Should you wish to review one of the available books, please email the book review editor, Deane Galbraith, with your request - including your postal address if the book is listed as a physical copy rather than a pdf.
If you wish to be added to our quarterly email list of books available for review, please also email the book review editor.
Relegere always welcomes new academic and postgraduate reviewers. If this is the first time you have requested a book for review or to be added to our email list, please also provide a brief summary of your C.V. (a few lines), noting qualifications and/or positions, research interests, and publications.
Books currently available for review
J. Cheryl Exum and David J.A. Clines, eds. Biblical Reception 1. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012. [pdf]
Katie B. Edwards. Admen and Eve: The Bible in Contemporary Advertising. The Bible in the Modern World 48. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012. [pdf]
Jean-Pierre Filiu, Apocalypse in Islam. Tr. M. B. DeBevoise. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
Olivier du Roy. La Règle d'or: Histoire d'une maxime morale universelle, 1: De Confucius à la fin du XIXe siècle. Cerf, 2012; La Règle d'or: Histoire d'une maxime morale universelle, 2: Le XXe siècle et essai d'interprétation. Cerf, 2012. [pdfs]
Parna Sengupta. Pedagogy for Religion: Missionary Education and the Fashioning of Hindus and Muslims in Bengal. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
Alf Hiltebeitel, When the Goddess was a Woman: Mahābhārata Ethnographies / Essays by Alf Hiltebeitel, Volume 2. Ed. by Vishwa Adluri and Joydeep Bagchee. Studies in the history of religions: Numen book series 132. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
Will Sweetman with R. Ilakkuvan. Bibliotheca Malabarica: Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg's Tamil Library. French Institute of Pondicherry, 2012.
Partha Chatterjee. The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.
Urs App, The Cult of Emptiness: The Western Discovery of Buddhism and the Invention of Oriental Philosophy. Rorschach / Kyoto: UniversityMedia, 2012.
Graham St. John, Global Tribe: Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance. Sheffield: Equinox, 2012.
General instructions for reviewers
The standard length for book reviews is approximately 1500 words, although reviews of 1500-2500 or more words may be appropriate depending on various factors, e.g. whether the work under review is lengthy or a multi-author collection or is a significant work in its field, or if the reviewer has a significant and stimulating response as a reader. Please follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style in all respects, either US or UK spelling. While the content of the review is ultimately the decision of the reviewer, normally we would expect to see included a critical summary of the contents; an evaluation of or opinion concerning its various arguments, style, contents, significance, and effectiveness; consideration of its significance in relation to its field or subfield and possible applications or resulting avenues of research. We strongly encourage a critical response and engagement, rather than merely a descriptive summary, although elements of both should make up the review. It may go without saying that special focus should be given in the review to theoretical or factual contributions to reception history. Please submit electronically to the email address above in a word document. Reviews are normally due two months from receipt of your review copy.