New Book: Global Trajectories of Brazilian Religion

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are delighted to announce the publication of our book – Global Trajectories of Brazilian Religion – Lusospheres (Bloomsbury, 2019)

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/global-trajectories-of-brazilian-religion-9781350072077/

In this edited volume we show how Brazil is imagined and re-created as an authentic, spiritual, and sensual place that functions as the center for various global religions. To understand the new cross-fertilizations between religion, life-style, tourism and migration, we introduce the notion of ‘Lusospheres’, a term that refers to the historical Portuguese colonial reach, yet signals the contemporary modes of cultural interaction in a different geo-political age.

Here is the link to the Introductory Chapter:  https://bloomsburycp3.codemantra.com/viewer/5d89ed94fa4f8c0001d35d5c

Please write the authors to get a flyer for a 35% discount.

With all good wishes,

Martijn Oosterbaan — m.oosterbaan@uu.nl
Linda van de Kamp  — L.J.vandeKamp@uva.nl
Joana Bahia — joana.bahia@gmail.com

Call for book proposals

Bloomsbury welcomes book proposals for Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion, edited by Birgit Meyer (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands), David Morgan (Duke University, USA), Crispin Paine (UCL, UK), S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College, USA), and Amy Whitehead (Bath Spa University, UK).

    • This is the first book series dedicated exclusively to studies in material religion. Within the field of lived religion, the series is concerned with the material things with which people do religion, and how these things – objects, buildings, landscapes – relate to people, their bodies, clothes, food, actions, thoughts and emotions. The series engages and advances theories in ‘sensuous’ and ‘experiential’ religion, as well as informing museum practices and influencing wider cultural understandings with relation to religious objects and performances. Books in the series are at the cutting edge of debates as well as developments in fields including religious studies, anthropology, museum studies, art history, and material culture studies.
    • Forthcoming titles: Christianity and the Limits of Materiality,Minna Opas and Anna Haapalainen (University of Turku, Finland) Materiality, Practice, and Performance at Sacred Sites in India and Pakistan, Navtej K. Purewal (SOAS, University of London, UK) and Virinder S. Kalra (University of Manchester, UK) Food, Festival and Religion, Francesca Ciancimino Howell (Naropa University, USA) Museums of World Religions, Charles Orzech (University of Glasgow, UK).

    Please send initial enquiries to Amy Whitehead, Managing Editor (a.whitehead@yahoo.com) or Lalle Pursglove, Senior Commissioning Editor (Lalle.Pursglove@bloomsbury.com).

    New Book: “Essays on Secularism and Multiculturalism” by Tariq Modood

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    Whether the recently settled religious minorities, Muslims, in particular, can be accommodated as religious groups in European countries has become a central political question and threatens to create long-term fault lines. In this collection of essays Tariq Modood argues that to grasp the nature of the problem we have to see how Muslims have become a target of a cultural racism, Islamophobia. Yet, the problem is not just one of anti-racism but of an understanding of multicultural citizenship, of how minority identities, including those formed by race, ethnicity and religion, can be incorporated into national identities so all can have a sense of belonging together. This means that the tendency amongst some to exclude religious identities from public institutions and the re-making of national identities has to be challenged. Modood suggests that this can be done in a principled yet pragmatic way by drawing on Western Europe’s moderate political secularism and eschewing forms of secularism that offer religious groups a second-class citizenship.

    Rowman & Littlefield, 2019

    30% Off with Discount Code

    New E-Book: “The Fourth Secularisation” by Luigi Berzano

    The Fourth Secularisation: Autonomy of Individual Lifestyles, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

    Routledge Focus, 2019, 82 pages

    Table of Contents

    • Introduction
    • 1 From a single style to multiple styles
    • 2 Spiritual revolution: Multiplication of forms
    • 3 The fourth secularisation
    • 4 Sense of religion in the secular age

