Methodological Tools

On this page are shared different methodological tools useful for the students interested in Church History and History of Religion.

Infrastructures and Webinars


  • 12 European partners
  • Its aim: “[…] to improve the access of scholars from all over the world to the data, information and sources concerning the study of the historical and cultural influence of the plural religious heritage in the European history”.
  • “ReIReS creates a synergy between the partners, offering a transnational and virtual access to the most significant tools and sources in the field of religious studies”
  • online materials for training activities: schools, courses, etc.

Resilience : 

  • 12 academic institutions 
  • permanent European Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies
  • physical as well as digital access to knowledge about religion
  • user-centered: supports its future users in finding, handling and sharing knowledge
  • Research-enhancing services (Digital services, Training programme, Collections, Fellowships programme)
  • Research-Enabling Services (Connection with an expert, access to textes, search index, etc. )
  • Research Data Management (research and preservation of your research data)
  • Data center (technical services) and research center (help desk)
  • Innovation Lab (proof of concept)
  • Event 17 March 2021 RESILIENCE Webinar: Early Modern Studies As a Key to Understanding the Religious Situation in Europe 

Writing a Book Review

Always keep in mind that, in a review, the important thing is not to expand on the content of the book but to show its interest and say just enough to make people want to read it. In other words, the review is more of a synthesis than an analysis: avoid getting lost in too many details! 

But this sheet wants to be a framework and not a straitjacket: it can therefore be used with flexibility : 3,500 characters would still be acceptable, but going beyond them – because of the importance or the difficulty of the subject treated or for the sake of emphasizing the quality and interest of the book – should remain exceptional so that the review has a chance of being read until the end !

Furthermore, since a book review is neither a course nor a presentation, but the critical presentation of a book or a journal or an article, avoid as much as possible numbering paragraphs and pages.

How to present a Book Review

Your name : 

Title of the book :  

Subtitle :

Author (s):


Publication date:


Number of pages:  

Review Text : 

Up to 3000 characters (or characters) spaces not included or 50 lines of 60 characters.

In other words, the text of the review should not exceed one A4 size page, footnotes not being taken into account in the calculation of signs.

(To check it yourself: in Word, once you have selected the text entered, see Tools menu: statistics or, in recent versions of Windows: click on Revision then on Statistics

The review must be in English but the book can have been written in another language.  

Specify thus : 

•  Who is the book for (academic book, audience interested in questions, general public)?

• Does it belong or does it claim to be in a specific academic discipline: sociology, anthropology, history, geopolitics, political science, philosophy, theology (e.g. theology of the plurality of religions), literature, conference proceedings, etc. ?

• Is its author an academic or researcher, writer (literature or artist), journalist, activist involved in a movement, etc. ?

• Present his remarks in connection with concerns for information and training around questions of History of Religion.

Some books can be “monographs” to get to know a particular country, such a religious minority, such a specific situation.

Others may be works of reflection on a larger geographical area, or even a transversal subject.

Specify the overall issue of the book or the major questions it raises and addresses.

• Finally, point out, if possible, how this book provides additional or new information or point of view compared to what we already know or what has already been published on the same subject before. In short, what justifies the interest of this book in particular for the reflection and the efforts of mutual knowledge led by Tangaza/FSCIRE ?

How to prepare a bibliography