There are many helpful readers and guides to theoretical perspectives on religion. Depending on a scholar's field of study, they will hold very different perspectives about religion and religious movements. Historians, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, and other specialists may disagree on what are the defining factors of "religion." Below are a few examples of readers and guides that might provide you with some ideas for further research.
Books assigned in your class
The articles and chapters you need to read (on Moodle) all come from the following books. If you are interested in reading more about any of your readings, check out the book it came from!