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Said Nursi and Science in Islam: Character Building through Nursi’s Mana-i harfi

Said Nursi and Science in Islam: Character Building through Nursi’s Mana-i harfi

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Necati Aydin
June 28, 2019

This book examines how the prominent Muslim scholar Said Nursi developed an integrative approach to faith and science known as "the other indicative" (mana-i harfi) and explores how his aim to reconcile two academic disciplines, often at odds with one another, could be useful in an educational...

Reimagining God and Resacralisation

Reimagining God and Resacralisation

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Alexa Blonner
May 31, 2019

This book shows that widespread resacralisation has been taking place, which is producing new ways of perceiving God and the divine. The last century has seen unmistakable changes in religious practices and the concept of spirituality right across the world. There was a broad expectation for much...

Celebrity Morals and the Loss of Religious Authority

Celebrity Morals and the Loss of Religious Authority

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John Portmann
May 20, 2019

This book examines American popular culture to demonstrate that celebrities have superseded religious figures as moral authorities. As trust in religious institutions has waned over recent decades, the once frivolous entertainment fringe has become the moral center. Young people and voters...

American Catholic Bishops and the Politics of Scandal: Rhetoric of Authority

American Catholic Bishops and the Politics of Scandal: Rhetoric of Authority

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Meaghan O'Keefe
May 13, 2019

This book explores the rhetoric and public communication of the Catholic Church in the US in the wake of the sexual abuse scandals, and offers a demonstration of how large organizations negotiate a loss of public trust while retaining political power. While the Catholic Church remains a major...

Religion and Politics Under Capitalism: A Humanistic Approach to the Terminology

Religion and Politics Under Capitalism: A Humanistic Approach to the Terminology

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Stefan Arvidsson
May 10, 2019

This book relates some of the major trends within religion and politics to offer a historical framework with which to assess their interactions and a point of departure for studies to come. The study of the interrelationship between contemporary religious practice and modern politics is divided...

Treating the Body in Medicine and Religion: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives

Treating the Body in Medicine and Religion: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives

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John J. Fitzgerald, Ashley John Moyse
April 23, 2019

Modern medicine has produced many wonderful technological breakthroughs that have extended the limits of the frail human body. However, much of the focus of this medical research has been on the physical, often reducing the human being to a biological machine to be examined, understood, and...

The Paranormal and Popular Culture: A Postmodern Religious Landscape

The Paranormal and Popular Culture: A Postmodern Religious Landscape

1st Edition

Darryl Caterine, John W. Morehead
February 21, 2019

Interest in preternatural and supernatural themes has revitalized the Gothic tale, renewed explorations of psychic powers and given rise to a host of social and religious movements based upon claims of the fantastical. And yet, in spite of this widespread enthusiasm, the academic world has been...

Religion and Human Security in Africa

Religion and Human Security in Africa

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Ezra Chitando, Joram Tarusarira
January 23, 2019

Across diverse countries and contexts in Africa, religion has direct implications for human security. While some individuals and groups seek to manipulate and control through the deployment of religion, religious belief is also a common facet of those working towards peace and reconciliation....

Government Surveillance of Religious Expression: Mormons, Quakers, and Muslims in the United States

Government Surveillance of Religious Expression: Mormons, Quakers, and Muslims in the United States

1st Edition

Kathryn Montalbano
November 07, 2018

Recent revelations about government surveillance of citizens have led to questions about whether there should be better defined boundaries around privacy. Should government officials have the right to specifically target certain groups for extended surveillance? United States municipal, territorial...

The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present

The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present

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David Goodhew, Anthony-Paul Cooper
October 18, 2018

Major cities have long been seen as centres of secularisation. However, the number of congregations in London grew by 50% between 1979 and the present. London’s churches have been characterised more by growth than by decline in the decades since 1980. The Desecularisation of the City provides...

Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online

Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online

1st Edition

Juli L. Gittinger
October 02, 2018

The way people encounter ideas of Hinduism online is often shaped by global discourses of religion, pervasive Orientalism and (post)colonial scholarship. This book addresses a gap in the scholarly debate around defining Hinduism by demonstrating the role of online discourses in generating and...

Religious Boundaries for Sex, Gender, and Corporeality

Religious Boundaries for Sex, Gender, and Corporeality

1st Edition

Alexandra Cuffel, Ana Echevarria, Georgios T. Halkias
September 13, 2018

The ambiguity concerning the interpretation of the ‘physical body’ in religious thought is not peculiar to any given religion, but is discernible in the scriptures, practices, and disciplines in most of the world’s major religious traditions. This book seeks to address the nuances of difference...

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