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The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul by Wayne A. Meeks1987
God, Guilt, and Death: An Existential Phenomenology of Religion (Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) by Merold Westphal1987
In Search of History by John Van Seters1987
Religious Experience by Wayne Proudfoot1987
Protestant Thought in the Nineteenth Century: Volume 2, 1870-1914 by Claude Welch1988
Rediscovering Paul: Philemon and the Sociology of Paul's Narrative World by Norman R. Petersen1988
Saint Jerome in the Renaissance by Eugene F. Rice1988
Zen and Western Thought by Masao Abe1988
Four Theories of Myth in Twentieth-Century History: Cassirer, Eliade, Levi Strauss and Malinowski by Ivan StrenskiAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 1989
Altarity by Mark C. TaylorReflective Studies, 1989
Models of God by Sallie McFagueHistorical Studies, 1989
Breaking the Fall: Religious Readings of Contemporary Fiction by Robert DetweilerAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 1990
Salvation and Suicide: An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown (Religion in North America) by David ChidesterConstructive-Reflective Studies, 1990
Defenders of God : the fundamentalist revolt against the modern age by Bruce B. LawrenceHistorical Studies, 1990
The Savage in Judaism: An Anthropology of Israelite Religion and Ancient Judaism (A Midland Book) by Howard Eilberg-SchwartzAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 1991
Murder and Difference: Gender, Genre, and Scholarship on Sisera's Death (Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature Series) by Mieke BalConstructive-Reflective Studies, 1991
Protestantism and Primogeniture in Early Modern Germany by Paula Sutter FichtnerHistorical Studies, 1991
Fragmentation and Redemption by Caroline Walker BynumAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 1992
Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning (Cornell Studies in the Philosophy of Religion) by Nancey MurphyConstructive-Reflective Studies, 1992
Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka by John Clifford HoltHistorical Studies, 1992
Throughout Your Generations Forever: Sacrifice, Religion, and Paternity by Nancy JayAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 1993
Ethics in an Age of Technology: Gifford Lectures, Volume Two (The Gifford Lectures 1989-1991, Vol 2) by Ian G. BarbourConstructive-Reflective Studies, 1993
Religion in an Age of Science (Gifford Lectures 1989-1991, Vol 1) by Ian G. BarbourConstructive-Reflective Studies, 1993
The other sides of paradise : explorations into the religious meanings of domestic space in Islam by Juan Eduardo CampoHistorical Studies, 1993
Righteous Discontent by Evelyn Brooks HigginbothamHistorical Studies, 1993
Conjuring Culture: Biblical Formations of Black America (Religion in America) by Theophus H. SmithAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 1994
Nots by Mark C. TaylorConstructive-Reflective Studies, 1994
The Asrama System: The History and Hermeneutics Of A Religious Institution by Patrick OlivelleHistorical Studies, 1994
Journey through the Twelve Forests: An Encounter with Krishna by David L. HabermanHistorical Studies, 1994
Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women by Susan Starr SeredAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 1995
In Face of Mystery: A Constructive Theology by Gordon D. KaufmanConstructive-Reflective Studies, 1995
The Religious Critic in American Culture by William DeanConstructive-Reflective Studies, 1995
Through a Speculum That Shines by Elliot R. WolfsonHistorical Studies, 1995
Fundamentalisms Observed by Martin E. MartyAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 1996
Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion by Van A. HarveyConstructive-Reflective Studies, 1996
Between Muslim and Jew by Steven M. WasserstromHistorical Studies, 1996
Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa (Studies in Religion and Culture) by David ChidesterAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 1997
Divine Empathy: A Theology of God by Edward FarleyConstructive-Reflective Studies, 1997
The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia by Michael A. SellsHistorical Studies, 1997
Love between women : early Christian responses to female homoeroticism by Bernadette J. BrootenHistorical Studies, 1997
The Brazilian popular church and the crisis of modernity by Marie Friedmann MarquardtAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 1998
Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami (Religion in America) by Thomas A. TweedHistorical Studies, 1998
Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.Analytical-Descriptive Studies, 1999
Friends of God and Prophets: A Feminist Theological Reading of the Communion of Saints by Elizabeth A. JohnsonConstructive-Reflective Studies, 1999
Religion in Roman Egypt by David FrankfurterHistorical Studies, 1999
Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship by Bruce LincolnAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2000
Covenantal rights : a study in Jewish political theory by David NovakConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2000
Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's Triumph of Religion at the Boston Public Library. by Sally M. PromeyHistorical Studies, 2000
The Book of Jerry Falwell: Fundamentalist Language and Politics. by Susan Friend HardingAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2001
Dante's Testaments: Essays in Scriptural Imagination by Peter S. HawkinsConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2001
The Tao of the West: Western Tranformations of Taoist Thought by J. J. ClarkeConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2001
Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment by Leigh Eric SchmidtHistorical Studies, 2001
Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism (Studies in East Asian Buddhism) by Jacqueline I. StoneHistorical Studies, 2001
Sacred Pain: Hurting the Body for the Sake of the Soul by Ariel GlucklichConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2002
Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture by Grant WackerHistorical Studies, 2002
Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé by Paul Christopher JohnsonAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2003
Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy by Susan NeimanConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2003
The Victorian Translation of China: James Legge's Oriental Pilgrimage by Norman J. GirardotHistorical Studies, 2003
Santeria Enthroned: Art, Ritual, and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban Religion by David H. BrownAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2004
Democracy and tradition by Jeffrey StoutConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2004
