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2014 American Academy of Religion Book Awards Announced

September 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sarah Levine
404-727-3059;

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) has selected the 2014 recipients of the Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion and the Best First Book in the History of Religions:

Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Analytical-Descriptive Studies
Anya Bernstein, Harvard University
Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism
University of Chicago Press, 2013

Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Constructive-Reflective Studies
Willis Jenkins, University of Virginia
The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity
Georgetown University Press, 2013

Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Historical Studies
Kyle Harper, The University of Oklahoma
From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity
Harvard University Press, 2013

Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Textual Studies
Andrew Quintman, Yale University
The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint Milarepa
Columbia University Press, 2013

Best First Book in the History of Religions
Anna Sun, Kenyon College
Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities
Princeton University Press, 2013

The Awards for Excellence and Best First Book in the History of Religions recognize new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion. The awards honor books of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity and importance; books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted. For more information, please see https://www.aarweb.org/programs-services/book-awards. Awards will be presented at the AAR’s 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 7:30 PM.

Founded in 1909, the American Academy of Religion is the world’s largest association of religion scholars, and its mission is to foster excellence in the study of religion by promoting research, publishing, and teaching about religion in academia. As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion has about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad. The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services.

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