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Letter from the Editor.............................................. 2
Religion and Popular Culture....................................... 3
Religion, Film and Media............................................ 4
Theory and Method ................................................. 5
Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies....................... 6
Bloomsbury Companions............................................ 8
Sociology of Religion................................................ 9
Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern
and Islamicate Thought............................................11
Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism.................................13
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Interfaith Relations.................................................15
Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation.......16
History of Religion..................................................17
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Religion and Popular Music series: Christian Metal and Religion in Hip Hop (both p.3). In the field of theory and method,
particular highlights include Capitalizing Religion and Religion, Postcolonialism, and Globalization: A Sourcebook (both p.5).
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The Bloomsbury Reader in
Religion and Popular Culture
Hinduism and the 1960s
Edited by Lisle W. Dalton & Eric Michael Mazur
Paul Oliver
This is the first anthology to trace broader themes
of religion and popular culture across time and
across very different types of media. Providing key
readings as well as new approaches and cuttingedge work, it encourages a broader methodological
and historical understanding.
The editors' combined 30 years teaching experience ensure
pedagogical features benefit both students and instructors:
•Number of units match common semester syllabi structures
•Each unit starts with an introduction and is followed by questions
designed to encourage or enhance post-reading reflection and
classroom discussion
•A glossary of terms from the unit's readings is provided, as well as
suggestions for further reading and investigation
Lisle W. Dalton is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hartwick
College, USA.
Eric Michael Mazur is Gloria & David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies,
Professor of Religious Studies, and Director of American Studies, at
Virginia Wesleyan College, USA.
UK April 2015 • US February 2015
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The Rise of a Counter-culture
The West has drawn upon Hinduism on a wide scale,
yet the contribution of Hinduism to the counterculture of the 1960s has not been analysed in full.
Hinduism and the 1960s looks at the youth culture
of the 1960s and early 1970s. Paul Oliver examines
the origins of the 1960s counter-culture in the Beat movement of the
1950s and the lifestyle that was adopted, from living in ashrams to
experimenting with drugs, sexual liberation, ayurvedic medicine and
Analyzing the interaction between Hinduism and the West, each
chapter contains a summary and further reading guidance, and a
glossary is included at the end of the book. Hinduism and the 1960s
is ideal reading for courses on Hinduism, Indian religions, and religion
and popular culture.
Dr Paul Oliver was formerly a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield,
UK. He has published twenty books in the areas of religion, education and
philosophy, seven of which have been translated into other languages.
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R eligion and P opular C ulture
UK November 2014 • US January 2015
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Bloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music
Religion’s relationship to popular music has ranged from opposition to ‘the Devil’s music’ to an embracing of modern styles and subcultures
in order to communicate its ideas and defend its values. Bloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music is a multi-disciplinary series that
aims to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the issues and the relationships between religion and popular music.
Christian Metal
Religion in Hip Hop
History, Ideology, Scene
Mapping the New Terrain
Marcus Moberg
Edited by Monica R. Miller, Anthony B. Pinn &
Bernard 'Bun B' Freeman
Christian metal has always defined itself in
contrast to its non-Christian, secular counterpart,
yet it stands out from nearly all other forms
of contemporary Christian music through its
unreserved use of metal’s main musical, visual,
and aesthetic traits. Christian metal is a rare example of a direct
combination between evangelical Christianity and an aggressive and
highly controversial form of popular music and its culture.
Christian Metal: History, Ideology, Scene is the first full exploration
of the phenomenon of Christian metal music, its history, main
characteristics, development, diversification, and key ideological
traits from its formative years in the early 1980s to the present day.
Marcus Moberg situates it in a wider international evangelical cultural
environment, accounts for its diffusion on a transnational scale, and
explores what religious meanings and functions Christian metal holds
for its own musicians and followers. Engaging with wider debates
on religion, media and popular culture, Christian Metal: History,
Ideology and Scene is a much-needed resource in the study of religion
and popular music.
Over the past two decades, numerous disciplines
have taken up hip hop culture for its intellectual
weight and contributions to the cultural life and
self-understanding of the United States. More
recently, the academic study of religion has given hip hop culture
more critical attention, yet this conversation is often limited to
discussions of hip hop and traditional understandings of religion.
Religion in Hip Hop provides an important step in advancing this new
field and features 14 original contributions. The Preface is written
by one of the most prolific and founding scholars of this area of
study, Michael Eric Dyson, and the inclusion of and collaboration with
Bernard 'Bun B' Freeman fosters a perspective internal to Hip Hop and
encourages conversation between artists and academics.
Monica R. Miller is Assistant Professor of Religion & Africana Studies,
Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University, USA.
Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, Professor
of Religious Studies, and Director of the Center for Engaged Research and
Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice University, USA.
Marcus Moberg is Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher in
Comparative Religion at Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.
Bernard "Bun B" Freeman is an American rapper, songwriter and CERCL
Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Rice University, USA.
UK April 2015 • US June 2015
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UK June 2015 • US August 2015
240 pages
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Documentary as Exorcism
Silver Screen Buddha
Resisting the Bewitchment of Colonial
Buddhism in Asian and Western Film
Robert Beckford
Documentary-maker Robert Beckford reflects on
his art and how he navigates between theology
and visual culture as an academic, activist and
Documentary as Exorcism is an interdisciplinary study that builds
upon the insights of postcolonial studies, critical race theory,
theological and religious studies and media and film studies to
showcase the role of documentary film as a system capable of
registering complex theological ideas while pursuing the authentic
aims of documentary filmmaking.
Beckford marries the concepts of ‘theology as visual practice’
and ‘theology as political engagement’ to develop a new mode of
documentary film-making that embeds emancipation from oppression
in its aesthetic.
Robert Beckford is Reader in Theology and Society at Canterbury Christ
Church University, UK and is the author of a number of books in the field
of religion, popular culture and politics, including God of the Rahtid
(2003) and Jesus Dub (2006). He has presented numerous documentaries
in the UK for the BBC and Channel 4 and gained a BAFTA in 2001 for
diversity in educational broadcasting.
UK January 2014 • US March 2014
264 pages
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Sharon A. Suh
How do contemporary films depict Buddhists
and Buddhism? What aspects of the Buddhist
tradition are these films keeping from our view?
By repeatedly romanticizing the meditating monk,
what kinds of Buddhisms and Buddhists are missing
in these films and why?
Silver Screen Buddha is the first book to explore the intersecting
representations of Buddhism, race, and gender in contemporary films.
Sharon A. Suh examines the cinematic encounter with Buddhism
that has flourished in Asia and in the West in the past century – from
images of Shangri-La in Frank Capra's 1937 Lost Horizon to Kim
Ki-Duk's 2003 international box office success Spring, Summer, Fall,
Winter...and Spring.
The book helps readers see that representations of Buddhism in
Asia and in the West are fraught with political, gendered, and racist
undertones. Silver Screen Buddha draws significant attention to
ordinary lay Buddhism, a form of the tradition given little play in
popular film. By uncovering the differences between a fictionalized,
commodified, and exoticized Buddhism, Silver Screen Buddha brings
to light expressions of the tradition that highlight laity and women,
on the one hand, and Asian and Asian Americans, on the other.
