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New Book: American Jewish Year Book 2017

Description: American Jewish Year Book 2017

American Jewish Year Book 2017

The Annual Record of the North American Jewish Communities

Series: American Jewish Year Book, Vol. 117

Dashefsky, Arnold, Sheskin, Ira M. (Eds.)

2018

https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319706627

The American Jewish Year Book, now in its 117th year, is the annual record of the North American Jewish communities and provides insight into their major trends. The first chapter of Part I is an examination of how American Jews fit into the US religious landscape, based on Pew Research Center studies. The second chapter examines intermarriage. Chapters on “The Domestic Arena”  and “The International Arena” analyze the year’s events as they affect American Jewish communal and political affairs. Three chapters analyze the demography and geography of the US, Canada, and world Jewish populations. Part II provides lists of Jewish institutions, including federations, community centers, social service agencies, national organizations, synagogues, Hillels, day schools, camps, museums, and Israeli consulates. The final chapters present national and local Jewish periodicals and broadcast media; academic resources, including Jewish Studies programs, books, journals, articles, websites, and research libraries; and lists of major events in the past year, Jewish honorees, and obituaries.

Springer Publishing co-sponsors the ISA RC-22 (Sociology of Religion) Varga Prize for New Generation Scholars

New Book: Congregations in Europe

Description: https://images.springer.com/sgw/books/medium/9783319772608.jpg

© 2018

Congregations in Europe

Editors: Monnot, Christophe, Stolz, Jörg (Eds.)

https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319772608

This volume describes and maps congregations of Christian confessions and denominations, as well as groups with Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, and various other spiritual faiths, in different European countries. Consisting of three parts, it presents concrete sociological studies addressing  how established and not established, old and new congregations of various faiths create a new kind of religious diversity at the country level; how religious congregations are challenged and thrive in large cities; and how religious congregations change in the 21st century.

The book enlightens by its descriptive analysis and the theoretical questions it raises concerning the religious transformations happening all over Europe. It addresses issues of religious diversity in the cities of Europe by presenting large studies conducted in cities such as Barcelona in Spain, and Aarhus in Denmark. By means of large-scale censuses taken in areas such as North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany and in countries like Switzerland and Italy, the book shows how the historically established churches restructure their congregations and activities. It clarifies for the new gatherers where and how a new diversity of religious congregations is in the process of being established. Finally, the book covers two important topical issues: pluralisation and secularisation. It provides new data on religious diversity, painting a new picture of secularisation: the impact and structural consequences of the long-term decrease of membership in the established churches.

Springer Publishing co-sponsors the ISA RC-22 (Sociology of Religion) Varga Prize for New Generation Scholars

New Book: Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health

Description: Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health

Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health

Evidence, Implications, and Resources

Series: Religion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific Approach, Vol. 2

Oman, Doug (Ed.)2018

This volume reviews the exploding religion/spirituality (R/S) and health literature from a population health perspective. It emphasizes the distinctive Public Health concern for promoting health and preventing disease in societies, nations, and communities, as well as individuals. Part I offers a rigorous review of mainstream biomedical and social scientific theory and evidence on R/S-health relations. Addressing key gaps in previous literature, it reviews evidence from a population health viewpoint, surveying pertinent findings and theories from the perspective of Public Health subfields that range from Environmental Health Sciences to Public Health Nutrition to Health Policy & Management and Public Health Education. In Part II, practitioners describe in detail how attending to R/S factors enhances the work of clinicians and community health practitioners. R/S provides an additional  set of concepts and tools to address opportunities and challenges ranging from behavior and institutional change to education, policy, and advocacy. Part III empowers educators, analyzing pedagogical needs and offering diverse short chapters by faculty who teach R/S-health connections in many nationally top-ranked Schools of Public Health. International and global perspectives are highlighted in a concluding chapter and many places throughout the volume.

  This book addresses a pressing need for Public Health research, practice and teaching: A substantial evidence base now links religious and spiritual (R/S) factors to health. In the past 20 years, over 100 systematic reviews and 30 meta-analyses on R/S-health were published in refereed journals. But despite this explosion of interest, R/S factors remain neglected in Public Health teaching and research. Public Health lags behind related fields such as medicine, psychology, and nursing, where R/S factors receive more attention. This book can help Public Health catch up. It offers abundant key resources to empower public health professionals, instructors, and students to address R/S, serving at once as a course text, a field manual and a research handbook.

