Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR)

The ISASR is an association of scholars and researchers devoted to the academic study of religions within Ireland and internationally. It is a forum for the critical, analytical and cross-cultural academic study of religions, past and present and provides a space for scholarly activity across different disciplines and fields. The Society aims to foster a variety of research-related activity including e.g. conferences, seminars, workshops and publications. The ISASR is not a forum for confessional, apologetical, interfaith or other similar religious activities.

The ISASR was welcomed into membership at the EASR’s annual meeting which took place in Budapest in September 2011.

The ISASR is a member society of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), recommended for membership by its Executive Committee on July 1st 2011, pending recommendation by the International Committee and admission at a quinquennial Congress (2015).


The ISASR currently has an action committee. The members of the action committee are as follows:


James Kapalo, UCC Study of Religions J.Kapalo(à)


Jenny Butler, UCC Study of Religions J.Butler(à)


Brendan McNamara, UCC Study of Religions

Publications officer:

Chris Heinhold, University of Chester Centre for Islamic Studies

Website officer:

Laurence Cox, NUI Maynooth Sociology

Alexandra Grieser, TCD Religions and Theology

Brad Anderson, DCU Mater Dei Institute