Recent scholarly works

Works on religion & theory

Chidester, David. Empire of Religion: Imperialism and Comparative Religion (Chicago, 2014)

Fitzgerald, Timothy. The Ideology of Religious Studies (Oxford, 2000)


Flood, Gavin. Beyond Phenomenology: Rethinking the Study of Religion (Cassell, 1999)


Lincoln, Bruce. Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship (Chicago, 1999)


Masuzawa, Tomoko. The Invention of World Religions, Or, How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism (U Chicago, 2005)


McCutcheon, Russell T. Critics Not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion (SUNY, 2001)

Nongbri, Brent. Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept (Yale, 2013)


Orsi, Robert. Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them (Princeton, 2005)


Strenski, Ivan. Thinking About Religion: An Historical Introduction to Theories of Religion (Blackwell, 2006)


Styers, Randall. Making Magic: Religion, Magic, and Science in the Modern World (Oxford, 2004)


Tweed, Thomas. Crossing and Dwelling: A Theory of Religion (Harvard, 2006)

Vasquez, Manuel. More than Belief: A Materialist Theory of Religion (Oxford, 2010)


Work that rely heavily on method or theory

Eilberg-Schwartz, Howard. The Savage in Judaism: An Anthropology of Israelite Religion and Ancient Judaism (Indiana U., 1990)

Evans, Curtis J. The Burden of Black Religion (Oxford, 2008)


Hughes, Aaron. Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction (Equinox, 2012)


Hughes, Jennifer S. Biography of a Mexican Crucifix (Oxford, 2010)


Iwamura, Jane. Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions & American Popular Culture (Oxford, 2011)


Jacobs, Andrew S. Christ Circumcised: A Study in Early Christian History and Difference (Stanford, 2003)


Jay, Nancy. Throughout Your Generations Forever: Sacrifice, Religion, and Paternity (Chicago, 1992)


King, Richard. Orientalism and Religion: Post-Colonial Theory, India, and the "Mystic East" (Routledge, 1999)

Lofton, Kathryn. Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (California, 2011)


Lopez, Donald S. Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West (Chicago, 1998)



Classical scholarly works

Asad, Talal. Genealogies of Religion.

Douglas, Mary. Natural Symbols.


Douglas, Mary. Purity and Danger.


Eliade, Mircea. The Myth of the Eternal Return.


Freud, Sigmund. Moses and Monotheism or Future of an Illusion.


Girard, Rene. Violence and the Sacred.


Robertson Smith, William. Religion of the Semites.

Smith, Wilfred Cantwell. The Meaning and End of Religion.


Turner, Victor. The Ritual Process.


Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.



Digital resources in religious studies

(NB: Most of these resources are only available through a Claremont Colleges terminal or via proxy server)



Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science)

Encyclopedia of Religion

Past Masters

Claremont Colleges Library Religious Studies Research Guide

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy



Print resources in religious studies (available at Honnold)

Coming soon?