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Podcasts

#She Too

Published by Bible Society

A seven-part podcast series exploring some of the texts that include violence against women in the …

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Organisations

84000

84000 translates all of the Buddha’s words into modern languages, and provides open and free access …

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Reports

A Report into Anti-Sikh Hate Crimes

The All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs (2020)

Published by The All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs

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Reports

A Report on the State of Hinduism in Religious Education in UK Schools

Insight UK (2021)

Published by Insight UK

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Online Courses

A spiritual revolution? Wicca and religious change in the 1960s

Published by The Open University

This free course looks at the 'crisis' of traditional religion in the Sixties in the Western world. …

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Access to Insight

A freely available compendium of translations from the Pali Canon, along with a selection of other …

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Organisations

Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre

The Religious Experience Research Centre houses an archive with over 6,000 accounts of first-hand …

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Podcasts

An A-Z of Believing

Published by Woolf Institute

From Atheism to Zealotry, join Dr Ed Kessler, for a 26-week crash course on religion and society.

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Online Courses

Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present

Published by Yad Vashem

Join 50 leading scholars in exploring antisemitism, from its roots to its contemporary forms.

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Conferences

Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa

The conference will comprise five panels featuring original, current research on the Arabic-script …

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Organisations

Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture

The Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture exists to promote …

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Websites

Basics of Sikhi

Published by Everything’s 13

Basics of Sikhi is a Sikh educational campaign using YouTube, printed material and social media, …

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Youtube Channels

Basics of Sikhi Youtube Channel

Published by Everything’s 13

Basics of Sikhi is a Sikh educational campaign.

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Podcasts

Being in the Way

Being in the Way is a podcast series that explores the Alan Watts Archive’s 100-hour tape collection …

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Online Courses

Bhagavad Gita (online course)

Published by Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

The Gita’s explanation of belief and practice has had a huge influence on the formation of Hindu …

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Bhagavad Gītā: India’s Philosophical Masterpiece – Online Weekend School

Published by Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

This weekend of interactive discussions with scholars and practitioners explores why millions still …

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Research Projects

BRIC-19

BRIC-19 is a research project examining how British religious communities have adapted to the …

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Websites

British Religion in Numbers

An online religious data resource that catalogues religious statistics and provides guidance …

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Online Courses

BSO 101 | Intro to Buddhism: History, Philosophy, and Practice

Published by Buddhist Studies Online

An online course from Buddhist Studies Online that explores the rich and multifaceted texts, …

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BSO 102 | Buddhist Meditation in Theory and Practice

Published by Buddhist Studies Online

An online course from Buddhist Studies Online that explores the rich and multifaceted history of …

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BSO 201 | Bodhicaryāvatāra: How to Lead an Awakened Life

Published by Buddhist Studies Online

An online course from Buddhist Studies Online that offers a close textual study of the …

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Buddhism Through Its Scriptures

Published by Harvard University

Learn about the rich and diverse beliefs and practices of Buddhists across time and place. …

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Books

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Damien Keown (1996)

Published by Oxford University Press

Provides a good overview of the essential points of Buddhism.

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Organisations

Buddhist Digital Resource Center

The Buddhist Digital Resource Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeking out, …

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Books

Buddhist Yoga

Anonymous (1995)

Published by Shambhala Publications

A translation of the Sandhinirmochana-sutra (Scripture Unlocking the Mysteries) - a classical …

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Journals

Bulletin for the Study of Religion

Published by Equinox

The Bulletin began life in 1971 as the CSSR Bulletin. The journal publishes articles that address …

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Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies

An independent Christian-based academic centre where Christians and Muslims come together to learn …

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Articles

Chemically-Induced Visions in the Fourth Book of Ezra in Light of Comparative Persian Material

Vicente Dobroruka (2006)

Published by Jewish Studies Quarterly

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Online Courses

Christianity Through Its Scriptures

Published by Harvard University

Learn about Christianity through a study of its sacred scriptures. We will explore how diverse …

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Websites

Collective Buddhist Studies Manifesto

A website that calls for (and will publish) academic papers for a round-table session at the 2021 …

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Journals

Comparative Mythology (Journal)

Published by The International Association for Comparative Mythology.

