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Module Reading List

Introduction to the Study of Religion/s, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Jasjit Singh
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Introduction to Religion/Religious Studies Texts:

Chryssides, G. & Geaves, R. (2007) The study of religion : an introduction to key ideas and methods. London: Continuum.

Fitzgerald, T (2000) The ideology of religious studies Oxford: OUP

Hinnells, J (ed). (2010) The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion. Oxon: Routledge (this is a useful introduction, and selected articles will be required reading for several of the lectures/seminars).

Hinnells, J. (Ed.), (2010) The Penguin handbook of the world's living religions. London/New York: Routledge.

McCutcheon, R (2003) The discipline of religion : structure, meaning, rhetoric London: Routledge

Rodrigues, H. and Harding, J.S (2009) Introduction to the study of religion. London: Routledge

Wilson, B. (1992) Religion : contemporary issues : the All Souls seminars in the sociology of religion. Oxford: Clarendon Press

Woodhead et al. (Eds) (2009) Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations. London: Routledge

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Methods in the Study of Religion

Bryman, A. (2008) Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Flood, G. (1999). Beyond phenomenology : rethinking the study of religion. London: Cassell.

Gregg, S and L. Scholefield (2015) Engaging with living religion : a guide to fieldwork in the study of religion. London: Routledge

May, T. (2001). Social research: Issues, methods and process. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Sharpe, E. J. (1986). Comparative Religion: A History (Second ed.). London: Duckworth.

Sutcliffe, S. J. (Ed.) (2004). Religion : empirical studies : a collection to mark the 50th anniversary of the British Association for the Study of Religion. Aldershot, Hants.: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

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Theories of Religion

Beckford, JA and Walliss, J (2006) (eds) Theorising religion : classical and contemporary debates. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Riesebrodt, M. (2010) The promise of salvation : a theory of religion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Berger, P. (1967) The social reality of religion. New York: Doubleday.

Tweed, T. (2006) Crossing and dwelling : a theory of religion. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.

Vasquez, M. (2011) More than belief : a materialist theory of religion. Oxford: OUP.

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Anthropology of Religion

Bowie, F. (2000) The Anthropology of Religion. Oxford: Blackwell.

Durkheim, E (1912) [2001] The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics.

Geertz, C.(1973) The Interpretation of Cultures. New York: Basic.

Lambek, M (ed) (2002) A reader in the anthropology of religion. Malden: Blackwell.

McCarthy Brown, K (1991) Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Orsi, R (1997) In Hall, D (ed.) Lived religion in America : toward a history of practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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Sociology of Religion

Aldridge, A. (2013) Religion in the contemporary world : a sociological introduction (3rd Edition) Cambridge: Polity.

Beckford, J. A. (2003) Social theory and religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Berger, P. (1999), (ed.), The desecularization of the world : resurgent religion and world politics, Michigan: Eerdmans.

Davie, G (2013) The sociology of religion : a critical agenda. London: Sage

Hervieu-Léger, D., (2000), Religion as a chain of memory, Cambridge: Polity.

Northcott, M (1999) ‘Sociological Approaches’ In Connolly, P. (ed.) Approaches to the study of religion. London: Cassell. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Mellor, P (2004) Religion, realism and social theory : making sense of society London: SAGE

Shilling, C. and Mellor, P.A. (2000). The sociological ambition : elementary forms of social and moral life. London: Sage.

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Religion, Gender and Sexuality

Aldridge, A. (1992) ‘Discourse on Women in the Clerical profession’, Religion : contemporary issues : the All Souls seminars in the sociology of religion, (ed.) B. Wilson, London: Bellew. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Boisvert, D. and J. E. Johnson (eds.) (2012) Queer religion. Vol 1: Homosexuality in Modern Religious History. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

Boisvert, D. and J. E. Johnson (eds.) (2012) Queer religion. Vol 2: LGBT Movements and Queering Religions. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

Daly, M (1973) Beyond God the Father : towards a philosophy of women's liberation.

