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Recommended Religious Studies Readings

Recommended Readings


  • Bowen, John R. Religions in Practice: An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion. 5th ed. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2010.
  • Child, Alice B. and Irvin L. Child. Religion and Magic in the Life of Traditional People. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishers, 1993.
  • Lehmann, Arthur C. and James E. Myers. Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion, An Anthropological Study of the Supernatural. Menlo Park, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 2006.
  • Moro, Pamela and James Myers. Magic Witchcraft and Religion: A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion. 9th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012..

Global Studies

  • Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. New York: Grove Press, 2007.
  • Friedman, Thomas L. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2007.
  • Friedman, Thomas L. Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America. New York: Picador, 2009.
  • Hardt, Michael and Negri, Antonio Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire. New York: Penguin Books, 2005.
  • Bhagwati, J. In Defense of Globalization. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Inda, Jonathan Xavier and Renato Rosaldo (eds.). The Anthropology of Globalization: A Reader. Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
  • Stiglitz, J. Globalization and Its Discontents. New York: W. W. Norton, 2003.
  • Szenberg, Michael and Lall Ramrattan eds. The Great Recession: Major Religious and Far Eastern Perspectives On the Global Economic and Financial Crisis, 2nd ed Amazon Co. Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
  • Tomlinson, J. Cultural Imperialism: A Critical Introduction. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.

Hindu Studies

  • Sharma, T R S. Ancient Indian Literature: An Anthology. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 2004.
  • Gandhi, Mahatma. The Collected Works of MahatmaGandhi 1894-1928. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, 1991.
  • Lal, P. Great Sanskrit Plays in Modern Translation. New York: New Directions, 2003.
  • In Their Own Voice: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary Indian Women Poets. Ed. Arundhathi Subramaniam. New Delhi: Penguin, 1993.
  • The Ramayana and Mahabharata. Trans. Romesh C. Dutt. New Delhi: BiblioBazaar, 2010.
  • Tagore, Rabindranath. Gitanjali: Song Offerings. New Delhi: BiblioBazaar, 2010.
  • Subjadra Jha. A History of Indian Literature Vol. 3. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1998.

Islamic Studies

  • Arberry, A.J. The Koran Interpreted. New York: Touchstone, 1996.
  • Armstrong, Karen. Islam: A Short History. New York: Modern Library-Random, 2002.
  • Cook, Michael. The Koran: a Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford UP, 2000.
  • Damrosch, David, et el. The Longman Anthology of World Literature, Volume B: The Medieval Era. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River: Longman-Pearson, 2009.
  • Esposito, John L. The Future of Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Esposito, John L. Islam: The Straight Path with New Epilogue. Rev. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2005.
  • Fakhry, Majid. A History of Islamic Philosophy. 3rd ed.. New York: Columbia UP, 2004.
  • Gatje, Helmut. The Qur'an and its Exegesis. Trans. Alford T. Welch. Oxford, UK: One Word, 1996.
  • Hallaq, Wael B. History Islamic Legal Theories. New York: Cambridge, UP, 1999.
  • Rippin, Andrew, and Jan Knappert, eds. Textual Sources for the Study of Islam. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1986.
  • Robinson, Neal. Discovering the Qur'an. 2nd ed. Washington: Georgetown UP, 2003.
  • Sells, Michael. Approaching the Qur'an. Ashland: White Cloud P, 1999.
  • Wansbrough, John. The Sectarian Milieu. Amherst: Prometheus, 2006.

Peace Studies

  • Barash, David P., Approaches to Peace: A Reader in Peace Studies, ed. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Boudreau, Tyler E., Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine . Feral House, 2008.
  • Fahey, Joseph J. and Richard Armstrong eds. A Peace Reader. Paulist Press, 1992.
  • Roberts, Adam and Timothy Garton Ash. Civil Resistance and Power Politics: TheExperience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present, ed. Oxford, 2009.
  • Martin, Gus. Understanding Terrorism. Sage Publications, 2006.
  • Power, Samantha. A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, 3rd ed. Harper Perennial, 2003.

