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.

New Book from Springer: Jewish Population and Identity

Jewish Population and Identity: Challenges and Trends 

DellaPergola, Sergio, Rebhun, Uzi (Eds.) Ed. Vol. 2018     

              

http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319774459

This book examines the fundamentals of Jewish demography and sociology around the world. It is not only concerned with documenting patterns of population change but also with an intriguing and ever-present issue like “Who is a Jew?” The latter transcends the limits of quantitative assessment and deeply delves into the nature, boundaries, and quality of group identification. A growing challenge is how to bridge between concept – related to ideals and theory – and reality – reflecting field research. Divided into six sections, the book discusses historical demography, immigration and settlement, population dynamics, social stratification and economy, family and Jewish identity in the U.S., and Jewish identity in Israel. The volume represents the dynamic and diverse nature of the study of world and local Jewish populations. It shows how that field of study provides an important contribution to the broader and now rapidly expanding study of religious and ethnic groups.

Scholars in disciplines such as history, geography, sociology, economics, political science, and especially demography follow and analyze the social and cultural patterns of Jews in different places around the globe, at various times, and from complementary perspectives. They make use of historical sources that have recently become accessible, utilize new censuses and surveys, and adopt advanced analytical methods. While some of their observations attest to consistency in the Jews’ demographic and identificational patterns, others evolve and ramify in new directions that reflect general processes in the areas and societies that Jews inhabit, internal changes within Jewish communities, and intergenerational trends in personal preferences of religious and ethnic orientations. This volume brings together contributions from scholars around the world and presents new and updated research and insights.

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

New Book from Springer: Jewish Medicine and Healthcare in Central Eastern Europe

Jewish Medicine and Healthcare in Central Eastern Europe: Shared Identities, Entangled Histories           

Moskalewicz, Marcin, Caumanns, Ute, Dross, Fritz (Eds.)  Ed. Vol. 2018  

https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319924793

Is ‘Jewish medicine’ a valid historical category? Does it represent a collective constituted by the interplay of medical, ethnic and religious cultures? Integrating academic disciplines from medical history to philology and Jewish studies, this book aims at answering this question historically by presenting  comprehensive coverage of Jewish medical traditions in Central Eastern Europe, mostly on what is today Poland and Germany (and the former Russian, Prussian and Austro-Hungarian Empires). In this significant zone of ethnic, religious and cultural interaction, Jewish, Polish, and German traditions and communities were more entangled, and identities were shared to an extent greater than anywhere else. Starting with early modern times and the Enlightenment, through the 19th century, up until the horrors of medicine in the ghettos and concentration camps, the book collects a variety of perspectives on the question of how Judaism and Jewish culture were dynamically related to medicine and healthcare. It discusses the Halachic traditions, hygiene-related stereotypes, the organization of healthcare within specified communities, academic careers, hybrid medical identities, and diversified medical practices.

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

New Book from Springer: Xenosophia and Religion

Xenosophia and Religion. Biographical and Statistical Paths for a Culture of Welcome 

Hans Streib & Constantin Klein   Ed. Vol. 2018      

http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319745633

This book documents the current polarization in Germany regarding the issue of refugee immigration. It presents quantitative estimates for both xenophobia and xenophilia in the German population, including short-time changes. The book suggests a conceptual change of perspectives. It focuses not only on the pathogenic model that accounts for outcomes such as xenophobia, Islamophobia and other forms of (inter-religious) prejudice, but on a salutogenic model. In the book’s view, the salutogenic model entails xenosophia: the wisdom, creativity and inspiration that emerges from the encounter with the strange and the strange religion. The book addresses individual dispositions, which may lead to xenophobia or xenosophia, and takes into account predictors such as religiosity, religious schemata, value preferences, tolerance of complexity, and violence legitimizing norms of masculinity. A selection of case studies present typical biographical trajectories toward xenosophia.

