. A. 2017 Luther in Calvinism. Image and Reception of Martin Luther in the History and Theology of Calvinism. Selderhuis, H. J. & Lange van Ravenswaay, M. J. (eds.). Göttingen: Vandenhoek&Ruprecht, p. 443 462 p. (Refo500 Academic Studies; vol. 42)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Reformatie in orgelland 1517-1618/1619

van Lieburg, F. A. 2017 Elburg: Stichting tot behoud van het Nederlandse orgel. 20 p. (Publicaties Stichting tot behoud van het Nederlandse orgel; vol. 87)

Research output: Book/ReportBook