Leading Works in Religion and Law

A Fictional Volume Inspired by Leading Works in Law and Religion


  • Jacob Barrett University of Alabama




Religion and Law, Religious Freedom, Legal Studies, The Experiment


“The Experiment” presents scholars of religion with an opportunity to draw upon their training to reflect upon a contemporary issue. Editorial assistant Jacob Barrett engages with a recent edited volume from Routledge titled Leading Works in Law and Religion that, while focusing on the identity of the subfield of law and religion within the discipline of legal studies in the United Kingdom and Ireland, provides many sites for comparison with the religion and law subfield of religious studies in the United States context. Drawing upon the model set by the volume, Barrett imagines what a volume titled Leading Works in Religion and Law could look like and what the subfield of religion and law stands to gain from engaging in a project like the one done by its law and religion counterpart.


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How to Cite

Barrett, J. . (2021). Leading Works in Religion and Law: A Fictional Volume Inspired by Leading Works in Law and Religion. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 50(1), 26–33. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.20033



The Experiment