American Lectures in the History of Religions (ALHR)
Founded in 1891 to encourage path-breaking scholarship through a lecture and book series, the American Lectures in the History of Religions flourished under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies and Columbia University from 1936. At the request of the ACLS, the American Academy of Religion assumed administrative responsibility for the series in 1994.
At the conclusion of the lectures, many of the lecturers have had their lectures published through Columbia University Press.
Some of these publications are
- Martin P. Nilsson, Greek Popular Religion (1940)
- Henri Frankfort, Ancient Egyptian Religion (1948)
- Wing-tsit Chan, Religious Trends in Modern China (1953)
- Joachim Wach, The Comparative Study of Religions (1958)
- R. M. Grant, Gnosticism and Early Christianity (1959)
- Robert Lawson Slater, World Religions and World Community (1963)
- Joseph M. Kitagawa, Religion in Japanese History (1966)
- Joseph L. Blau, Modern Varieties of Judaism (1966)
- Morton Smith, Palestinian Parties and Politics that Shaped the Old Testament (1971)
- Philip H. Ashby, Modern Trends in Hinduism (1974)
- Victor Turner and Edith Turner, Image and Pilgrimage in Christian Culture (1978)
- Annemarie Schimmel, As Through a Veil: Mystical Poetry in Islam (1982)
- Peter Brown, The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity (1988)
- W.H. McLeod, The Sikhs: History, Religion, and Society (1989)
- Caroline Walker Bynum, Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336 (1995)
- Wendy Doniger, The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth (1998)
- Bruce Lawrence, New Faiths, Old Fears: Muslims and Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life (2002)
The lecture series operates under the auspices of the AAR's American Lectures in the History of Religions Committee.