Journal of the International Association for Comparative Mythology.

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Websites

Concise Dictionary of Religion

Irving Hexham (1994)

A dictionary of religious studies terminology and concepts.

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Journals

Critical Research on Religion

Published by SAGE

A peer-reviewed, international journal focusing on the development of a critical theoretical …

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Videos

CRPL Seminar 15th October - Buddhist Responses to Sexual Misconduct

Published by Centre for Religion and Public Life (CRPL)

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Websites

Digital Dictionary of Buddhism

The Digital Dictionary of Buddhism (DDB) provides translations into English of Buddhist terminology.

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Online Courses

Discovering Ancient Temples

Published by Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

In this course we learn about Hinduism through the prism of archaeology. We explore the multiple …

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Articles

Early Christians Might Have Been High on Hallucinogenic Communion Wine

Ed Prideaux (2020)

Published by Vice

A discussion on the early use of hallucinogenic chemicals mixed with alcohol to form so-called …

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Podcasts

Encounter

Published by Woolf Institute

Encounter is a discussion podcast produced by the Woolf Institute and presented by its Founder …

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Organisations

European Academy of Religion (EuARe)

The European Academy of Religion (EuARe) is a research initiative launched under the high patronage …

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Organisations

Fairness in Religions in Schools

An Australian group of parents and citizens who want state schools to provide unbiased and inclusive …

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Online Courses

Governing Religion: Global Challenges and Comparative Approaches

Published by European University Institute (EUI)

Explore the relationship between religions and governments and learn how religions have come to be …

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Books

Hindu Myths

Wendy O'Flaherty (1975)

Published by Penguin Books

A collection of Puranas - stories about Hindu deities and mythological figures.

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Online Courses

Hinduism Through Its Scriptures

Published by Harvard University

Learn about the rich diversity of Hindu sacred texts – hymns, narratives, philosophical thought – …

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Books

Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction

Kim Knott (1998)

Published by Oxford University Press

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Reports

Improving Religious Literacy: A Contribution to the Debate

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education (2016)

Published by The All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education

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Books

Indian Philosophy: Volume 1

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1923)

Published by Oxford University Press

This volume of Radhakrishnan’s two-volume work on Indian philosophy goes into detail on the Rig Veda …

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Inform

An independent educational charity providing information about minority religions and sects which is …

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Podcasts

Inside Fundamentalism

Published by Woolf Institute

Four-part podcast series reflecting on aspects of strictly observed religion.

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Online Courses

Interfaith Dialogue for Combating Extremism among Young People

Published by European University Institute (EUI)

Explore the role of interfaith education in preventing forms of violent extremism and building …

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Reports

Interim Report: Religious Education for All

The Commission on Religious Education (2017)

Published by The Commission on Religious Education

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International Association of Religion Journalists

The International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) aims to offer collegial forums for …

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Organisations

International Society for Media, Religion and Culture

The International Society for Media, Religion and Culture (ISMRC) was founded in 2010 out of a …

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Books

Introducing World Religions

Victoria Kennick Urubshurow (2008)

Published by Routledge

A textbook on religious studies, surveying traditions from around the world.

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Online Courses

Islam Through Its Scriptures

Published by Harvard University

Learn about the Quran, the central sacred text of Islam, through an exploration of the rich …

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Organisations

John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

A dedicated group of scholars and professionals working to support outstanding analysis of the …

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Journals

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (JSSR)

The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (JSSR) is a multi-disciplinary journal that …

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Journals

Journal for the Study of Religious Experience (JSRE)

JSRE aims at gathering together different approaches to the study of religious experience. …

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Online Courses

Judaism Through Its Scriptures

Published by Harvard University

Learn about the key beliefs and practices of Judaism through an examination of its sacred texts and …

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Podcasts

Keeping it 101: A Killjoy's Introduction to Religion

Published by Megan Goodwin and Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst

Aimed at a general audience who want to get to grips with contemporary religious studies, this …

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Websites

Learn Religions

Published by Dotdash

A website containing articles on a wide variety of religious themes and topics, written for a …

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Podcasts

Living in Harmony

Published by Woolf Institute

The role of music in religious practice and interreligious encounter across the Middle East.

