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Bibliography on Categories of Religion


Contributed by Krisztina Danka, Bhaktivedanta College, Budapest


Charles Adams’ piece in the first edition of Eliade’s (ed.), Encyclopedia of Religions

Philip C. Almond, The British Discovery of Buddhism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988)

Talal Asad, Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam (Baltimore, 1993)

S. N. Balagangadhara, 'The Heathen in His Blindness...': Asia, the West and the Dynamic of Religion (Leiden, 1994 & New Delhi, 2005)

James G. Crossley & Christian Karner (eds), Writing History, Constructing Religion, (Ashgate, Aldershot)

Daniel Dubuisson, The Western Construction of Religion: Myths, Knowledge, and Ideology (Baltimore, 2003)

Mircea Eliade, Patterns in Comparative Religion (New York:  Sheed and Ward, 1958; a translation of Traite d’histoire des Religions, 1949)

Timothy Fitzgerald, The Ideology of Religious Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000)

Russell T. McCutcheon, Manufacturing Religion: The Discourse on Sui Generis Religion and the Politics of Nostalgia (New York, 1997)

Ronald Inden, Imagining India (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1990)

Lionel M. Jensen, Manufacturing Confucianism:Chinese Traditions and Universal Civilization ((Durham, NC:  Duke University Press, 1997)

Richard King, Orientalism and Religion:  Postcolonial Theory, India, and ‘The Mystic East’ (New York:  Routledge, 1999)

Donald S. Lopez, Jr., ed., Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism under Colonialism (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1995)

P. J. Marshall, The British Discovery of Hinduism in the Eighteenth Century  Cambridge University Press, 1970) (Cambridge :

Tomoko Masuzawa, The Invention of World Religions (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005)

L. McCutcheon’s piece in the text book edited by Ch. Partridge: Introduction to World Religions (Fortress, 2004?).

Kimberley Patton and Benjamin Ray, eds., A Magic Still Dwells: Comparative Religion in a Postmodern Age (Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2000).

Eric J. Sharpe, Comparative Religion: A History (London:  Duckworth and New York:  Open Court, 1975).

Ninian Smart, ed., Atlas of the World’s Religions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), front matter and introductory sections on “Religion Today” and “The Historical Geography of Religion,” pp. 8-31.

Jonathan Z. Smith's entry "Religion, Religions, Religious" in Critical Terms for Religious Studies edited by Mark Taylor (U Chicago 1998).

Wilfred Cantwell Smith, The Meaning and End of Religion (New York: Macmillan, 1963; subsequently Anchor Books, Augsburg Press).

Jesse T. Todd, “Imagining the Future of  American Religion at the 1939 Word’s Fair,” Ph.D. dissertation, Columbia University 1996.

Eric J. Ziolkowski, ed., A Museum of Faiths:  Histories and Legacies of the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions (Atlanta:  Scholars Press, 1993; subsequently, Oxford University Press).


Wiebe, Donald. 1999. The Politics of Religious Studies (Palgrave).

Styers, Randall. 2004. Making Magic: Religion, Magic, and Science in the Modern World (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Richard Rorty & Gianni Vattimo. 2005. The Future of Religion.  ed. Santiago Zabala (Columbia Uni. Press).

Von Stietencron, Heinrich. 1997. "Hinduism: on the proper use of a deceptive term", in Gunther- Dietz Sontheimer and Hermann Kulke (eds.), Hinduism Reconsidered. Delhi: Manohar.  (1989).



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