Oxford University Press Announced November Publication of “Handbook of the Study of Religion”

This November, Oxford University Press will be publishing The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion edited by Michael Stausberg and Steven Engler.

The publisher’s website includes this description:

“The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religions provides a comprehensive overview of the academic study of religions. Written by an international team of leading scholars, its fifty-one chapters are divided thematically into seven sections. The first section addresses five major conceptual aspects of research on religion. Part two surveys eleven main frameworks of analysis, interpretation, and explanation of religion. Reflecting recent turns in the humanities and social sciences, part three considers eight forms of the expression of religion. Part four provides a discussion of the ways societies and religions, or religious organizations, are shaped by different forms of allocation of resources (i.e., economy). Other chapters in this section consider law, the media, nature, medicine, politics, science, sports, and tourism. Part five reviews important developments, distinctions, and arguments for each of the selected topics.

“The study of religion addresses religion as a historical phenomenon and part six looks at seven historical processes. Religion is studied in various ways by many disciplines, and thisHandbook shows that the study of religion is an academic discipline in its own right. The disciplinary profile of this volume is reflected in part seven, which considers the history of the discipline and its relevance. Each chapter in the Handbook references at least two different religions to provide fresh and innovative perspectives on key issues in the field. This authoritative collection will advance the state of the discipline and is an invaluable reference for students and scholars.”

The chapters are:

List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
Michael Stausberg and Steven Engler: Introduction: Aims, Scope, and Organization
Part I. Religion
1: Michael Stausberg & Mark Q. Gardiner: Definition
2: Giovanni Casadio: Historicizing and Translating Religion
3: Michael Stausberg & Steven Engler: Theories of Religion
4: Heinz Streib and Constantin Klein: Religion and Spirituality
5: Lois Lee: Non-religion
Part II. Theoretical Approaches
6: Armin W. Geertz: Cognitive Science
7: Peter Seele & Lucas Zapf: Economics
8: John H. Shaver, Benjamin Grant Purzycki, and Richard Sosis: Evolutionary Theory
9: Darlene Juschka: Feminism and Gender Theory
10: Gavin Flood: Hermeneutics
11: Matthew Day: Marxism
12: Arvind Mandair: Postcolonialism
13: Mark Q. Gardiner and Steven Engler: Semantics
14: Robert A. Yelle: Semiotics
15: Paul-François Tremlett: (Post)-structuralism
16: Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling: Social Theory
Part III. Modes
17: Volkhard Krech: Communication
18: David Morgan: Materiality
19: Jeppe Sinding Jensen: Narrative
20: Axel Michaels and William S. Sax: Performance
21: Rosalind I. J. Hackett: Sound
22: David Chidester: Space
23: David Chidester: Time
Part IV. Environments
24: Anne Koch: Economy
25: Benjamin Schonthal: Law
26: Oliver Krüger: Media
27: Adrian Ivakhiv: Nature
28: Pamela Klassen: Medicine
29: Hubert Seiwert: Politics
30: Laura J. Vollmer and Kocku von Stuckrad: Science
Carole M. Cusack: Sports
Alex Norman: Tourism
Part V. Topics
33: Jason C. Bivins: Belief
34: John Corrigan: Emotion
35: Craig Martin: Experience
36: Christoph Auffarth: Gift and Sacrifice
37: Gustavo Benavides: Gods
38: Henrik Bogdan: Initiation and Transitions
39: Manfred Hutter: Priests, Prophets, Sorcerers
40: Hugh B. Urban: Purity
41: Gavin Flood: Salvation
Part VI. Processes
42: Steve Bruce: Differentiation
43: Albert de Jong: The Disintegration and Death of Religions
44: Asonzeh Ukah: Expansion
45: Manuel A. Vásquez and David Garbin: Globalization
46: Jörg Rüpke: Individualization and Privatization
47: Olav Hammer: Tradition and Innovation
48: Jeremy Carrette: Objectification and Commodification
49: Paul Christopher Johnson: Syncretism and Hybridization
Part VII. The Discipline
50: Michael Stausberg: History
51: Thomas A. Tweed: Relevance

Contributors include:

Michael Stausberg & Steven Engler
Michael Stausberg and Mark Q. Gardiner
Giovanni Casadio
Steven Engler
Heinz Streib and Constantin Klein
Lois Lee
Armin Geertz
Peter Seele and Lucas Zapf
John H. Shaver, Benjamin Grant Purzycki, and Richard Sosis
Darlene Juschka
Gavin Flood
Matthew Day
Arvind-Pal Mandair
Mark Q. Gardiner and Steven Engler
Robert Yelle
Paul-François Tremlett
Philipp Mellor and Chris Shilling
Volkhard Krech
David Morgan
Jeppe Sinding Jensen
Axel Michaels and William Sax
Rosalind Hackett
David Chidester
David Chidester
Anne Koch
Benjamin Schonthal
Oliver Krüger
Adrian Ivakhiv
Pamela Klassen
Hubert Seiwert
Kocku von Stuckrad and Laura Vollmer
Carole Cusack
Alex Norman
Jason Bivins
John Corrigan
Craig Martin
Christoph Auffarth
Gustavo Benavides
Henrik Bogdan
Manfred Hutter
Hugh Urban
Gavin Flood
Steve Bruce
Albert de Jong
Asonzeh Ukah
Manuel Vásquez and David Garbin
Jörg Rüpke
Olav Hammer
Jeremy Carrette
Paul C. Johnson
Michael Stausberg

And there might be an OTO member in there somewhere.

You can pre-order here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-the-study-of-religion-9780198729570?cc=se&lang=en#

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