Don Yoder and William A. Wilson Paper Prizes–Call for Submissions

Don Yoder Graduate and William A. Wilson Undergraduate Paper Prizes–Call for Submissions

The Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section of the American Folklore Society invites submissions for TWO student prizes: The Don Yoder Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper in Folk Belief or Religious Folklife, with an honorarium of $500; and NOW a second prize, the William A. Wilson Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Undergraduate Paper Prize; with an honorarium of $250.

Submissions: All research papers by undergraduate or graduate students, in English, written after January 1 of the previous year (e.g., January 1, 2013 for the 2014 Prize), published or unpublished at the time of submission, and written on a folk belief or religious folklife topic, broadly construed, are eligible.

Interested applicants must submit the following materials for consideration: 1. A cover letter specifying the date when the paper was written; the conference, colloquium, or course where the paper has been or will be submitted; or the publication in which it will be published. 2. Entries must be fully footnoted for a reading audience, using Journal of American Folklore citation style. 3. Electronic submissions are preferred, sent to the address below; however, if submitted by mail, please send three copies of the paper, which should be a minimum of 8 pages, and a maximum of 40 pages, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. PLEASE NOTE: To ensure blind judgment of papers, please remove the author’s name from the paper. 4. A short (100-word) biographical statement about the author, including the author’s current graduate or undergraduate status, and about the research. 5. A letter or e-mail from a faculty sponsor endorsing submission of the paper.

Deadline: The online and postmark deadline for submissions is September 15. Any materials received after this deadline will not be considered.

Electronic submissions of papers are preferred; papers and supporting documents should be sent as Microsoft Word document attachments or pdf. Printed copies may be sent to the address below; please do not submit faxed items.

Confirmation of receipt for electronic submissions will be sent. One submission per person, please. Previous winners of the Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Student Prizes are not eligible; except for winners of the undergraduate student prize, who may later submit a new research paper for the Don Yoder Prize. The papers will be evaluated by three judges who are members of both the American Folklore Society and the Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section. The winner will be announced at the Section’s business meeting at the Society’s annual meeting.

Application materials should be sent to:

Leonard Norman Primiano

Professor and Chair
Department of Religious Studies
Cabrini College
610 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087 USA
E-mail: primiano

Section conveners are:

Maggie Kruesi
American Folklife Center
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540-4610 USA
E-mail: mkru

Leonard Norman Primiano
Department of Religious Studies
Cabrini College
610 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087 USA
E-mail: primiano

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New book by Phillip Connor – Immigrant Faith: Patterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States…

Book Title

Amazon / B&N / NYU Press /
NYU Bookstore

Immigrant Faith
Patterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe

Phillip Connor

192 p., 3 figures, 23 tables | $22.00 Paper

"With Immigrant Faith, Phillip Connor establishes himself as a leading scholar of immigrant religion, bringing together a vast amount of data, expertly analyzing it, and providing a succinct summary of the important patterns. I am especially impressed with the book’s scope and clarity."
—Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University

E-book also available.


Immigrant Faith examines trends and patterns relating to religion in the lives of immigrants. The volume moves beyond specific studies of particular faiths in particular immigrant destinations to present the religious lives of immigrants in the United States, Canada, and Europe on a broad scale.

Religion is not merely one aspect among many in immigrant lives. Immigrant faith affects daily interactions, shapes the future of immigrants in their destination society, and influences society beyond the immigrants themselves. In other words, to understand immigrants, one must understand their faith.

Drawing on census data and other surveys, including data sources from several countries and statistical data from thousands of immigrant interviews, the volume provides a concise overview of immigrant religion. It sheds light on whether religion shapes the choice of destination for migrants, if immigrants are more or less religious after migrating, if religious immigrants have an easier adjustment, or if religious migrants tend to fare better or worse economically than non-religious migrants.

Immigrant Faith covers demographic trends from initial migration to settlement to the transmission of faith to the second generation. It offers the perfect introduction to big picture patterns of immigrant religion for scholars and students, as well as religious leaders and policy makers.


Phillip Connor is a research associate at the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.