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Online Courses

Muslims in Britain: Changes and Challenges

Published by Islam-UK Centre (Cardiff University)

Develop your understanding of Muslims and their faith through an exploration of communities in …

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Podcasts

Naked Reflections

Published by Woolf Institute

Reflecting on recent science news stories and current events, authoritative thinkers unpack the …

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Websites

New Movements in Religion

New Movements in Religion is dedicated to opening up dialogue about matters of divinity, the …

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Podcasts

New Testament Review

Published by Ian Mills and Laura Robinson

Influential works of New Testament scholarship discussed by two Duke PhD candidates.

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Podcasts

NT Pod

Published by Mark Goodacre

Podcast about the New Testament and Christian Origins. Condensed comment from an academic …

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Books

Psychology and Religion

G. S. Spinks (1963)

Published by Metheun & Co Ltd

A detailed review of the psychological study of religion, touching on the theories of Freud and …

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Podcasts

Quran For All Seasons Podcast

Facilitating faith discussions that transcend creedal and ideological divisions through …

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Organisations

RE on Demand

RE on Demand runs RE workshops and sells learning kits with objects from a range of religious …

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Reforming RE

A blogging website that offers a space for conversation between teachers, academics and other …

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Religion & Diplomacy

Religion & Diplomacy is a portal to online resources dealing with the practical interface between …

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Religion & Politics

Published by John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics

Religion & Politics is an online news journal, dedicated to the two topics thought unfit for polite …

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Online Courses

Religion and Conflict

Published by University of Groningen

Understand and analyse the role of religion in conflicts and peacebuilding in present-day societies, …

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Blogs

Religion and Global Society

Published by London School of Economics

A research-led interdisciplinary blog that promotes an understanding of religion and its relevance …

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Reports

Religion and Worldviews: the way forward. A national plan for RE

The Commission on Religious Education (2018)

Published by The Commission on Religious Education

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Religion Bites

Published by Malory Nye

This is a podcast by Malory Nye on the study of religion.

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Religion Media Centre

An organisation that helps to connect journalists and religious adherents, reports on religious news …

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Online Courses

Religion, Conflict and Peace

Published by Harvard University

Explore the diverse and complex roles that religions play in both promoting and mitigating violence.

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Religion, Radicalisation, Resilience

Published by European University Institute (EUI)

Understand religious radicalisation and violence and learn strategies to build resilience in …

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Journals

Religions

Published by MDPI

Religions is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal on religions …

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Online Courses

Religions From The Inside: Improving Interreligious Dialogue

Published by Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI)

Explore the value of cooperation between faiths and learn how the five main world religions’ core …

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Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures

Published by Harvard University

Learn how to better understand the rich and complex ways that religions function in historic and …

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Organisations

Research Association for the Study of Western Esotericism (RASWE)

RASWE is a research association dedicated to the pursuit of innovative research and experimentation …

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Journals

Secularism and Nonreligion

Secularism and Nonreligion is the world's first journal dedicated to the investigation of secularism …

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Seekers of Unity

A philosophical exploration of mysticism, unitive experiences, theories, and practices delivered …

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Online Courses

Sikhism Through Its Scriptures

Published by Harvard University

This course examines the Sikh scripture from a doctrinal and historical perspective by providing an …

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Online Courses

SKT 100a | The Devanāgarī Seminar

Published by Yogic Studies

This 15-hour seminar will provide a fun and structured opportunity for you to acquire fluency in …

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Online Courses

SKT 100b | Sanskrit for Yogis An Introduction to the Language of Yoga

Published by Yogic Studies

This course will provide students with a basic primer on Sanskrit grammar, pronunciation, and …

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Online Courses

SKT 101 | Elementary Sanskrit I

Published by Yogic Studies

An online course from Yogic Studies that teaches the basics of the Sanskrit language.