Sharon A. Suh is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of
Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University, USA.
UK January 2015 • US March 2015
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The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief
S. Brent Plate, Hamilton College, USA
Birgit Meyer, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
David Morgan, Duke University, USA
Crispin Paine, University College London, UK
“Its scholarly articles investigate everything from the Sufi arts
of urban Senegal to Chinese religions in the American West ...
Academic libraries are urged to add it.” Library Journal
Material Religion is an international, peer-reviewed journal that seeks to explore all aspects of religious
material culture – from images, devotional and liturgical objects to ritual, ceremony and pilgrimage.
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A Beginner's Guide to the Study
of Religion
Ritual: Key Concepts in Religion
Bradley L. Herling
"Overall, the elucidation is sharp and wellsupported ... a tremendous asset for the scholars
and advanced students." Margo Kitts, author of
Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society
"This book offers a marvellous invitation to
carefully consider the most crucial issues of our
time." Of the first edition – Davina C. Lopez, Eckerd
College, USA
Now in its second edition and updated throughout, this concise
introduction to theory and method includes:•An accessible survey of classic theorists in the modern study of
•Feature boxes highlighting essential quotations and key concepts
•Recommended further reading
Updated to include further coverage of contemporary trends
including feminist and post-colonial critiques, A Beginner's Guide to
the Study of Religion offers a thorough but concise body of material
suitable for beginner's courses on theory and method, or to provide
theoretical context for introductory world religions courses. Study
questions and worksheets can be found on the book's webpage.
Bradley L. Herling is Professor of Religious Studies at Marymount
Manhattan College, USA.
UK May 2015 • US March 2015
192 pages
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Religion, Postcolonialism,
and Globalization
A Sourcebook
Jennifer Reid
"An invaluable resource for anyone who wants a
better understanding of relationships between
religion and the development of the modern
world." Philip P. Arnold, Syracuse University, USA
Focusing on a history of religions approach, this sourcebook
provides an alternative to existing sociological work on religion and
Each of the four sections includes a critical introduction, a series of
readings, and discussion questions. Extracts explored include work
by Max Weber, Edward Said, and David Chidester. Sources range from
the origins of the common phrase jihad vs. McWorld in the work of
Benjamin Barber, to personal essays reflecting religious responses to
Jennifer Reid is Professor of Religion at the University of Maine
Farmington, USA. Her research interest is primarily in methodology in
the study of religion and she has published extensively on issues relating
to the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in
modernity and late-modernity.
UK December 2014 • US February 2015
256 pages
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Pamela Stewart & Andrew Strathern
Ritual has emerged as a major focus of academic
interest. As a concept, the idea of ritual integrates
the study of behavior both within and beyond the domain of religion.
Written with the specific needs of students of religious studies in
mind, this book surveys the field of ritual studies, looking at it both
historically within anthropology and in terms of its contemporary
relevance to world events. The authors are co-editors for the
international Journal of Ritual Studies.
T heory and M ethod
T heory and M ethod
Pamela J. Stewart is Senior Research Associate and Co-Director of the
Cromie Burn Research Unit, in the Department of Anthropology at the
University of Pittsburgh, USA, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Ritual
Studies and the Ritual Studies Book Series.
Andrew Strathern is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Anthropology at the
University of Pittsburgh, USA, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Ritual
Studies and the Ritual Studies Book Series.
UK January 2014 • US March 2014
184 pages
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Capitalizing Religion
Ideology and the Opiate of the Bourgeoisie
Craig Martin
"After reading this book, you will never again
feel wholly comfortable talking about spirituality
without also thinking about consumerism and its
profound hold on our fictions, our fantasies, our
ideologies, and our religions." Kathryn Lofton, Yale
University, USA
Increasingly people claim to be 'spiritual but not religious,' or to
prefer 'individual religion' to 'organized religion.'
While the topics of 'spirituality' and 'individual religion' are regularly
treated as self-evident by the media and even some scholars of
religion, Capitalizing Religion provides one of the first critical
analyses of the phenomenon, arguing that these recent forms of
spirituality are in many cases linked to capitalist ideology and
consumer practices. Examining cases such as Eckhart Tolle's The
Power of Now, and Karen Berg's God Wears Lipstick, Craig Martin
ultimately argues that so-called 'individual religion' is a religion of the
status quo or, more critically, 'an opiate of the bourgeoisie.'
Craig Martin is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, St. Thomas Aquinas
College, USA.
UK September 2014 • US November 2014
192 pages
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Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies
This ground-breaking series presents innovative research in theory and method in the study of religion, paying special attention to disciplinary
formation in Religious Studies. Volumes published under its auspices demonstrate new approaches to the way religious traditions are presented
and analysed. Each study will demonstrate its theoretical insights by applying them to particular empirical case studies in order to foster
integration of data and theory in the historical and cultural study of ‘religion’.
Community and
Worldview among
Paraiyars of South
'Lived' Religion
Anderson H. M.
"A welcome addition to studies on
the social and religious lives of Dalit
Christians." David Mosse, University of
London, UK
Anderson H.M. Jeremiah provides a detailed
ethnographic study of rural Paraiyar
communities in South India. Through
examining Paraiyar Christian communities,
the author provides a comprehensive
understanding of Paraiyar religious
worldviews within the dominant Hindu
religious worldview. In contrast to existing
research, this volume places the Paraiyars
within their wider social context, ascribed
and achieved identity, religious symbolism
and ritual and negotiation of social
Anderson H. M. Jeremiah is Lecturer in World
Christianity, Department of Politics, Philosophy
and Religion at Lancaster University, UK.
UK June 2014 • US June 2014
208 pages
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Religion, Material
Culture and
Julian Droogan
Religion, Material Culture
and Archaeology offers a
new understanding of the
materiality of religion.
By drawing on the field of archaeological
theory and method, the relationship between
religion and material culture is explored.
It is argued that the material elements of
religious life have been largely neglected by
the discipline of religious studies, while at
the same time religion has been traditionally
seen as problematic for archaeologists.
Why do we not talk of the discipline of the
archaeology of religion, in the same way
we do the anthropology of religion, or the
sociology of religion?
The volume considers the historical
problems of approaching the material
elements of religious life and bridges the
methodological gap between religious
studies and archaeology by proposing a new
way of understanding the materiality of
religion – as active, engaged and projecting
a level of autonomous social agency. Finally,
the critical examination of archaeological
approaches to the materiality of religion is
furthered through the consideration of nonarchaeological ways of examining the social
roles that material culture plays in human
Julian Droogan is a Lecturer at Macquarie
University, Australia.
