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Journal Announcement: Approaching Religion 7/2–theme: The “Beauty Fallacy”: Religion, science and the aesthetics of knowledge

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the publication of Vol. 7/2 of our journal Approaching Religion.

Theme: The “Beauty Fallacy”: Religion, science and the aesthetics of knowledge

Guest editors: Prof. Alexandra Grieser & Dr. Arianna Borrelli.

You find the journal at our NEW JOURNAL PLATFORM:

AR has now permanently moved to the, upheld by the Federation for Finnish Learned Societies. Please note that you need to register a new username (choosing the roles reader, author and/or reviewer) at the new website, even if you have been registered with AR before.

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.
Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Ruth Illman

Editor of Approaching Religion

Dr Ruth Illman
Föreståndare, Donnerska institutet
Docent i religionsvetenskap, Åbo Akademi

Dr Ruth Illman
Director, the Donner Institute
Docent of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University

Special Journal Issue: “The European Court of Human Rights and minority religions”

Religion, State and Society

Volume 45, 2017 – Issue 3-4: European Court of Human Rights and minority religions

Edited by Effie Fokas and James T. Richardson

I. ECtHR and case law: clarity, consistency and controversy

  • The principled slope: religious freedom and the European Court of Human Rights – Melanie Adrian
  • The freedom to wear religious clothing in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights: an appraisal in the light of states’ positive obligations – Marcella Ferri
  • Human rights and religions: ‘living together’ or dying apart? A critical assessment of the dissenting opinion in S.A.S. v. France and the notion of ‘living together’ – Christos Tsevas
  • Militant or pluralist secularism? The European Court of Human Rights facing religious diversity – Roberta Medda-Windischer
  • Update on Jehovah’s Witness cases before the European Court of Human Rights: implications of a surprising partnership – James T. Richardson

II. The ECtHR at grassroots level

  • The European Court of Human Rights at the grassroots level: who knows what about religion at the ECtHR and to what effects? – Effie Fokas
  • The ‘filtering effects’ of ECtHR case law on religious freedoms: legal recognition and places of worship for religious minorities in Greece – Margarita Markoviti
  • ‘Genuine’ religions and their arena of legitimation in Italy – the role of the ECtHR – Alberta Giorgi and Pasquale Annicchino
  • Legal provisions, courts, and the status of religious communities: a socio-legal analysis of inter-religious relations in Romania – Mihai Popa and Liviu Andreescu
  • Beyond legal victory or reform: the legal mobilisation of religious groups in the European Court of Human Rights – Ceren Ozgul

Call for Papers: Special Issues of the Open Access Journal “Religions”

Journal “Religions” announces five special issues open for submission

Transforming Encounters and Critical Reflection: African Thought, Critical Theory, and Liberation Theology in Dialogue (Deadline: 1 February 2018)
Guest Editors: Justin Sands, Anné Hendrik Verhoef

Women in Buddhism (Deadline: 1 March 2018)
Guest Editor: Lisa Battaglia

Current Trajectories in Global Pentecostalism: Culture, Social Engagement, and Change (Deadline: 30 April 2018)
Guest Editor: Roger G. Robins

Practicing Buddhism through Film (Deadline: 1 June 2018)
Guest Editor: Francisca Cho

Feminisms and the Study of “Religions” (Deadline: 28 February 2018)
Guest Editor: Darlene Juschka

To access the full list of open Special Issues, please click:

NOTE: Article processing charge of 350 Swiss Francs.  See

New Issue of Religion & Gender, with emphasis on Shari’a Family Law Studies

Religion and Gender has just published its latest issue (Summer issue 2017) at

It includes independent research articles, the special issue ‘New Perspectives on Gender in Shari‘a-Based Family Law Studies: Moving Beyond the Women’s Issue’ guest edited by Betty de Hart, Nadia Sonneveld and Iris Sportel, and a number of book reviews.

Table of Contents

Articles (open section)
Gendering Prayer: Millennial-generation Catholics and the Embodiment of Feminine Genius and Authentic Masculinity (1-17)
        Katherine Anne Dugan
The Embodied Mother of God and the Identities of Orthodox Women in Finland and Setoland (18-41)
        Andreas Kalkun, Elina Vuola

Guest Editorial
New Perspectives on Gender in Shari‘a-Based Family Law Studies: Moving Beyond the Women’s Issue (42-52)
        Betty de Hart,  Nadia Sonneveld, Iris Sportel

Articles (special issue)
Who’s Afraid of Islamic Family Law? Dealing with Shari‘a-based Family Law Systems in the Netherlands (53-69)
        Iris Sportel
Divorce among Transnational Finnish Somalis: Gender, Religion, and Agency (70-87)
        Mulki Al-Sharmani
From the Liberation of Women to the Liberation of Men? A Century of Family Law Reform in Egypt (88-104)
        Nadia Sonneveld
Judicial Activism in the Context of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution: Emerging Conceptions of Femininity and Masculinity (105-120)
        Monika Lindbekk

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Religion & Poverty

Religion and Poverty

Editors: Dr Gottfried Schweiger and Dr Helmut P Gaisbauer (Centre for Ethic and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, Austria); Prof Clemens Sedmak (Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London, UK/Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, Austria).

