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Religion Reading List


Catherine Bell, Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992).


Peter Berger and Thomas Luckman, The Social Construction of Reality (New York: Doubleday, 1966).


Caroline Walker Bynum, Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987).


Walter Burkert, Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth, trans. Peter Bing (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983).


N.D. Fustel de Coulanges, The Ancient City, trans. W. Small (London, 1873).


Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger: An Analysis of the Concepts of Pollution and Taboo (London: Routledge, 1966).


Louis Dumont, Homo Hierarchicus: The Caste System and Its Implications, trans. Mark Saisbury and others (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980).


Emile Durkheim, Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse. Le système totémique en Australie (Paris: Alcan, 1912). The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, trans. J. Swain (New York: Free Press, 1961).


Mircea Eliade, Das Heilige und das Profane (Berlin: Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, 1957). The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion, trans. from French by Willard Trask (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1959).


Mircea Eliade, Le Mythe de l'éternel retour: archétypes et répétition (Paris: Librairie Gallimard, 1949). The Myth of the Eternal Return, trans. Willard Trask (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1954).


E.E. Evans-Pritchard, Theories of Primitive Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1965).


E.E. Evans-Pritchard, Nuer Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1956).


E.E. Evans-Pritchard, Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1937).


James Frazer, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, 3d ed., 12 vols. (London, Macmillan, 1911-1915).


Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion, trans. James Strachey (New York: W.W. Norton, 1961).


Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo, trans. James Strachey (New York: W.W. Norton, 1950).


Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures (New York: Basic Books, 1973).


Clifford Geertz, Negara: The Theater State in Nineteenth-Century Bali (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980).


Rene Girard, Violence and the Sacred, trans. P. Gregory (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977).


William Graham, Beyond the Written Word: Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987).


Robert G. Hamerton-Kelley, ed., Violent Origins: Walter Burkert, Rene Girard, and Jonathan Z. Smith on Ritual Killing and Cultural Formation (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1987).


Abdellah Hammoudi, La Victime et ses Masques: Essai sur le Sacrifice et la Mascarade au Maghreb (Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1988). The Victim and its Masks: An Essay on Sacrifice and Masquerade in the Maghreb, trans. Paula Wissing (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993).


Jane Ellen Harrison, Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903; third edition, reprint, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991).


Henri Hubert and Marcel Mauss, Sacrifice: Its Nature and Function, trans. W.D. Halls (Chicago: University of Chsion, and Other Realities (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983).


William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience (New York: Longmans, Green and Company, 1902; reprint, New York: Penguin, 1982).


Claude Lévi-Strauss, Le Totémisme aujourd'hui (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1962). Totemism, trans. Rodney Needham (Boston: Beacon Press, 1963).


Claude Lévi-Strauss, La Pensée Sauvage (Paris: Librairie Plon, 1962). The Savage Mind (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1966).


Bruce Lincoln, Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999).


Marcel Mauss, Esquisse d'une Théorie Générale de la Magie, in his Sociologie et Anthropologie (Paris: Presses Universitaire de France, 1950). A General Theory of Magic, trans. R. Brian (London: routledge, 1972).


Max Muller, Chips from a German Workshop, 5 vols. (New York: Charles Scribners, 1869-1876).


Wilhlem Schmidt, Der Ursprung der Gottesidée. Eine historisch-kritische und positive Studie, 12 vols. (Munster, 1926-1940).


E.J. Sharpe, Comparative Religion: A History (London: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975).


Brian Smith, Reflections on Resemblance, Ritual, and Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989).


Jonathan Z. Smith, Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982).


Jonathan Z. Smith, To Take Place: Toward Theory in Ritual (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987).


Wilfred Cantwell Smith, The Meaning and End of Religion: A Revolutionary Approach to the Great Traditions (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1962).


William Robertson Smith, Lectures on the Religion of the Semites, 2d ed. (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1894).


Stanley Tambiah, World Conqueror and World Renouncer: A Study of Buddhism and Polity in Thailand against a Historical Background (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976).


Victor Turner, The Forest of Symbols (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1967).


Victor Turner, The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure (New York: Penguin, 1969).


Edward Tyler, Primitive Culture, 3d ed. 2 vols. (New York: Holt, 1889).


Valerio Valeri, Kingship and Sacrifice: Ritual and Society in Ancient Hawaii, trans. Paula Wissing (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985).


Gerhard Van der Leeuw, Religion in Essence and Manifestation, 2 vols., trans. J.E. Turner (London, 1938; reprint, Gloucester: Peter Smith, 1967).


Jean-Pierre Vernant, Myth and Society in Ancient Greece, trans. Janet Lloyd (Sussex: Harvester Press, 1980).


Jacques Waardenburg, Classical Approaches to the Study of Religion, 2 vols (Hague: Mouton, 1973).


Max Weber, The Sociology of Religion, trans. Ephraim Fischoff (Boston: Beacon Press, 1963).


Geo Widengren, Religionens varld (Stockholm: Svenska Kyrkans Diakonistryelses Bokforlag, 1952). Religionsphanomenologie (Berlin: Walter de Gruter, 1969).



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