UK May 2014 • US May 2014
208 pages
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Mediums and Other
Traditional Shamans
as Apprenticeship
David Gordon Wilson
"This is a rare and valuable field study of
Spiritualism, more so because its author is
both a practicing medium and a fine scholar
of religion." Steven Engler, Mount Royal
University, Canada
Spiritualism and mediumship are often
regarded as the product of lingering
superstition in the Victorian era, and as
having limited relevance in modern AngloAmerican society. This volume analyses the
development of shamanism (communication
with the spiritual world) as a concept within
North American English-speaking scholarship,
with particular focus on Mircea Eliade's
influential cross-cultural presentation of
David Gordon Wilson demonstrates that
Spiritualism is best understood as a
traditional shamanism, as distinct from
contemporary appropriations or neoshamanisms and offers fresh insights into
the mechanisms that are key to sustaining
mediumship as a social institution.
David Gordon Wilson has lectured at the School
of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, UK.
UK July 2014 • US July 2014
272 pages
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Post-Materialist Religion
Pagan Identities and Value Change in
Modern Europe
Mika T. Lassander
"Post-Materialist Religion offers important
advances in understanding how people’s value
priorities and hence their religiosities change
with changing societies from generation to
generation." Graham Harvey, The Open University, UK
Supported by original and extensive survey and interview data from
Ireland, Finland and the UK, Post-Materialist Religion discusses
the transformations of the individual's worldview in contemporary
modern societies, and the role general societal value change plays
in these. In doing so, Lassander brings into conversation sociological
theories of secularisation and social-psychological theories of
interpersonal relations, the development of morality, and the nature
of basic human values.
Mika T. Lassander is Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Abo
Akademi University, Finland.
UK August 2014 • US October 2014
224 pages
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Religion and the Inculturation of
Human Rights in Ghana
Abamfo Ofori Atiemo
"This is a profound, original and timely work …
Its conceptual and theoretical richness give it
a significance far beyond Ghana." Paul Gifford,
Emeritus Professor, University of London, UK
It has been maintained that the secular nature of modern human
rights makes them incompatible with the religious orientation of
African and non-Western societies. However, in view of the resilience
of religion in the global and local public sphere, it is important to
explore how religion can contribute to the promotion and enjoyment
of human rights. Based on fieldwork conducted in Ghana, Abamfo
Ofori Atiemo here establishes a convergence between human rights
and local religious and cultural values in African societies.
Offering a new model for explaining the relation between religion
and human rights, Religion and the Inculturation of Human Rights in
Ghana offers a novel perspective on the links between global trends
and local cultures underpinned by strong currents of religious ideas.
Abamfo Ofori Atiemo is Senior Lecturer and Head of Department for the
Study of Religions, University of Ghana, Legon.
UK October 2014 • US October 2014
304 pages
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Bloomsbury Companions
Each is a comprehensive one volume reference resource, giving an overview of key topics, research areas, new directions and a manageable
guide to beginning or developing research in the field. A distinctive feature of the series is that each provides practical guidance on advanced
study and research in the field, including research methods and subject-specific resources.
The Bloomsbury
Companion to
Jewish Studies
The Bloomsbury
Companion to
Islamic Studies
Edited by Dean Phillip
Edited by Clinton
"Dean Phillip Bell and the
contributors deserve much
credit for producing this excellent reader
about the state and future of Jewish
Studies." Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State
University, USA
The Bloomsbury Companion to Jewish
Studies is a comprehensive survey of the
field. Providing an overview of the key
theoretical and methodological issues, as
well as practical guidance on researching, it
is the ideal guide for advanced students in
Jewish Studies. Topics covered include the
Hebrew Bible, Medieval Jews and Judaism,
Judaism and Modernity, Gender and Judaism
and Judaism and Material Culture.
Dean Phillip Bell is Dean, Chief Academic
Officer, and Professor of Jewish History at
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and
Leadership, Chicago, USA.
UK November 2014 • US January 2015
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The Bloomsbury Companion
to Islamic Studies is a
comprehensive survey of the field. Providing
an overview of the key theoretical and
methodological issues, as well as practical
guidance on researching, it is the ideal guide
for advanced students in Islamic Studies.
Topics and case studies covered include:
•Qur'anic Studies
•Islamic Theology
•Islam and the West
•Islamic Art and Architecture
Presenting Islam as a multifaceted tradition,
key essays from leading international
contributors including Andrew Rippin and
William Shepard, demonstrate how it is
subject to different interpretations, with
no single version privileged. Recommended
by CHOICE, The Bloomsbury Companion to
Islamic Studies is an indispensable resource
for students.
Clinton Bennett teaches Religious Studies at the
State University of New York at New Paltz, and
at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA.
UK November 2014 • US January 2015
440 pages
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The Bloomsbury
Companion to
New Religious
Edited by George D.
Chryssides & Benjamin
E. Zeller
Twenty-nine world-class international
scholars explore current and future
directions in New Religious Movements in
this easy-to-use and authoritative research
reference guide.
•Includes an A to Z of key terms,
extensive guides to further resources,
a comprehensive bibliography, and a
timeline of major developments in the
•Covers key themes such as charismatic
leadership, conversion and brainwashing,
prophecy and millennialism, violence
and suicide, gender and sexuality, legal
issues, and the portrayal of New Religious
Movements by the media and anti-cult
George D. Chryssides is Honorary Research
Fellow in Contemporary Religion at the
University of Birmingham, UK.
Benjamin E. Zeller is Assistant Professor of
Religion at Lake Forest College, Chicago, USA.
UK January 2014 • US February 2014
456 pages
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Is God Back?
Contemporary Druidry
Reconsidering the New Visibility of Religion
A Native Tradition?
Edited by Titus Hjelm
Suzanne Owen & William Rathouse
Is God Back? Reconsidering the New Visibility of
Religion examines the shifting boundary between
religion and the public sphere in Europe and the
Middle East. Asking what the 'new visibility of
religion' means and challenging simplistic notions
of living in a 'post-secular' age, the chapters explore how religion
is contested and renegotiated in the public sphere – or rather, in
different publics – and the effects of these struggles on society, state
and religion itself.
Whereas religion arguably never went away in the USA, the reemergence of public religion is a European phenomenon. Is God Back?
provides timely case studies from Europe, as well as extending to the
Middle East, where fledgling democracies are struggling to create
models of governance that stem from the European secular model,
but which need to be able to accommodate a much more public form
of religiosity. Discussions include the new visibility of neo-Pagan and
Native Faith groups in Europe, Evangelical Christians and Church
teaching on sexuality in the UK, and Islamic social Movements in the
Arab world.
Drawing from empirical and theoretical research on religion and
national identity, religion and media, church-state relationships,
and religion and welfare, Is God Back? is a rich source for students
and scholars interested in the changing face of public religion in the
modern world, including those studying the sociology of religion,
social policy, and theology.
Titus Hjelm is Lecturer in Finnish Society and Culture at University
College London, UK.