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2015 Peter B. Clarke Memorial Prize

2015 Peter B. Clarke Memorial Prize

British Sociological Association

Sociology of Religion Study Group

The BSA Socrel Study Group invites essay submissions on any aspect of contemporary religion addressed from a sociological perspective.

Final Deadline: 31 December, 2014

The Winner of the Prize will receive:

- A cheque for £100 (sponsored by Taylor & Francis)

- A £50 voucher for books from Taylor & Francis (sponsored by Routledge)

- A year’s subscription to the Journal of Contemporary Religion

- An opportunity to get published in the Journal of Contemporary Religion (subject to the JCR’s normal peer review)

- A second prize cheque for £50, if the judges decide that there is a runner-up (sponsored by Taylor & Francis)

Submission Details:

- The essay should be between 5000 and 7000 words, including footnotes and bibliography, and must not be available in print/electronic format or submitted for publication elsewhere.

- The essay should be sole authored, written in English and submitted as a single MS Word document attachment, including bibliography and cover sheet. Failure to incorporate the cover sheet will render disqualification.

- Submitting authors must follow the JCR style guide, and the winning essay must be submitted to the JCR within 3 months of being awarded.

- Submitting authors must be a member of Socrel to enter.

- Application forms and further details are available from the study group website

- Please forward electronic submission with cover sheet downloaded from the study group website to Alp Arat (aratalp).

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Journal of Contemporary Religion – Call for Papers for Special Issue on Religious Cultures and Gender Cultures

Call for Papers
What is different about gender across religious cultures?

In social scientific approaches, religion is predominantly examined as an important source of hegemonic cultural beliefs: religion is conceived as a key factor in shaping gender arrangements and beliefs, for example, religious doctrines that legitimate the unequal treatment of women and the control of women’s sexuality or women’s access to the public domain. This focus dominates particularly the analysis of religions that include a particular body of law, such as halacha in Judaism or shari’a in Islam; religion is envisioned here as a cultural frame that prefigures the whole conduct and purpose of life as an asymmetric, gendered institution.

While religion is exclusively understood as a kind of cultural factor in these approaches, bound to traditional gender images, often viewed as ‘anti-modern’ and ‘backward’, we introduce religion in this call for papers instead as a variable that is contingent on culture itself. We suggest that religion be understood as a social sphere that mirrors cultural beliefs and (gender) codes like any other social field. In other words, we suppose that religion(s), gender beliefs in religion(s) and the social practices of religious actors vary according to social context, time and place. Consequently, the focus of this call is on the effects of the cultural construction of gender within the religious sphere in different societies and regions at various times—so that the analytical focus is on multiple religious settings, their cultural frames and how they shape gendered action and thinking in the religious field.

Following Ann Swidler’s understanding, wnate assume culture to be a structured set of symbolic representations and basic codes of meaning that shape social orientation, action and experience. In other words, culture is defined as the publicly available set of symbolic forms through which people express and experience meaning and through which modes of behavior and outlook within a community are shared. This includes the religious field and its various forms of social organization. As a result, religion mirrors the prior symbolic horizon of culture and its institutional crystallization, for example, notions of justice, equality or community. Through this approach, it will be possible to narrow down culture’s causal significance for gender inequality in multiple religious contexts and societies, including the directions into which religious gender relations are shifting in times of transition and crises or as a result of globalization and transnationalization. Besides, it will also be possible to explore religion’s emancipatory potential.

Against this background, we invite colleagues from the sociology of religion and other social sciences to submit abstracts for theoretical and empirically based articles, with individual case studies that focus on the intersection of gender, religion and culture and deal with the question: what is different about gender relations across religious cultures?

Articles on the following topics are particularly welcome:

● the relevance of culture for gender relations and beliefs in varying religious traditions such as Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, etc. and against different societal backgrounds (including migrant contexts);

● the way gender cultures and institutions structure beliefs and practices in the religious sphere and its forms of social organization, and the way these are negotiated, debated and re-organized in different cultural contexts, not only in Western-European societies, but also in Asia, Africa, Latin America etc.;

● the relevance of cultural constraints in regards to questions of women’s participation and leadership in religion at various societal levels (local, regional, national, transnational, global);

● the influence of socio-cultural change on gender relations in the religious sphere within the context of crisis and conflict or against the background of socio-historical, political, economic and other forms of transformation.

