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Religion in Gender-Based Violence, Immigration, and Human Rights

Religion in Gender-Based Violence, Immigration, and Human Rights

1st Edition

Mary Nyangweso, Jacob K. Olupona
July 16, 2019

This book builds on work that examines the interactions between immigration and gender-based violence, to explore how both the justification and condemnation of violence in the name of religion further complicates our societal relationships. Violence has been described as a universal challenge that...

Religious Entrepreneurism in China’s Urban House Churches: The Rise and Fall of Early Rain Reformed Presbyterian Church

Religious Entrepreneurism in China’s Urban House Churches: The Rise and Fall of Early Rain Reformed Presbyterian Church

1st Edition

Li Ma
July 05, 2019

This book offers a unique historical documentation of the development of the ambitious religious entrepreneurism by leaders of the Early Rain church (and later Western China Presbytery leadership), in an effort to gain social influence in China through local institution-building and global public...

The Diversity of Nonreligion: Normativities and Contested Relations

The Diversity of Nonreligion: Normativities and Contested Relations

1st Edition

Johannes Quack, Cora Schuh, Susanne Kind
July 02, 2019

This book explores the relational dynamic of religious and nonreligious positions as well as the tensions between competing modes of nonreligion. Across the globe, individuals and communities are seeking to distinguish themselves in different ways from religion as they take on an identity...

Treating the Body in Medicine and Religion: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives

Treating the Body in Medicine and Religion: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives

1st Edition

John J. Fitzgerald, Ashley John Moyse
May 28, 2019

Modern medicine has produced many wonderful technological breakthroughs that have extended the limits of the frail human body. However, much of the focus of this medical research has been on the physical, often reducing the human being to a biological machine to be examined, understood, and...

Said Nursi and Science in Islam: Character Building through Nursi’s Mana-i harfi

Said Nursi and Science in Islam: Character Building through Nursi’s Mana-i harfi

1st Edition

Necati Aydin
May 24, 2019

This book examines how the prominent Muslim scholar Said Nursi developed an integrative approach to faith and science known as "the other indicative" (mana-i harfi) and explores how his aim to reconcile two academic disciplines, often at odds with one another, could be useful in an educational...

Reimagining God and Resacralisation

Reimagining God and Resacralisation

1st Edition

Alexa Blonner
May 16, 2019

This book shows that widespread resacralisation has been taking place, which is producing new ways of perceiving God and the divine. The last century has seen unmistakable changes in religious practices and the concept of spirituality right across the world. There was a broad expectation for much...

Celebrity Morals and the Loss of Religious Authority

Celebrity Morals and the Loss of Religious Authority

1st Edition

John Portmann
May 02, 2019

This book examines American popular culture to demonstrate that celebrities have superseded religious figures as moral authorities. As trust in religious institutions has waned over recent decades, the once frivolous entertainment fringe has become the moral center. Young people and voters...

American Catholic Bishops and the Politics of Scandal: Rhetoric of Authority

American Catholic Bishops and the Politics of Scandal: Rhetoric of Authority

1st Edition

Meaghan O'Keefe
April 25, 2019

This book explores the rhetoric and public communication of the Catholic Church in the United States in the wake of the sexual abuse scandals and offers a demonstration of how large organizations negotiate a loss of public trust while retaining political power. While the Catholic Church remains a...

Religion and Politics Under Capitalism: A Humanistic Approach to the Terminology

Religion and Politics Under Capitalism: A Humanistic Approach to the Terminology

1st Edition

Stefan Arvidsson
April 18, 2019

This book relates some of the major trends within religion and politics to offer a historical framework with which to assess their interactions and a point of departure for studies to come. The study of the interrelationship between contemporary religious practice and modern politics is divided...

The Paranormal and Popular Culture: A Postmodern Religious Landscape

The Paranormal and Popular Culture: A Postmodern Religious Landscape

1st Edition

Darryl Caterine, John W. Morehead
February 21, 2019

Interest in preternatural and supernatural themes has revitalized the Gothic tale, renewed explorations of psychic powers and given rise to a host of social and religious movements based upon claims of the fantastical. And yet, in spite of this widespread enthusiasm, the academic world has been...

Religion and Human Security in Africa

Religion and Human Security in Africa

1st Edition

Ezra Chitando, Joram Tarusarira
January 23, 2019

Across diverse countries and contexts in Africa, religion has direct implications for human security. While some individuals and groups seek to manipulate and control through the deployment of religion, religious belief is also a common facet of those working towards peace and reconciliation....

Government Surveillance of Religious Expression: Mormons, Quakers, and Muslims in the United States

Government Surveillance of Religious Expression: Mormons, Quakers, and Muslims in the United States

1st Edition

Kathryn Montalbano
November 07, 2018

Recent revelations about government surveillance of citizens have led to questions about whether there should be better defined boundaries around privacy. Should government officials have the right to specifically target certain groups for extended surveillance? United States municipal, territorial...

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