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Call for book proposals

Bloomsbury welcomes book proposals for Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion, edited by Birgit Meyer (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands), David Morgan (Duke University, USA), Crispin Paine (UCL, UK), S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College, USA), and Amy Whitehead (Bath Spa University, UK).

    • This is the first book series dedicated exclusively to studies in material religion. Within the field of lived religion, the series is concerned with the material things with which people do religion, and how these things – objects, buildings, landscapes – relate to people, their bodies, clothes, food, actions, thoughts and emotions. The series engages and advances theories in ‘sensuous’ and ‘experiential’ religion, as well as informing museum practices and influencing wider cultural understandings with relation to religious objects and performances. Books in the series are at the cutting edge of debates as well as developments in fields including religious studies, anthropology, museum studies, art history, and material culture studies.
    • Forthcoming titles: Christianity and the Limits of Materiality,Minna Opas and Anna Haapalainen (University of Turku, Finland) Materiality, Practice, and Performance at Sacred Sites in India and Pakistan, Navtej K. Purewal (SOAS, University of London, UK) and Virinder S. Kalra (University of Manchester, UK) Food, Festival and Religion, Francesca Ciancimino Howell (Naropa University, USA) Museums of World Religions, Charles Orzech (University of Glasgow, UK).

    Please send initial enquiries to Amy Whitehead, Managing Editor (a.whitehead@yahoo.com) or Lalle Pursglove, Senior Commissioning Editor (Lalle.Pursglove@bloomsbury.com).

    New Book: Muslims at the Margins of Europe

    Finland, Greece, Ireland and Portugal

    Editors: Tuomas Martikainen, José Mapril and Adil Hussain Khan

    This volume focuses on Muslims in Finland, Greece, Ireland and Portugal, representing the four corners of the European Union today. It highlights how Muslim experiences can be understood in relation to a country’s particular historical routes,See More

    Publication Date: 29 July 2019
    ISBN: 978-90-04-40456-4
    Part 1: Governing Islam and Muslims

    1 The Founding of the Islamic Council of Finland
    Tuomas Martikainen
    2 State and Religion in Peripheral Europe: State-Religion Relations, Corporatism and Islam in Portugal and Ireland (1970–2010)
    Luís Pais Bernardo
    3 The Governance of Islamic Religious Education in Finland: Promoting “General Islam” and the Unity of All Muslims
    Tuula Sakaranaho

    Part 2: Politics of Recognition

    4 Concepts of Authority in Irish Islam
    Adil Hussain Khan
    5 Nation-state, Citizenship and Belonging: A Socio-historical Exploration of the Role of Indigenous Islam in Greece
    Venetia Evergeti
    6 Perceptions of Mis/Recognition: The Experience of Sunni Muslim Individuals in Dublin, Ireland
    Des Delaney

    Part 3: Public Debates and (In)Visibility

    7 Explaining the Absence of a Veil Debate: The Mediating Role of Ethno-nationalism and Public Religion in the Irish Context
    Stacey Scriver
    8 Muslim Migration Intelligence and Individual Attitudes toward Muslims in Present-day Portugal
    Nina Clara Tiesler and Susana Lavado
    9 From the Margins to the Fore: Muslim Immigrants in Contemporary Greece
    Panos Hatziprokopiou

    Part 4: Mobilities and Belonging

    10 Iraqi Diaspora and Public Space in a Multicultural Suburb in Finland
    Marko Juntunen
    11 Sudanese and Somali Women in Ireland and in Finland: Material Religion and Culture in the Formation of Migrant Women’s Identities in the Diaspora
    Yafa Shanneik and Marja Tiilikainen
    12 The Socio-spatial Configuration of Muslims in Lisbon
    Jennifer McGarrigle
     References
     Index

    New Book: Muslims at the Margins of Europe

    Finland, Greece, Ireland and Portugal

    Editors: Tuomas Martikainen, José Mapril and Adil Hussain Khan

    This volume focuses on Muslims in Finland, Greece, Ireland and Portugal, representing the four corners of the European Union today. It highlights how Muslim experiences can be understood in relation to a country’s particular historical routes,See More

    Publication Date: 29 July 2019
    ISBN: 978-90-04-40456-4

    Part 1: Governing Islam and Muslims

    1 The Founding of the Islamic Council of Finland
    Tuomas Martikainen
    2 State and Religion in Peripheral Europe: State-Religion Relations, Corporatism and Islam in Portugal and Ireland (1970–2010)
    Luís Pais Bernardo
    3 The Governance of Islamic Religious Education in Finland: Promoting “General Islam” and the Unity of All Muslims
    Tuula Sakaranaho

    Part 2: Politics of Recognition

    4 Concepts of Authority in Irish Islam
    Adil Hussain Khan
    5 Nation-state, Citizenship and Belonging: A Socio-historical Exploration of the Role of Indigenous Islam in Greece
    Venetia Evergeti
    6 Perceptions of Mis/Recognition: The Experience of Sunni Muslim Individuals in Dublin, Ireland
    Des Delaney

