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China’s Green Religion

Taming the Wild Horse

Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future

An Annotated Translation and Study of the Daoist Horse Taming Pictures

James Miller

Louis Komjathy

“There is perhaps no scholar in the West who could have written such a valuable book on the contributions of Daoism to ecological thought and practice in China.... This is a book that will be indispensable for academics and policymakers alike who are concerned about China’s future.” —Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University $60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-17586-9 2017 224 pages

“Komjathy has uncovered a previously hidden gem of the Daoist contemplative path that was inspired by the famous Ox Herding Pictures.... This is essential reading for those interested in the history of Daoism, the Complete Perfection (Quanzhen) School, comparative mysticism, and the culture of the horse.” —Harold D. Roth, Brown University $65.00 / £54.95 cloth 978-0-231-18126-6 2017 264 pages

Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Buddhism and Medicine An Anthology of Premodern Sources Edited by C. Pierce Salguero “An amazingly rich and comprehensive collection of studies of texts and observed practices from all over the Asian lands where Buddhism’s manifestations made extensive contributions to the cultures.... I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone interested in Buddhism, the history of medicine, and the mutually fruitful interaction of the Asian medicine traditions and Western biomedical tradition that is happening all around us today.”—Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University

“There are few historians of whom one can say that they have actually shifted some of the landscape of the writing of history in their own generation, but Bynum is one of them.”—New Republic “A masterful work of intellectual history.”— Publishers Weekly This expanded edition includes Caroline Walker Bynum's 1995 article “Why All the Fuss About the Body? A Medievalist’s Perspective,” which takes a broader perspective on the book’s themes. It also includes a new introduction that explores the context in which the book and article were written, as well as why the Middle Ages matter for how we think about the body and life after death today.

American Lectures on the History of Religions

Rachel Fulton Brown

Reshaping the Boundaries The Christian Intersection of China and the West in the Modern Era Edited by Song Gang “This remarkable, richly documented collection fundamentally challenges traditional interpretations of the Sino-Western cultural encounter.”—R. G. Tiedemann, School of History and Culture, Shandong University, China

Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences

Food of Sinful Demons

Part 1 Mandala, Mantra, and the Cult of the Yoginīs

Meat, Vegetarianism, and the Limits of Buddhism in Tibet Geoffrey Barstow

Tsong Khapa Losang Drakpa Study and Translation by David B. Gray

“A creative and nuanced exploration of an aspect of Tibetan religiosity that has heretofore remained largely in the dark. An important and exciting book.”—Andrew Quintman, Yale University

American Institute of Buddhist Studies

Food of Sinful Demons shows the centrality of vegetarianism to the cultural history of Tibet through specific ways in which nonreligious norms and ideals shaped religious beliefs and practices. Barstow offers a detailed analysis of the debates over meat eating and vegetarianism, from the first references to such a diet in the tenth century through the Chinese invasion in the 1950s.


January 2018 248 pages

Mary and the Art of Prayer

“Mary and the Art of Prayer brings medieval Marian devotions before the readers’ eyes and elucidates the profound meanings in and spiritual preparations for serving the Virgin...through observance of her Hours. Rachel Fulton Brown’s historical imagination is informed by brilliant scholarship, and her evocative prose rests easily beside citations of beauteous psalms.” —Georgiana Donavin, author of Scribit Mater: Mary and the Language Arts in the Literature of Medieval England $75.00 / £62.95 cloth 978-0-231-18168-6 2017 656 pages

Armenia Christiana

$55.00 / £45.95 cloth 978-988-83905-5-7

Krzysztof Stopka


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The Future of Religion in America

Grounded in multiple intellectual disciplines, including religious studies, history, arts, music, and Sinology, Reshaping the Boundaries explores how each of the major Christian traditions—Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox—bridged the West and the East in unique ways. 2017 168 pages


$30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-18361-1 $90.00 / £74.95 cloth 978-0-231-18360-4

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The original Sublime Continuum Treatise Commentary was written by Aryasaga, as inspired by the bodhisattva, Maitreyanatha, around 400 CE, in North India. It was subsequently elucidated frequently in India and Tibet. Here, it is introduced and presented in an original translation from Sanskrit and Tibetan, with the translation of a detailed Tibetan Super-Commentary by Gyaltsap Darma Rinchen (1364–1432 CE), whose work is considered to be authentically inspired by his teacher, the widely acclaimed Tibetan philosophical genius, Tsong Khapa (1357–1419 CE).


