Faculty Books

The Religious Studies Program (RELS) values excellence in teaching and research/scholarly productivity in equal proportion. Our faculty members are encouraged and assisted through grants by the College of Arts and Sciences and the OU Office of the Vice President for Research as they pursue research, professional development and service within their respective fields. The RELS Program recognizes the success of faculty research and publication in a variety of ways, including a new program that began in 2010. The “New Horizons in Religious Studies” lecture series features presentations, accompanied by a reception, when one of our faculty members publishes a new book. Faculty colleagues, administrators, students, family members, and interested people in the community are invited to these events to learn more about the research leading to publication and to celebrate the accomplishment. The New Horizons lectures model for our students the distinctive and often multi-faceted processes different scholars pursue in identifying and refining themes and methodologies in their research. The books published by our faculty members since the inception of the RELS Program are listed below (beginning with the most recent publications). These books reflect well the range of academic interests represented in RELS. For more information on the articles, books, and other publications of individual faculty members, please see their respective websites.


Carsten Schapkow

"Konversion in Raumen judischer Geschichte"


Erik Braun

"The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw (Buddhism and Modernity)"

Alan Levenson

"Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism: Defenses of Jews and Judaism in Germany, 1871-1932"

Published in 2004 in hardback; reprinted in paperback with a new afterword

  Linda Zagzebski

"Epistemic Authority:  A Theory of Trust, Authority, and Autonomy in Belief"
Kyle Harper

"From Sin to Shame:  The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity"


  David Vishanoff

"The Formation of Islamic Hermeneutics: How Sunni Legal Theorists Imagined a Revealed Law"
  Kyle Harper

"Slavery in the Late Roman World, AD 275-425"
Jane Wickersham

"Rituals of Prosecution: The Roman Inquisition and the Prosecution of Philo-Protestants in Sixteenth-Century Italy"
Alan Levenson

"The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism"


Carsten Schapkow

"Role Model and Counter Model: Iberian Jewry in German-Jewish Remembrance Culture 1779-1939"

 Luis Cortest

"Regimiento de la Vida"
  Dan Snell

"Religions of the Ancient Near East"
  Alan Levenson

"The Making of the Modern Jewish Bible"
  Charles Kimball

"When Religion Becomes Lethal"
  Nina Livesey

"Circumcision as a Malleable Symbol: Early Jewish Treatments of Circumcision"
  Rangar Cline

"Ancient Angels: Conceptualizing Angeloi in the Roman Empire"


  Noam Stillman

"Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World"
  Brent Landau

"Revelation of the Magi"


Luis Cortest

"The Disfigured Face: Traditional Natural Law and its Encounter with Modernity"

Linda Zagzebski

"On Epistemology"


Linda Zagzebski

"Philosophy of Religion: A Historical Introduction"


Allen Hertzke

"Freeing God’s Children: The Unlikely Alliance for Global Human Rights"


Shmuel Shepkaru

"Jewish Martyrs in the Pagan and Christian Worlds"


Linda Zagzebski

"Divine Motivation Theory" 


Linda Zagzebski

"Intellectual Virtue: Perspectives from Ethics and Epistemology"

  Norman Stillman

"Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times"

Norman Stillman

"Arab Dress: A Short History: From the Dawn of Islam to Modern Times"