Philosophy of Religion

  • Cahn, Steven. Exploring Philosophy of Religion: An Introductory Anthology. New York: Oxford, 2008
  • Caputo, John. The Religious. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2001.
  • Bulliet, Richard, Pamela Crossley, Daniel Headrick, Steven Hirsch, and Lyman Johnson. The Earth and Its People, 5th ed. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, 2010.
  • Carmody, Denise Lardner and John Tully Carmody Mysticism: Holiness East and West New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Clayton, Philip. Religion and Science: The Basics. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • Davies, Brian, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, 3rd edition. New York: Oxford, 2004.
  • Davies, Brian. Philosophy of Religion: A Guide and Anthology. New York: Oxford, 2000.
  • Esposito, John L., Darrell J. Fasching, and Todd Lewis. Religions of Asia Today. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2011
  • Giles, Cheryl A. and Willa B. Miller (eds) The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work [Kindle Edition] Wisdom Publications, 2012.
  • Goodenough, Ursula. The Sacred Depths of Nature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998
  • Hick, John. Philosophy of Religion. 4th ed. New York: Prentice-Hall,
  • Hick, John. An Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the Transcendent. 2nd ed. New Heaven, CO: Yale UP, 2005.
  • Hick, John. Between Faith and Doubt: Dialogues on Religion and Reason. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • Pechilis, Karen and Selva J. Raj (eds.) South Asian Religions: Tradition and Today. New York: Routledge, 2013
  • Peterson, Michael et al., Reason and Religious Belief: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, 4th edition. New York: Oxford, 2008.
  • Pojman, Louis and Michael Rea. Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology. 5th ed. Belmont, Ca: Wadsworth, 2007.
  • Raymo, Chet. When God Is Gone, Everything Is Holy: The Making of a Religious Naturalist. Notre Dame, ID: Sorin Books, 2008.
  • Rowe, William. Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction. 4th edition. Wadsworth, 2013.
  • Sorajjakool, Siroj l, Mark F. Carr, and Julius Nam (eds.) World Religions for Healthcare Professionals. New York: Routledge; 2009
  • Sullivan, William M and Will Kymlicka Eds. The Globalization of Ethics (Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics) Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Sun, Anna. Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities. New Jersey:: Princeton University Press, 2013.
  • Swanson, Paul and Clark Wilson eds. Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions, University of Hawaii Press, 2006.
  • Taliaferro, Charles. Philosophy of Religion: A Beginner's Guide. Oxford: Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2009.
  • Van Voorst, Robert E. Anthology of World Scriptures: Eastern Religions. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, 2006
  • Ward, Keith. The Big Questions in Science and Religion. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton, 2008.


  • Bering, Jesse, The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life. Norton, 2011.
  • Boyer, Pascal, Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought Basic Books, 2002.
  • Freud, Sigmund. The Future of an Illusion. Broadview, 2012.
  • Forsyth, James. Psychological Theories of Religion. New York: Pearson 2002.
  • Fromm, Erich. Psychoanalysis and Religion. New Heaven: Yale University Press, 1959.
  • Graziano, Michael. God Soul Mind Brain: A Neuroscientist's Reflections on the Spirit World. Leapfrog Press, 2010.
  • Haidt, Jonathan. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Vintage, 2013.
  • Hood, Bruce M. The Science of Superstition: How the Developing Brain Creates Supernatural Beliefs. HarperOne, 2010.
  • Hood Jr, Ralph W., Peter C. Hill and Bernard Spilka . The Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Approach. New York: The Guilford Press, 2009.
  • James, William. The Varieties Of Religious Experience: A Study In Human Nature. Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
  • Jeeves, Malcolm and Warren S. Brown. Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities about Human Nature. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2009.
  • Jung, Carl G. Psychology and Religion. The Terry Lectures Series. Yale University Press, 2010.
  • Lacan, Jacques, The Triumph of Religion. Polity, 2013.
  • Norenzayan, Ara, Big Gods; How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Princeton University Press, 2013.
  • Rossano, Matt, Supernatural Selection: How Religion Evolved. Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Wilson, David Sloan, Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society University of Chicago, 2003.