“A timely collection, The Future of Mainline Protestantism in America synthesizes a great deal of recent scholarship in a way that will speak to a wide audience of students and scholars alike. It will make a positive contribution to the wider field of American religion, in particular, to the fields of sociology of religion, history of American Christianity, and religion in American culture.”— Christopher Evans, Boston University

American Institute of Buddhist Studies

2017  580 pages

$56.00 / £46.95 cloth 978-1-935011-09-5

Caroline Walker Bynum

Edited by James Hudnut-Beumler and Mark Silk

The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought

2017 728 pages

2017  500 pages

Expanded edition


The Future of Mainline Protestantism in America

$105.00 / £87.95 cloth 978-0-231-18528-8 2017 480 pages

$56.00 / £46.95 cloth 978-1-935011-25-5

This is the first in a two-volume annotated translation of Tsong Khapa’s Illumination of the Hidden Meaning (sbas don kun sel). This first volume, which includes Tsong Khapa’s detailed introduction to chapters 1 to 24 of the 51 chapter root tantra, covers the history of the tradition, its interpretation, and a range of topics including the construction of the mandala, the consecration therein, and the decoding of mantras and their ritual applications, as well as extensive details concerning the clans of the yoginīs and the procedures to win their favor. David B. Gray situates the work in context and explores in depth the sources used in composing this commentary.

The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200–1336

The Sublime Continuum Super-Commentary (theg pa chen po rgyud bla ma’i tīkka) with the Sublime Continuum Treatise Commentary

$150.00 / £124.95 cloth 978-0-231-17994-2

Illumination of the Hidden Meaning (sbas don kun sel)

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Armenian Religious Identity and the Churches of Constantinople and Rome (4th – 15th century) This book presents the dramatic and complex story of Armenia’s ecclesiastical relations with Byzantine and subsequently Roman Christendom in the Middle Ages. It is built on a broad foundation of sources – Armenian, Greek, Latin, and Syrian chronicles and documents, especially the abundant correspondence between the Holy See and the Armenian Church. Krzysztof Stopka examines problems straddling the disciplines of history and theology and pertinent to a critical, though not widely known, episode in the story of the struggle for Christian unity.

$65.00 / £54.95 cloth 978-0-231-17996-6

$55.00 / £45.95 paper 978-83-233-4190-1

2017  312 pages

2017 400 pages

Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Jagiellonian University Press

E vo lv i n g B r a i n s E m E r g i n g g o ds Early Humans and tHE origins of rEligion

E. FullEr TorrEy


Eating Ethically


Religion and Science for a Better Diet


Contemporary Approach es



Jonathan K. Crane

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The Duplicity of Philosophy’s Shadow

Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods

Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other

Early Humans and the Origins of Religion

Elliot R. Wolfson

E. Fuller Torrey

In spite of Heidegger’s explicit anti-Semitic statements, Elliot R. Wolfson reveals some crucial aspects of his thinking—including criticism of the biological racism and militant apocalypticism of Nazism—that betray an affinity with dimensions of Jewish thought: the triangulation of the concepts of homeland, language, and peoplehood; Jewish messianism and the notion of historical time as the return of the same that is always different; inclusion, exclusion, and the status of the other; and the problem of evil in kabbalistic symbolism. $30.00 / £25.00 paper 978-0-231-185639

“A unique scholarly approach to the subject that is sure to be influential and highly regarded.” —Robert Sapolsky, Stanford University

E v o lv i n g B r a i n s E m E r g i n g g o ds E a r ly H u m a n s a n d t H E origins of rEligion

E. FullEr TorrEy

E. Fuller Torrey details the neurobiological sequence that explains why the gods appeared when they did, connecting archaeological findings including clothing, art, farming, and urbanization to cognitive developments. $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-18336-9


Philosophies of Happiness A Comparative Introduction to the Flourishing Life

“Diana Lobel’s Philosophies of Happiness engagingly examines a broad range of perspectives—encompassing the ancient Greeks, key Asian traditions, and central figures in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—to conclude with more contempoDIANA LOBEL rary approaches such as mindfulness. On Lobel’s model, ‘the first building block of a life of happiness is attentive awareness.’ This keen insight underlies not only her approach to flourishing but also the very spirit of this outstanding book.” -John D. Dunne, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jonathan K. Crane “An accomplished ethicist and philosopher, Crane crafts a careful argument for what it means to eat well. Following a trajectory set by Michael Pollan and others, Jonathan K. Crane Eating Ethically is set apart by its interdisciplinarity, using biblical scholarship, nutritional science, biochemistry, and medicine to effectively buttress the idea that eating is an activity that resonates in both personal and social contexts.”—Benjamin Zeller, coeditor of Religion, Food, and Eating in North America



