Journal History

The Journal for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa was launched in January 1980 under the editorship of Prof Martin Prozesky from the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of Natal. In 1987 the decision was taken by ASRSA to change its journal’s name to the Journal for the Study of Religion (JSR), also under the editorship of Prof Martin Prozesky, assisted by Mr Patrick Maxwell and by an International Editorial Advisory Board whose members included leading scholars from the USA, Britain, New Zealand and Sweden, as well as from South Africa. From 1993 until 1997, Mr Patrick Maxwell acted as Executive Editor. In 1998 the editorship moved to the University of Cape Town under the editorship of Prof Abdulkader Tayob (1998 – 2002) where it was given a new appearance. He was followed by Prof David Chidester (2003 – 2013). Prof JA Smit from the University of KwaZulu–Natal was elected as editor from 2014.