Theory of conversion; missionary linguistics; SIL; translations of scriptures; New Testament; Encounters between Christianity and Indigenous religions; methodology for analysing ideological and theoretical systems
Here are the latest event, book, and job announcements from the newsletter of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion
Call for Papers
Islamic Ethics and the Trusteeship Paradigm: Interdisciplinary Explorations
Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean Conference 20-21st March 2018
Religion Area for the 9th Annual International Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand July 2-4, 2018
Disputing Religion and Politics Research: How Western/Eurocentric is its Agenda? Hamburg 24-26 August 2018
Populist politics and the minority voice: British Muslims, extremisms and inclusion 19 April 2018
Multiple Religious Identities – Individuals, Communities, Traditions
16th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) / IAHR Regional Conference, Bern 2018
Religions and Identities in the European Migration Crisis – Abstract deadline: January, 31
Post-global Religion, EASR conference 17-21 June in Bern
Siddiqi, Bulbul (2018) Becoming ‘Good Muslim’: The Tablighi Jamaat in the UK and Bangladesh, Springer
Chakrabarti, Anindita (2018) Faith and Social Movements: Religious Reform in Contemporary India, published by Cambridge University Press
Knut A. Jacobsen (2018) Yoga in Modern Hinduism: Hariharānanda Āraṇya and Sāṃkhyayoga, Routeldge
Foroutan, Y. (2017), Muslim Minority of New Zealand in Global Context: Demographic Perspective, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 37 (4): 511-519.
Račius, Egdūnas (2018) Muslims in Eastern Europe, Edinburgh University Press
Four Ph.D. research fellowships available at MF-Norwegian School of Theology
Two vacancies as postdoc at MF-Norwegian School of Theology, with effect from 1st of September 2018
(Thanks to Dr Milad Milani)
This book provides a sociological understanding of the phenomenon of exorcism and an analysis of the reasons for its contemporary re-emergence and impact on various communities. It argues that exorcism has become a religious commodity with the potential to strengthen a religion’s attraction to adherents, whilst also ensuring its hold. It shows that due to intense competition between religious groups in our multi-faith societies, religious groups are now competing for authority over the supernatural by ‘branding’ their particular type of exorcism ritual in order to validate the strength of their own belief system. Sociology of Exorcism in Late Modernity features a detailed case-study of a Catholic exorcist in the south of Europe who dealt with more than 1,000 cases during a decade of work.
Giuseppe Giordan is Associate Professor of Sociology of Religion at the University of Padua, Italy.
Adam Possamai is Professor of Sociology and Director of Research at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University, Australia.
My book titled Faith and Social Movements: Religious Reform in Contemporary India, published by Cambridge University Press, has come out this year.
It might be of interest to some of you.
Associate Professor (Sociology)
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Knut A. Jacobsen, Yoga in Modern Hinduism: Hariharānanda Āraṇya and Sāṃkhyayoga. Routeldge , 2018, 234 pages, 10 B/W Illus., ISBN 978-1138080591.
The Sāṃkhyayoga institution of Kāpil Maṭh is a religious organisation with a small tradition of followers which emerged in the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century in Bengal in India around the renunciant and yogin Hariharānanda Āraṇya. This tradition developed during the same period in which modern yoga was born and forms a chapter in the expansion of yoga traditions in modern Hinduism.
The book analyses the yoga teaching of Hariharānanda Āraṇya (1869-1947) and the Kāpil Maṭh tradition, its origin, history and contemporary manifestations, and this tradition’s connection to the expansion of yoga and the Yogasūtra in modern Hinduism. The Sāṃkhyayoga of the Kāpil Maṭh tradition is based on the Pātañjalayogaśāstra, on a number of texts in Sanskrit and Bengali written by their gurus, and on the lifestyle of the renunciant yogin living isolated in a cave. The book investigates Hariharānanda Āraṇya’s connection to pre-modern yoga traditions and the impact of modern production and transmission of knowledge on his interpretations of yoga. The book connects the Kāpil Maṭh tradition to the nineteenth century transformations of Bengali religious culture of the educated upper class that led to the production of a new type of yogin. The book analyses Sāṃkhyayoga as a living tradition, its current teachings and practices, and looks at what Sāṃkhyayogins do and what Sāṃkhyayoga is as a yoga practice.
A valuable contribution to recent and ongoing debates, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of Religious Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Indology, Indian philosophy, Hindu Studies and Yoga Studies.