Instructions to authors and deadlines:

Please submit an outline abstract of about 500 words (plus bibliographical references; in .doc and .pdf format) by 15 October 2014 to both heidemarie.winkel and elisabeth.arweck, outlining the following:

• Title of proposed paper
• Contributing author/s and contact details
• Significance and importance of the research question
• Key concepts, research framework, aim and methodology

If provisionally accepted, full papers are to be submitted by April 2015 for review in line with JCRguidelines. Submission of an abstract does not guarantee publication. Submitted papers will go through the journal’s usual peer-review process. Authors will not receive any payment upon publication.

Call for Articles – Religious Cultues & Gender Cultures.pdf

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New Book – Islam and Development: Exploring the Invisible Aid Economy

Islam and Development

Exploring the Invisible Aid Economy

Edited by Matthew Clarke, Deakin University, Australia and David Tittensor, Deakin University, Australia

· The study of Islam since the advent of 9/11 has made a significant resurgence. However, much of the work produced since then has tended to focus on the movements that not only provide aid to their fellow Muslims, but also have political and at times violent agendas. This tendency has led to a dearth of research on the wider Muslim aid and development scene.

Focusing on the role and impact of Islam and Islamic FBOs, an arena that has come to be regarded by some as the ‘invisible aid economy’, Islam and Development considers Islamic theology and its application to development and how Islamic teaching is actualized in case studies of Muslim FBOs. It brings together contributions from the disciplines of theology, sociology, politics and economics, aiming both to raise awareness and to function as a corrective step within the development studies literature.

· Contents: Introduction: the invisible aid sector, David Tittensor and Matthew Clarke. Part I Islam in Development: Zakat and poverty in Islam, Jan A. Ali; The changing nature of Islamic mission: the cases of Tablighi Jama’at and the Gülen Movement, David Tittensor; Islamic international aid flows for poverty alleviation, Matthew Clarke; Development by Muslims, with Muslims and among Muslims: prospects and challenges for Christian aid agencies, Peter Riddell; Riba-free finance and zakat-induced economic aid: the political economy of two developmental initiatives in the Muslim world, Ameer Ali. Part II Islam in Practice: Applying Islamic finance principles to microfinance, Aimatul Yumna; Mobile phones and religion: the case of women micro-entrepreneurs in a religious community in Indonesia, Misita Anwar and Graeme Johanson; Religion and post-disaster development, Ismet Fanany and Rebecca Fanany; Piety, gender relations and Muslim women’s empowerment: the case of Islamic NGOs in Bangladesh, Mohammed Musfequs Salehin. Conclusion: invisible aid: Islam, Muslim NGOs and development, Matthew Clarke, Gerhard Hoffstaedter and David Tittensor; Index.

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The Journal of Global Buddhism (JGB): Vacant position of copy editor

The Journal of Global Buddhism (JGB): Vacant position of copy editor

The Journal of Global Buddhism <>, an academic,
peer-reviewed, on-line journal, is searching for a new copy editor. We
invite applications from scholars of Buddhism and people generally
interested in the subject. The copy editor proofreads and polishes all
articles and book reviews for the journal.

A copy editor for the JGB should have a good academic knowledge of
Buddhism, a strong command of academic English, and some experience
with editing manuscripts. Previous experience with copy editing is
certainly useful, though not necessarily required. As the JGB is a
non-commercial journal, free for all, we are happy to provide an
inspiring team and an academic environment—but, unfortunately, no
(worldly) money.

Applications for this position should be sent to the general editor, Martin Baumann <martin.baumann>.