Springer Publishing co-sponsors the ISA RC-22 (Sociology of Religion) Varga Prize for New Generation Scholars

Book release: Imams in Western Europe:

Dear friends and colleagues,
We are happy and proud to announce the publication of this new edited volume, which might be of interest to some of you. Apologies for cross-posting.
Hashas, Mohammed, Jan Jaap de Ruiter, and Niels Valdemar Vinding (eds), Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018 doi: 10.5117/9789462983830/ch01

http://en.aup.nl/books/9789462983830-imams-in-western-europe.html

This book presents an omnibus academic inquiry into contemporary Islamic religious authority with a focus on imams and the imamate – on which, until now, not much has been written in English. Our ambition is to contribute deeper and more fruitful analyses of the changes and challenges experienced by this source of religious authority in the context of the secular-liberal societies of Western Europe since the Second World War and the subsequent migration and refugee flows. At the same time, this research also serves to highlight secular-liberal institutions and their adaptation, or lack thereof, to the multiculturalism that characterizes Western European states. The social facts of globalization, transnational migration, and various interpretations of secularism have challenged the visibility of religion in the public sphere in Western societies. This has most importantly and urgently required religious authorities to revisit their organization, governance, and internal hierarchy, and Islamic religious authority is no exception. Throughout the Muslim-majority countries and in Europe, Islamic religious authority is still struggling to negotiate its place among the institutions of the modern state in the ‘secular age’ in the words of Charles Taylor (2007). The imamate is one of the institutions that are currently experiencing a shift of roles and functions in society. Scholars and historians of religion in particular are attentive to this shift.
“This fascinating book on imams in Western Europe is well timed to respond to the European discourse on Islam and Muslims, coming at a time of remarkable developments in the imam as a concept, as a religious institution, and as an authority for the Muslims of Western Europe.” – Jørgen S. Nielsen, Professor, Universities of Birmingham and Copenhagen.

The book is the result of our conference on imams from 2014, held in Rome at LUISS Guido Carli University & John Cabot American University

Here is a link to the introduction, preface and list of contents: https://www.academia.edu/36638452/Imams_in_Western_Europe_-_Developments_Transformations_and_Institutional_Challenges
On behalf of editors and contributors,
Niels Valdemar Vinding

Proceedings of the International Workshop on Halal Food Consumption in East and West

Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Halal Food Consumption in East and West (with Appendix of Survey Report), Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Research Paper Series, Vol.5. Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, March 2018 (ISBN: 9784990740245).   This is downloadable from here:

https://www.waseda.jp/inst/ias/en/publication/institute-for-asian-muslim-studies/

Book release: Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges. Hashas, de Ruiter, and Vinding (eds), Amsterdam University Press, 2018


Book release: Imams in Western Europe

Hashas, Mohammed, Jan Jaap de Ruiter, and Niels Valdemar Vinding (eds), Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018 doi: 10.5117/9789462983830/ch01

http://en.aup.nl/books/9789462983830-imams-in-western-europe.html

This book presents an omnibus academic inquiry into contemporary Islamic religious authority with a focus on imams and the imamate – on which, until now, not much has been written in English. Our ambition is to contribute deeper and more fruitful analyses of the changes and challenges experienced by this source of religious authority in the context of the secular-liberal societies of Western Europe since the Second World War and the subsequent migration and refugee flows. At the same time, this research also serves to highlight secular-liberal institutions and their adaptation, or lack thereof, to the multiculturalism that characterizes Western European states. The social facts of globalization, transnational migration, and various interpretations of secularism have challenged the visibility of religion in the public sphere in Western societies. This has most importantly and urgently required religious authorities to revisit their organization, governance, and internal hierarchy, and Islamic religious authority is no exception. Throughout the Muslim-majority countries and in Europe, Islamic religious authority is still struggling to negotiate its place among the institutions of the modern state in the ‘secular age’ in the words of Charles Taylor (2007). The imamate is one of the institutions that are currently experiencing a shift of roles and functions in society. Scholars and historians of religion in particular are attentive to this shift.
“This fascinating book on imams in Western Europe is well timed to respond to the European discourse on Islam and Muslims, coming at a time of remarkable developments in the imam as a concept, as a religious institution, and as an authority for the Muslims of Western Europe.” – Jørgen S. Nielsen, Professor, Universities of Birmingham and Copenhagen.