Women and Religion

  • Carmody, Denise. Women and World Religions (2nd ed) New York: Pearson, 1988
  • Crandall, Barbara. Gender and Religion, The Dark Side of Scripture. 2nd ed. West Newton, MA: Continuum, 2012
  • Christ, Carol and Judith Plaskow, eds. Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion. San Francisco: HarperCollins.1992.
  • Joffe, Lisa Fishbayn and Sylvia Neil. (eds.) Gender, Religion, and Family Law: Theorizing Conflicts between Women's Rights and Cultural Traditions (Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law) Lebanon, NH: Brandeis UP, 2012King, Ursula. Religion and Gender. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 1995
  • Peach, Lucinda Joy. Women and World Religions. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 2002.
  • Plaskow, Judith and Carol Christ, eds. Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality. San Francisco: Harper and Row. 1989.
  • Martinez, Maria Elena. Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011.

World Religions

  • Baldoquín, Hilda Gutiérrez, ed. Dharma, Color, and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 2004.
  • Bilhartz, Terry D. Sacred Words: A Source Book on the Great Religions of the World. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2005.
  • Carr, Brian and Indira Mahalingham, ed. Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy. London and New York: Routledge, 2003.
  • Capps, Walter H. Ways of Understanding Religion. New York: Macmillan Publishers, 1972.
  • Crandall, Barbara. Gender and Religion, The Dark Side of Scripture. 2nd ed. West Newton, MA: Continuum, 2012
  • de Bary, Theodore Wm, Donald Keene, George Tanabe, and Paul Varley. Sources of Japanese Tradition. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.
  • Deutsch, Eliot and Ron Bontekoe (eds.) A Companion to World Philosophies. Walden, MA: Wiley and Blackwell, 1991
  • Eliade, Mircea. Essential Sacred Writings from Around the World. San Francisco, Ca: Harper Collins, 1977.
  • Eliade Mircea. The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion. San, Ca: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1959.
  • Esposito, John L., Darrell J. Fasching, and Todd Lewis. World Religions Today. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.
  • Fasching, Darrell J. Dell deChant, and David M.Lantigua. Comparative Religious Ethics: A Narrative Approach to Global Ethics. 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • Fenton, John Y., et al. Religions of Asia. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988.
  • Gill, Sam D. Native American Religions: An Introduction. Belmont, Ca: Wadsworth, 1982
  • Gill, Sam D. Native American Traditions: Sources and Interpretations. Belmont, Ca: Wadsworth, 1983.
  • Habito, Ruben L. Experiencing Buddhism: Ways of Wisdom and Compassion. New York: Orbis Books, 2005.
  • James, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience. New York; Touchstone Edition: Simon and Schuster, 1997.
  • Kung, Hans. Islam: Past, Present, and Future. Oneworld Publications, 2007.
  • Marshall, Joseph. The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living. New York: Penguin, 2001.
  • Oxton, Willard G. ed. World Religions: Western Traditions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Ruland, Vernon. Imagining the Sacred. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1998.
  • Sharma, Arvind. The Philosophy of religion: A Buddhist Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Smith, Huston. Illustrated World's Religions. Glenview, IL: HarperCollins Publishers, 1994.
  • Streng, Frederich J., Charles L. Lloyd, Jr., and Jay T. Allen. Ways of Being Religious. Prentice Hall, 1973.
  • Taliaferro, Charles, Philosophy of Religion: A Beginner's Guide. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2009
  • Taliaferro, Charles, Paul Draper and Philip L. Quinn (eds.) A Companion to Philosophy of Religion 2 ed. Malden.MA: Wiley-Blackwell; 2010
  • Taliaferro, Charles. Contemporary Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction (Contemporary Philosophy) Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 1998
  • Tanabe Jr., George J. ed., Religions of Japan in Practice. Princeton University Press, 1999.
  • Tillich, Paul. Dynamics of Faith. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.
  • Yandell, Keith E. God, Man, and Religion. McGraw-Hill, 1973.
  • Wilcox, Melissa M. Religion in Today's World: Global Issues, Sociological Perspectives (Contemporary Sociological Perspectives). NewYork: Routledge, 2012



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