UK May 2015 • US July 2015
256 pages
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The popular view of Druidry is that it is a peculiar,
anachronistic pastime, of little relevance to society
today. However, far removed from ancient or even
Victorian representations, contemporary Druidry
is positioning itself as an ‘indigenous religion'
that responds to today's world. Contemporary Druidry has evolved
considerably since its modern beginnings in 18th century England and
in September 2010 The Druid Network was registered as a religious
charity by the Charity Commission in the UK. Druid orders have long
been representing themselves as the native or indigenous tradition
of Britain, challenging existing definitions of ‘indigenous religion' as a
kinship-based religion of first peoples.
S ociology of R eligion
S ociology of R eligion
In the first book of its kind, Suzanne Owen and William Rathouse
explore the problems with defining and categorising Druidry, offer a
study of current Druid movements and activities, and discuss differing
concepts of emplacement and indigeneity. Their fascinating research
is based upon a mixture of discourse analysis of print and on-line
texts written by contemporary Druids, interviews and participant
observation, making this book the definitive guide to contemporary
British Druidry.
Suzanne Owen is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at
Leeds Trinity University, UK.
William Rathouse completed his doctorate in Social Archaeology at the
University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK.
UK June 2015 • US August 2015
224 pages
PB 9781441138545 • £19.99 / $34.95 • HB 9781441124777 • £65.00 / $112.00
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Sacred and Secular Musics
A Postcolonial Approach
Sex, Death and Witchcraft
A Contemporary Pagan Festival
Douglas Ezzy
"It is exciting to see a scholar of Ezzy’s calibre
grapple with these difficult issues." Shawn Arthur,
Appalachian State University, USA
Faunalia is a controversial Pagan festival with a
reputation for being wild and emotionally intense. It lasts five days,
80 people attend, and the two main rituals run most of the night.
Sex, Death and Witchcraft is a powerful application of relational
theory to the study of religion and contemporary culture. It analyses
Faunalia’s rituals in terms of recent innovations in the sociology of
religion and religious studies that focus on relational etiquette, lived
religion, embodiment and performance. Extensive extracts from
interviews describe the rituals in participants’ own words. The book
combines rich and evocative description of the rituals with careful
analysis of the social processes that shape people’s experiences at
this controversial Pagan festival.
Douglas Ezzy is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of
Tasmania, Australia.
UK May 2014 • US July 2014
216 pages • 12 bw illus
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Virinder S. Kalra
"Virinder Kalra presents a remarkable abundance
of original data on Sikh music, qawwali, and
other genres in Pakistani and Indian Punjab,
offering astute interpretive perspectives on these
understudied genres and regional dynamics."
Peter Manuel, City University, New York, USA
Virinder S. Kalra explores examples of South Asian musics in various
domains and traverses a new cartography of music in which the
sacred and the secular overlap. Drawing on examples which include
Qawaali, Kirtan and popular devotional genres, Sacred and Secular
Musics offers new empirical material, as well as new insights into
conceptualising religion and music, and the ways in which music
performs sacredness and secularity. Its postcolonial approach brings
Asia into the Western sacred/secular opposition, and provides a set of
analytical tools to allow further exploration of non-western religious
Virinder S. Kalra is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, at the University of
Manchester, UK.
UK November 2014 • US January 2015
224 pages
HB 9781441121325 • £65.00 / $120.00
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I slam
I slam
The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities
Islamic Education in Britain
Amanullah De Sondy
New Pluralist Paradigms
"An original and rich contribution to the
burgeoning literature on Islamic masculinities."
Kecia Ali, Boston University, USA
Alison Scott-Baumann
& Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
Discussions and debates surrounding Islamic
masculinities are quickly finding their place in
the study of Islam and Muslims. Now available
in paperback, The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities makes a vital
contribution to this emerging field.
Rigid notions of masculinity are causing crisis in the global Islamic
community. These are articulated from the Qur’an, its commentary,
historical precedents and societal, religious and familial obligations.
Some Muslims who don't agree with narrow constructs of manliness
feel forced to consider themselves secular and therefore outside the
religious community.
In order to evaluate whether there really is only one valid, ideal
Islamic masculinity, The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities explores key
figures of the Qur’an and Indian-Pakistani Islamic history, and exposes
the precariousness of tight constraints on Islamic manhood.
Amanullah De Sondy is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the
University of Miami, Florida, USA.
UK November 2014 • US January 2015
248 pages
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Sufis and Salafis in the
Contemporary Age
Edited by Lloyd Ridgeon
Sufis and Salafis in the Contemporary Age
explores the dynamics at play between what are
usually understood as two very different forms
of Islam, namely Sufism and Salafism. Sufism
is commonly understood as the peaceful and
mystical dimension of Islam whereas Salafism is perceived as strictly
pietistic and moralist, and for some it conjures up images of violent
manifestations of Islam.
Of course these generalisations require more nuanced investigation,
and this book provides a number of case studies from around the
Islamic world to unpack the intricate relationship between the two.
The diversity of the case studies that focus on Islamic groups in
India, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and South East Europe reflect the
multiplicity of relationships that exist between the Salafis and Sufis.
The specific case studies are framed by an introduction that provides
essential historical background and definitions of the terms, and also
by general studies of the Sufi–Salafi relationship which enable the
reader to focus on the large picture.
This will be the first book to investigate the relationship between
Sufism and Salafism in such a wide fashion, and includes chapters on
traditional Sufis, as well as from those who consider that Sufism and
Salafism are not necessarily contradictory.
Lloyd Ridgeon is Reader in Islamic Studies at Glasgow University, UK.
UK April 2015 • US June 2015
224 pages
HB 9781472523877 • £65.00 / $112.00
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Bloomsbury Academic
The Western world often fears many aspects of
Islam, without the knowledge to move forward.
On the other hand, there are sustained and
complex debates within Islam about how to live
in the modern world with faith. Alison Scott-Baumann and Sariya
Contractor-Cheruvallil here propose solutions to both dilemmas, with
a particular emphasis on the role of women.
Based on research conducted over 15 years, the educational needs
within several groups of British Muslims were explored, resulting
in the need to offer critical analysis of the provision for the study
of classical Islamic Theology in Britain. Islamic Education in Britain
responds to the dissatisfaction among many young Muslim men
and women with the theological/secular split, and their desire for
courses that provide combinations of these two strands of their lived
experience as Muslim British citizens.
Grounded in empirical research, the authors reach beyond the
meta-narratives of secularization and orientalism to demonstrate the
importance of the teaching and learning of classical Islamic studies
for the promotion of reasoned dialogue, interfaith and intercultural
understanding in pluralist British society.
Alison Scott-Baumann, Professor of Society, Religion and Belief, Centre
for Society, Religion and Belief, University of Derby, UK
Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for
Society, Religion and Belief, University of Derby, UK
UK April 2015 • US June 2015
224 pages
HB 9781472569387 • £65.00 / $112.00
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Secularism, Theology and Islam
The Danish Social Imaginary and the
Cartoon Crisis of 2005 – 2006
Jennifer Elisa Veninga
"This thorough analysis of the Cartoon Crisis
[...] invites readers to a discussion of the many
challenges confronting both the majority and
minority´s social imaginary when daily life
is forced to come face to face with cultural diversity and the
presence of different religions." Jørgen Bæk Simonsen, University of
Copenhagen, Denmark
Secularism, Theology and Islam offers a uniquely theological analysis
of the historic Danish cartoon crisis of 2005-2006, in which the
publication of 12 images of the Prophet Muhammad in the Danish
newspaper Jyllands-Posten ignited violent global protests. The crisis
represents a politically, culturally, and religiously important event of
the early 21st century, and Veninga explores the important question
of why the cartoons were published in Denmark when they were and
why this matters to the larger global community.
