[Scripta] New Issue Published

Dear Colleagues

We are happy to announce the publication of: Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis Vol. 28 (2018)

Theme: The Ethnic and Religious Future of Europe

Available in open access at: https://journal.fi/scripta

The current issue consists of articles based on presentations given at the conference with the same name arranged in Turku/Åbo, Finland in June, 2017.

Scripta is published by the Donner Institute in Åbo, Finland. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within the field. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Ruth Illman
The Donner Institute

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Table of Content (Vol. 28)

EDITORIAL

The ethnic and religious future of Europe

RUTH ILLMAN, PETER NYNÄS, TUOMAS MARTIKAINEN

ARTICLES

The demographic factors that make Islam the world’s fastest-growing major religious group

CONRAD HACKETT, MICHAEL LIPKA

The NPW framework in future-oriented studies of cultural agency

MATTI KAMPPINEN

Legitimacy for some

FREDRIK PORTIN

Humanity and hospitality

RENÉ DAUSNER

Islam’s increased visibility in the European public sphere

DIDEM DOGANYILMAZ DUMAN

A critical discourse analysis of the media coverage of the migration crisis in Poland

JOANNA KROTOFIL, DOMINIKA MOTAK

Reconsidering the modern nation state in the Anthropocene

WARDAH ALKATIRI

From Yidishe khasene to civil marriage

MERCÉDESZ CZIMBALMOS

Income inequality and religion globally 1970–2050

JOSE NAVARRO, VEGARD SKIRBEKK

 

Chapter: Does European Islam Think? By Mohammed Hashas 2018

This may interest some of you.
 

“Does European Islam Think?” By Mohammed Hashas

Abstract:
In this chapter I present two major divergent lines of thought that read European Islam differently, though this difference has hardly been problematised and remarked before, nor has it been put face to face in a scholarly debate. This chapter then presents the views of two major scholars of Islam and Muslims in Europe: those of the French scholar Olivier Roy, and those of the Danish scholar Jørgen S. Nielsen. My own reading of European Islam makes me stand with the latter on his position: European Muslims are making their own theology; it is a pluralist theology in progress. It may even be inspiring to the Arab-Islamic world.
Mohammed Hashas, “Does European Islam Think?” In Niels Valdemar Vinding, Egdūnas Račius, and Jörn Thielmann, eds., Exploring the Multitude of Muslims in Europe: Essays in Honour of Jørgen S. Nielsen (Brill, 2018), pp. 35-49.
The chapter is attached as pdf

New Book: Asian Migrants and Religious Experience

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce the publication of our edited volume, Asian Migrants and Religious Experience. From Missionary Journeys to Labor Mobility, by Amsterdam University Press.

Bernardo Brown & Brenda Yeoh
Contributions by:
Arkotong Longkumer
Amanda Lucia
Kenneth Dean
Silvia Vignato
Bubbles Asor
Ester Gallo
Alexander Horstmann
Bernardo Brown
Brenda Yeoh
Jagath Pathirage
Weishan Huang
Janet Hoskins

Asian Migrants and Religious Experience

FROM MISSIONARY JOURNEYS TO LABOR MOBILIT

EDITED BY BERNARDO BROWN AND BRENDA S.A. YEOH

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

312 pages | 21 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Typically, scholars approach migrants’ religions as a safeguard of cultural identity, something that connects migrants to their communities of origin. This ethnographic anthology challenges that position by reframing the religious experiences of migrants as a transformative force capable of refashioning narratives of displacement into journeys of spiritual awakening and missionary calling. These essays explore migrants’ motivations in support of an argument that to travel inspires a search for new meaning in religion.


Bernardo E. Brown, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Society, Culture and Media
International Christian University

New book: Exploring the Multitude of Muslims in Europe – Essays in Honour of Jørgen S. Nielsen, Muslim Minorities, Volume 27, Brill Publishers

Dear friends and colleagues,

Allow me to share with you the news of the publication of Exploring the Multitude of Muslims in Europe – Essays in Honour of Jørgen S. Nielsen, Muslim Minorities Series, Volume 27, Brill Publishers.

In Exploring the Multitude of Muslims in Europe a number of friends and colleagues of Jørgen S. Nielsen’s have joined together to celebrate his life and work by reflecting his more than forty years of scholarly contributions to the study of Islam and Muslims in Europe. The fourteen articles move through conceptualisations, productions and explorations of the multitudes of Muslims in Europe, and the authors draw on Jørgen S. Nielsen’s own work on the history and challenges of the Muslim community in Europe, critical thinking, ethnicities and theologies of Muslims in Europe, Muslim minorities, Muslim-Christian relations, and on Islamic legal challenges in Europe. Contributors are: Samim Akgönül, Ahmet Alibašić, Naveed Baig, Safet Bektovic, Mohammed Hashas, Thomas Hoffmann, Hans Raun Iversen, Göran Larsson, Werner Menski, Egdūnas Račius, Lissi Rasmussen, Mathias Rohe, Emil B. H. Saggau, Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen, Thijl Sunier, and Niels Valdemar Vinding.