Edited by Richard King “Covering an important and impressive range of theoretical approaches and critical engagement, this sophisticated book will be a useful resource for serious scholars of religion as well as those working in related fields such as anthropology, sociology of religion, and psychology of religion.” -Hugh Urban, Ohio State University

$60.00 / £49.95  paper 978-0-231-14543-5 $180.00 / £149.95 cloth 978-0-231-14542-8

$25.00 / £19.95 paper 978-0-231-18161-7 $75.00 / £62.95 cloth 978-0-231-18160-0 2017 120 pages

2017 688 pages

Modeling the Economy from Jesus to Foucault

The Inside Story of a Revolution

Dotan Leshem

Marco Politi

"This exceptionally learned book will deservedly cause a stir among students of political and economic theology."—Times Literary Supplement $27.00 / £21.95 paper 978-0-231-17777-1 2017  248 pages

Beyond the Secular West Edited by Akeel Bilgrami "[This volume] is well suited for scholars interested in comparative religion, and those interested in debates about religion, modernity, and secularism as well as dynamics of globalization and colonialism."—Religious Studies Review $26.00 / £20.95 paper 978-0-231-17081-9 2017 296 pages

Religion, Culture, and Public Life

Religion and Film Cinema and the Re-creation of the World, Second edition S. Brent Plate “A truly compelling comparative study. The analogues between filmic and religious worldmaking are richly illuminating, bringing the reader to fresh insights about the structure and dynamics of both mediums. Setting aside the customary approach of simply analyzing religious themes in movies, this volume compares mythic and ritual ways of constructing a world with cinematic processes such as framing, focus, editorial selection, lighting, camera angle, voice, use of time and space, and iconicity—doing so with lucidity, ingenuity, and masterful use of a repertoire of interpretive frameworks.” —William Paden, University of Vermont $30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-17675-0 $90.00 / £74.95 cloth 978-0-231-17674-3

$35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-17344-5

2017 224 pages

2017 256 pages

Columbia Studies in International and Global History

Encountering Religion Responsibility and Criticism After Secularism Tyler Roberts

Translated by William McCuaig

"Politi certainly delivers on the subtitle's promise of a look inside the byzantine halls of the institutional Catholic Church."—Publishers Weekly

Sharī ‘a Scripts

An American Religion

A Historical Anthropology

Nadia Marzouki

Brinkley Messick

“Marzouki provides a unique approach to contemporary American political discourse surrounding Islam and documents vital results likely to remain relevant to readers in the United States and Europe for quite some time.”—Denise A. Spellberg, University of Texas at Austin Nadia Marzouki argues that public controversies over Islam in the United States primarily reflect the American public’s profound divisions and ambivalence toward freedom of speech and the legitimacy of liberal secular democracy.

“This book explores debates within an Islamic legal tradition about the status of writing and thus of recorded truth.... No one else can move among these Yemeni texts with such assurance, and classic works such as those of Kitab alAzhar, Sharh al-Azhar and Sayl al-Jarrar are read more closely than any Western academic has attempted previously. A formative and distinguished book.”—Paul Dresch, St John’s College, Oxford. $70.00 / £58.95 cloth 978-0-231-17874-7 2017  512 pages

2017  288 pages

A None’s Story Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam Corinna Nicolaou

Named a Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Book by Booklist "Perfect for those looking to ground themselves in the overlapping but often contradictory morals of the world's major religions, Nicolaou's book vividly and respectfully unpacks the nature of spiritual practice."—Publishers Weekly

$26.00 / £20.95 paper 978-0-231-14753-8 2017 320 pages

Commended, Theology and Religion category, PROSE Awards

Love Letters from Golok



Contending Visions of the Divine from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic Hossein Kamaly