Jennifer Elisa Veninga is Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological
Studies at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, USA.
UK March 2014 • US May 2014
224 pages
HB 9781472533111 • £65.00 / $112.00
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Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought
This series interrupts standardized discourses involving the Middle East and the Islamicate world by introducing creative and emerging ideas.
The incisive works included in this series provide a counterpoint to the reigning canons of theory, theology, philosophy, literature, and
criticism through investigations of vast experiential typologies - such as violence, mourning, vulnerability, tension, and humour - in light
of contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate thought.
On the Arab Revolts and the
Iranian Revolution
Hostage Spaces of the
Contemporary Islamicate World
Power and Resistance Today
Phantom Territoriality
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Dejan Lukic
"This is a book that is both empirically and
theoretically rich ... It should be essential reading
for anyone interested in the serious study of
contemporary Middle Eastern politics, revolutions, and social
movements." Mehran Kamrava, author of The Modern Middle East: A
Political History since the First World War
On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution is the first
comparative analysis of two central political events that have altered
our world forever: the Arab uprisings which started in Tunisia, and the
Iranian revolution in 1979.
Adib-Moghaddam demonstrates how contemporary forms of protest
are changing our understanding about the way power and resistance
function. In a theoretical tour de force which is substantiated with
a range of primary material, he argues that acts of protest in Tehran
to Cairo can be entirely linked to the same act in New York, London,
Madrid and Athens.
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is Professor of Global Thought and Comparative
Philosophies at SOAS, University of London, UK.
UK October 2014 • US December 2014
264 pages
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"An extended and highly original meditation on
the ambiguous figure of the hostage in modern
life." Faisal Devji, Reader in Modern South Asian
History at the University of Oxford, UK
How is hostage space constructed? In this age-long procedure found
in conflicts around the world, strange forms of terror and intimacy
arise, particularly in the contemporary Islamic cultures of Chechnya,
Albania, and Bosnia. This book investigates the modes of desire and
politics found in kidnapping, in order to reveal the voices of victims
and kidnappers that often remain closed up.
Dejan Lukic explores the spaces where hostages and hostage
takers come into contact – spaces of accident, sacrifice, hope, and
catastrophe – or, in other words, the spaces that announce utopias
bound to fail. In this book, the figures of the victim, the terrorist,
the sovereign, the resistance fighter and the witness – among
others – emerge with a new face; one that will contribute to our
understandings of what it means to act politically and ethically today.
Dejan Lukic is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Reed
College, Oregon, USA.
UK May 2014 • US May 2014
208 pages • 20 illus
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Iranian Identity and
Islamism as Philosophy
Spheres of Belonging
S. Sayyid
Edited by Lucian Stone
"A groundbreaking work and a particularly
welcome addition to the existing literature about
Iranian sense of “identity and belonging." Claudia
Yaghoobi, Georgia College and State University, USA
The editor and contributors provide four principle disciplinary
assessments of cosmopolitanism: philosophy, political science,
sociology, and cultural studies, including literary criticism. The
authors in this collection critically examine topics including the
historical encounter between Iranian and Western thinkers and its
impact on Iranian political ideals and the prerequisite of secularism
in cosmopolitan and democratic philosophies.
Lucian Stone is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and
Religion at the University of North Dakota, USA.
UK July 2014 • US September 2014
256 pages
HB 9781472567420 • £65.00 / $112.00
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Decolonial Horizons
This book explores the Muslim question from a
philosophical perspective, ranging in historical focus
from early effects of colonialism to present day
Arab Spring events. In doing so, it explores some of
the philosophical assumptions that frame the way
in which the rise of Muslim political identity throughout the planet
presents challenges which are not only cultural and geopolitical but
also conceptual.
S uspensions : C ontemporary M iddle E astern and I slamicate T hought
S uspensions : C ontemporary M iddle E astern and I slamicate T hought
In a series of reflections, Islamism as Philosophy teases out some
of the complexities of the emergence of Muslim political identities,
complexities which are often covered up by the latest screaming
headline. This book argues that a world in which a quarter of the
population seems increasingly conscious of its Musliminess cannot be
peaceful, harmonious or just without careful attention being paid to
the Muslim question.
S. Sayyid is a Reader in School of Sociology and Social Policy at the
University of Leeds, UK.
UK March 2015 • US May 2015
192 pages
HB 9781472509833 • £65.00 / $112.00
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Remaking Politics, Markets and
Citizens in Turkey
Transgression and the Inexistent
Governing Through Smoke
Mehdi Belhaj Kacem
Ebru Kayaalp
Translated by P. Burcu Yalim
"With elegance, she encompasses the global
phenomenon as a closely observed dynamic form,
an affair of experts with profound effects on the
commitments of states, while keeping 'local knowledge' a little
offside, but still in a place of honor." George E. Marcus, University
of California, USA
Remaking Politics, Markets and Citizens in Turkey critically analyses
the travel of neoliberal ideas, policies, experts and institutions from
the West to Turkey. Through an ethnographic investigation of the
newly established tobacco market, Ebru Kayaalp considers how they
are being adopted and transformed in their new settings.
The February 2001 crisis, the most severe economic downturn in
the history of Turkey, generated an emergency situation in which
a series of sweeping neoliberal policies were implemented to prop
up the collapsed economy. To receive the necessary loans from
the international financial institutions, the Turkish government
hastily enacted a number of neoliberal laws, including the notorious
tobacco law. Remaking Politics, Markets and Citizens in Turkey not
only explores the repercussions of the new tobacco law, such as
the establishment of a new regulatory institution, the emergence
of contract farming and the privatization of the tobacco monopoly,
thereby making a liberalized market, but also the smoking ban
governing the bodies and spaces of Muslim citizens.
Remaking Politics, Markets and Citizens in Turkey provides an
innovative contribution to Middle Eastern studies, filling the gap
for anthropological research in Muslim countries on local economic
relations and their connections with the global economy.
Ebru Kayaalp is Assistant Professor at Istanbul Sehir University, Turkey.
UK December 2014 • US February 2015
224 pages
HB 9781472508737 • £65.00 / $112.00
Individual eBook 9781472511997 • £64.99 / $100.99
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A Philosophical Vocabulary
A contemporary philosopher of Tunisian origin,
Mehdi Belhaj Kacem is here published in English
for the first time. His new book, Transgression and
the Inexistent: A Philosophical Vocabulary, is a
comprehensive foray into Kacems' elaborate philosophical system in
twenty-seven discreet chapters, each dedicated to a single concept.
