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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. Harold Coward
  3. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Chpater 1. Early Days: From Theology in Seminaries to Non-sectarian Religious Studies
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Character 2. The Golden Decade 1966–1976
  2. pp. 13-50
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  1. Chapter 3. McMaster Days: My Personal Experiences of McMaster in the Early 1970s
  2. pp. 51-68
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  1. Chapter 4. McMaster’s Contribution to Religious Studies in Canada
  2. pp. 69-80
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  1. Chapter 5. Growing into Maturity: Development of Religious Studies Departments from the Late 1970s to the Present
  2. pp. 81-144
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  1. Chapter 6. The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria
  2. pp. 145-178
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  1. Chapter 7. Taking Seriously Our Interdisciplinary Heritage: The Future of Religious Studies
  2. pp. 179-198
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  1. Chapter 8. Conclusion
  2. pp. 199-212
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  1. References
  2. pp. 213-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-226
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781771121033
Related ISBN
9781771121163
MARC Record
OCLC
889649669
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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