Thanks for your interest,

Martin Baumann, Cristina Rocha and Jovan Maud (editors)

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Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond

Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond Edited by Paul Bramadat and Lorne Dawson 2014, University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division


After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, those in London and Madrid, and the arrest of the “Toronto 18,” Canadians have changed how they think about terrorism and security. As governments respond to the potential threat of homegrown radicalism, many observers have become concerned about the impact of those security measures on the minority groups whose lives are “securitized.”

In Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond, Paul Bramadat and Lorne Dawson bring together contributors from a wide range of academic disciplines to examine the challenges created by both religious radicalism and the state’s and society’s response to it. This collection takes a critical look at what is known about religious radicalization, how minorities are affected by radicalization from within and securitization from without, and how the public, media, and government are attempting to cope with the dangers of both radicalization and securitization.

Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond is an ideal guide to the ongoing debates on how best to respond to radicalization without sacrificing the commitments to multiculturalism and social justice that many Canadians hold dear.


Paul Bramadat is the Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and an associate professor in the Department of History and the Religious Studies Program at the University of Victoria.

Lorne Dawson is a professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo.


List of Figures and Tables

1. The Public, the Political, and the Possible: Religion and Radicalization in Canada and Beyond (Paul Bramadat)

2. Beating a Path to Salvation: Themes in the Reality of Religious Violence (Ian Reader) 3. Trying to Make Sense of Homegrown Terrorist Radicalization: The Case of the Toronto 18 (Lorne Dawson) 4. Pluralism and Radicalization: Mind the Gap! (Valérie Amiraux and Javiera Araya-Moreno) 5. Securitization and Young Muslim Males: Is None Too Many? (Peter Beyer)

SECURITIZATION AND CANADIAN ETHNO-RELIGIOUS MINORITIES 6. The Impact of Securitization on South Asian Muslims in Montreal (Uzma Jamil)
7. The Sikhs in Canada: Culture, Religion, and Radicalization (Doris R. Jakobsh)
8. Religion, Politics, and Nationalism in Tamil Militancy in Sri Lankan and the Diaspora (Amarnath Amarasingam)

PUBLIC DISCOURSE AND RELIGIOUS RADICALIZATION 9. Religion, Reporting, and Radicalization: The Role of News Media in Securitized Discourses (Joyce Smith) 10. The Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security as a Response to
Radicalization: Personal Experiences and Academic Reflections (Edna Keeble) 11. Narratives, Identity, and Terrorism (Sean Norton and Afzal Upal) 12. Conclusion (Paul Bramadat and Lorne Dawson)

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cfp Berlin

Conference "Spirit and Sentiment: Affective Trajectories of Religious Being in Urban Africa"

see attachment

International Conference of the Research Network on Religion, AIDS and Social

Transformation in Africa (RASTA)

Date: 28-30 May 2015

Venue: Freie Universität Berlin

With keynote speeches by:

· Prof. Dr. Filip de Boeck, University of Leuven

· Prof. Dr. AbdouMaliq Simone, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Organizing Team:

· Hansjörg Dilger (Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology)

· Astrid Bochow (Georg-August University Göttingen, Institute for Cultural and Social


· Marian Burchardt (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious

Diversity, Göttingen)

· Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon (African Center for Migration and Society, Wits University)

The conference will be co-sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation Program

“Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Dr. Marian Burchardt

Editor-in-Chief of Diversities

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Hermann-Föge-Weg 11

37073 Göttingen

Fon: +49 (551) 4956-113

NEW BOOK: Topographies of Faith. Religion in Urban Spaces, edited by Irene Becci, Marian Burchardt & José Casanova.

CFP_Berlin 2015_FINAL_28.7.2014-2.pdf

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The Sociology of the Catholic Parish: Seminar and Call for Papers

*The Sociology of the Catholic Parish:* A Seminar and Call for Papers

Despite its ubiquity and centrality in American Catholicism, the parish remains understudied by contemporary social scientists. The American Parish Project (TAPP) seeks to bring together scholars whose work intersects with the Catholic parish through diverse themes and methods, advancing a new understanding of Catholic practice, culture, and organizational life.

