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The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present

The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present

1st Edition

David Goodhew, Anthony-Paul Cooper
October 18, 2018

Major cities have long been seen as centres of secularisation. However, the number of congregations in London grew by 50% between 1979 and the present. London’s churches have been characterised more by growth than by decline in the decades since 1980. The Desecularisation of the City provides...

Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online

Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online

1st Edition

Juli L. Gittinger
October 02, 2018

The way people encounter ideas of Hinduism online is often shaped by global discourses of religion, pervasive Orientalism and (post)colonial scholarship. This book addresses a gap in the scholarly debate around defining Hinduism by demonstrating the role of online discourses in generating and...

Religious Boundaries for Sex, Gender, and Corporeality

Religious Boundaries for Sex, Gender, and Corporeality

1st Edition

Alexandra Cuffel, Ana Echevarria, Georgios T. Halkias
September 13, 2018

The ambiguity concerning the interpretation of the ‘physical body’ in religious thought is not peculiar to any given religion, but is discernible in the scriptures, practices, and disciplines in most of the world’s major religious traditions. This book seeks to address the nuances of difference...

Christian Mysticism’s Queer Flame: Spirituality in the Lives of Contemporary Gay Men

Christian Mysticism’s Queer Flame: Spirituality in the Lives of Contemporary Gay Men

1st Edition

Michael Bernard Kelly
August 17, 2018

Is the Christian mystical tradition a relic of another time, shaped by celibates for celibates, unable to engage meaningfully with people of our time who embrace their corporeality and sexuality as crucial aspects of their journey towards union with God? This book reflects in serious theological...

Contemporary Jewish Writing: Austria After Waldheim

Contemporary Jewish Writing: Austria After Waldheim

1st Edition

Andrea Reiter
August 09, 2018

This book examines Jewish writers and intellectuals in Austria, analyzing filmic and electronic media alongside more traditional publication formats over the last 25 years. Beginning with the Waldheim affair and the rhetorical response by the three most prominent members of the survivor generation...

Religious Studies Scholars as Public Intellectuals

Religious Studies Scholars as Public Intellectuals

1st Edition

Sabrina D. MisirHiralall, Christopher L. Fici, Gerald S. Vigna
June 18, 2018

The prominence of religion in recent debates around politics, identity formation, and international terrorism has led to an increased demand on those studying religion to help clarify and contextualise religious belief and practice in the public sphere. While many texts focus on the theoretical...

Being Spiritual but Not Religious: Past, Present, Future(s)

Being Spiritual but Not Religious: Past, Present, Future(s)

1st Edition

William B. Parsons
June 07, 2018

In its most general sense, the term "Spiritual but Not Religious" denotes those who, on the one hand, are disillusioned with traditional institutional religion and, on the other hand, feel that those same traditions contain deep wisdom about the human condition. This edited collection speaks to...

Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam

Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam

1st Edition

Ahmed Ragab
May 03, 2018

How did pious medieval Muslims experience health and disease? Rooted in the prophet’s experiences with medicine and healing, Muslim pietistic literature developed cosmologies in which physical suffering and medical interventions interacted with religious obligations and spiritual health. This book...

Sainthood and Race: Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh

Sainthood and Race: Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh

1st Edition

Molly H. Bassett, Vincent W. Lloyd
February 12, 2018

In popular imagination, saints exhibit the best characteristics of humanity, universally recognizable but condensed and embodied in an individual. Recent scholarship has asked an array of questions concerning the historical and social contexts of sainthood, and opened new approaches to its study....

Religion, Gender, and the Public Sphere

Religion, Gender, and the Public Sphere

1st Edition

Niamh Reilly, Stacey Scriver
February 12, 2018

The re-emergence of religion as a significant cultural, social and political, force is not gender neutral. Tensions between claims for women’s equality and the rights of sexual minorities on one side and the claims of religions on the other side are well-documented across all major religions and...

Queering Religion, Religious Queers

Queering Religion, Religious Queers

1st Edition

Yvette Taylor, Ria Snowdon
February 12, 2018

This collection considers how religious identity interplays with other forms and contexts of identity, specifically those related to sexual identity. It asks how these intersections are formed, negotiated and resisted across time and places, including the UK, Europe, North America, Australia, and...

Making European Muslims: Religious Socialization Among Young Muslims in Scandinavia and Western Europe

Making European Muslims: Religious Socialization Among Young Muslims in Scandinavia and Western Europe

1st Edition

Mark Sedgwick
February 12, 2018

Making European Muslims provides an in-depth examination of what it means to be a young Muslim in Europe today, where the assumptions, values and behavior of the family and those of the majority society do not always coincide. Focusing on the religious socialization of Muslim children at home, in...

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