Publishers:

Please, email our Senior Editor, Lucinda Mosher, if you wish to see a book reviewed in our journal. She will work with you and the reviewer directly in making sure a review copy is delivered to the proper address.

Reviewers:

The Journal of Interreligious Studies is currently seeking reviews of the following books. If you are interested, please send an email to our Senior Editor, Lucinda Mosher, with the following information.  You may also offer to review a book not listed.

1. Title of book
2. The reasons you wish to review the book
3. The qualifications you possess to offer a critical review of the book (education, scholarly expertise and areas of focus, etc.)

  • Alan Brill. Rabbi on the Ganges: A Jewish-Hindu Encounter. Lexington Books, 2020. 
  • Michael Frassetto. Christians and Muslims in the Middle Ages: From Muhammad to Dante. Lexington Books, 2020.
  • Laurie L. Patton. Who Owns Religion? Scholars and Their Publics in the Late Twentieth Century. University of Chicago Press, 2019.
  • Emily Sigalow. American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change. Princeton University Press, 2019.
  • Ann Gleig. American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity. Yale University Press, 2019.
  • Wakoh Shannon Hickey. Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine. Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Robert J. Dobie. Thinking Through Revelation: Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Philosophy in the Middle Ages. The Catholic University of America Press, 2019.
  • Camilla Adang and Sabine Schmidtke. Muslim Perceptions and Receptions of the Bible: Texts and Studies. Lockwood Press, 2019.
  • Yuri Contreras-Vejar and Joanna Tice Jen and Bryan S Turner. Regimes of Happiness: Comparative and Historical Studies. Anthem Press, 2019.
  • Devaka Premawardhana Faith in Flux : Pentecostalism and Mobility in Rural Mozambique. Contemporary Ethnography. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.
  • Dan Cohn-Sherbok, George D. Chryssides, and Usama Hasan People of the Book. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019.
  • Taraneh Wilkinson. Dialectical Encounters: Contemporary Turkish Muslim Thought in Dialogue. Edinburgh University Press, 2019.
  • S. Mark Heim. Crucified Wisdom : Theological Reflection on Christ and the Bodhisattva. First ed. Comparative Theology--thinking across Traditions. New York: Fordham University Press, 2019.
  • Guy Axtell. Problems of Religious Luck: Assessing the Limits of Reasonable Religious Disagreement. 2019.
  • Brant Pitre. Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary: Unveiling the Mother of the Messiah. Image, 2018.
  • Gabriel Said Reynolds. The Qur’an and the Bible: Text and Commentary. Yale University Press, 2018.
  • Sarah J. Bloesch and Meredith Minister, eds. The Bloomsbury Reader in Cultural Approaches to the Study of Religion. Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
  • Sechrest, Ramírez-Johnson, Yong, Sechrest, Love L., Ramírez-Johnson, Johnny, and Yong, Amos. Can "white" People Be Saved? : Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018.
  • Jerusha Tanner Lamptey. Divine Words, Female Voices : Muslima Explorations in Comparative Feminist Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press USA - OSO, 2018.
  • Ithamar Theodor and Yudit Kornberg Greenberg. Dharma and Halacha : Comparative Studies in Hindu-Jewish Philosophy and Religion. Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2018.

JIRS Book Review Guidelines

Purpose
A book review provides the potential reader with a brief introduction to a publication—its topic, its structure, the author’s method, and its possible uses.

Content
A review will contain either praise or criticism—and in most cases will contain some of each. In any case, some evidence should be mentioned. (If a book seems to merit criticism only, please contact the Book Review Editor before proceeding to write.)

A review should also offer guidance as to what audience(s) will make best use of the book under review. Possibilities: professional specialists, students (undergraduate or graduate), general readers.

Length
JIRS book reviews should be 600–1200 words. The exception: a “book review-essay” may be as long as 3000 words. This format is most appropriate for mounting an extended comparison of two books on a similar topic or for situating a publication in a complex context. Reviewers who wish to write in this format should discuss their idea with the Book Review Editor before proceeding.  

Style
Adhere to the Seventeenth Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style; conform to US spelling and punctuation conventions; use Times New Roman, 12 pt, font; double-space the body of your review. Do not use individuals’ titles. (That is, simply write about “John Smith,” not “Prof. John Smith.”) It is appropriate to include brief quotations from the text under review. Cite the source page-number(s) in parentheses: for example, (p. 4) or (pp. 4–5). Reviews should not have footnotes or endnotes.

Format
Title: Subtitle. By Author Name. Edited by Editor Name. Translated by Translator Name. Series. Number of volumes. Edition. City: Publisher, year. Number of front matter pages + number of pages. ISBN. Price, hardback; price; paperback; price, eBook.

[EXAMPLE: Christians, Muslims, and Mary: A History. By Rita George-Tvrtković. New York: Paulist Press, 2018. xviii + 254 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8091-5328-2. $27.95, paper.]

The body of your review. . .

Your Name
Your institution (if appropriate to your situation)
Your location

Example
Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination. By Martin Nguyen. Religion in the Modern World. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. xii+207. $95.00 (cloth); $34.00 (paper); $32.00 (eBook).

As can be expected of entries in this series, this book …

Lucinda Mosher
Hartford Seminary
Hartford, Connecticut

Submitting a Review
DO NOT save your review as a PDF. Do save your review in MS Word (doc, docx). Label your review file like this: Author by Reviewer.docx. Example: Nguyen by Mosher.docx

Submit your review file via the online submission platform located at https://irstudies.org/index.php/jirs/submission/wizard. Once you login or create a new account, navigate to the submission wizard (“Make a Submission”). Then select “Book Reviews” for the “Section.” In the “Comments for the Editor” please indicate that your submission is a book review, including the bibliographic information as detailed above.

Deadlines
The JIRS accepts reviews at any time. However, the book review editor may commission a review for a specific upcoming issue. In such cases, the reviewer and editor will concur on a deadline.