Interreligious Studies

Resources for the Academic Field of Interreligious Studies

American Academy of Religion. Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Unit. Founded in 2013. Website:

Diller, Jeanine, and Eboo Patel, Jennifer Peace, and Colleen Windham-Hughes. “Toward a Field of Interfaith Studies: Emerging Questions and Considerations.” A round-table with Journal of Interreligious Studies 16 (2015).

Gustafson, Hans. “Interreligious and Interfaith Studies in relation to Religious Studies and Theological Studies.” State of Formation. January 6, 2015.

Hedges, Paul. “Editorial Introduction: Interreligious Studies.” Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 27.2 (2014), 127-131.

-------.  “Interreligious Studies.” Encyclopedia or Sciences and Religion, edited by in A. Runehov and L. Ovideo. New York, NY: Springer, 2013. Pp. 1176-80.

-------.  “Interreligious Studies: A New Direction in the Study of Religion?” Bulletin of the British Association for the Study of Religions, Nov. 2014, 13-14.

Interfaith Youth Core. “The Field of Interfaith Studies.” Interfaith Studies: Curricular Programs and Core Competencies. 2016. Pp. 3-5.

Leirvik, Oddbjørn. “Interreligious Studies: A New Academic Discipline?” Contested Spaces, Common Ground: Spaces and Power Structures in Multireligious Societies. Edited by Ulrich Winkler, Lidia Rodriguez, and Oddbjørn Leirvik. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Rodopi, 2016.

-------.  Interreligious Studies: A Relational Approach to Religious Activism and the Study of Religion. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014.

-------.  “Interreligious Studies: a Relational Approach to the Study of Religion.” Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, issue 13 (Feb. 2014).

Patel, Eboo. “Toward a Field of Interfaith Studies.” Liberal Education 99, no. 4 (Winter 2014): 1-76.

Patel, Eboo, and Jennifer Howe Peace and Noah Silverman, editors. Interreligious/Interfaith Studies: Defining a New Field. Beacon Press, 2018.

Stanton, Joshua.“Inter-Religious Studies: A Field of Its Own.” Huffington Post, April 24, 2014.

Winkler, Ulrich and Henry Jansen, editors. Shifting Locations and Reshaping Methods: Methodological Challenges Arising from New Fields of Research in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies. Series: Interreligious Studies, Book 12. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2018.  

Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA):  resource for data on religion. Website:

Jan Phillips Database for Interreligious Encounter: freely accessible research tool for students and scholars. Website: 

Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life: leading nonpartisan fact tank on issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the world. Website:

Critical Analysis of Religious Diversity (CARDS): Theory and Method NetworkThe aim of the network is to map, critically analyze, and constructively improve the current disparate scholarly field. It identifies various research methods and analyzes their various strengths and limitations for future usage by scholars to further our understandings of religion and religious diversity. Includes a database of authoritative publications on interfaith studies, religious diversity, and pluralism among others