Toward this aim, we invite social scientists to participate in a four-day seminar in Los Angeles, California, USA, June 25-28, 2015. The seminar will include robust discussion of participants’ submitted papers that present new social scientific data on the parish, analyze existing data, or synthesize and problematize current approaches to a sociology of the
parish. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are welcome. The seminar aims to (1) shape the agenda for future research on the American parish that is rigorous and constructive; (2) build community and network in this emergent area of research; and (3) provide a foundation for an edited volume on the American parish today. Discussions will engage authors’ papers as well as their motivating questions and contributions to the future trajectory of parish studies. Participants will include those accepted through a competitive application process, as well as invited leaders in congregational studies and Catholic scholarship. Travel funds and a $500 honorarium will be available to participants.

Following the seminar, selected papers will undergo additional editorial review for inclusion in an edited volume; these authors will receive an additional $500 honorarium.

Interested participants should submit a curriculum vitae and an extended abstract of 750-1000 words by October 1, 2014 to for consideration. Notification of acceptance will be provided by October 30, 2014. Complete paper drafts (20-30 pages, double-spaced) will be due by May 1, 2015 for distribution in advance of the seminar. For more information and updates, visit the project website at

This project is organized with funding from the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC ( and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (

TAPP Team:

  • Gary Adler, PhD, Director of Research, Institute for Advanced Catholic
    Studies at the University of Southern California
  • Tricia Bruce, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Maryville College
  • Brian Starks, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Kennesaw State

Submitted by: Tricia C. Bruce, Associate Professor of Sociology, Maryville College,
The American Parish Project:

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Conference on MIGRATION, RELIGION AND ASIA 27th – 29th November 2014

Call for Papers

Organiser: EU project CHINET, reg. no. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0152,

Department of Sociology, Andragogy and Cultural Anthropology & Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc

Arts Centre (Konvikt), Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic Department of Sociology, Andragogy and Cultural Anthropology

Conference language: English
• Professor Martin Baumann (University of Lucerne) • Professor Emeritus Eileen Barker (London School of Economics and Political Science) • Professor Robert Segal (University of Aberdeen) • Doctor Bernard Scheid (University of Vienna) • Doctor Aike P. Rots (University of Oslo)

The issues concerning both religiosity and migration have been discussed by scholars across different academic disciplines for a long time. Various theoretical and methodological tools are utilized to approach both of these social phenomena. In our symposium we focus particularly on religion and migration in the global age, while drawing attention to Asia and the role it plays in related processes. It is our intention to provide a space for a highly elaborated academic discussion on these processes.
Dealing with migration, the current debate examines not only the human and subject transmission, but also the delocalization of values, thoughts and practices, a part of which is religion. Religious transformations in the contemporary world can also be regarded as one of the impacts of global migration processes.
This conference call seeks papers engaged in empirical, theoretical and methodological research in the study of religions, migration and Asian studies that address the following themes:
Religion and Migration Processes – Religion in the Globalized World – Religion and Acculturation – Migration and Development – Migration in the Globalized World – Migration and the Role of Religion – Religious and Migration Processes in Asia – Globalizing Asia and Religion – Chinese Overseas

Click to submit your abstract (250 words). Abstracts must be submitted by 31st August 2014. • Abstract submission: 31st August 2014
• Information of abstract acceptance: 21st September 2014 • Conference registration: 1st October 2014


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Legal Cases, New Religious Movements, and Minority Faiths

Legal Cases, New Religious Movements, and Minority Faiths

Edited by James T. Richardson, University of Nevada, Reno, USA and François Bellanger, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements

New religious movements (NRMs) and other minority faiths have regularly been the focus of legal cases around the world in

recent decades. This is the first book to focus on important aspects of the relationship of smaller faiths to the societies in

which they function by using specific legal cases to examine social control efforts. The legal cases involve group leaders, a

groups’ practices or alleged abuses against members and children in the group, legal actions brought by former members or

third parties, attacks against such groups by outsiders including even governments, and libel and slander actions brought by

religious groups as they seek to defend themselves. These cases are sometimes milestones in the relation between state

authorities and religious groups.