Poverty and religion are interrelated in different ways. On the one hand, for various religious traditions poverty is both an aspect of a particular faithful life (e.g. monastic communities) and giving to the poor is seen as a religious duty. Such traditions have evolved over time and expanded the role of faith-based organisations nowadays play in welfare provision and international development. Faith-based organizations play an important role in poverty alleviation both in rich and poor countries. These actions and practices, as well as their religious and theological underpinnings, deserve scrutiny. On the other hand, religion plays an important role in the life of people living in poverty: how they experience and shape their living, and how they find their place in society and the communities in which they. The role of religion in justifying certain inequalities and processes of exclusion (e.g. in India) and thus contributing to the sustainability of poverty is another important theme worth reflection.

We invite papers, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, that consider the following overarching question: how can religion be used as a vehicle to overcome structures of poverty, and how does it sometimes hinder such processes?

Contributions from sociology, development studies, religious studies, economics, theology, and other social sciences and humanities are welcomed; as are insights from different geographical settings, forms of poverty, and religious traditions.

This is a rolling article collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2017. However, full submissions received by September 30 will be considered for publication as part of the collection’s formal launch.

This special issue is run in collaboration with the 2017 Salzburg Conference on Interdisciplinary Poverty Research, organised by the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg.


CFP: Special Issue “Interfaith on the World Stage”

Special Issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the upcoming special issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs on the theme of ‘Interfaith on the World Stage’. This special issue will be co-edited by John Fahy (Georgetown University, Qatar & Woolf Institute, Cambridge) and Jeffrey Haynes (London Metropolitan University). Please send abstracts (up to 200 words) to John Fahy by September 1st 2017.

Key words: Religion, international relations, interfaith, multifaith, interreligious, faith-based diplomacy


In the wake of the events of 9/11 there has emerged a now significant body of literature that seeks to account for the ‘return’ or ‘resurgence’ of religion in international relations (Fox & Sandler 2004, Snyder 2011, Fitzgerald 2011, Haynes 2012, Sandal & Fox 2013, Hunter 2016). Against a backdrop of secularisation theory, and often framed by historical processes such as globalisation and democratisation, this literature typically attributes religion’s marginalisation in global politics to Westphalian-informed assumptions that continue to pervade international relations today. Arguing that religion’s role in international relations can no longer be ignored, scholars have engaged with case studies as diverse as Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Shi’a Islam in Iran and Christian fundamentalism in the United States, to name but a few examples. Insofar as this literature focuses on particular religious traditions, however, a critical blind spot has developed whereby the contemporaneous proliferation of transnational interfaith (or multifaith, interreligious) initiatives has often been overlooked (cf. Braybrooke 1992, Marshall 2013). This special issue addresses this oversight by exploring the role of interfaith actors, organisations and initiatives in the broader re-emergence of religion in international affairs.

Although the interfaith movement can be traced back to the late 19th century, it gained unprecedented prominence in the years following 9/11. Interfaith initiatives were enlisted as part of wider multiculturalist responses to the threat of radicalisation in liberal democracies such as the United States, the UK and Australia. In the Middle East interfaith events came to represent important platforms for the promotion of ‘true’ or ‘moderate’ Islam, and continue to serve as valuable opportunities to counter the ‘clash of civilisations’ discourse that informs relations between the Islamic world and the West. In the last decade or so the United Nations has recognised interfaith actors and organisations as close allies, passing several important resolutions, for example, on ‘the promotion of interfaith dialogue’ (2004). Since 2011 the first week of February every year marks U.N. World Interfaith Harmony Week.

There are today dozens of interfaith organisations whose activities and agendas transcend national borders. Although their goals are as diverse as peace-building, conflict resolution, combating extremism, tackling poverty and addressing climate change, they share a common commitment to the idea that the world’s most pressing issues must be responded to not by side-lining, but by engaging, the world’s religious traditions. Interfaith has come to represent a particular mode of faith-based diplomacy (Johnston 2003), or what we might call ‘faiths-based diplomacy’, within which religion occupies a privileged rather than a peripheral place in international relations. There remains significant disagreement, however, as to the effectiveness of interfaith efforts. In contributing to debates that cohere around the broader resurgence of religion in international relations, this special issue fills an important gap in the literature by exploring the emergence of interfaith on the world stage.

