Not in My Backyard: Studies of Other Religions in the Context of SSSR—RRA Annual Meetings

Authors

  • PETER BEYER

    Associate Professor and Chair
    1. Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, 70 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 6N5.
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Abstract

In the early years of the two associations, relatively few papers or sessions focused on religions other than Christianity or on religion outside North America, with the partial exception of Judaism. The combined effects of organizational growth and events in the surrounding world, however, led to progressively more treatment of “other” religions and the religions of “others.” Beginning in the mid-1960s, specific themes of “otherness” established themselves in the meeting programs, including African-American religion, women and religion, new religions, and Latin American/Latino/a religion. In the 1980s attention spread to the religions of Africa, Eastern Europe, East Asia, the Caribbean, among other places. Although the process is far from complete, its acceleration during the 1990s allows one to predict that it will continue.

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