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Foucault, Christianity and Interfaith Dialogue

Foucault, Christianity and Interfaith Dialogue

1st Edition

Henrique Pinto
August 11, 2015

Foucault, Christianity and Interfaith Dialogue develops a new model for interfaith dialogue using the work of the French historian of ideas, Michel Foucault. The author argues that it is the injustice done to the 'Other' by Roman Catholic, Protestant and other centred and unitary models of...

The Origin of Heresy: A History of Discourse in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity

The Origin of Heresy: A History of Discourse in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity

1st Edition

Robert M. Royalty
June 23, 2015

Heresy is a central concept in the formation of Orthodox Christianity. Where does this notion come from? This book traces the construction of the idea of ‘heresy’ in the rhetoric of ideological disagreements in Second Temple Jewish and early Christian texts and in the development of the polemical...

Religions in Movement: The Local and the Global in Contemporary Faith Traditions

Religions in Movement: The Local and the Global in Contemporary Faith Traditions

1st Edition

Robert W Hefner, John Hutchinson, Sara Mels, Christiane Timmerman
June 08, 2015

There has long been a debate about implications of globalization for the survival of the world of sovereign nation-states, and the role of nationalism as both an agent of and a response to globalization. In contrast, until recently there has been much less debate about the fate of religion. ‘...

Buddhism and Violence: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia

Buddhism and Violence: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia

1st Edition

Vladimir Tikhonov, Torkel Brekke
May 21, 2015

It is generally accepted in the West that Buddhism is a ‘peaceful’ religion. The Western public tends to assume that the doctrinal rejection of violence in Buddhism would make Buddhist pacifists, and often expects Buddhist societies or individual Asian Buddhists to conform to the modern Western...

Judaism and Collective Life: Self and Community in the Religious Kibbutz

Judaism and Collective Life: Self and Community in the Religious Kibbutz

1st Edition

Aryei Fishman
May 08, 2015

Examining the relationship between Judaism as a religious culture and kibbutz life, this is a ground-breaking work in the research of Judaism.The book takes as its point of departure the historical fact that it was Orthodox pioneers of German origin, in contrast to their Eastern European...

Shared Idioms, Sacred Symbols, and the Articulation of Identities in South Asia

Shared Idioms, Sacred Symbols, and the Articulation of Identities in South Asia

1st Edition

Kelly Pemberton, Michael Nijhawan
April 23, 2015

How do text, performance, and rhetoric simultaneously reflect and challenge notions of distinct community and religious identities? This volume examines evidence of shared idioms of sanctity within a larger framework of religious nationalism, literary productions, and communalism in South Asia....

Negative Theology and Modern French Philosophy

Negative Theology and Modern French Philosophy

1st Edition

Arthur Bradley
December 23, 2014

This book provides a significant and insightful exploration of the so-called 'theological turn' in contemporary French thought. The philosopher Jacques Derrida speaks of a deeply ambiguous desire to 'save the name' of God in his work on negative theology, and this desire resonates in different ways...

Teaching the Historical Jesus: Issues and Exegesis

Teaching the Historical Jesus: Issues and Exegesis

1st Edition

Zev Garber
December 19, 2014

Teaching the Historical Jesus in his Jewish context to students of varied religious backgrounds presents instructors with not only challenges, but also opportunities to sustain interfaith dialogue and foster mutual understanding and respect. This new collection explores these challenges and...

Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality: Ethnographic Approaches

Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality: Ethnographic Approaches

1st Edition

Anna Fedele, Kim Knibbe
September 11, 2014

This book explores the entanglements of gender and power in spiritual practices and analyzes strategies used by spiritual practitioners to attain what to social scientists might seem an impossible goal: creating spiritual communities without creating gendered hierarchies. What strategies do...

Adam Smith as Theologian

Adam Smith as Theologian

1st Edition

Paul Oslington
July 03, 2014

Adam Smith wrote in a Scotland where Calvinism, Continental natural law theory, Stoic philosophy, and the Newtonian tradition of scientific natural theology were key to the intellectual lives of his contemporaries. But what impact did these ideas have on Smith’s system? What was Smith’s...

Material Religion and Popular Culture

Material Religion and Popular Culture

1st Edition

E. Frances King
July 03, 2014

In this study, E. Frances King explores how people first learn to relate to the images and artefacts of religious belief within their domestic environments. As a sense of religious belonging is instilled on a daily basis in the home, it also becomes emotionally linked to family, community, and...

Abrogation in the Qur’an and Islamic Law

Abrogation in the Qur’an and Islamic Law

1st Edition

Louay Fatoohi
July 03, 2014

This book examines in detail the concept of "abrogation" in the Qur’an, which has played a major role in the development of Islamic law and has implications for understanding the history and integrity of the Qur’anic text. The term has gained popularity in recent years, as Muslim groups and...

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