Journal of Religious History

The Journal of Religious History was established by a group of historians at the University of Sydney in 1959. The first issue appeared in 1960.  The Journal is now published on behalf of the Religious History Association by Wiley whose web site includes information on current issues, the editorial board and guidelines for submissions.

Journal of Religious History just received a Journal Citation Indicator of 0.83, first Journal Impact Factor™ of 0.3 and CiteScore of 0.4. Thank you to all our Authors, Board Members, Reviewers, and other contributors!


Miles Pattenden

Dr Miles Pattenden, MA BD (Cantab), MA (Toronto), DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS, is Programme Director of The Europaeum, Oxford and a researcher at Deakin University. Miles is a historian of the Catholic Church and of the political history of Italy and Spain from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century.

He has written a book about papal elections and is particularly interested in the relationship between Church and state in Catholic societies.

Sarah Irving-Stonebraker

Associate Professor Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, is a Lecturer in the Western Civilisation Program, Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University. Sarah’s work focuses on the history of Britain and the colonial world, especially the intersection of religion, science, and politics.

She was awarded her PhD in History from Cambridge University (2007), where she was a Commonwealth Scholar at King’s College. Her first book, Natural Science and the Origins of the British Empire, was awarded The Royal Society of Literature and Jerwood Foundation Award for Non-fiction. Her current research project is a history of the idea of religious liberty in Australia from 1788.


‘The Journal of Religious History is an international, double-blind, peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish high quality, impactful scholarship and research that makes original and significant contribution to the field of religious history. The scope of the journal is the history of all religions and their relationship with the human experience across all time periods; the journal explores religion and its related subjects, along with debates on comparative method and theory in religious history. It publishes and invites original research articles, review articles, notes and documents, and book reviews.’

The new directions for the journal are introduced by our editors here: JRH – EDITORIAL NOTE .  Please check out our ‘New Directions’ talk on YouTube here:

The structure as well as 2 ‘open access’ articles for  Volume 44, Issue 3, mentioned in the editorial note,  can been accessed here:


Style Guide
The Journal of Religious History follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Contributors may also refer to Kate L. Turabian’s short guide to the Chicago style, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, 6th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996).

The Journal of Religious History publishes in British English. For word usage and word division, please refer to the Oxford Concise English Dictionary.

Please follow the Oxford Classical Dictionary.

Authors wishing to submit to the Journal of Religious History please refer to our  Author-Submission Guidelines here and for more information at:

Book Review Editor

Celeste McNamara

Dr Celeste McNamara is Assistant Professor of history in the School of History and Geography, Dublin City University, Ireland. She is a specialist in early modern Italian history, Catholic Reform, and religious culture. She is the author of The Bishop’s Burden: Reforming the Catholic Church in Early Modern Italy (The Catholic University of America Press, 2020). Currently she is working on a project entitled Sin in the Serenissima: Illicit Sexuality in Early Modern Venice, which examines the policing of sexual morality by both secular and ecclesiastical officials.

Book Reviews

For book reviews please contact Celeste McNamara at email: [email protected]


We request that Publishers do NOT post review copies directly to the Journal Office.

PUBLISHERS wishing to solicit BOOK REVIEWS please contact, by email, the office of the Journal of Religious History who will provide full postal and contact details of suitable academic reviewers.

You can download our Book Review style guide here: Book Review Author General & Style Guide-JRH_2020

Social Media Editor

Christopher White

Chris White is a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland, Australia. His thesis is entitled ‘The Expression of Didactic Normativity in Tales of the Non-Mundane’.

Chris’s interests lie in the religious history of the Latin West, especially in regard to the social networks that emerged or were maintained by the Church, understanding the use of symbol in medieval wonder tales, and the use of the unusual as a didactic tool. He spends most of his time reading about ghosts, werewolves, and monsters.

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TheRHA. Newsletter of the Religious History Association

TheRHA carries news of the Association and reports from state and international representatives about publications, grants and events. Submissions for consideration in TheRHA should be sent to the editor:

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Back issues of RHesiS: Newsletter of the Religious History Society (1999-2010), and TheRHA

RHesiS 1 (1999) – 2 (2001) – 3 (2003) – 4 (2004) – 6 (2006) – 7 (2007) – 10 (2008)11 (2009) – 12 (2010)

TheRHA 13(2011) [New Series]: 1 (2012)  –  2 (2013) –  3 (2014)  –  4 (2015)   –   No 5 – 2016

Newsletter TheRHA-No 6 March 2017  –  Newsletter TheRHA-No 7 March 2018

Newsletter TheRHA-No 8 March 2019  – Newsletter TheRHA-No 9 March 2020

Newsletter TheRHA_10_March 2021  –