Exploring cases in different parts of the world, and assessing the events causing such cases and their consequences, this

book offers a practical insight for understanding the relations of NRMs and other minority religions and the law from the

perspective of legal cases. Chapters focus on legal, political, and social implications. Including contributions from scholars,

legal practitioners, actual or former members, and authorities involved in such cases from various jurisdictions, this book

presents an objective approach to understanding why so many legal actions have involved NRMs and other minority faiths in

recent years in western societies, and the consequences of those actions for the society and the religious group as well.


Preface, Eileen Barker. Part I Controversial Religious Groups and the Legal System: Courts, crusaders, and the media: the

Family International, Claire Borowik; Scientology in Italy: Plagio and the twenty year legal saga, Massimo Introvigne; The

Order of the Solar Temple: from apocalypse to court, Jean-François Mayer. Part II Specific Legal Cases Involving Minority

Religious Groups: The Mohan Singh case: what is the price confidentiality?, Philip Katz QC; The resurrection of religion in the

US? ‘Sacred tea’ cases, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the war on drugs, James T. Richardson and Jennifer

Shoemaker; Religion or sedition? The domestic terrorism trial of the Hutaree, a Michigan-based Christian militia, Susan J.

Palmer; The Dang case: when chakras opening leads to a Belgian criminal court, Henri de Cordes. Part III Legal Issues

Raised by Cases Involving Minority Faiths: How to know the truth: accommodating religious beliefs in the law of libel, Alistair

Mullis and Andrew Scott; Religious libel: are the courts the right place for faith disputes?, Hardeep Singh; The European Court

of Human Rights, minority religions, and new versus original member states, Valerie A. Lykes and James T. Richardson. Part

IV Minority Religious Groups in Court: Experimental Evidence: Cults in court: jury decision-making and new religious

movements, Jeffrey E. Pfeiffer; Parents’ use of faith healing for their children: implications for the legal system and measuring

community sentiment, Monica K. Miller; Muslims and the courtroom, Evelyn M. Maeder and Jeffrey E. Pfeiffer. Index.

About the Editor

James Richardson, JD, PhD, is Professor of Sociology and Judicial Studies at the University of Nevada in Reno, where he

directs the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies, as well as the Judicial Studies graduate degree program for trial judges.

His latest books include Regulating Religion: Case Studies from around the Globe (2004) and Saints under Siege: The Texas

Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (with Stuart Wright, 2011). He has published over 250 articles and book

chapters, and worked on 10 books, mostly on new and minority faiths. In recent years his focus has been on legal aspects of

social control of religions. He is the incoming president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

François Bellanger, PhD, Professor of Law (University of Geneva), Attorney at Law, has been a legal expert on cults for the

Department of Justice of the Canton of Geneva (Switzerland) and is one of the authors of the official report on illegal sectarian

practices published in Geneva in 1997 ("Audit sur les dérives sectaires"). He has published several articles on cults and

religious freedom. He is the President of the Information Center on Beliefs in Geneva.

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NEW BOOK: Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past by Sally Howell

Old Islam in Detroit Rediscovering the Muslim American Past

OLD ISLAM IN DETROIT documents the rich history of Islam in Detroit, a city that is home to several of America’s oldest and most diverse Muslim communities. By looking closely at this history, Sally Howell provides a new interpretation of the possibilities and limits of Muslim incorporation in American life. Showing how Islam has become American in the past, Howell argues that the anxieties many new Muslim Americans and non-Muslims feel about the place of Islam in American society today are part of a dynamic process of political and religious change that is still unfolding.

