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Religion Theme of the Month, December 2011

With Christmas and Hanukkah approaching, our Theme of the Month is Religious Studies. Learn more about the related books we publish here...

With several of the most significant and widely celebrated religious holidays of the year fast approaching, our thoughts turn to the study of the religions themselves. Why do people study religion? How have they studied it in the past? How do we study religion today? Is the academic study of religion the same as religious education? These and many other questions are addressed in the discipline of Religious Studies.

We have put together a list of our publications on Religious Studies, which we hope you will find useful. To find out more about a particular book, click on it below to be taken directly to that book’s web page.

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  1. The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion

    Edited by Michael Stausberg, Steven Engler

    This is the first comprehensive survey in English of research methods in the field of religious studies. It is designed to enable non-specialists and students at upper undergraduate and graduate levels to understand the variety of research methods used in the field. The aim is to create awareness...

    Published November 16th 2011 by Routledge

  2. The Study of Religion: A Reader

    By John S. Harding, Hillary P. Rodrigues

    This collection illustrates the spectrum of ideas that people throughout history have had when considering how to understand and study religion. The editors present a selection of key writings that reflect a broad range of voices on the nature and practice of the discipline. Religious studies draws...

    Published August 18th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Introduction to the Study of Religion

    By Hillary P. Rodrigues, John S. Harding

    Why do people study religion? How have they studied it in the past? How do we study religion today? Is the academic study of religion the same as religious education? These and many other questions are addressed in this engaging introduction to the discipline of religious studies, written by two...

    Published August 19th 2008 by Routledge

  4. The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion

    2nd Edition

    Edited by John Hinnells

    Series: Routledge Religion Companions

    The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion is a major resource for courses in Religious Studies. It begins by explaining the most important methodological approaches to religion, including psychology, philosophy, anthropology and comparative study, before moving on to explore a wide variety...

    Published September 3rd 2009 by Routledge

  5. Religious Studies: The Key Concepts

    By Carl Olson

    Series: Routledge Key Guides

    Religious Studies: The Key Concepts is an accessible, A-Z resource, defining and explaining key terms and ideas central to the study of religion. Exploring broad and recurring themes which are applicable in both eastern and western religions, cross-cultural examples are provided for each term to...

    Published September 15th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Religious Studies

    A Global View

    Edited by Gregory D. Alles

    Drawing on recent developments in the comparative study of religion, this book explores the trends of the past sixty years from a global perspective. Each of the ten chapters covers the study of religion in a different region of the world, from Europe and the Americas to Asia and the...

    Published February 23rd 2010 by Routledge

  7. Contemporary Theories of Religion

    A Critical Companion

    Edited by Michael Stausberg

    Interest in theories of religion has never been greater. Scholars debate single theoretical approaches in different scholarly journals, while the ‘new atheists’ such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett criticize the whole idea of religion. For everyone eager to understand the current state...

    Published June 18th 2009 by Routledge

  8. Religion: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Malory Nye

    Series: The Basics

    From the local to the global level, religion is – more than ever – an important and hotly debated part of modern life in the twenty-first century. From silver rings to ringtones and from clubs to headscarves, we often find the cultural role and discussion of religion in unexpected ways....

    Published May 7th 2008 by Routledge