Roundtable on Eastern Traditions


  • Philip L. Tite University of Washington



Religion, Eastern Religions, East/West, Roundtable


The following is a roundtable discussion, where contributors to the panel on "eastern religious traditions" respond to each others work.

Author Biography

Philip L. Tite, University of Washington

Philip L. Tite is an Affiliate Lecturer at the University of Washington and an adjunct instructor at Seattle University in Seattle WA USA. He holds a PhD degree from McGill University (2005) and has authored several books and articles. His most recent books include The Apocryphal Epistle to the Laodiceans: An Epistolary and Rhetorical Analysis (TENT, 7; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012) and Valentinian Ethics and Paraenetic Discourse: Determining the Social Function of Moral Exhortation in Valentinian Christianity (NHMS, 67; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2009). As a specialist in the study of early Christianity, in particular Valentinian Gnosticism, Tite has strong interests in elucidating social processes at work in the study of religious phenomena. He also has strong interests in method and theory, religion and violence, and pedagogical issues in the academic study of religion.


Beyer, Peter, and Lori Beaman, eds. 2007. Globalization, Religion and Culture. Leiden: Brill, 2007.

Clifford, James. 1997 Roots: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Csordas, Thomas J., ed. 2009. Transnational Transcendence: Essays on Religion and Globalization. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Frøystad, Kathinka. 2009. “The Return Path: Anthropology of a Western Yogi.” Transnational Transcendence: Essays on Religion and Globalization, edited by Thomas Csordas, 279–304. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Smith, Jonathan Z. 1978 “Map is not Territory. ”In Studies in the History of Religions, 289–309. Leiden: Brill.

Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. 2005. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.



How to Cite

Tite, P. (2015). Roundtable on Eastern Traditions. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 44(2), 22–25.