    Description

    • This book examines recent forms of secularisation to demonstrate that we are now witnessing a “fourth secularisation”: the autonomy of lifestyles. After introducing two initial secularising movements, from mythos to Logos and from Logos to Christianity, the book sets out how from Max Weber onwards a third movement emerged that practised the autonomy of science. More recently, daily life radicalises Weber’s secularisation and its scope has spread out to include autonomy of individual practices, which has given rise to this fourth iteration.
    • The book outlines these first three forms of secularisation and then analyses the fourth secularisation in depth, identifying its three main dimensions: the de-institutionalisation of the religious lifestyle; the individualisation of faith; and the development of new social forms in the religious field. These areas of religious practice are shown to be multiplying partly as a result of the general aestheticization of society. Individuals, therefore, aspire to personal styles of life with regard to beliefs and the choice of their own religious practices.
    • This book will be of great use to scholars of religious studies, secularisation and the sociology of religion.

    https://www.routledge.com/The-Fourth-Secularisation-Autonomy-of-Individual-Lifestyles-1stEdition/Berzano/p/book/9780367260682

    New Book: The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity

    1st Edition
    Edited by Justin Beaumont

    https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Han…/…/9781138234147

    The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

    The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity offers an internationally significant and comprehensive interdisciplinary collection which provides a series of critical reviews of the current state of the art and future trends in philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual terms. The volume likewise presents a range of empirical knowledges and engagements with postsecularity. A critical yet sympathetic dialogue across disciplinary divides in an international context ensures that the volume covers a wide and interrelated intellectual and geographical scope.

    The editor’s introduction with Klaus Eder offers a robust foundation for the volume, setting out the central aims and objectives, the rationale for the contributions, and an outline of the structure. Thorny issues of normativity and empirical challenges are highlighted for the reader. The handbook comprises four interrelated sections. Part I: Philosophical meditations discusses postsecularity from philosophical standpoints, and Part II: Theological perspectives presents contributions from a variety of theological viewpoints. Part III: Theory, space, social relations contains pieces from geography, planning, sociology, and religious studies that delve into theoretically informed empirical implications of postsecularity. Part IV: Political and social engagement offers chapters that emphasize the political and social implications of the debate. In the Afterword, Eduardo Mendieta joins the editor toreflect on the notion of reflexive secularization across the volume as a whole, alluding to new lines of inquiry.

    The handbook is an invaluable guide for graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching, and a key reference for students and scholars of human geography, sociology, political science, applied philosophy, urban and public theology, planning, and urban studies.

    ‘This is an exceptionally strong collection examining one of the defining issues of our era. Readers will find it both broadens and deepens their thinking about changing roles of religion and secularism in contemporary society.’ – Craig Calhoun, Professor of Social Sciences, Arizona State University, USA

    ‘It is increasingly clear that what comes after postmodernity is not really the vaguely defined neo-modern, which is little more than a wave of nostalgia, but rather the post-secular, which is also a more genuine post-modern. It manifests itself variously as the challenge of other non-secular cultures, of the pre-modern and alternatively modern west, of the extra-human and the unavoidably metaphysical. This fine collection well represents this variety in both its disparity and its aspects of unity.’ – John Milbank, Emeritus Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics, University of Nottingham, UK

    Recently Published Books on Swaminarayan Hinduism

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am pleased to announce three recently published books on Swaminarayan Hinduism:

    An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (3rdedition) by Raymond Brady Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

    <https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/religion/buddhism-and-eastern-religions/introduction-swaminarayan-hinduism-3rd-edition?format=PB&isbn=9781108431514>

    An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology by Sadhu Paramtattvadas (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

    https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/religion/buddhism-and-eastern-religions/introduction-swaminarayan-hindu-theology?format=PB>

    Swaminarayan Hinduism: Tradition, Adaptation and Identity edited by Raymond Brady Williams and Yogi Trivedi (Oxford University Press, 2016)

    https://global.oup.com/academic/product/swaminarayan-hinduism-9780199463749?q=Swaminarayan%20hinduism&lang=en&cc=us>

    Raymond Brady Williams

    LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities emeritus

    Wabash College

    Open-Access Book: “Glocal Religions”, ed by Victor Roudometof

    Glocal Religions

    Glocal Religions
    Victor Roudometof (Ed.)

