My “Theory and Method In the Study of Religion” Exam List

Over the next couple of days I’m going to be posting the various exam lists I’ve been working through and will continue to work through until my preliminary exams in November. If anyone out there is also studying for exams or just likes these books and wants to chat, talk, exchange outlines, or whatever let me know.

Theory and Method Exam List

Michael J. Altman

Religion / Society / Culture

Asad, Talal. 2003. Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press.

Asad, Talal. 1993. Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Bataille, Georges. 1992. Theory of Religion. New York ;Cambridge MA: Zone Books ;;Distributed by MIT Press.

Chidester, David. 1996. Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.

Durkheim, Emile. 1995. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. New York: Free Press.

Forbes, Bruce David, and Jeffrey H Mahan, eds. 2005. Religion and Popular Culture in America. Rev. ed. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Foucault, Michel. 1999. Religion and Culture. edited by Jeremy R. Carrette. New York: Routledge.

Freud, Sigmund. 1964. The Future of an Illusion. Rev. Anchor Books ed. Garden City, N.Y: Anchor Books.

Geertz, Clifford. 1973. The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays. New York: Basic Books.

King, Richard. 1999. Orientalism and Religion : Postcolonial theory, India and ‘the mystic East’. London ;;New York: Routledge.

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

McCutcheon, Russell T. 2001. Critics Not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion. Albany: State University of New York Press.

McGrane, Bernard. 1992. Beyond Anthropology : Society and the Other. Columbia U.P.

Mizruchi, Susan. 2001. Religion and Cultural Studies. Princeton N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Orsi, Robert A. 2005. Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.

Preus, James. 1996. Explaining religion : criticism and theory from Bodin to Freud. Atlanta Ga.: Scholars Press.

Smith, Jonathan. 1982. Imagining Religion : from Babylon to Jonestown. Chicago (Ill.) London: the University of Chicago press.

Smith, Jonathan Z. 1978. Map Is Not Territory: Studies in the History of Religions. Leiden: Brill.

Taylor, Mark C, ed. 1998. Critical Terms for Religious Studies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Tweed, Thomas. 2006. Crossing and Dwelling : a theory of religion. Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Tweed, Thomas A, ed. 1997. Retelling U.S. Religious History. Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press.

Weber, Max. 2001. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. London: Routledge.

Weber, Max. 1964. The Sociology of Religion. Boston: Beacon Press.


5 thoughts on “My “Theory and Method In the Study of Religion” Exam List

  1. Thanks for posting this and future lists, Michael. They’ll be very helpful to see what you are reading in a different program. I’m working on my own list for a reading course in American religious history, so I’ll post my list soon too.


  2. Hey Mike — this is more similar to mine than I thought, just (unsurpisingly) heavier on the postcolonialism. I’m sort of tempted to read the Foucault and talk about it with you. What’s your timetable?


  3. Yea I don’t have Said. I thought about it but the format of the exam is a little different–I’m writing a syllabus and a set of lectures–so Said didn’t really fit and I’ve read him so he’s sort of in the background of the whole list. I have thought about adding Orientalism to my ‘dissertation specific’ exam list. I’ll put that up later this week.


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