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Online Courses

SKT 102 | Elementary Sanskrit II

An online course from Yogic Studies that teaches the Sanskrit language.

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Online Courses

SKT 103 | Elementary Sanskrit III

An online course from Yogic Studies that teaches the Sanskrit language.

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Online Courses

SKT 201 | Intermediate Sanskrit I: The Bhagavadgītā

An online course from Yogic Studies that teaches the Sanskrit language.

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Online Courses

SKT 202 | Intermediate Sanskrit II: The Rāmāyaṇa

An online course from Yogic Studies that teaches the Sanskrit language.

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YouTube Channels

SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies: YouTube Channel

Published by SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies

Run by SOAS University, the Centre of Yoga Studies researches and shares information about yoga …

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Organisations

Society for Phenomenology of Religious Experience (SOPHERE)

The society serves the world community by advancing knowledge in the phenomenology of religious …

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stone-circles.org.uk

An ongoing investigation into the prehistory of Great Britain encompassing the stone circles, …

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Strehlow Research Centre

Published by MAGNT

The Strehlow Collection held at MAGNT’s Museum of Central Australia in Alice Springs manages one of …

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Podcasts

Text Talks

Text Talks provides teachers and students (and anyone else who’s interested) with weekly podcasts …

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The African & Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA)

The African & Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) is an interdisciplinary consortium …

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The American Academy of Religion (AAR)

The AAR's mission is to foster excellence in the academic study of religion and enhance the public …

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The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)

The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on …

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR)

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) advances creative and critical scholarship on …

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The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs seeks a more just and peaceful world by …

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The British Association for Jewish Studies

The British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) aims to nurture, cultivate and advance the …

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Podcasts

The Classical Ideas Podcast

Published by The Classical Ideas Podcast

The goal of The Classical Ideas Podcast is to empower students with the core knowledge of major …

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Websites

The Database of Religious History

Published by University of British Columbia

The world’s first comprehensive online quantitative and qualitative encyclopedia of religious …

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Podcasts

The Faith and Belief Forum: Podcast

Published by The Faith and Belief Forum

Produced by the Faith and Belief Forum, an organisation dedicated to building good relations between …

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Websites

The Global Philosophy of Religion Project

The Global Philosophy of Religion Project is a major initiative that aims to make the philosophy of …

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Books

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

James George Frazer (1922)

Published by The Macmillan Press

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Books

The Indian Theogony

Sukumari Bhattacharji (1970)

Published by Penguin Books India

A work on comparative mythology, focusing on Indian deities and mythologies - particularly with …

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Websites

The Institute of Ismaili Studies

The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) is a higher education and academic research institute, …

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Organisations

The International Association for Comparative Mythology

An organisation that researches and documents mythologies from around the world.

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Journals

The Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture (RMDC)

Published by Brill

The Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture (RMDC) is a peer-reviewed academic journal, …

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Books

The Last Days of Socrates

Plato (1954)

Published by Penguin Books

A collection of Plato's writings, centered around the life and death of Socrates, including …

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Books

The Life of Milarepa

Rechung (1928)

Published by John Murray

An abridged version of Evans-Wentz’s translation, telling the life story of the Tibetan Buddhist …

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Organisations

The Online Centre for Religious Studies

Luke Burns

The Online Centre for Religious Studies (OCRS) is dedicated to promoting and facilitating the …

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Podcasts

The Panpsycast Philosophy Podcast

Published by Jack Symes

A weekly philosophy podcast inspiring and supporting students, teachers, academics, and …

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Conferences

The Phenomenology of Religion as Philosophical Anthropology

A conference to challenge critiques of phenomenology as an approach to studying religion, jointly …

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The Psi Encyclopedia

The Psi Encyclopedia is a collection of articles and case studies about psi research, the scientific …

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Research Projects

The Religion and State Project

The Religion and State (RAS) project is a university-based project located at Bar Ilan University in …

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The Religious Education Council of England and Wales

The Religious Education Council of England and Wales was established in 1973 to represent the …

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Books

The Religious Experience of Mankind

Ninian Smart (1969)

Published by Fount Paperbacks

A comprehensive survey of religious experiences from around the world.