The book is the result of our conference on imams from 2014, held in Rome at LUISS Guido Carli University & John Cabot American University

Here is a link to the introduction, preface and list of contents: https://www.academia.edu/36638452/Imams_in_Western_Europe_-_Developments_Transformations_and_Institutional_Challenges

New book reporting a survey of Asian Muslims

New from RC22 member Hiroshi KOJIMA:

Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Halal Food Consumption in East and West (with Appendix of Survey Report), Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Research Paper Series, Vol.5. Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, March 2018 (ISBN: 9784990740245).

This is downloadable from https://www.waseda.jp/inst/ias/assets/uploads/2016/07/RP5.pdf

You can see the full list of Institute publications here: https://www.waseda.jp/inst/ias/en/publication/institute-for-asian-muslim-studies/

New book on multicultural and transnational families at Palgrave Macmiallan

Dear colleagues, 

I am happy to let you know that a new book focused on multicultural and transnational families in Europe has been recently released by Palgrave Macmiallan. Please feel free to get back to me if you would like to make a review and I’ll forwad you addresses of conatact people. 

Chees, Alissa Tolstokorova

Making Multicultural Families in Europe: Gender and Intergenerational Relations. Crespi, Isabella, Giada Meda, Stefania, Merla, Laura (Eds.) London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

The book is published in three formats:

– Hardback and e-book on Palgrave MacMillan’s website: https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319597546

– Downloadable pdf version (either in one piece or each chapter separately) on Springer’s website:

https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-59755-3#toc

This edited collection explores family relations in two types of  ‘migrant families’ in Europe: mixed families and transnational families. Based on in-depth qualitative fieldwork and large surveys, the contributors analyse gender and intergenerational relations from a variety of standpoints and migratory flows. In their examination of family life in a migratory context, the authors develop theoretical approaches from the social sciences that go beyond migration studies, such as intersectionality, the solidarity paradigm, care circulation, reflexive modernization and gender convergence theory.
Making Multicultural Families in Europe will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including migration and transnationalism studies, family studies, intergenerational studies, gender studies, cultural studies, development studies, globalization studies, ethnic studies, gerontology studies, social network analysis and social work.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Transnational and Mixed Families: Key Issues and Emerging Trends

    Giada Meda, Stefania (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Global Householding’ in Mixed Families: The Case of Thai Migrant Women in Belgium

    Fresnoza-Flot, Asuncion (et al.)

    Pages 23-37

  • Doing Gender’ Across Cultures: Gender Negotiations in European Bi-national Couple Relationships

    Brahic, Benedicte

    Pages 39-53

  • Reversal of the Gender Order? Male Marriage Migration to Germany by Turkish Men: New Forms of Gendered Transnationalization of Migrant Offsprings in Germany

    Apitzsch, Ursula

    Pages 55-70

  • Comparing Sibling Ties in Inter-ethnic and Intra-ethnic Families in Germany

    Balaban, Ebru (et al.)

    Pages 71-89

  • Intercultural Negotiations Over a Newborn: The Case of Persians in the United Kingdom

    Amirmoayed, Ali

    Pages 91-106

  • Distant Relationships in Transnational Families and Kinship Networks: The Case of Turkish Migrants in Germany

    Reisenauer, Eveline

    Pages 109-126

  • Intimacies of Power in the Circulation of Care: Making Gender Across Generations. Transnational Andean Families in Quito and Madrid

    Dallemagne, Grégory

    Pages 127-143

  • And They Shall Be One Flesh…’: Gender Convergence of Family Roles in Transnational Families of Ukrainian Migrant Women

    Tolstokorova, Alissa

    Pages 145-159

  • Intergenerational Solidarity in Romanian Transnational Families

    Hărăguș, Mihaela (et al.)

    Pages 161-177

  • Transnational Families in Lithuania: Multi-dimensionality and Reorganization of Relationships

    Juozeliūnienė, Irena (et al.)

    Pages 179-196

  • Gender and Care in Transnational Families: Empowerment, Change, and Tradition

    Isaksen, Lise Widding (et al.)

    Pages 197-214

  • Not Fit for Migration with Teenage Children’: Polish Transnational Immigrant Families in Ireland

    Sokolowska, Beata

    Pages 215-231

  • Migration Matters: Insights into Intergenerational Solidarity Patterns in Europe

    König, Ronny (et al.)
    Pages 233-253

[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