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Module Reading List

Studying Religion in Context, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Simon Hewitt
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Studying Religion 

Casanova, J (2009) The Secular and Secularisms. Social Research 76(4), pp.1049-1066

Fitzgerald, T. (2000). The ideology of religious studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

Geertz, A and R. McCutcheon (2000) ‘The Role of Method and Theory in the IAHR’. In Geertz, A and R. McCutcheon (Eds.) Perspectives on Method and Theory in the Study of Religion Leiden: Brill 3-37

Habermas, J (2008) Notes on Post-Secular Society. New Perspectives Quarterly, 25(4), p.17

Heelas, P and Woodhead, L (2004) The Spiritual Revolution: Why Religion Is Giving Way to Spirituality Oxon: Blackwells

Hinnells, J (2005) ‘Why Study Religions’ in Hinnells, J. (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion. London/New York: Routledge.

Hinnells, J. (Ed.), (2010) The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion. London/New York: Routledge.

Hufford, D (1999) ‘The Scholarly Voice and the Personal Voice: Reflexivity in Belief Studies’ in R. McCutcheon (Ed.) The Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Religion: A Reader. London:Cassell 294-310 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Jaschok, M., and Shui, J. 2000. 'Outsider Within': Speaking to excursions across cultures. Feminist Theory1 (1), pp. 33-58. 

Knott, K. (2005). Insider/Outsider Perspectives. In J. Hinnells (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion. London/New York: Routledge.

Luckmann, T (1967) The invisible religion: the problem of religion in modern society London: Macmillan

McCutcheon R.T. (Ed.), (1999) The insider/outsider problem in the study of religion : a reader. London:Cassell

McCutcheon, R (2003) The Discipline of Religion: structure, meaning, rhetoric London:Routledge

McCutcheon, R.T. (2005) Religion and the domestication of dissent, or, How to live in a less than perfect nation London: Equinox.

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

Mellor, P (2004) Religion, Realism and Social Theory: making sense of society London: SAGE

Nye, M. (2000). Religion, Post-Religionism and Religioning: Religious Studies and Contemporary Cultural Debates. Method & theory in the study of religion., 12,447-476.

Sharpe, E. (2005) ‘The Study of Religion in Historical Perspective’ in Hinnells, J. (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion. London/New York: Routledge.

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

Tweed, T. A. (1998). Night-Stand Buddhists and other Creatures: Sympathizers, Adherents, and the Study of Religion. In D. R. Williams, & C. S. Queen (Eds.), American Buddhism. Methods and Findings in Recent Scholarship (pp. 71-90). Richmond: Curzon Press

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

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

Gypsy Pentecostals 

Clark, C. and Greenfields, M. (2006) Here to Stay: The Gypsies and Travellers of Britain. University of Hertfordshire Press.

Cantón Delgado, M. (2010) ‘Gypsy Pentecostalism, Ethnopolitical uses and Construction of belonging in Southern Spain.’ Social Compass 57 (2) 253-267.

Putnam, R. D. (2000). Bowling alone: the collapse and revival of American community. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Dinham, A., R. Furbey & V. Lowndes (Eds.), (2009) Faith in the Public Realm. Bristol: Policy Press.

Farnell, R., Furbey, R., Shams Al-Haqq Hills, S., Macey, M., & Smith, G. (2003). 'Faith' in urban regeneration? Engaging faith communities in urban regeneration. Bristol: Policy Press for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Available online at

Furbey, R., Dinham, A., Farrell, R., Finneron, D., & Wilkinson, G. (2006). Faith as social capital: Connecting or dividing? Bristol: The Policy Press.

Le Bas, D., & Acton, T. (2010). All change! : Romani studies through Romani eyes. University of Hertfordshire Press.

Mends, B (1997) ‘Researching the Religious Affiliations of Travellers and their Beliefs’ in T. Acton and G. Mundy (eds.) Romani Culture and Gypsy Identity (Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press) 158-63.

Taylor, B. (2004). Travellers in Britain: a minority and the state. Historical Research77 (198), 575–596. DOI:

Towler, R. (1974) Homo Religiosus; sociological problems in the study of religion. California: Constable.

Latin American Liberation Theology

Maria Clar Bingemer and Ivone Gebara (1987). Mary : Mother of God, Mother of the Poor. London: Burns & Oates.

Clodovis Boff and Leonardo Boff (1987). Introducing Liberation Theology. London: Burns & Oates.

Gustavo Gutierrez (1988). A Theology of Liberation. London: SCM.

Alistair Kee (1990). Marx and the Failure of Liberation Theology. London: SCM.

Christopher Rowland (2007), ‘Introduction : the theology of liberation’ in The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 19-38

Nicola Slee (2003). Faith and Feminism. London: Darton, Longman, and Todd.

Dolores Williams (1994), 'Womanist Theology: Black Women's Voices', in Ursula King (ed.), Feminist Theology from the Third World: A Reader. London: SPCK. pp. 77-86

Religion and Mental Health

Cook, Christopher, 2019, Hearing Voices, Demonic and Divine: Scientific and Theological Perspectives, London: Routledge, ch. 6

James, William Varieties of Religious Experience, Lecture 1, available at (  

St Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle, ‘The Sixth Dwelling Place’, chapter 3 (IC 6.3). Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Underhill, Evelyn, Mysticism: A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness, Digireads, 2020, ch. 5 (Voices and Visions)

This list was last updated on 27/07/2021