Hans-Peter Hasenfratz

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Hans-Peter Hasenfratz
Born(1938-02-22)February 22, 1938
Zürich, Switzerland
DiedDecember 15, 2016(2016-12-15) (aged 78)
Bochum, Germany
Known forGroundbreaking scholarship on the phenomenology of religion
Scientific career
FieldsReligious scholar

Hans-Peter Hasenfratz (February 22, 1938 – December 15, 2016) was a Swiss religious scholar who was Professor of Religious Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum. He was a leading authority on the phenomenology of religion and Germanic paganism.


Hans-Peter Hasenfratz was born in Zürich on February 22, 1938. Hasenfratz studied at Evangelical Theology at the University of Zurich, where Eduard Schweizer was his foremost teacher. He received his Ph.D. in 1974. His thesis, which was on the phenomenology of religion, is considered to have been of groundbreaking nature in the field.[1] From 1985 to 2003, Hasenfratz was Professor of Religious Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum.[1] Hasenfratz was considered a leading authority on Germanic paganism, on which he wrote widely.[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • Die religiöse Welt der Germanen, 1994
  • Der Tod in der Welt der Religionen, 2009
  • Barbarian Rites: The Spiritual World of the Vikings and the Germanic Tribes, 2011


  1. ^ a b "Nachruf auf Prof. em. Dr. theol. Hans-Peter Hasenfratz" (in German). Ruhr University Bochum. Retrieved January 29, 2020. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |subscription= and |registration= (help)
  2. ^ Classen 2016, pp. 135-138.