The American Academy of Religion (AAR) is the world's largest association of scholars in the field of religious studies and related topics. It is a nonprofit member association, serving as a professional and learned society for scholars involved in the academic study of religion. It has some 10,000 members worldwide, with the largest concentration being in the United States and Canada. AAR members are university and college professors, independent scholars, secondary teachers, clergy, seminarians, students, and interested lay-people.
1 History 2 Publications 3 Annual meeting 4 Other activities 5 Notes 6 External links
AAR was founded in 1909 as the Association of Biblical Instructors in
American Colleges and Secondary Schools. The name was changed to
National Association of Biblical Instructors (NABI) in 1933. The
American Academy of Religion was adopted as the organization name in
1963 to reflect its broader, inclusive mission to foster the
academic study of all religions. Over its long history, AAR has
broadened its scope to reflect contemporary values of its membership,
such as responding to feminist scholarship and women in religion,
increased attention to religions beyond Christianity, differentiation
between theology and/or religious reflection within the academic study
of religion as a cultural/historical/political phenomenon, and
engagement with the public understanding of religion. Presidents of
the AAR have included well-known scholars such as Judith Plaskow, Mark
Juergensmeyer, Wendy Doniger, Emilie Townes, Peter J. Paris, Rebecca
Chopp, and Elizabeth A. Clark.
Oxford University Press
^ Gearon, Liam (2013). MasterClass in Religious Education: Transforming Teaching and Learning. London / New York: Bloomsbury Academic. p. 40. ISBN 9781441160065. Retrieved 14 April 2015. ^ Clark, Elizabeth (2011). Founding the Fathers. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-8122-4319-2. Retrieved 14 April 2015. ^ "History of the American Academy of Religion". Official AAR website. Archived from the original on 28 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-18. ^ "Journal of the American Academy of Religion". Oxford University Press Journals website. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
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