Call for Abstracts: Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society

Routledge International Handbook ofReligion in Global Society

Eds. Jayeel Serrano Cornelio (Ateneo de Manila), François Gauthier (Université de Fribourg), Tuomas Martikainen (Migration Institute of Finland) and Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University)

 

This is a Call for Abstracts to contribute to theRoutledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society (target publication: 2018).  We are particularly interested in contributions from early career scholars from around the world.

The study of religion is at a turning point, along with religion itself. This book will capitalise on the emergence of a new paradigm, which considers religion in the 21st century as globally interconnected and mediated by new geopolitical and market logics.

 

This volume will showcase new approaches toreligion, which work across boundaries of religioustradition, academic discipline, and region.

Please consider the following rationale for your proposed papers.

You may send your proposed title, abstract (no more than 500 words), name, and affiliation to Jayeel Cornelio (jcornelio@ateneo.edu) by July 15, 2017.

RATIONALE

The volume understands changes in religion since the 1980s as shaped by wider socio-political-cultural changes of the period.  The shift is from one dominated by modernist national-statist formations and alliances to one in which forces, institutions and ideologies of neoliberalism, consumerism, migration, and mediatisation have become major structuring vectors.  But at the same time we also see a pushback from anti-globalisation movements of right and left and a return to the nation and/or more locally based identities. Growing environmental concern and the concept of the Anthropocene add an additional element.   

This is how the handbook characterizes the contemporary state of global society.  As a result, ‘soft power’, including religion and competing forms of secularity and ‘no religion’, come to be central in new geopolitical configurations and contestations of power.  Recognizing these new configurations, this handbook will interrogate the past, present and futures of religion in global society. 

The handbook welcomes contributions approaching religion at different levels of society (whether local, regional, national, transnational) — the macro, meso and micro.  For example, chapters can focus on internal transformations that occur within religious institutions; on the changing nature of practices, belief, adherence, piety and devotion among individuals; or the changing role of religious organizations with respect to politics, the economy and other social institutions.  Some contributions may discuss how religious movements are taking on global issues. Others will take a theoretical perspective and try to make sense of the current situation, even when this requires rethinking existing theories and concepts.

The handbook is multidisciplinary in approach and organized according to the following themes.  We invite contributions from scholars around the world, particularly those who are in their early careers.  Our aim is to make this handbook the first to go beyond Western-centric appraisals, and present a truly global portrait. Contributions dealing with dynamics around the world are therefore solicited.

The following topics are indicative only, and will change in response to submissions. 

A.  CONTEXT

1.  Introduction: a new approach   

2.  Theorising religion in a global context 

3.  Global demographics of religion

4.  Globalization and the national   

5.  Rethinking religious traditions  

6.  Authority and individualization

B.  INDIVIDUALS, IDENTITY, and INTIMACIES

7.  Generations         

8.  Religion, sex, family and gender

9.  Intimacy   

10.  Global classes    

11.  Religion and identities

C.  MARKETS, MEDIA, and CULTURES

12.  Branding religion          

13.  Merchandising religion

14.  Digital religion   

15.  Popular culture 

16.  Religion and fashion

D.  MOBILITY AND MIGRATION

13.  International migration and mobility 

14.  Missionaries and traveling gurus       

15.  Transnationalism and diasporas        

16.  Migrant religious settlements 

17.  Pilgrimage and religious tourism

E.  COMMUNITIES and MOVEMENTS

18.  Moderates versus fundamentalists    

19.  The shape of religious organizations  

20.  Networks and virtual communities    

21. Religious spectacle, pilgrimage and festivals  

22.  Global subcultures        

23.  Religion and science

 

F.  POLITICS, THE STATE and INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

24.  Secularism and the post-secular         

25.  State governance of religion    

26.  Religion and civil society          

27.  Radicalization, securitization and terrorism  

28.  Religion and law           

29.  Religion and supranational organizations     

30.  Religion and populism

G.  GOVERNANCE AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS

31.  Governance of religious diversity       

32.  Religion and education

33.  Religious freedom         

34.  Religion and development       

35.  Religion, peace and violence    

36.  Religion in international relations      

37.  Religion and the environment

Book Announcment: Islam, State and Modernity: Mohammed Abed al-Jabri and the Future of the Arab World

Islam, State and Modernity: Mohammed Abed al-Jabri and the Future of the Arab World, Palgrave, Middle East Today Series, 2017. Co-edited with Zaid Eyadat (Jordan) and Francesca Corrao (Rome):
 
This is the first work in English that examines the work of the influential Moroccan philosopher al-Jabri (d. 2010) – known by his magnum opus Critique of Arab Reason in four volumes – in the Arab-Islamic world. 
 