Brill have the Editor’s introductions available as a download from their website, as well with more information on the book:

https://brill.com/abstract/title/35678?rskey=hkypVm&result=1

And I have here a draft of my own chapter on ’Churchification of Islam in Europe,’ which Nielsen and others have considered from a number of perspectives:

https://www.academia.edu/36019922/Churchification_of_Islam_in_Europe

All the best,

Niels Valdemar Vinding <lbm993@hum.ku.dk>


New book on Islam in Tajikistan/Central Asia – Transforming Tajikistan: State-Building and Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new book on religious revival in Central Asia.
 
Transforming Tajikistan: State-Building and Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia
by Helene Thibault
This book demonstrates how Soviet structures in Tajikistan have been transformed into state structures, and how national identities are formed. Helene Thibault focuses on the differences between secular nationhood in Tajikistan, and an increasingly popular and influential `born-again’ Muslim identity. Featuring extensive and original primary-source material, including 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork, Thibault demonstrates the profound and lasting influence of Soviet power structures and attitudes, and how secular and religious identities clash when building a new state in the region.
Available here with 30% discount that I can provide to you. 

The Mainline in Late Modernity

Tradition and Innovation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Maren Freudenberg

In the last fifty years, religion in America has changed dramatically, and Mainline Protestantism is following suit. This book reveals a fundamental transformation taking place in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA is looking to postdenominational Christianity for inspiration on how to attract people to the pews, but is at the same time intent on preserving its confessional, liturgical tradition as much as possible in late modernity. As American religion grows increasingly experiential and individualistic, the ELCA is caught between its church heritage and a highly innovative culture that demands participative structures and a personal relationship with the divine. In the midst of this tension, the ELCA is deflating its church hierarchy and encouraging people to become involved in congregations on their own terms, while it continues to celebrate its confessional, liturgical identity. But can this balance between individual and institution be upheld in the long run? Or will the democratization and pluralization of the faith ultimately undermine the church? This book explores how the ELCA attempts to resist the forces of Americanization in late modernity even as it slowly but surely comes to resemble mainstream American religion more and more.

Repostings from the AASR: Calls for Papers, Book Announcements, and Job Openings.

Here are the latest event, book, and job announcements from the newsletter of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion

Click the links or visit https://www.aasr.org.au/january-2018/ for information.

Call for Papers

Islamic Ethics and the Trusteeship Paradigm: Interdisciplinary Explorations

Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean Conference 20-21st March 2018

Religion Area for the 9th Annual International Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand July 2-4, 2018

Disputing Religion and Politics Research: How Western/Eurocentric is its Agenda? Hamburg 24-26 August 2018

Populist politics and the minority voice: British Muslims, extremisms and inclusion 19 April 2018

Multiple Religious Identities – Individuals, Communities, Traditions
16th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) / IAHR Regional Conference, Bern 2018

Religions and Identities in the European Migration Crisis – Abstract deadline: January, 31

Post-global Religion, EASR conference 17-21 June in Bern

Academic Publications

Siddiqi, Bulbul (2018) Becoming ‘Good Muslim’: The Tablighi Jamaat in the UK and Bangladesh, Springer

Chakrabarti, Anindita (2018) Faith and Social Movements: Religious Reform in Contemporary India, published by Cambridge University Press

Knut A. Jacobsen (2018) Yoga in Modern Hinduism: Hariharānanda Āraṇya and Sāṃkhyayoga, Routeldge

Foroutan, Y. (2017), Muslim Minority of New Zealand in Global Context: Demographic Perspective, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 37 (4): 511-519.

Račius, Egdūnas (2018) Muslims in Eastern Europe, Edinburgh University Press

Academic Positions

Four Ph.D. research fellowships available at MF-Norwegian    School of Theology

Two vacancies as postdoc at MF-Norwegian School of Theology, with effect from 1st of September 2018

(Thanks to Dr Milad Milani)

Sociology of Exorcism in Late Modernity

http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319717722#aboutBook

This book provides a sociological understanding of the phenomenon of exorcism and an analysis of the reasons for its contemporary re-emergence and impact on various communities. It argues that exorcism has become a religious commodity with the potential to strengthen a religion’s attraction to adherents, whilst also ensuring its hold. It shows that due to intense competition between religious groups in our multi-faith societies, religious groups are now competing for authority over the supernatural by ‘branding’ their particular type of exorcism ritual in order to validate the strength of their own belief system. Sociology of Exorcism in Late Modernity features a detailed case-study of a Catholic exorcist in the south of Europe who dealt with more than 1,000 cases during a decade of work.

Giuseppe Giordan is Associate Professor of Sociology of Religion at the University of Padua, Italy.

Adam Possamai is Professor of Sociology and Director of Research at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University, Australia.