In each chapter, he explicates a critical re-thinking of ordinary lived
experiences - such as desire, irony, play - or traditional philosophical
ideas – such as catharsis, mimesis, techne – in light of 'the spirit of
nihilism' that marks the contemporary human condition.
Kacem gained notoriety in the domain of critical theory and his
controversial break with his mentor and leading contemporary
philosopher, Alain Badiou. Transgression and the Inexistent lays out
the essential concepts of his philosophical system: it is the most
complete and synthetic book of his philosophical work, as well as
being one of the most provocative in its claims. As a Francophone
author engaging with contemporary world thought, he is able to
develop novel philosophical perspectives that reach beyond Islam
or the Middle East, or the East/West binary. This is the book's first
publication in any language, constituting a much-awaited first
translation of Kacem into English.
Mehdi Belhaj Kacem is a French-Tunisian philosopher, actor and writer. He
has published over ten books within a period of as many years.
P. Burcu Yalim is the translator of Foucault by Gilles Deleuze into Turkish.
UK October 2014 • US December 2014
264 pages • 1 illus
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Religion, Devotion and Medicine
in North India
Sikhs Across Borders
The Healing Power of Sitala
Edited by Knut A. Jacobsen & Kristina Myrvold
Fabrizio M. Ferrari
"After this fascinating study scholarship must
henceforth recognise Sitala as a benevolent
goddess whose compassion is invoked, primarily
by female worshipers, for the protection of children." Alex
McKay, Fellow of the International Institute for Asian Studies, The
This volume examines notions of health and illness in North Indian
devotional culture, with particular attention paid to the worship of
the goddess Sitala, the Cold Lady. Consistently portrayed in colonial
and postcolonial literature as the ambiguous 'smallpox goddess', Sitala
is here discussed as a protector of children and women, a portrayal
that emerges from textual sources as well as material culture.
Built on extensive fieldwork and a close textual analysis of sources
in Sanskrit and vernacular languages (Hindi, Bhojpuri and Bengali)
as well as on a rich bibliography on the struggle against smallpox in
colonial and post-colonial India, the book reflects on the ambiguous
nature of Sitala.
Fabrizio M. Ferrari is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of
Chester, UK.
UK November 2014 • US January 2015
256 pages • 13 bw illus
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Transnational Practices of European Sikhs
"Research in specific fields and European national
contexts is excellently set in wider historical
and geographical contexts. This volume will be
important to teachers and students of religious
and diaspora studies from a range of disciplines."
Eleanor Nesbitt, University of Warwick, UK
This is the first study to explore patterns of transnational practices
among European Sikhs, with particular focus on the links between
the Sikhs in Europe, Punjab (the 'home-land') and within a global Sikh
community. Based on new empirical research Sikhs Across Borders
explores how religion continues to play a significant role in the daily
lives of European Sikhs.
Knut A. Jacobsen is Professor of History of Religions at the University of
Bergen, Norway.
Kristina Myrvold is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Linnaeus
University, Sweden.
UK March 2014 • US March 2014
240 pages
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B uddhism , H induism and S ikhism
B uddhism , H induism and S ikhism
Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East
A History
Fabio Rambelli & Eric Reinders
"An extremely important publication and a
major contribution to Religious Studies, Buddhist
Studies, Asian Studies, East Asian History, Art
History/Visual Culture, and Cultural Studies. It is precisely the sort
of book that many scholars in these fields, and especially those
who work across them, have been waiting for." D. Max Moerman,
Columbia University, USA
This is a cross-cultural study of the multifaceted relations between
Buddhism, its materiality, and instances of religious violence and
destruction in East Asia, which remains a vast and still largely
unexplored field of inquiry.
Fabio Rambelli is Professor and International Shinto Foundation Chair of
Shinto Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies,
and Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa
Barbara, USA.
Eric Reinders is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion, at
Emory University, USA.
UK March 2014 • US March 2014
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G uides for the P erplexed
G uides for the P erplexed
Guides for the Perplexed
Bloomsbury’s Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers
can find especially challenging − or indeed downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to
grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.
Daoism: A Guide
for the Perplexed
Jainism: A Guide
for the Perplexed
Louis Komjathy
Sherry Fohr
"A clear and authoritative
picture of China's
indigenous religion that
is both reliable and
accessible." James Miller,
Queen's University, Canada
Daoism is a global religious and
cultural phenomenon characterised by
multiculturalism and ethnic diversity.
Daoism: A Guide for the Perplexed offers
a clear and thorough survey of this ancient
and modern religious tradition. Specifically
designed to meet the needs of students
and general readers seeking a thorough
understanding of the religion, this book is the
ideal guide to studying and understanding
Daoism as a lived and living religious
Louis Komjathy is Assistant Professor of
Theology and Religious Studies at the University
of San Diego, USA. He is also Founding Co-Chair
of the Daoist Studies Group of the American
Academy of Religion and Founding Co-Director
of the Center for Daoist Studies.
UK March 2014 • US May 2014
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Jainism is the most nonviolent and austere religion
in the world, and arguably
the most difficult religion
to practice. While lay Jains
attempt to never harm humans or animals,
the strict non-violence followed by highly
revered monks and nuns also proscribes
harm to any living being, even a microscopic
Jainism: A Guide for the Perplexed is a clear
and thorough account of this fascinating
tradition, providing an ideal guide to the
important beliefs and practices in Jainism.
Using scriptural narratives central to the Jain
tradition, the author explores the innerlogic
of how renouncers' and laypeople's practices
depend on an intricate Jain worldview.
Sherry Fohr is Associate Professor of Asian
Religions and Chair of the Department of
Religion and Philosophy at Converse College,
South Carolina, USA.
UK January 2015 • US March 2015
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A Guide for the
Philip Sheldrake
"An invaluable resource
that will empower those
who wish to critically
discuss spirituality in the academy, the
public square or the temple." Bernadette
Flanagan, Dublin City University, Ireland
What exactly is spirituality? Is it distinct from
religion and can we separate it from beliefs
and traditions? Does spirituality mainly focus
on spiritual experiences and practices or is it
something more?
Spirituality: A Guide for the Perplexed
provides students with a reliable and
comprehensive guide to 'spirituality' as
an area of study, religiously, historically,
philosophically and in the social sciences.
Philip Sheldrake is Senior Research Fellow at
the Cambridge Theological Foundation, UK,
and Director at the Institute for the Study of
Contemporary Spirituality at Oblate School of
Theology, San Antonio, USA. He is author of a
dozen books, editor of the New Westminster
Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (2005) and is
a Past President of the International Society for
the Study of Christian Spirituality.
UK September 2014 • US November 2014
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Contemporary Muslim-Christian
Developments, Diversity and Dialogues
Edited by Paul Hedges
Contemporary Muslim-Christian Encounters:
Developments, Diversity and Dialogues addresses
the key issues in the contemporary global encounter
between Christians and Muslims. Divided into two
parts, the first examines theoretical issues and concerns which affect
dialogue between the two traditions. The second part highlights case
studies from around the world. Chapters from established scholars
including Reuven Firestone, Douglas Pratt and Clinton Bennett,
emerging scholars, as well as practitioner perspectives.
