Now Published – Bulletin for the Study of Religion 43.4 (November 2014)

CoverNov14The November issue of the Bulletin has been published and is available. Below is the table of contents of this issue, which includes a panel of papers on the current state and future of Islamic studies with contributors building on the online debate between and in response to Aaron Hughes and Omid Safi last Spring, in part right here on the Bulletin’s blog.

This issue of the Bulletin also includes papers by Joseph Laycock and Natasha Mikles on “Nessie as Naga” and Richard Amesbury’s critical analysis of the New Atheism along with a conference report by Natasha Mikles on 2014 NEH Summer Institute on the topic “Problems in the Study of Religion.”

As always, we welcome submissions for future issues – including responses to published articles – from established scholars and graduate students engaged in the study of religion (regardless of discipline) for either publication in the Bulletin or for here on the Bulletin‘s Blog. Our guidelines for the journal are available online.


 Table of Contents

Bulletin for the Study of Religion Volume 43, Issue 4 (November 2014)

 “Debating a Discipline, Contesting Identities, and the Future of Islamic Studies” (pp. 1-2) – Philip L. Tite [Editorial introduction]


“Rethinking Contested Ground: The Study of Islam in/and the Study of Religions” (pp. 3-6) – Matt Sheedy (University of Manitoba)

“Follow the Politics …” (pp. 6-13) – Ruth Mas (SOAS-University of London)

“Thoughts on Dissecting an Octopus: Aaron Hughes, Marshall Hodgson and Navigating the Normative /Descriptive Divide in the Study of Islam” (pp. 15-21) – Vernon James Schubel (Kenyon College)

“Ode to Islamic Studies: Its Allure, Its Danger, Its Power” (pp. 21-25) – Edward E. Curtis IV (Indiana University)

“Reflections on Jewish Studies” (pp. 25-29) – Sarah Imhoff (Indiana University)

“Is the Grass Greener? A View from Biblical Studies” (pp. 29-33) – James Crossley (University of Sheffield)


“Is Nessie a Naga? Buddhism in the West and Emerging Strategies of Importation” (pp. 35-40) – Joseph P. Laycock (Texas State University) and Natasha L. Milkes (University of Virginia)

“Atheism and the Invention of Religion: Notes on History and Anachronism” (pp. 40-45) – Richard Amesbury (University of Zurich)

FIELD NOTES: “A Field Note Reporting from the 2014 NEH Summer Institute “Problems in the Study of Religion,” July 7th – July 25th, 2014” (pp. 47-49) – Natasha L. Milkes (University of Virginia)

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