Review of Religions

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The Review of Religions is an English language comparative religious magazine published monthly by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Regularly in print since 1902, it is one of the longest running Islamic periodicals in English. It has been described as the main publication of the Ahmadiyya movement in the language[1][2] and as a valuable source material for information on the geographical expansion of Ahmadi activity.[3] The magazine was launched by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad with the aim of conveying an accurate understanding of Islamic teachings across the English-speaking world and dispel misconceptions held against the faith.[4] The articles, however, typically comprise distinctly Ahmadi perspectives and the idea that the Review should publish more articles of a general nature with those specifically connected to the Ahmadiyya movement being printed in a supplement was abandoned early on at Ghulam Ahmad’s behest.[5] Initially published from Qadian, its editorial office was transferred to London by Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud, the second Ahmadi Caliph, when he visited the city in 1924 to lay the foundation for the London Mosque.[6] The scope of the magazine has since grown to cover a vast array of topics surrounding theology, science, philosophy, history of religions, international politics and contemporary issues. It is mainly based in London, while a considerable amount of its editors are themselves based in the United States or Canada, making it a rather international and global meagazine.


During Ghulam Ahmad’s lifetime, the Review used to be published in both English and Urdu as two separate editions.[7] Since 2011 the magazine is also published in the German language as Die Revue der Religionen.,[8] based in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2017, the magazine also has a spin-off in French as "Revue des Religions" based in Paris.

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  1. ^ Friedmann 2003, p. 11.
  2. ^ Gilham 2014, p. 139.
  3. ^ Friedmann 2003, p. 23.
  4. ^ Shahid 2002, p. 9.
  5. ^ Friedmann 2003, p. 17.
  6. ^ Gilham 2014, p. 140.
  7. ^ Shahid 2002.
  8. ^ "Unsere aktuellen Zeitschriften", Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Deutschland


  • Friedmann, Yohanan (2003). Prophecy Continuous: Aspects of Ahmadi Religious Thought and Its Medieval Background. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-566252-0.
  • Gilham, Jamie (2014). Loyal Enemies: British Converts to Islam, 1850-1950. London: C. Hurst & Co. ISBN 978-1-84904-275-8.
  • Shahid, Dost Muhammad (2002). "Review of Religions: A 100 year History of the Magazine" (PDF). The Review of Religions. Islamic Publications. 97 (11).

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