• A guide to new books about death and dying received by Reading Religion in the past three years.

  • By Jeremy Hanes

    12 July 2018

    Religion in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka), informs the lives of the roughly 1.9 billion people who live there today. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism are major players in South Asia, not to mention the Abrahamic traditions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—that have flourished there for centuries. Factoring in diasporic communities outside South Asia and converts to South Asian religions worldwide, the religions of the subcontinent have an enormous impact throughout the world.

  • By Francesca Chubb-Confer

    12 July 2018

    In the years after September 11, 2001, it has become practically impossible to talk about Islam—whether in the classroom, courtroom, or newsroom—without addressing stereotypical narratives of violent terrorism that permeate political and media discourse. Given this current climate of politicized fear, suspicion, and invective surrounding Islam and Muslims, it may be surprising to learn that the best-selling poet in the United States today is Jalāl al-dīn Muḥammad Rūmī, the famed 12th-century saint, poet, and Islamic scholar.

  • By Jeremy Hanes

    8 June 2018

    Here at Reading Religion we have reviews coming in from scholars, theologians, and oftentimes from artists, all discussing the importance of art in the study of religion. From the use of icons in Orthodox Christian traditions throughout history to the way contemporary artists engage with religions, we have something for every interest.

  • A cornucopia of books and book reviews to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of the 95 theses.