    Pages: 152
    Published: October 2018

    The globalization of the world’s religions leads to a variety of fusions whereby local elements blend with global religions, leading to hybrid local-global or glocal religious forms. Glocal forms of religion provide a hitherto insufficiently explored research agenda with the potential of further growth in the future. This volume introduces the basic tenets of this research agenda and offers examples from around the globe. In the volume’s individual chapters, authors explore a diverse tapestry of such forms that cover cases from the Caribbean, Japan, Finland, Eastern Europe, US, Korea, Southeast Asia and Central America. Glocal forms of religious expression exist across diverse religious traditions. In this volume, religious traditions specifically explored include Buddhism, Hinduism, folk or traditional religions, Eastern Orthodox Christianity & Protestantism. The study of glocal religions involves a trans-disciplinary group of scholars and researchers. In this volume, contributions come from the fields of sociology, archaeology, anthropology, history and religious studies. This collection is an indispensable reader for scholars and students who wish to explore the dynamics of glocal religion in their part of the world

    (This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue Glocal Religions that was published in Religions)

    Download PDF

    ISBN 978-3-03897-316-4 (Pbk); ISBN 978-3-03897-317-1 (PDF)
    https://doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03897-317-1 (registering DOI)
    © 2018 MDPI; under CC BY-NC-ND license

    New Book: Governing Islam Abroad

    Governing Islam Abroad: Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in Western Europe

    Bruce Benjamin

    2018, Palgrave Macmillan

    About the book

    From sending imams abroad to financing mosques and Islamic associations, home states play a key role in governing Islam in Western Europe.  Drawing on over one hundred interviews and years of fieldwork, this book employs a comparative perspective that analyzes the foreign religious activities of the two home states with the largest diaspora populations in Europe: Turkey and Morocco. The research shows how these states use religion to promote ties with their citizens and their descendants abroad while also seeking to maintain control over the forms of Islam that develop within the diaspora. The author identifies and explains the internal and foreign political interests that have motivated state actors on both sides of the Mediterranean, ultimately arguing that interstate cooperation in religious affairs has and will continue to have a structural influence on the evolution of Islam in Western Europe.

    Reviews

    “Governing Islam Abroad is an authoritative guide to the nuances of transnational religious cooperation. Bruce uses extensive fieldwork to offer a multi-dimensional view of sending states and receiving states. It is a thought-provoking contribution to the debate over what constitutes a country of origin.”

    Jonathan Laurence, Professor of Political Science, Boston College, USA

    “Winner of the Rémy Leveau prize, this study provides a remarkable comparison of the public management of Islam abroad between Turkey, Germany, Morocco and France. Bruce’s exceptional work explores the implications of this new kind of foreign policy and migratory diplomacy, opening up new paths for research in comparative politics and on theories of public governance beyond borders.”

    Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, CNRS Senior Researcher Emeritus, CERI, Sciences Po, France

    Link: https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319786636

    New Book from Springer: New Developments in the Cognitive Science of Religion

    New Developments in the Cognitive Science of Religion: The Rationality of Religious Belief

    Van Eyghen, Peels, van den Brink Ed. Vol. 2018 

    https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319902388

    It is widely thought that the cognitive science of religion (CSR) may have a bearing on the epistemic status of religious beliefs and on other topics in philosophy of religion. Epistemologists have used theories from CSR to argue both for and against the rationality of religious beliefs, or they have claimed that CSR is neutral vis-à-vis the epistemic status of religious belief. However, since CSR is a rapidly evolving discipline, a great deal of earlier research on the topic has become dated. Furthermore, most of the debate on the epistemic consequences of CSR has not taken into account insights from the philosophy of science, such as explanatory pluralism and explanatory levels. This volume overcomes these deficiencies.

    This volume brings together new philosophical reflection on CSR. It examines the influence of CSR theories on the epistemic status of religious beliefs; it discusses its impact on philosophy of religion; and it offers new insights for CSR. The book addresses the question of whether or not the plurality of theories in CSR makes epistemic conclusions about religious belief unwarranted. It also explores the impact of CSR on other topics in philosophy of religion like the cognitive consequences of sin and naturalism. Finally, the book investigates what the main theories in CSR aim to explain, and addresses the strengths and weaknesses of CSR.

    ISA-RC22 thanks Springer for supporting our Varga Prize for New Generation Scholars.