REL 100.002

Introduction to Religious Studies

T | 4:00-5:00 (and by appointment)

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Surveys debates in the history of the field, definition of religion, insider /outsider problem, theories of religion and religion and law; ideal introduction to the study of religion in a public university. HU INB


Richard Newton

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Book cover of A Critical Introduction to Religious Studies, Second Edition.
Craig Martin, A Critical Introduction to Religious Studies, Second Edition (Routledge 2017).


Cover of Religion in 5 Minutes
Aaron W. Hughes and Russell T. McCutcheon, eds. Religion in 5 Minutes (Sheffield, UK: Equinox).




A stylized version of Manly Hall, with Department of Religious Studies-- University of Alabama
Russell T. McCutcheon, “Studying Religion in Culture: A Tale of Propositions and Conjunctions.”


Cover of American Anthropologist
Horace Miner, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema,” American Anthropologist 58. 3 (1956): 503-507.


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Blackboard Other texts will be available through the Blackboard course site.