Our focus is the academic study of religion and belief systems from a social science, historical or philosophical perspective including comparative work, cognitive historical and cognitive science approaches, work on non-Western religions, the ancient Near East and Mediterranean regions, new religious movements and work devoted to the theory and method in the study of religion and studies of the relationship between religion and contemporary social issues.

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We now publish 17 journals devoted to the academic study of religion and ethics. Click on any title (above) for more information or visit our Religion Journals Homepage.
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Due to company restructuring following a demerger,  much of our backlist in these disciplines was transferred to Acumen Publishing in 2012 (those books now reside with Routledge). We are rebuilding our lists and welcome new proposals. We publish a number of book series so if a new project is suitable for a series, please contact the series editor in the first instance; otherwise, contact Janet Joyce.


Book Series

We have 21 book series devoted to the academic study of religion and/or ethics and belief systems as well as other series dealing with the archaeology and material culture of the ancient near east. Click on a title to visit a series webpage.

Forthcoming Books

Published Books