Work Useful to Religion and the Humanities
A History of the Comparative Method in the Study of Religion from Las Casas to Tylor
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Ammon's book is a useful addition to the cultural history of the study of religion, one that adds to the genealogy of comparative methods."
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
"Ammon's work speaks to long-standing preoccupations and practices within the study of religions: origins and comparisons. In bringing to our attention a comparative engagement with religions that stretches from the fifteenth-century 'discovery' of New World religions to the nineteenth-century emergence of anthropology, she presents a crucial phase of the field's history and adds an important work--one full of keen insights--to its historiography."
Georgia State University
"Laura Ammon's book is a comparative historical analysis of the works of Lafitau and Tylor. Not only does it guide the reader to a rigorous review of their writings, including masterful revisions of their treatment of religious transformations. Beyond a careful analysis of the methodological differences between them, it invites the scholar/reader to unravel the contributions of missionary ethnographers of the contact period like Las Casas, Sahagun, and Acosta. A definite must-read for all those interested in the history of religions in the Americas."
Professor of Gender and Anthropology
Universidad de la Tierra, Chiapas, Mexico
"Ammon provides us with an engaging reconsideration of the roots of the comparative study of religion in light of anthropologist E. B. Tylor's debt to Catholic missionary-ethnographers, such as Lafitau, Acosta, Sahagun, and Las Casas."
Professor of Religious Studies
UC Santa Barbara