August 2014 | 368 pp. | 38 illus. | Hardcover $35.00 | 978-0-19-937200-3

Available now at

"The early twentieth century witnessed the institutionalization of mainstream Islam in America. Its history, however, has been overlooked until recently. I can think of no place more central than Detroit to understanding the complex racial, sectarian, civic, and political relations of American Muslims in this era. And no scholar is more familiar with Detroit’s Muslims than Howell. Her book is a major step forward in the study of American Islam." –Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities, Reed College

"Only in the twenty-first century have scholars begun to provide full and accurate histories of Muslim communities. Sifting through previously unexplored archives and interviewing elders to complete this saga, Howell’s well-written, richly illustrated text provides students of Islam in America with a story of multiple communities, their interactions and their formation of American Muslim identities. It will become a classroom staple for teaching about Islam in America." –Aminah Beverly McCloud, Professor, Islamic Studies, DePaul University

"Howell recovers a lost chapter of U.S. religious history. This highly-readable analysis explains why Muslims and non-Muslims alike have forgotten about the first American mosques. Old Islam in Detroit is a major contribution to the study of Muslim America." –Edward E. Curtis, IV, author of Muslims in America: A Short History

"This book challenges almost everything we thought we knew about the early history of Muslims in Detroit and beyond, transforming our understanding of the American Muslim past and present. Howell’s thorough research, including priceless interviews with early settlers, shows that those first mosques were mosques, that they were both translocal and transcommunal, and that women played key roles in building them. Howell provides particularly significant material relating to gender issues, African American Sunnis, and the recurring criticism of, and then accommodation to, Muslim American institutions by successive cohorts of Muslim immigrants." –Karen Leonard, author of Muslim Identities in North America: the State of Research

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Call for Papers – Religion and Environment

Social Compass

International Journal on the Sociology of Religion

Call for Papers

Special Issue on

“Climate Change and Energy Transitions:

Religious Environmental Concern".

(Scheduled for publication in Volume 62, Nº3, September 2015)

The journal is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its special issue on “Climate Change and Energy Transitions: Religious Environmental Concern”. The journal invites high-quality manuscripts that explore empirical or practical issues from a sociological point of view relating to religious concerns toward climate change and environmental policies, especially those implemented to advance in the energy transition toward a low carbon economy.

Guest Editor: Dr Cristian Parker G. Senior Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Santiago de Chile, Román Diaz 89, Providencia, Santiago de Chile, Email: cristian.parker

Purpose and scope

Alliance of religion and ecology along with a new global ethics around the planet have been studied. This is especially true regarding churches and theological movements and ecology. But sociological approaches have just begun to explore the relationship between the religious conscience of the faithful and environmental issues.

There is a growing attention in climate change and environmental degradation. It is a major concern of the international agenda and local governments have established environmental policies toward mitigation and adaptation to climate change including energy efficiency and transition to renewable sources. How are popular religions interacting with this agenda? How are religious worldviews, beliefs and practices integrating the ‘environmental fact’ and interacting with socio-environmental changes?

How are religions acting within environmental governance? Do religions of the faithful favor changes toward an eco-development?

We invite submissions on research into this subject involving bottom up perspectives, including living religion, environmental concern, lifestyles, everyday living practices with nature, energy policies and socio-environmental and political changes toward a more sustainable society.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Religion and environmental crisis in poll & recent research.

• World religions and the everyday life: do they promote environmental friendly lifestyles?

• Religious concern about energy transitions to more efficient and renewable energies.

• Environmental challenges in various continental experiences and their relationship with religions?

• Social change theory and religious environmental concerns

• Popular religious practices and beliefs, climate change impacts and policies.

• Religions at grassroots levels and socio-environmental conflicts focused on Third World countries.

• Religion as a driver of change towards a real sustainable society.

International studies involving collaborative approaches and especially studies in Latin America, Africa and Asia are particularly welcomed.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit your electronic abstract (max 3 pages) of the proposed paper by September 1th, 2014 to the guest editor (cristian.parker; cparkerg ) who will advise on the suitability of the paper for the Special Issue. Abstracts must clearly state the paper objectives, issues, methods, findings, application of results, and conclusions. They must clearly state in which language, English or French the paper will be submited. A short list of references is required. Authors whose submissions are accepted will be requested to submit a full paper to the guest editor by October 15th , 2014 for peer-review. Papers must be no longer than 43.000 characters (all characters and parts of the article included), about 6600 words. Only four full articles will be published in this Special Issue.

Copyright: The articles must not have been published. They cannot be submitted to another journal at the same time that they are submitted to Social Compass.