The book, which includes 13 chapters and a critical introduction, will be out in June 2017.
 
About this book:
 
This book offers the first comprehensive introduction to one of the most significant Arab thinkers of the late 20th century and the early 21st century: the Moroccan philosopher and social theorist Mohammed Abed al-Jabri. With his intellectual and political engagement, al-Jabri has influenced the development of a modern reading of the Islamic tradition in the broad Arab-Islamic world and has been, in recent years, subject to an increasing interest among Muslims and non-Muslim scholars, social activists and lay men. The contributors to this volume read al-Jabri with reference to prominent past Arab-Muslim scholars, such as Ibn Rushd, al-Ghazali, al-Shatibi, and Ibn Khaldun, as well as contemporary Arab philosophers, like Hassan Hanafi, Abdellah Laroui, George Tarabishi, Taha Abderrahmane; they engage with various aspects of his intellectual project, and trace his influence in non-Arab-Islamic lands, like Indonesia, as well. His analysis of Arab thought since the 1970s as a harbinger analysis of the ongoing “Arab Spring uprising” remains relevant for today’s political challenges in the region.
 
 
Reviews:
 
“Al-Jabri left no one indifferent; intellectuals throughout the Arab world were passionately either for or against him. His oeuvre offers several original insights which are just beginning to be assessed with some degree of objectivity. The present volume is the first publication in English to offer such assessments in a number of articles by specialists focusing on various aspects of one of the most original and multifaceted Arab philosopher and intellectual of our time.” 
(Abdou Filali-Ansary, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Aga Khan University, London, UK) 
 
“This book celebrates a remarkable, but insufficiently recognized Muslim thinker. All those who claim that Islam lacks both reason and philosophy are refuted by al-Jabri’s work. Rooted in the great Islamic philosophical tradition, al-Jabri also is a herald of democratic renewal in our time.” 
(Fred R. Dallmayr, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, USA)
 
 “These informative and thoughtful articles offer a critical assessment of a most influential and controversial Arab thinker of the late 20th century. Praised by some for his historicist, archaeological analysis of Arab intellectual legacy, and appreciated by others for his work toward an immanent Arab rationality, al-Jabiri was also criticized for his essentialist and reductionist conclusions. A timely and valuable contribution to a necessary discussion of his work.” 
(Elizabeth S. Kassab, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar)
 
 
Editors:
 
Zaid Eyadat is Professor of Political Science at the University of Jordan.
Francesca M. Corrao is Professor of Arab-Islamic Studies at LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome, Italy.
Mohammed Hashas is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome, Italy.
 
 

Book Announcement: Religion and Superdiversity

Book Announcement: A New Issue of Sociology of Islam Journal 2017 Volume 5 Issue 1

A New Issue of Sociology of Islam Journal 2017 Volume 5 Issue 1

Editors-in-Chief 

Gary Wood, Virginia Tech
Tugrul Keskin, Shanghai University

Assistant Editors
Sara Swetzoff, Howard University
Michael McCall, American University of Beirut

Associate Editors
Joshua Hendrick, Loyola University of Maryland
Isabel David, University of Lisbon
Mark Gould, Haverford College
Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut
Sean Foley, Middle Tennessee State University

Book Reviews Editor:
Joshua Hendrick, Loyola University of Maryland

Research Article

Multivocality in Shia Seminary

Research Article

Hair: Practices and Symbolism in Traditional Muslim Societies

Research Article

Navigating the Cultural Divide: Islam, Gender, and the Integration of Somali Immigrants

Book Review

Inside the Muslim Brotherhood: Religion, Identity, and Politics, written by Khalil al-Anani

Book Review

On British Islam: Religion, Law, and Everyday Practice in Shari’a Councils, written by Bowen, John R.

Book Review

For Love of the Prophet: An Ethnography of Sudan’s Islamic State, written bySalomon, Noah

Call For Book Proposals: Religion and the Social Order

A Book Series from Brill Academic Publishers and the Association for the Sociology of Religion

We are now seeking book proposals for Religion And The Social Order book series. The series was initiated by the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), which is an international scholarly association that seeks to advance theory and research in the sociology of religion. The aim of Religion and the Social Order (RESO) is to publish edited volumes or single topic monographs that center around a particular set of current interests within the sociology of religion. It specifically aims to advance theory and research within this field of study. The series seeks to publish at least one volume per year. Under the auspices of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, RESO has been published by Brill since 2004 and under the General Editorship of Inger Furseth since 2016.  Please view the full Call For Proposals and find out more about the Manuscript Proposal Guidelines.