In God and Man in Tehran, Hossein Kamaly explores the historical processes that have made and unmade contending visions of God in Iran’s capital throughout the past two hundred years. Kamaly examines how ideas of God have been mobilized, contested, and transformed, emphasizing how notions of the divine have given shape to and in turn have been shaped by divergent conceptualizations of nature, reason, law, morality, and authority. of the D I V I N E from the QA JA R S

to the I S L A M I C R E P U B L I C H O S S E I N K A M A LY

American Lectures on the History of Religions

“The question of who is allowed to convert to Judaism in Israel, and how and when, is deeply charged with both spiritual and political commitments. Kravel-Tovi’s insightful, thoughtful book helps us to understand the nature of these contradictions and their consequences and the way that converts themselves come to experience their conversion.”-Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford University $65.00 / £54.95 cloth 978-0-231-18324-6 2017 320 pages

Religion, Culture, and Public Life

The “Spectral Turn”

April 2018  240 pages

Jewish Ghosts in the Polish PostHolocaust Imaginaire

American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire

Hami Inan Gümüș

Holly Gayley

Michal Kravel-Tovi

$60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-17682-8

John G. Gager

$25.00 / £19.95 paper 978-0-231-17405-3 2017  208 pages

"An unparalleled view of twentieth-century Tibetan religion.... Plus an astonishing account of a female master whose romance with another master elevated them both into heroes for Eastern Tibet during most challenging times."—Janet Gyatso, Harvard University


The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul

A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet

The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel

God and Man in Tehran

A Conceptual Metaphor Analysis of Missionary Narrative, 1820-1898

"Gager’s interpretation of the Pauline letters remains influential and controversial, but his excavation here of Jewish perceptions of Paul in late antiquity and the Middle Ages is a genuinely novel contribution."—Theology Today

When the State Winks

Religion, Culture, and Public Life

$24.00 paper 978-0-231-17395-7 2017  312 pages

Who Made Early Christianity?

Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture

2017 288 pages


$19.95 / £14.95 paper 978-0-231-17415-2

"An important and worthwhile book... If there remains any vitality to our field beyond the liberation from illusions (purportedly) wrought by suspicion, I think it lies in the direction Roberts indicates."—Journal of the American Academy of Religion

$30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-18053-5 2017  416 pages


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What Irreducible Mathematics Says about Godhood

Ibidem Press

Eating Ethically Religion and Science for a Better Diet

Contemporary Approaches METHODOLOGIES

”Notwithstanding the book’s devastating takedown of religious faith, Cahn argues for the potential benefits of living a religious life and engaging in religious ritual. This work is a must-read for anyone struggling with whether religion can withstand the scrutiny of contemporary analytical philosophy.”-Dov Weiss, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Pope Francis Among the Wolves

$19.00 paper 978-3-8382-1049-0 2017 152 pages

2017 400 pages

Religion and Science for a Better Diet

C L A S S I C and

Steven M. Cahn

The Origins of Neoliberalism

Using mathematics, H. Chris Ransford addresses humankind’s abiding core debate on the meaning of spirituality and God. He explores key questions in this debate including why does evil exist if there is a God? Ransford follows allowable mathematics wherever it leads without taking sides or proffering opinions.

$35.00 / £27.95 paper 978-0-231-18411-3 $105.00 / £87.95 cloth 978-0-231-18410-6

Eating Ethically


Classic and Contemporary Approaches and Methodologies

God and the Mathematics of Infinity H. Chris Ransford


Diana Lobel


Religion Within Reason

New in paper

May 2018 336 pages



2017  312 pages

$90.00 / £75.00 cloth 978-0-231-18562-2


Religion, Theory, Critique

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This book is a metaphor-based analysis of the texts produced by the missionaries of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in the Ottoman Empire from 1820-1898. Hami Inan Gümüș uses a synthesis of literary studies, linguistics, cultural history, and religious studies to analyze the missionary narrative in its historical context $40.00 paper 978-3-8376-3808-0 2017 230 pages


Zuzanna Dziuban Over the last decades, studies on cultural memory have taken a "spectral turn." They have explored the potential of haunting metaphors for addressing past instances of violence that affect present cultural realities. Zuzanna Dziuban contributes to understandings of the figure of the ghost by inquiring into its culturally and historically located modality: the emergence of Jewish ghosts in contemporary Polish popular culture, literature, and critical art. Locating this new interest in Jewish ghosts on the map of other Polish (and Jewish) ghostologies, this study seeks to explore the cultural and political functions of the post-Holocaust haunted imaginaire. $35.00 paper 978-3-8376-3629-1 2017 200 pages


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