The articles have to be written either in English or in French. If a translation is needed, it is imperative that the translator is a native speaker (in French if the article is published in French or in English if the article is published in English). You must count that there will be a linguistic balance of the issue.

Electronic submissions should be sent as email attachments in .doc or .docx and RTF format. Work submitted for potential inclusion in this Special Issue must be a complete manuscript that adheres to Social Compass’ submission requirements, which are found on the journal’s website: Papers that don’t follow these requirements will not be accepted.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts is September 1st, 2014.

Deadline for submission of full papers is October 15th, 2014.


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Applying Ibn Khaldun The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in Sociology By Syed Farid Alatas

Applying Ibn Khaldun The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in Sociology

By Syed Farid Alatas

The writings of Ibn Khaldun, particularly the Muqaddimah (Prolegomenon) have rightly been regarded as being sociological in nature. For this reason, Ibn Khaldun has been widely regarded as the founder of sociology, or at least a precursor of modern sociology. While he was given this recognition, however, few works went beyond proclaiming him as a founder or precursor to the systematic application of his theoretical perspective to specific historical and contemporary aspects of Muslim societies in North Africa and the Middle East. The continuing presence of Eurocentrism in the social sciences has not helped in this regard: it often stands in the way of the consideration of non-Western sources of theories and concepts.

This book provides an overview of Ibn Khaldun and his sociology, discusses reasons for his marginality, and suggests ways to bring Ibn Khaldun into the mainstream through the systematic application of his theory. It moves beyond works that simply state that Ibn Khaldun was a founder of sociology or provide descriptive accounts of his works. Instead it systematically applies Khaldun’s theoretical perspective to specific historical aspects of Muslim societies in North Africa and the Middle East, successfully integrating concepts and frameworks from Khaldunian sociology into modern social science theories. Applying Ibn Khaldun will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology and social theory.


1. The Errors of History and the New Science: Introduction to the Muqaddimah

2. Ibn Khald?n’s Theory of State Formation

3. Ibn Khald?n and Modern Sociology: An Aborted Tradition

4. Pre-modern Readings andApplications of Ibn Khald?n

5. A Khald?nian Theory of Muslim Reform

6. Ibn Khald?n and the Ottoman Modes of Production

7. The Rise and Fall of the Safavid State in a Khald?nian Framework

8. A Khald?nian Perspective on Modern Arab States: Saudi Arabia and Syria

9. Towards a Khald?nian Sociology of the State

10. Bibliographic Remarks and Further Reading. Bibliography

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Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples, Roundtable Discussion

The Religion and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney invites you to attend the:

Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples, Roundtable Discussion


Jim Cox, University of Edinburgh

Steve Bevis, University of Sydney

Kevin Dunn, University of Western Sydney

Helen Onnudottir, University of Western Sydney

Awais Piracha, University of Western Sydney

Alan Nixon, University of Western Sydney

David Moore, University of Western Australia

Hart Cohen, University of Western Sydney

Date: Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Time: 10:00 AM – 13:00 PM

Venue: UWS Bankstown Campus, Building 23, Room G.41

RSVP: j.fishman by Friday, 22 August 2014 – for catering purposes

Roundtable Discussion Introduction

In the 2011 census, approximately 24% of the total Indigenous population claimed to have no religion. Between the 2006 and 2011 census, this represented close to a 41% increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people who selected the No Religion category. When compared to the 29.41% increase in this same category among the Australian population as a whole, the difference was enough to prompt scholars to ask why. This roundtable discussion explores the significance of and possible explanations for these statistics. Is it that the Indigenous population, along with the wider Australian society, is in fact becoming increasingly secularised? Eight presenters from across a number of disciplines provide insights based on their research into the issue.

Please refer to the attached flyer for further information.

Kind Regards

Judy Fishman

School Administrative Officer

School of Social Sciences & Psychology

University of Western Sydney

Locked Bag 1797 Penrith NSW 2751 Australia

Email: j.fishman

Tel: +61 2 9772 6440 Fax: +61 2 9772 6584

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