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Word From Oxford

I am pleased to announce the launch of this new and ambitious project in religion. I am thrilled to be a part of it in my role as religion editor and to have the opportunity to work with scholars of world renown (please see more information here and here) on this important initiative.

Our goal is to create a high-level, ever-evolving, up-to-date research encyclopedia that would support research in the online environment. The Oxford Research Encyclopedia will provide students and scholars with vetted, reliable, historiographically-informed and regularly updated online overview essays, enhanced with a wide array of non-textual materials. ORE of Religion will evolve as the discipline evolves, and will, in the long term, reach an unparalleled level of comprehensiveness. We hope that this will become the go-to resource for scholars and students of religion, and will serve as a new model for scholarly reference in the digital age.

In line with the promises of the internet, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia will be a collaborative initiative between Oxford University Press and the global scholarly community. Updates and news about the project will be posted on this page. We welcome your feedback. Please also consider getting involved.

We look forward to working with you!


Julia Kostova
Religion Editor