Highlighting the diversity within the field of Christian-Muslim
encounter, case studies cover examples from the US and globally, and
include dialogue in the US post 9/11, Nigerian Muslims and Christians,
and Christian responses to Islamophobia in the UK.
Covering unique areas and those not explored in detail elsewhere,
Contemporary Muslim-Christian Encounters: Developments, Diversity
and Dialogues will be of interest to advanced students, researchers,
and interfaith professionals.
Paul Hedges is Reader in Interreligious Studies, University of Winchester,
UK. He has published widely in interfaith areas, including Preparation
and Fulfillment (2001), Christian Approaches to Other Faiths (co-edited
with Alan Race, textbook: 2008; reader: 2009), and Controversies in
Interreligious Dialogue and the Theology of Religions (2010). He is
General Editor of the multivolume series Controversies in Contemporary
Religion (2014). He is on the Editorial Board of Studies in Interreligious
Dialogue, and the Journal of Religious History.
UK May 2015 • US July 2015
224 pages
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Loss and Hope
Global, Interreligious and Interdisciplinary
Edited by Peter Admirand
"Moving and thought-provoking, the case studies
and principle reflections in this volume envisage
crucial human experiences within a global, multireligious and multi-perspectival framework. They
shed fresh light on our understanding of the human condition."
Perry Schmidt-Leukel, University of Muenster, Germany
Provocative thinkers and scholars examine the universal themes
of hope and loss within survivors and victims' perspectives, and
interreligious and ethical perspectives.
•Includes chapters from survivors of genocide and state terror
•Fills a gap for an interreligious examination of ‘loss and hope’
•Contributions from international leading scholars and thinkers
including Francis X. Clooney and Felix Wilfred
Peter Admirand is Lecturer in the School of Theology, Mater Dei Institute,
Dublin City University, Ireland.
UK May 2014 • US July 2014
264 pages
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Interreligious Studies
A Relational Approach to Religious Activism
and the Study of Religion
Oddbjørn Leirvik
"This book is valuable and a scholarly contribution
to inter-religious and interfaith dialogue. As
many of us in the religious academia are critically
engaged to determine the place of inter-religious
and interfaith dialogue in the academic study of religion, this book
makes a remarkable contribution to this discussion." Muhammad
Shafiq, Nazareth College, USA
Interreligious Studies defines the essential features of interreligious
studies compared with alternative conceptions of religious studies
and theology. This is a cutting-edge study from one of the most
important voices in Europe in the field and includes case study
material from his native Norway including interreligious responses to
the bomb attack in Norway on 22nd July 2011, as well as examples
from a number of other national and global contexts.
I nterfaith R elations
I nterfaith R elations
Oddbjørn Leirvik is Professor of Interreligious Studies at the University of
Oslo, Norway. He is co-initiator of the European Society of Intercultural
Theology and Interreligious Studies, and has written extensively in English
and Norwegian on Christian-Muslim Relations and Interreligious Dialogue.
UK February 2014 • US April 2014
208 pages
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Bloomsbury Academic
The Muslim World and Politics in
Creative Contributions of the Gülen
Edited by Greg Barton, Paul Weller
& Ihsan Yilmaz
"The way this book has tackled various topics
relating to the Muslim world is not only worth reading but
refreshing, thoughtful and balanced ... This book will go a long
way to better the understanding of Islam in the West." Bashy
Quraishy, European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (EMISCO),
Contributing to current debates on relationships between Islam,
Muslims, society, and the state, this book examines the impact of the
Gülen movement on the contemporary Muslim world.
Greg Barton is the Herb Feith Research Professor for the Study of
Indonesia, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Australia.
Paul Weller is Professor of Inter-Religious Relations at the University of
Derby and Visiting Fellow in the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture
at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford, UK.
Ihsan Yilmaz is Associate Professor of Political Science at Fatih University,
Istanbul, Turkey.
UK December 2014 • US December 2014
288 pages
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S cientific S tudies of R eligion : I nquiry and E xplanation
S cientific S tudies of R eligion : I nquiry and E xplanation
Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation
Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation publishes cutting-edge research in the new and growing field of scientific studies
in religion. Its aim is to publish empirical, experimental, historical and ethnographic research on religious thought, behaviour, and
institutional structures.
The series works with a broad notion of 'scientific' that will include innovative work on understanding religion(s), both past and present.
With an emphasis on the cognitive science of religion, the series includes complementary approaches to the study of religion, such as
psychology and computer modelling of religious data. Titles seek to provide explanatory accounts for the religious behaviors under
review, both past and present.
Religion in Science Fiction
The Mind of Mithraists
The Evolution of an Idea and the Extinction
of a Genre
Historical and Cognitive Studies in the
Roman Cult of Mithras
Steven Hrotic
Luther H. Martin
"This book teaches you not only about the
important role writers of science fiction play in
leading us to novel insights into religion, but also
about the relationship between scientific and
religious approaches to the world—and especially the usefulness of
cognitive science in explaining the life of the imagination."
E. Thomas Lawson, Editor, Journal of Cognition and Culture
Hrotic investigates the history of the representations of religion in
science fiction literature. In particular, the volume focuses on how
the perception of 'religion' evolves from the 1920s to the end of
the 20th century, and on changes in the perceived conflict between
religion and science. This is the first book to attempt a history of the
whole genre from a religious studies perspective.
Steven Hrotic is a cognitive anthropologist, currently teaching and writing
at the University of Vermont, USA.
UK July 2014 • US September 2014
240 pages
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"The prepared volume The Mind of Mithraists,
covering many important and often neglected
topics in the study of Mithraism, promises to be a
book no scholar of ancient religions is allowed to
ignore." Aleš Chalupa, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
The Roman cult of Mithras was the most widely-dispersed and
densely-distributed cult throughout the expanse of the Roman Empire
from the end of the first until the fourth century AD, rivaling the
early growth and development of Christianity during the same period.
How was this non-centralized, non-hierarchical cult so faithfully
transmitted through the Empire? The Minds of Mithraists addresses
this question as well as explanations for the spread of Mithraism (and
for its resistance in a few places).
These investigations represent traditional historical methods as
well as more recent studies employing the insights of the cognitive
sciences, demonstrating that cognitive historiography is a valuable
methodological tool.
Luther H. Martin is Professor of Religion Emeritus at the University of
Vermont, USA.
UK November 2014 • US January 2015
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The Attraction of Religion
A New Evolutionary Psychology of Religion
Edited by Jason Slone & James Van Slyke
Religion is an evolutionary puzzle. It involves beliefs in counterfactual worlds and engagement in costly rituals. Yet religion is
widespread across all human cultures and eras. This begs the question, why are so many people attracted to religion?
