REL 440.001

Theories of Religion

M | 3:30-5:50

PRH 210

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How we understand and explain religious phenomena relies on how we define “religion,” and thus the theory that drives that definition. This seminar examines in-depth scholarly theories that have influenced and shaped the field of Religious Studies and consequently the way scholars study religion.

Vaia Touna


Nongbri, Brent. 2013. Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

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