2018, Edinburg University Press
The history and contemporary situation of Muslim communities in Eastern Europe are explored here from three angles. First, survival, telling of the resilience of these Muslim communities in the face of often restrictive state policies and hostile social environments, especially during the Communist period. Next, their subsequent revival in the aftermath of the Cold War, and last, transformation, looking at the profound changes currently taking place in the demographic composition of the communities and in the forms of Islam practiced by them. The reader is shown a picture of the general trends common to the Muslim communities of Eastern Europe, and the special characteristics of clusters of states, such as the Baltics, the Balkans, the Višegrad states, and the European states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Associate Editor, Journal of Muslims in Europe
Muslims in Eastern Europe, Edinburgh University Press, 2018
It is a commonplace, nowadays, to say that religion has returned to public life. And like most commonplaces it is partially true. Religion is most certainly present in public life in new and highly visible ways but to imply that religion was once nowhere and is now everywhere is seriously misleading.
We need instead to enquire into the factors that have brought about the current shift in perspective. That done, we must examine in detail the different – and at times contrasting – ways in which religion manifests itself is the very varied segments of society that we deem to be public.
In this report, sociologist of religion Professor Grace Davie draws on her 2016 Edward Cadbury Lectures to explore the ‘return’ of religion to public life, analysing a series of ‘levels’ – local, metropolitan, national, and global – and considering why and how we have got here, and what the future holds for religion in Britain.
Grace Davie is Professor Emeritus at the University of Exeter. She is author of numerous works on religion and society, including Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox (2015, 2nd edition).
The i-zation of Society, Religion, and Neoliberal Post-Secularism
This book explores the elective affinity of religion and post-secularism with neoliberalism. With the help of digital capitalism, neoliberalism dominates, more and more, all aspects of life, and religion is not left unaffected. While some faith groups are embracing this hegemony, and others are simply following the signs of the times, changes have been so significant that religion is no longer what it used to be. Linking theories from Fredric Jameson and George Ritzer, this book presents the argument that our present society is going through a process of i-zation in which (1) capitalism dominates not only our outer, social lives (through, for example, global capitalism) but also our inner, personal lives, through its expansion in the digital world, facilitated by various i-technology applications; (2) the McDonaldization process has now been normalized; and (3) religiosity has been standardized. Reviewing the new inequalities present in this i-society, the book considers their impact on Jurgen Habermas’s project of post-secularism, and appraises the roles that various religions may have in supporting and/or countering this process. It concludes by arguing that Habermas’s post-secular project will occur but that, paradoxically, the religious message(s) will be instrumentalized for capitalist purposes.
An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology by Sadhu Paramtattvadas (Cambridge 2017) is a constructive presentation of Swaminarayan theology and an important text for Swaminarayan and Hindu studies. Swaminarayan (1781-1830) developed a theology, ethical discipline, and reform movement that continue to guide followers in India and abroad, notably in East Africa, UK, Europe, and North America. Swami Paramtattvadas’ Western education at Oxford (Professor Gavin Flood, doctoral advisor) and classical Hindu studies in India enable him to present this important Hindu theology with academic rigor, depth and clarity. His introduction is a valuable and accessible resource for comparative theology and interreligious dialogue.
Francis X. Clooney, SJ
Raymond Brady Williams
LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities emeritus
Allen Speight and Michael Zank (Eds.)
- Wide range of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities, political theory, history, law and religious studies
- One of the few volumes on political theology current with both a broad construal of the topic as a whole and specific discussions of key concepts such as conscience, secularism, and toleration
- Contemporary investigation of political theology in light of thinkers influenced by the three major monotheistic traditions
This new volume gives discursive shape to several key facets of the relationship among politics, theology and religious thought. Powerfully relevant to a wealth of further academic disciplines including history, law and the humanities, it sharpens the contours of our understanding in a live and evolving field. It charts the mechanisms by which, contrary to the avowed secularism of many of today’s polities, theology and religion have often, and sometimes profoundly, shaped political discourse. By augmenting this broader analysis with a selection of authoritative papers focusing on the prominent sub-field of political theology, the anthology offsets a startling academic lacuna. Alongside focused analysis of subjects such as conscience, secularism and religious tolerance, the discussion of political theology examines the tradition’s critical moments, including developments during the post-World War I Weimar republic in Germany and the epistemological imprint the theory has left behind in works by political thinkers influenced by the three major monotheistic traditions.