In The Attraction of Religion, essays by leading scholars in evolutionary psychology show how religion may be adaptive
because the commitments involved facilitate fitness-enhancing behaviours that promote reproduction, kinship, and social
solidarity.Could it be that religion is wide-spread, at least in the modern world, because it helps to facilitate cooperative
breeding? International contributors explore the philosophical and theoretical arguments for and against the use of costly signalling, sexual
selection, and related theories to explain religion, and empirical findings that support or disconfirm such claims.
The first book-length treatment that focuses specifically on costly signalling, sexual selection, and related evolutionary theories to explain
religion, The Attraction of Religion will be a signal contribution to the field and will be of interest to researchers in the fields of religion and
science, the psychology of religion, and anthropology of religion.
Jason Slone is Associate Professor of Cognition and Culture at the School of Arts and Sciences, Tiffin University, USA.
James Van Slyke is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Fresno Pacific University, USA.
UK February 2015 • US April 2015
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Reformation, Dissent and
The Story of Scotland's Churches, 1560 1960
Andrew T.N. Muirhead
This book examines and describes for the general
reader the life and characteristics of the churches
which flourished in Scotland between the Reformation and the mid20th century. It will help both amateur and professional historians to
understand the different denominations, and provides background to,
and context for, their own research.
Church influence on society has been particularly strong in Scotland
and church records are a major source of pre-1844 information, but
no recent book deals adequately with the church background. Here,
the author explores how churches developed in, and interacted
with, society. An overview of the churches of Scotland from the
Reformation to 1960 is followed by a brief examination of each
denomination including doctrinal issues, worship, organization,
social and demographic factors; mapping to show the geographical
strengths of particular groups, and a brief guide to the records and
sources that are available for each.
Edited by Gerhard Marcel Martin & Katja
The contributors to this volume discuss the great
diversity of forms and meanings with respect to
religious transformation in their respective fields
of research. While invoking earlier debates within
the study of religions and theology on the topic of
‘purification’ the studies in this volume penetrate further into the
meaning and structure of religious transformation of mind and body
in the religions of the world and open comparative perspectives on
this topic.
H istory of R eligion
H istory of R eligion
Gerhard Marcel Martin is retired Professor for Practical Theology at the
University of Marburg, Germany.
Katja Triplett is Professor for the Study of East Asian Religions at the
University of Göttingen, Germany.
UK January 2015 • US January 2015
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A directory includes the theological concepts and controversies which
dominated these churches but are foreign to most modern readers
and a useful glossary defines Scots terms common in church records.
Andrew Muirhead is a former librarian interested in the churches' impact
on the life of Scotland. He traces his own family through several of the
denominations described here and is Vice-President of the Scottish Church
History Society.
UK February 2015 • US April 2015
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Meditation and Culture
The Interplay of Practice and Context
Edited by Halvor Eifring
Behind the stereotype of a solitary meditator closing his eyes to the world, meditation always takes place in close
interaction with the surrounding culture. Meditation and Culture: The Interplay of Practice and Context explores cases in
which the relation between meditative practice and cultural context is particularly complex.
The internationally-renowned contributors discuss practices that travel from one culture to another, or are surrounded
by competing cultures. They explore cultures that bring together competing practices, or that are themselves mosaics of
elements of different origins. They seek to answer the question: What is the relationship between meditation and culture?
The effects of meditation may arise from its symbolic value within larger webs of cultural meaning, as in the contextual view that still
dominates cultural and religious studies. They may also be psychobiological responses to the practice itself, the cultural context merely
acting as a catalyst for processes originating in the body and mind of the practitioner. Meditation and Culture gives no single definitive
explanation, but taken together, the different viewpoints presented point to the complexity of the relationship.
Halvor Eifring is Professor of Chinese at the University of Oslo, Norway. He teaches Chinese language, literature and culture and directs an
international research project on the cultural histories of meditation. He is General Secretary of Acem International School of Meditation.
UK April 2015 • US June 2015
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T heology
T heology
Place, Ecology and the Sacred
The Spirit and the Letter
The Moral Geography of Sustainable
A Tradition and a Reversal
Michael S. Northcott
Place, Ecology and the Sacred demonstrates how
the loss of a sense of place is of central importance
to the modern ecological crisis. Bringing together
and further developing some of his groundbreaking
work on the concept of parochial ecology, or place-based
environmentalism, Northcott argues that the recovery of a sense of
place – and of governmental structures and moral practices that map
onto and arise out of place-specific communities – is essential to the
resolution of the ecological crisis.
Place, Ecology and the Sacred argues for an ecclesial recovery of a
sense of place as a foil to the continuing and increased mobility of
the modern world.
Michael S. Northcott is Professor of Ethics at Edinburgh University, UK.
UK June 2015 • US August 2015
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World English
Edited by Paul S. Fiddes & Günter Bader
"Leading theologians from Germany and the UK
explore the life and after-life of this Pauline
provocation, from exegesis and history to
postmodern and remodern interpretations, to
entangle the reader in an extraordinarily creative
process whereby the letter becomes the embodied inspiration
and the spirit flows not unwritten." Markus Vinzent, King’s College
Paul’s statement that ‘letter kills but the spirit gives life’ [2
Corinthians 3.6] has had an extraordinary impact on Christian thought
through the ages. It has been read both as affirming the saving
power of the new covenant in comparison to the old, and as a key to
hidden, spiritual meanings in the text of scripture. It is, however, an
ambiguous phrase, followed by a tangled story. This book explores the
Pauline distinction both in its original context and in its aftermath
in the early church, the Reformation and modern Biblical Studies, as
well as considering a postmodern reversal.
Paul S. Fiddes is Professor of Systematic Theology in the University of
Oxford, and is Director of Research at Regent's Park College, Oxford, UK.
Günter Bader was until recently Professor for Systematic Theology in the
Protestant Theology Faculty of the University of Bonn, Germany.
UK January 2015 • US January 2015
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Consuming Religion, Miller
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Pop Cult, Till
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The Sacred and the Cinema, Nayar
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Visualizing Belief and Piety in Iranian Shiism,
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Anthropology of Religion
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South Asian Sufis, (ed.) Bennett, Ramsey
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Stairway to Heaven, Levenda
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Islam and the Veil, (ed.) Gabriel, Hannan
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Mysticism: A Guide for the Perplexed, Paul
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Religion or Belief, Discrimination and Equality
Weller, Purdam, Ghanea, CheruvallilContractor
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Santo Daime, Dawson
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Secularization and Its Discontents, Warner
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Sufism in Britain, (ed.) Geaves, Gabriel
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The Sacred in the City, (ed.) Gómez, Van
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The Re-Enchantment of the West, Vol 2,
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Understanding Religious Sacrifice, (ed.) Carter
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Spiritual Tourism, Norman
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Sociology of Religion
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Christianity and the University Experience,
Guest, Aune, Sharma, Warner
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Gender and Religion, Crandall
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Religion in Environmental and Climate
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Religion and Politics
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Muslim Women of Power, Bennett
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