Bruce Lincoln

 Bruce Lincoln
Address1025 East 58th Street
Swift Hall
Chicago, IL 60637

Caroline E. Haskell Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago Divinity School

Ph.D., University of Chicago,

Bruce Lincoln emphasizes critical approaches to the study of religion. He is particularly interested in issues of discourse, practice, power, conflict, and the violent reconstruction of social borders. His research tends to focus on the religions of pre-Christian Europe and pre-Islamic Iran, but he has a notoriously short attention span and has also written on a bewildering variety of topics, including Guatemalan curanderismo, Lakota sun dances, Melanesian funerary rituals, Swazi kingship, the Saint Bartholomew’s Day massacre, Marco Polo, professional wrestling, Persian imperialism, and the theology of George W. Bush. His most recent publications include Religion, Empire, and Torture: The Case of Achaemenian Persia, which won the Frank Moore Cross Award of the American Society of Oriental Research for the best book on the Ancient Near East; Holy Terrors: Thinking about Religion after September 11; and Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship, which won the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in 2000 and the Gordon J. Laing Prize from the University of Chicago Press in 2002. Scheduled to appear in 2009 is La politique du paradis perse (Paris: Éditions Harmattan).

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