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Organisations

The Religious Freedom Institute

The Religious Freedom Institute is committed to achieving broad acceptance of religious liberty as a …

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Podcasts

The Religious Studies Project

Published by The Religious Studies Project

The Religious Studies Project (RSP) is an international collaborative enterprise producing weekly …

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Podcasts

The Sacred

Published by Theos

Listen to Theos in conversation, and interviewing other thought leaders, about Christianity and …

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Podcasts

The Sanskrit Studies Podcast

Published by Yogic Studies

In-depth explorations into the field of Sanskrit Studies. Featuring candid conversations and …

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Books

The Science of Self-Realization

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1977)

Published by The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

A collection of essays on Vaishnavite devotional yoga, or bhakti.

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Books

The Serpent Power

Sir John Woodroffe (1918)

Published by Ganesh & Co.

An introduction to the concept of laya yoga, along with translations of two Sanskrit works - the …

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Online Courses

The Sharia and Islamic Law: An Introduction

Published by European University Institute (EUI)

Discover Sharia and Islamic law, and learn more about some of the diverse roles they play in Muslim …

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Organisations

The Shiloh Project

The Shiloh Project supports research into the phenomenon of rape culture and its complex …

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Books

The Study of Religion: An Introduction to Key Ideas and Methods

George D. Chryssides and Ron Greaves (2007)

Published by Bloomsbury

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Websites

The Treasury of Lives

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalaya

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Books

The Upanishads

Anonymous (1965)

Published by Penguin Classics

Mascaró presents a selection of the Hindu Upanishads in English translation.

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Books

The Varieties of Religious Experience

William James (1902)

Published by Penguin Classics

Published at the beginning of the twentieth century, The Varieties of Religious Experience is a …

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Theogony and Works and Days

Hesiod (1988)

Published by Oxford University Press

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Websites

Tib Shelf

Tib Shelf is an open platform to access a growing cache of translated Tibetan texts across a vast …

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Research Projects

Transmission of Religion across Generations

A research project at the University of Ottawa looking into how religion is (and is not) passed on …

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Online Courses

Why Religion Matters: Religious Literacy, Culture and Diversity

Published by The Open University

A free online course from the Open University, exploring the importance of religious literacy.

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Podcasts

Woolf Research

Published by Woolf Institute

What's the leading research in the field of religion and society? And how are we contributing to it?

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Websites

World History Encyclopedia

An online encyclopaedia with articles on a wide variety of topics relating to world history and …

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Reports

Worldviews in Religious Education

Theos Think Tank (2020)

Published by Theos Think Tank

This report interprets and develops the idea of worldview and explores its implications for the …

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Videos

Worldviews in Religious Education launch

Published by Theos Think Tank

This is a recording of 'What are worldviews and why should schools teach them?' on 21st October …

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Reports

Worldviews: A Multidisciplinary Report

Céline Benoit, Timothy Hutchings and Rachael Shillitoe (2020)

Published by Religious Education Council of England and Wales

As part of the Worldview Project, the REC commissioned a multidisciplinary academic literature …

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Yogic Studies

An educational platform dedicated to providing the highest quality research and reliable online …

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Videos

Yoginī temples and their antecedents: reassessing the textual evidence

Published by SOAS Centre Of Yoga Studies

A live recording of an online talk and Q+A via zoom on 21st October 2020 for the SOAS Centre of Yoga …

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yoga 

Online Courses

YS 101 | An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Yoga

Published by Yogic Studies

An online course from Yogic Studies that introduces and explores yoga’s history and philosophy.

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Online Courses

YS 117 | Karma, Rebirth, and Liberation

Published by Yogic Studies

An online course from Yogic Studies, which explores Indian philosophy through the lens of Karma, …

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