Reading Religion (RR) is an open book review website published by the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The site provides up-to-date coverage of scholarly publishing in religious studies, reviewed by scholars with special interest and/or expertise in the relevant subfields. Reviews are concise, comprehensive, and timely.
A book reviewed in RR may also be reviewed in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR), which publishes a more limited set of book reviews. Books reviewed in JAAR are displayed on the RR website, along with links to the full reviews on the JAAR website. You must be a member of the AAR or have library privileges to view the full reviews.
RR reviews scholarly books about religion. Reviewers do not need to be members of the AAR, or be professional religious studies scholars. Indeed, we welcome reviewers from diverse fields and viewpoints who engage with the topic of religion. Graduate students may review books for RR, but we do expect that reviewers will have done advanced academic work on religion, either in a religious studies department or a related field (see RR review guidelines for further information).
For reviews of books on biblical studies, please visit the Society of Biblical Literature's Review of Biblical Literature website.
The American Academy of Religion, founded in 1909, is the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion. With some 9,000 members in North America and abroad, its purpose is to (1) promote understanding of and critical reflection on religious traditions, issues, questions, values, texts, practices, and institutions; and (2) serve the professional interests of members, students, teachers, scholars, and the wider public. Join today!
Searching for Books in Reading Religion
On all pages except Reviewed, books are displayed newest first, sorted by publication date. On the Reviewed page, books are displayed newest first, sorted by review date.
Use the Search box in the top banner to search for authors, editors, reviewers, keywords, publishers, and more. Books can also be searched via the Browse Books utility on the right-hand side of the page.
Book records returned in Search results can be further searched by status (available for review, review coming soon, reviewed).
We are always happy to hear suggestions for improvements to the website! Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All editorial correspondence should be sent to the same address.
Publishers may send books for review in RR to:
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Claremont Graduate University
150 E. Tenth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
RR does not guarantee review of any books received.
If you are interested in reviewing books for RR, please complete this form and tell us about your areas of expertise. Graduate students are eligible to write reviews for RR and are encouraged to fill out the form and submit your information.
Managing Editor: Lisa Haygood, Claremont Graduate University
Changes to Reading Religion: Please read the February 28, 2017, announcement from AAR Executive Director Jack Fitzmier about changes at RR.