University of Washington

Comparative Religion

Thomson Hall Room 433
(206) 543-4835

Resources for the Study of Religion

Within the University of Washington and Seattle

The Luce Lectures on Global Religion and Human Security 2007-09
Many of the lectures supported by the Luce Foundation at the University of Washington are accessible as podcasts made by UW TV. To connect to podcasts and to see the full range of UW TV presentations please click here and type "religion" in the "Search" box in the upper right-hand corner.

The Early Buddhist Manuscript Project
The British Library / University of Washington Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project was founded in September 1996 in order to promote the study, editing, and publication of a unique collection of fifty-seven fragments of Buddhist manuscripts on birch bark scrolls, written in the Kharoshth-script and the Gándhárí (Prakrit) language that were acquired by the British Library in 1994. The manuscripts date from, most likely, the first century A.D., and as such are the oldest surviving Buddhist texts, which promise to provide unprecedented insights into the early history of Buddhism in north India and in central and east Asia. Research findings and translations are being presented in publications of the University of Washington Press."

UW Library Resources for Research on Religion
A guide to print and electronic resources in religious studies available to UW students, faculty and staff. A list of UW library resources for researching religion.



Association of Religion Data Archives - The latest findings, best methods and newest ideas in the scientific study or religion.

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) - Founded in 1909, the AAR is the world's largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to Council on Graduate Studies in Religion - Part of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion (CSSR).

Bulletin for the Study of Religion

The Council of Societies for the Study of Religion (CSSR) - The CSSR is a federation of learned societies founded in the early 1970s. Its executive office is hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. The Council provides a forum for scholars to exchange ideas and information about religion and its study to help them share research across differing specialties and

Center for Religion and Civic Culture - Founded to create, translate, and disseminate scholarship on the civic role of religion in a globalizing world. CRCC engages scholars and builds communities in Los Angeles and around the globe. Links academics and the faith community to empower emerging leaders through programs like the Passing the Mantle Clergy and Lay Leadership Institute, for African American church leaders, and the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute.

Center for the Study of Religion and Society - Dedicated social scientific understanding of religion in society through scholarly research, training, and publications. The Center combines an emphasis on the insight and richness of cultural analyses with the strength of large-scale survey research.

Center on Faith and International Affairs - The mission of the CFIA is to equip members of the international affairs community with a balanced understanding of the role of religion in public life worldwide.

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes - Fully-funded seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences held overseas at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (beginning not offered for Azerbaijani, Chinese, Persian or Russian) for US citizens undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students.

Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs - Founded by Peter L. Berger, (Boston University) CURA is a center for research, publication and education on strategic questions such as: How does culture affect economic and political developments world-wide? Special attention to the role religion in world affairs, touching increasingly on practical policy concerns. CURA communicates its findings to government, the business community and the media.

Institute on Religion and Democracy - An ecumenical alliance of US Christians working to reform their churches' social witness, in accord with biblical and historic Christian teachings, and to contribute to the renewal of democratic society at home and abroad.

International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) - The International Association for the History of Religions serves to promote the academic study of religions through the international collaboration of all scholars whose research has a bearing on the history of religions.

J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies - Exclusively devoted to research in religion, politics, and society and committed to the separation of church and state and the advancement of religious liberty around the world.

The Henry Luce Foundation

The North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) - The North American Association for the Study of Religion encourages the historical, comparative, structural, theoretical and cognitive approaches to the study of religion among North American scholars.

North American Patristics Society - Dedicated to the study of the history and theology of early Christianity.

Pacific Northwest Regional for AAR

The Religion, Politics and Globalization Program - Organizes lectures and conferences.   Encourages student and faculty research, and serves as a hub for community members interested in understanding how the forces of religion, politics, and globalization interact in the modern world.

Society of Biblical Literature

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion was founded in 1949 to stimulate and communicate significant scientific research on religious institutions and religious experience.

Society for the Study of Chinese Religions
Annually produces Journal for Chinese Religions.

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Program Coordinator, Loryn Paxton
Thomson Hall, room 433
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4835

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