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

Book Launch

Dear All,

As a follow up of my book titled, In Diasporic Lands: Tibetan Refugees and their Transformation since the Exodus, with Orient BlackSwan, which got published this year 2018, I am having my  upcoming book launch on 22nd September in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Sharing  the programme and poster of the event. I am sending the link.
Sudeep
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Sudeep Basu Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Centre for Studies in Social Management,
School of Social Sciences,
Central University of Gujarat,
Sector – 29, Gandhinagar – 382030
Gujarat State, India.

Book Launch

Dear All,

As a follow up of my book titled, In Diasporic Lands: Tibetan Refugees and their Transformation since the Exodus, with Orient BlackSwan, which got published this year 2018, I am having my  upcoming book launch on 22nd September in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Sharing  the programme and poster of the event. I am sending the link.
Sudeep
***
Sudeep Basu Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Centre for Studies in Social Management,
School of Social Sciences,
Central University of Gujarat,
Sector – 29, Gandhinagar – 382030
Gujarat State, India.

THE IDEA OF EUROPEAN ISLAM, by Mohammed Hashas, Routledge 2019

Dears,
I am very happy to share with you my news; my new book is in print officially from today 07 September 2018: The Idea of European Islam: Religion, Ethics, Politics and Perpetual Modernity, Routledge Islamic Studies Series, © 2019, pp. 330.
The book is prefaced by professor Jocelyne Cesari, Georgetown University and University of Birmingham.
 
A  Preview of the book (the Introduction, and summaries of chapters) is here in pdf: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351604017
Review copy could be requested from here: http://pages.email.taylorandfrancis.com/review-copy-request

Reviews

Mohammed Hashas’s book points to ways to break away from essentialized and inverted perceptions of Islam and Muslims by focusing on the original thinking of European Muslim thinkers who are providing new theological responses to address the specifics of European Muslims, therefore taking a much needed distance from Middle Eastern and/or salafi religious discourses. His work discusses the specificity of European Islamic thinking and emphasizes the importance of considering it as seriously as we consider thinkers in the Middle East or Asia.

Jocelyne Cesari, Georgetown University and University of Birmingham

In this meticulous and frequently brilliant study of the ideas, practices and precedents of European Islam, Mohammed Hashas illuminates and engages intellectual landscapes at the intersection of geography, theology, philosophy and politics. This book deserves a wide readership. After the dust settles, and it always does, The Idea of European Islam will remain on bookshelves and syllabi for years to come.

Jonathan Laurence, Professor of Political Science, Boston College

In a serious effort to capture the contours and details of European Islam, Mohammed Hashas provides an engaging account of several Muslim thinkers in Europe. He provides a theory to discuss the content of Muslim moral philosophy, theology and politics in conversation with leading thinkers based in Europe and those outside the continent in a search for solutions. Provocative as well as engaging. Anyone interested in one of the most important questions regarding the future of Europe in an age of migration and technological acceleration will find this to be an important book.

Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA.

Thank you very much for sharing the news among the concerned in your contacts. Looking forward to reading the book’s scholarly reception!

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New Book: “Beyond Accommodation: Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians”

By Jennifer Selby, Amelie Barras and Lori G. Beaman

Problems – of integration, failed political participation, and requests for various kinds of accommodation – seem to dominate the research on minority Muslims in Western nations.Beyond Accommodation offers a different perspective, showing how Muslim Canadians successfully navigate and negotiate their religiosity. The authors critique the model of reasonable accommodation, suggesting that it disempowers religious minorities by implicitly privileging Christianity and by placing the onus on minorities to make formal requests for accommodation. Through interviews, Muslim Canadians show that informal negotiation takes place all the time; scholars, however, have not been paying attention. This book proposes an alternative picture of how religious difference is woven into the fabric of Canadian society.

As a special introductory offer, UBC is offering 40% off of the book to my friends and colleagues.

Order online at ubcpress.ca, and enter in the discount code 8283-40 at the checkout screen to receive 40% off the hardcover’s retail price.
This discount code will expire on November 30, 2018.

And, free shipping is applicable to all Canadian orders over $39.95 (before taxes).

If you should have any trouble with your order, please contract frontdesk@ubcpress.ca.