Ellingson, S. and M.C.Green (eds.) (2002) Religion and sexuality in cross-cultural perspective. London: Routledge.

Geaves, R., (2007) ‘Religion and Gender’. In Geaves and Chryssides (eds) The study of religion : an introduction to key ideas and methods. London: Continuum. Pp 314-342 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Gross, R. (1996) Feminism and religion : an introduction. Boston: Beacon Press.

Hunt, S and Yip, A (eds.) (2012) The Ashgate research companion to contemporary religion and sexuality. Farnham: Ashgate.

King, L., (1989) Women and Spirituality: voices of protest and promise, Basingstoke: Macmillan.

King, U and Beattie, T (eds.) Gender, religion, and diversity : cross-cultural perspectives. London: Continnuum.

Krondorfer, B. (ed.) (2009) Men and masculinities in Christianity and Judaism : a critical reader. London: SCM Press.

Levitt, M. (2003) ‘Where are the Men and Boys? The Gender Imbalance in the Church of England’, Journal of contemporary religion., 18 (1).

Pateman, C. (1993) The sexual contract, Cambridge, Polity.

Walter, T and Davie, G. (1998) ‘The Religiosity of Women in the Modern West’, The British journal of sociology., 49 (4)

Reuther, R. R (ed.) (2002) Gender, ethnicity, and religion : views from the other side. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Woodhead, L. (2008) ‘Gendering Secularization Theory’ Social Compass. 55 (187)

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Religion and Post-Colonialism

Chidester, D. (2013) Empire of religion : imperialism and comparative religion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Donaldson, L, and Kwok PL (2002) Postcolonialism, feminism and religious discourse. London: Routledge.

King, R. (1999) Orientalism and religion : postcolonial theory, India and "the mystic East". London: Routledge.

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Text, Belief and Authority

Hobsbawm, E and Ranger, T (eds) (1983) The Invention of Tradition. Cambridge: CUP.

Smith, WC (1993) What is scripture? : a comparative approach Minneapolis MN: Fortress Press.

Nineham, Dennis (1976) The use and abuse of the Bible : a study of the Bible in an age of rapid cultural change. London: Macmillan.

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Ritual Practice and Action

Hall, D (ed.) (1997) Lived religion in America : toward a history of practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

McGuire, M. (2008) Lived Religion: Faith and Practice in Everyday Life. Oxford: OUP.

Rappaport, R (1999) Ritual and religion in the making of humanity. Cambridge: CUP.

Segal, R (1999) Theorizing about myth. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

Steward, P.J. and Strathern, A (2014) Ritual : key concepts in religion. London: Bloomsbury.

Turner, V (1969) The Ritual Process. Chicago: Aldine.

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Religious Institutions and Communities

Herbert, D (2000) Religion and civil society : rethinking public religion in the contemporary world. London: Ashgate.

Ward, K (2000) Religion and community. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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Religion and Identity, Self and Individual

Arweck, E and Nesbitt, E (2010) Young People’s Identity Formation in Mixed-Faith Families: Continuity or Discontinuity of Religious Traditions? Journal of contemporary religion. 25(1), pp. 67–87.

Baumann, G (1996). Contesting culture : discourses of identity in multi-ethnic London. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Coleman, S and Collins, PJ (eds) (2004). Religion, identity and change : perspectives on global transformation. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Jacobson, J (2006) Islam in transition : religion and identity among British Pakistani youth. London: Routledge.

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Religious Objects, Images and Buildings

Brennerman, R and Miller, B (2016) When Bricks Matter: Four Arguments for the Sociological Study of Religious Buildings. Sociology of religion., 77:1, 82-101.

B. Meyer and D. Houtman (eds) (2012) Things : religion and the question of materiality. New York: Fordham University Press.

Morgan, D (2010) (ed) Religion and material culture : the matter of belief. London: Routledge. 

This list was last updated on 10/08/2016