Book Announcement: Pentecostals and the Body

New Book in the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion Series –

Michael Wilkinson and Peter Althouse, eds. 2017. Pentecostals and the Body. Leiden, Brill.

The intersection of religion, ritual, emotion, globalization, migration, sexuality, gender, race, and class, is especially insightful for researching Pentecostal notions of the body. Pentecostalism is well known for overt bodily expressions that include kinesthetic worship with emotive music and sustained acts of prayer. Among Pentecostals, there is considerable debate about bodies, the role of the Holy Spirit, possession of evil spirits, deliverance, exorcism, revival, and healing of bodies and emotions. Pentecostalism is identified as a religion on the move and so bodies are transformed in the context of globalization. Pentecostalism is also associated with notions of sexuality, gender, race, and class where bodies are often liberated and limited. This volume evaluates these themes associated with contemporary research on the body.

Book Announcement: Pentecostals and the Body

New Book in the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion Series –

Michael Wilkinson and Peter Althouse, eds. 2017. Pentecostals and the Body. Leiden, Brill.

The intersection of religion, ritual, emotion, globalization, migration, sexuality, gender, race, and class, is especially insightful for researching Pentecostal notions of the body. Pentecostalism is well known for overt bodily expressions that include kinesthetic worship with emotive music and sustained acts of prayer. Among Pentecostals, there is considerable debate about bodies, the role of the Holy Spirit, possession of evil spirits, deliverance, exorcism, revival, and healing of bodies and emotions. Pentecostalism is identified as a religion on the move and so bodies are transformed in the context of globalization. Pentecostalism is also associated with notions of sexuality, gender, race, and class where bodies are often liberated and limited. This volume evaluates these themes associated with contemporary research on the body.

Publication Announcement: Approaching Religion Vol. 7/1 (April, 2017)

Approaching Religion

Available April 2017

Theme: Interreligious dialogue in Asia
Guest Editor: Professor Lionel Obadia

AR is an open access journal published by the Donner Institute. Its
purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to
offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within these
fields. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review.

Approaching Religion
Vol 7, No 1 (2017)

Table of Contents

Editorial

Religious diversity (1)
Lionel Obadia & Ruth Illman

Review article

Comparing ‘religious diversities’. Looking Eastward: (Asia) beyond the
West (2-9)
Lionel Obadia

Articles

Diversity and elite religiosity in modern China. A model (10-20)
Vincent Goossaert

Religious diversity and patrimonialization. A case study of the Nianli
Festival in Leizhou Peninsula, China (21-31)
Shanshan Zheng

Traditional and modern crossing process exchange in a Buddhist-Muslim
society. Case studied: Zangskar valley in the great Indian Himalayas (32-45)
Salomé Deboos

Becoming Christians. Prayers and subject formation in an urban church in
China (46-54)
Jianbo Huang & Mengyin Hu

Dr Ruth Illman /Dr. Ruth Illman
Föreståndare, Donnerska institutet /Director, the Donner Institute
Docent i religionsvetenskap, Åbo Akademi/ Docent of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University

Publication Announcement: Approaching Religion Vol. 7/1 (April, 2017)

Approaching Religion

Available April 2017

Theme: Interreligious dialogue in Asia
Guest Editor: Professor Lionel Obadia

AR is an open access journal published by the Donner Institute. Its
purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to
offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within these
fields. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review.

Approaching Religion
Vol 7, No 1 (2017)

Table of Contents

Editorial

Religious diversity (1)
Lionel Obadia & Ruth Illman

Review article

Comparing ‘religious diversities’. Looking Eastward: (Asia) beyond the
West (2-9)
Lionel Obadia

Articles

Diversity and elite religiosity in modern China. A model (10-20)
Vincent Goossaert

Religious diversity and patrimonialization. A case study of the Nianli
Festival in Leizhou Peninsula, China (21-31)
Shanshan Zheng

Traditional and modern crossing process exchange in a Buddhist-Muslim
society. Case studied: Zangskar valley in the great Indian Himalayas (32-45)
Salomé Deboos

Becoming Christians. Prayers and subject formation in an urban church in
China (46-54)
Jianbo Huang & Mengyin Hu

Dr Ruth Illman /Dr. Ruth Illman
Föreståndare, Donnerska institutet /Director, the Donner Institute
Docent i religionsvetenskap, Åbo Akademi/ Docent of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University