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A Commentary on Cicero, De Divinatione I

A welcome investigation into Cicero’s unusual work on ancient Roman religion

The Real and the Sacred

Picturing Jesus in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

A cultural history of representations of Jesus in nineteenth-century European and American fiction and visual art

The One and Only Law

Walter Benjamin and the Second Commandment

A radical critique of contemporary legal practices and understandings based on a new consideration of Walter Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence”

Securing the Sacred

Religion, National Security, and the Western State

By treating religion as a key security concern, Western democracies may be undermining their safety

For the Civic Good

The Liberal Case for Teaching Religion in the Public Schools

A case for teaching classes on world religion and the Bible in public schools

Preaching to Convert

Evangelical Outreach and Performance Activism in a Secular Age

Discovering the common performance strategies of an unlikely pairing: evangelical Christians and left-progressive activists

Sensational Devotion

Evangelical Performance in Twenty-First-Century America

How evangelical theme parks, museums, and other performance sites both reflect and create religious belief

Teaching about Religions

A Democratic Approach for Public Schools

Public schools can play a role in promoting respect for religious differences

Ellery's Protest

How One Young Man Defied Tradition and Sparked the Battle over School Prayer

An engrossing story of one of the landmark cases in First Amendment history

Faith in the City

Preaching Radical Social Change in Detroit

A milestone study of religion's place in Detroit's protest communities, from the 1930s to the 1960s

The Jews of Georgian England, 1714-1830

Tradition and Change in a Liberal Society

A landmark study of the rise of Anglo-Jewish society in eighteenth century England

Cross Purposes

Pierce v. Society of Sisters and the Struggle over Compulsory Public Education

Do parents have the right to determine how their children should be educated?

American Jewish Identity Politics

Explores changes among American Jews in their self-understanding during the last half of the twentieth century


Essays on the Structure of Japanese Folk Religion

The first comprehensive English translation of a foundational work on Japanese asceticism and folk religion

State of Virginity

Gender, Religion, and Politics in an Early Modern Catholic State

An important contribution to the historical study of sexuality and the growing feminist literature on the state

Cage of Freedom

Tamil Identity and the Ethnic Fetish in Malaysia

An ethnographic look at rituals across class and status among Malyasian Tamils

Missionary Tropics

The Catholic Frontier in India (16th-17th Centuries)

A provocative contribution to the history of early modern Euro-Asian interactions that provides new perspectives on the encounter between Catholicism and Hinduism in India

Jews and Gentiles in Early America


The fascinating story of the Jewish contribution to and participation in early American life

Islam and the Prayer Economy

History and Authority in a Malian Town

A close look at the changing terms of exchange between gifts and blessings

From Monastery to Hospital

Christian Monasticism and the Transformation of Health Care in Late Antiquity

Brings to light for the first time the innovative healing practices of monasteries and their role in the development of Western medical tradition

Nimble Believing

Dickinson and the Unknown

A groundbreaking exploration of the themes of faith and doubt in Emily Dickinson's poetry

Conflict and Coexistence

Archbishop Rodrigo and the Muslims and Jews of Medieval Spain

Illuminates the career and method of one of thirteenth-century Spain's most important religious, military, and political figures

The Footsteps of Israel

Understanding Jews in Anglo-Saxon England

Illuminates the previously unrecognized role of Jews and Judaism in early English writing and society