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Founded in 1909, the American Academy of Religion is the world's largest association of scholars of religion.

As a learned society and professional association with about 9,000 members 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 an expanding print and online publishing program; grants; awards; professional services, including workshops and career services; an annual North American meeting; and ten regional meetings through which the Academy serves its members and the advancement of the field.

In a world where religion plays so central a role in social, political, and economic events, as well as in the lives of communities and individuals, there is a critical need for ongoing reflection upon and understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions, and values. The American Academy of Religion's mission is to promote such reflection through excellence in scholarship and teaching in the field of religion. The Academy neither endorses nor rejects any religious belief or practice.

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This website contains archived issues of Religious Studies News published online from March 2010 to May 2013, and PDF versions of print editions published from Winter 2001 to October 2009.

This site also contains archived issues of Spotlight on Teaching (May 1999 to May 2013) and Spotlight on Theological Education (March 2007 to March 2013).

For current issues of RSN, beginning with the October 2013 issue, please see here.