Scope and Editorial Policy
The Journal for the Study of Religion (JSR) is published twice per year by the Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa (ASRSA). The journal’s primary publication language is English.
JSR is an international peer-reviewed and accredited journal that publishes interdisciplinary contributions in the study of religion. JSR invites articles, and responses to articles of up to 10 000 words dealing with topics relevant to the contemporary scholarly significance of the academic comparative study of religion. (Longer articles may also be considered for publication.) Book reviews between 1000-1200 words are also welcome.
The journal’s main interest is the cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, comparativist, and critical study of religion. As such, it welcomes the anthropological, comparative, historico-ethnographic, phenomenological, sociological, and socio-cultural study of the diversity of religions, religious traditions, and the religious movements and formations of Southern Africa.
Since we foster the equal recognition of all religions, research on the nature, prevalence, relevance, context and practicing of World Religions in both local and global contexts, is also encouraged. Research contributions may focus on any of the dimensions of religion, religiously shared or specific values, and the historical and / or current problematisation and contextualisation of religions, religious movements, or religious discourse.
We encourage the use of currently significant interdisciplinary theories and methodologies deriving from the Human and Social Sciences in research, and in teaching and learning. As such, contributions should preferably engage but not be limited to the following topics: religion and culture, religion and society, religion and civil society, religion and/in education, religion and gender, women in religion and culture, religion and feminism, religion and power, religion and social transformation, religion and ecology, religion and the media, religion and technology, religion and materialism, religion and society, religion and ethics, religion and migration, and religion and ethnicity.