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Fifty Years of Religious Studies in Canada : A Personal Retrospective, Hardback Book

Fifty Years of Religious Studies in Canada : A Personal Retrospective Hardback


In Canadian universities in the early 1960s, no courses were offered on Hinduism, Buddhism, or Islam.

Only the study of Christianity was available, usually in a theology program in a church college or seminary.

Today almost every university in North America has a religious studies department that offers courses on Western and Eastern religions as well as religion in general.

Harold Coward addresses this change in this memoir of his forty-five-year career in the development of religious studies as a new academic field in Canada.

He also addresses the shift from theology classes in seminaries to non-sectarian religious studies faculties of arts and humanities; the birth and growth of departments across Canada from the 1960s to the present; the contribution of McMaster University to religious studies in Canada and Coward's Ph.D. experience there; the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria; and the future of religious studies as a truly interdisciplinary enterprise. Coward's retrospective, while not a history as such, documents information from his varied experience and wide network of colleagues that is essential for a future formal history of the discipline.

His story is both personally engaging and richly informative about the development of the field.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Religion & beliefs
  • ISBN: 9781771121156

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