Journal: No 34 de RELIGIOLOGIQUES disponible en ligne

No 34 de RELIGIOLOGIQUES disponible en ligne

La revue québécoise de sciences humaines, RELIGIOLOGIQUES, qui s’intéresse aux manifestations du sacré dans la culture ainsi qu’au phénomène religieux sous toutes ses formes, a le plaisir de vous annoncer la publication en ligne du No 34 (automne 2016) intitulé, « Religion, droit et État : interférence, intersection et interface ». Les textes sont disponibles dans leur intégralité sur le site Internet de la revue.

Roxanne D. Marcotte, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Pour le comité de rédaction de RELIGIOLOGIQUES

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RELIGIOLOGIQUES, no 34, automne 2016

Religion, droit et État : interférence, intersection et interface

Sous la direction scientifique de Roxanne D. MARCOTTE, Jean-René MILOT et Rachel CHAGNON


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— Roxanne D. MARCOTTE, Jean-René MILOT et Rachel CHAGNON

Perspectives sur la religion, le droit et l’État : interférence, intersection et interface


— Marie-Ève Melanson: Liberté de religion et laïcité au Canada: analyse des discours légaux eu égard au cas du kirpan sikh dans les écoles publiques québécoises

— Bernard Lavoie: Comment le juge délimite-t-il les frontières entre croyants et non-croyants. Une analyse wébérienne de la liberté de religion en droit canadien

— José Woehrling: Liberté de religion, accommodements raisonnables et neutralité de l’État: les fluctuations de la jurisprudence de la Cour suprême du Canada

— Jean-René Milot: La Cour suprême du Canada et la liberté de religion : regard religiologique sur un parcours sinueux

— Gilles Gauthier: Le débat sur la Charte québécoise de la laïcité : un brouillage produit par la diversité des conceptions du rapport entre espace public et espace civique

— Kornel Zathurecky et Jack Laughlin: La légalisation du pluralisme religieux : la normativisation du paradigme des grandes religions mondiales au sein du programme Éthique et culture religieuse au Québec

— Claude Proeschel: L’objection de conscience pour motifs religieux : un impossible défi démocratique

— Pascale Fournier et Victoria Snyers: Le statut juridique des femmes musulmanes d’Israël à travers l’expérience du divorce : statique ou dynamique ?

— Roy JREIJIRY: La monté de l’intégrisme religieux au Proche-Orient : l’État libanais sous l’emprise des groupes confessionnels

— David BRÊME: L’État indien et le statut « spirituel » d’Auroville

New Issue of Critical Research on Religion

We are pleased to announce the publication of the August 2017 issue of Critical Research on Religion (Volume: 5, Number: 2)

Below you will find the table of contents:

Special Section: Foucault and religion: Critical engagements:

  • “A genealogy of critique: From parrhesia to prophecy” Tom Boland, Paul Clogher
  • “Reexamining Foucault on confession and obedience: Peter Schaefer’s Radical Pietism as counter-conduct” Elisa Heinämäki
  • “Pastoral power, sovereignty and class: Church, tithe and simony in Quebec” Bruce Curtis


  • “Contextualizing “religion” of young Karl Marx: A preliminary analysis” Mitsutoshi Horii
  • “Nomad self-governance and disaffected power versus semiological state apparatus of capture: The case of Roma Pentecostalism” Cerasela Voiculescu

Response to April 2017 Editorial:

  • “On neither burying nor praising religion” Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi

Book Reviews:

  • “Donovan O. Schaefer, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power” Lucas Scott Wright
  • “Carlin A Barton and Daniel Boyarin, Imagine No Religion: How Modern Abstractions Hide Ancient Realities” Nickolas P Roubekas
  • “Vincent L Wimbush (ed), Scripturalizing the Sacred: The Written as Political” Michael J Altman

Editorial Team: Warren S. Goldstein, Jonathan Boyarin, and Rebekka King
Critical Research on Religion Editorial Office

Free Access: Journal of Muslims in Europe

The academic publisher Brill is making issue 3-1 of the Journal of Muslims in Europe freely available on line. For those who are not yet familiar with the Journal this issue gives a good representation of the journal’s geographical and topical breadth, and it includes a good selection of book reviews.

Please feel free to circulate an announcement among your colleagues and on any relevant mailing list that you can think of. Here’s the direct link to the issue:

There is no end date to the free access and no access code needed.