The Friend by Alan BrayHistorical Studies, 2004
Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them by Robert A. OrsiConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2005
Relating Religion: Essays in the Study of Religion by Jonathan Z. SmithAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2006
Buddhists, Brahmins, and Belief: Epistemology in South Asian Philosophy of Religion by Dan ArnoldConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2006
Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity by Daniel BoyarinHistorical Studies, 2006
Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History by David FrankfurterAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2007
Religions, Reasons and Gods: Essays in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Religion (Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions) by John ClaytonConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2007
The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event by John D. CaputoConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2007
A Republic of Mind and Spirit: A Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion by Catherine L. AlbaneseHistorical Studies, 2007
Wonderful Blood: Theology and Practice in Late Medieval Northern Germany and Beyond by Caroline Walker BynumHistorical Studies, 2007
The Taoist canon : a historical companion to the Daozang = [Dao zang tong kao] by Kristofer Marinus SchipperTextual Studies, 2007
Muhammad's Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society by Leor HaleviAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2008
After God by Mark C. TaylorConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2008
Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe by Benjamin J. KaplanHistorical Studies, 2008
The mystique of transmission : on an early Chan history and its contexts by Wendi AdamekTextual Studies, 2008
Friends of God : Islamic images of piety, commitment, and servanthood by John RenardAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2009
Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus by Andrew F. MarchConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2009
All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World by Stuart B. SchwartzHistorical Studies, 2009
From Metaphysics to Midrash: Myth, History, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Lurianic Kabbala (Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature) by Shaul MagidTextual Studies, 2009
Religion of the Gods: Ritual, Paradox, and Reflexivity by Kimberley Christine PattonAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2010
Saving God: Religion after Idolatry by Mark JohnstonConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2010
Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China by Robert Ford CampanyHistorical Studies, 2010
The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel by Benjamin D. SommerTextual Studies, 2010
Dreams That Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination by Amira MittermaierAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2011
The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie James JenningsConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2011
Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road (Encounters with Asia) by Johan ElverskogHistorical Studies, 2011
Unreliable Witnesses: Religion, Gender, and History in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean by Ross Shepard KraemerTextual Studies, 2011
Spirits of Protestantism : medicine, healing, and liberal Christianity by Pamela E. KlassenAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2012
A Dream Interpreted within a Dream: Oneiropoiesis and the Prism of Imagination by Elliot R. WolfsonConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2012
America's church : the National Shrine and Catholic presence in the nation's capital by Thomas A. TweedHistorical Studies, 2012
Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law by David M. FreidenreichTextual Studies, 2012
Looking for Mary Magdalene: Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France (Oxford Ritual Studies) by Anna FedeleAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2013
Arts of Wonder: Enchanting Secularity - Walter De Maria, Diller Scofidio, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy (Religion and Postmodernism) by Jeffrey L. KoskyConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2013
Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions (South Asia Across the Disciplines) by Christian K. WedemeyerHistorical Studies, 2013
Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata (Religions in Translation) by Emily T. HudsonTextual Studies, 2013
Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism by Anya BernsteinAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2014
The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity by Willis JenkinsConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2014
From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity (Revealing Antiquity) by Kyle HarperHistorical Studies, 2014
The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint Milarepa (South Asia Across the Disciplines) by Andrew QuintmanTextual Studies, 2014
A ministry of presence : chaplaincy, spiritual care, and the law by Winnifred Fallers SullivanAnalytical-Descriptive Studies, 2015
Tastes of the divine : Hindu and Christian theologies of emotion by Michelle Voss RobertsConstructive-Reflective Studies, 2015
The Power of Huacas: Change and Resistance in the Andean World of Colonial Peru by Claudia BrossederHistorical Studies, 2015
Razi : master of Quranic interpretation and theological reasoning by Tariq JafferTextual Studies, 2015

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Awarded by the American Academy of Religion
In order to give recognition to new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion, the American Academy of Religion offers Awards for Excellence. These awards honor works of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity and importance; books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted.

Awards for Excellence are given in four categories:
* Constructive-Reflective study of religion: works of contemporary ethics, philosophy, interpretation, theology or analogous forms of critical reflection

* Historical study of religion: works that focus on the history of a particular religion or religions in a specific historical period or geographical area

* Analytical-Descriptive study of religion: works of analysis or theory that focus on religion as an object of enquiry or on its typical components, such as myth, ritual, or tradition

* Textual study of religion: works that focus on the analysis, interpretation, or
translation of a particular text or group of texts in the study of religion

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