Category Archives: Theory and Method

That “Dirty Little Coward” Rob(ert) Ford

by Matt Sheedy Some will no doubt recognize the title of this post as a nod to “the man who shot Jesse James,” Robert Ford, whose reputation as a “dirty little coward” was immortalized in folk songs and made popular … Continue reading

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Definitive Descriptions in the Study of Religion and the Doniger Controversy

by Steven Ramey The responses to Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, whose publisher (Penguin, India) is withdrawing the book in India to settle a criminal lawsuit over offending religious sentiments, raise a whole host of issues. Scholars … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: How to Make Sense of ‘Religious’ Language, Part 2

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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Religion, Affect, and Emotion Group Call for Papers: AAR Annual Meeting, San Diego, Nov. 22-25, 2014

Religion, Affect, and Emotion Group The AAR and SBL Meeting San Diego California, November 22-25 Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:00 PM EST, through http://papers.aarweb.org/ Statement of Purpose: This Group provides space for  theoretically-informed discussion of the relationship between religion, affect, and … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: How to Make Sense of ‘Religious’ Language, Part 1

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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When Bad Scholarship Is Just Bad Scholarship: A Response to Omid Safi

by Aaron W. Hughes I’ve never been called a racist before. Yet, if Omid Safi’s undocumented musings about the current state of Islamic Studies is to be believed, I am one of several non-Muslims who have the nerve to attack and critique … Continue reading

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Call for Papers – Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group: AAR, 2014

Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group The AAR and SBL Meeting San Diego California, November 22-25 Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:00 PM EST, through http://papers.aarweb.org/ Statement of Purpose: This Group seeks to provide a forum in which scholars of … Continue reading

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