    Part 3: Public Debates and (In)Visibility

    7 Explaining the Absence of a Veil Debate: The Mediating Role of Ethno-nationalism and Public Religion in the Irish Context
    Stacey Scriver
    8 Muslim Migration Intelligence and Individual Attitudes toward Muslims in Present-day Portugal
    Nina Clara Tiesler and Susana Lavado
    9 From the Margins to the Fore: Muslim Immigrants in Contemporary Greece
    Panos Hatziprokopiou

    Part 4: Mobilities and Belonging

    10 Iraqi Diaspora and Public Space in a Multicultural Suburb in Finland
    Marko Juntunen
    11 Sudanese and Somali Women in Ireland and in Finland: Material Religion and Culture in the Formation of Migrant Women’s Identities in the Diaspora
    Yafa Shanneik and Marja Tiilikainen
    12 The Socio-spatial Configuration of Muslims in Lisbon
    Jennifer McGarrigle
     References
     Index

    Call for book proposals

    Bloomsbury welcomes book proposals for Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion, edited by Birgit Meyer (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands), David Morgan (Duke University, USA), Crispin Paine (UCL, UK), S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College, USA), and Amy Whitehead (Bath Spa University, UK).

      • This is the first book series dedicated exclusively to studies in material religion. Within the field of lived religion, the series is concerned with the material things with which people do religion, and how these things – objects, buildings, landscapes – relate to people, their bodies, clothes, food, actions, thoughts and emotions. The series engages and advances theories in ‘sensuous’ and ‘experiential’ religion, as well as informing museum practices and influencing wider cultural understandings with relation to religious objects and performances. Books in the series are at the cutting edge of debates as well as developments in fields including religious studies, anthropology, museum studies, art history, and material culture studies.
      • Forthcoming titles: Christianity and the Limits of Materiality,Minna Opas and Anna Haapalainen (University of Turku, Finland) Materiality, Practice, and Performance at Sacred Sites in India and Pakistan, Navtej K. Purewal (SOAS, University of London, UK) and Virinder S. Kalra (University of Manchester, UK) Food, Festival and Religion, Francesca Ciancimino Howell (Naropa University, USA) Museums of World Religions, Charles Orzech (University of Glasgow, UK).

      Please send initial enquiries to Amy Whitehead, Managing Editor (a.whitehead@yahoo.com) or Lalle Pursglove, Senior Commissioning Editor (Lalle.Pursglove@bloomsbury.com).

      New Book: “Essays on Secularism and Multiculturalism” by Tariq Modood

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      Whether the recently settled religious minorities, Muslims, in particular, can be accommodated as religious groups in European countries has become a central political question and threatens to create long-term fault lines. In this collection of essays Tariq Modood argues that to grasp the nature of the problem we have to see how Muslims have become a target of a cultural racism, Islamophobia. Yet, the problem is not just one of anti-racism but of an understanding of multicultural citizenship, of how minority identities, including those formed by race, ethnicity and religion, can be incorporated into national identities so all can have a sense of belonging together. This means that the tendency amongst some to exclude religious identities from public institutions and the re-making of national identities has to be challenged. Modood suggests that this can be done in a principled yet pragmatic way by drawing on Western Europe’s moderate political secularism and eschewing forms of secularism that offer religious groups a second-class citizenship.

      Rowman & Littlefield, 2019

      30% Off with Discount Code

      New E-Book: “The Fourth Secularisation” by Luigi Berzano

      The Fourth Secularisation: Autonomy of Individual Lifestyles, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

      Routledge Focus, 2019, 82 pages

      Table of Contents

      • Introduction
      • 1 From a single style to multiple styles
      • 2 Spiritual revolution: Multiplication of forms
      • 3 The fourth secularisation
      • 4 Sense of religion in the secular age

      Description

      • This book examines recent forms of secularisation to demonstrate that we are now witnessing a “fourth secularisation”: the autonomy of lifestyles. After introducing two initial secularising movements, from mythos to Logos and from Logos to Christianity, the book sets out how from Max Weber onwards a third movement emerged that practised the autonomy of science. More recently, daily life radicalises Weber’s secularisation and its scope has spread out to include autonomy of individual practices, which has given rise to this fourth iteration.
      • The book outlines these first three forms of secularisation and then analyses the fourth secularisation in depth, identifying its three main dimensions: the de-institutionalisation of the religious lifestyle; the individualisation of faith; and the development of new social forms in the religious field. These areas of religious practice are shown to be multiplying partly as a result of the general aestheticization of society. Individuals, therefore, aspire to personal styles of life with regard to beliefs and the choice of their own religious practices.
      • This book will be of great use to scholars of religious studies, secularisation and the sociology of religion.

      https://www.routledge.com/The-Fourth-Secularisation-Autonomy-of-Individual-Lifestyles-1stEdition/Berzano/p/book/9780367260682

      New Book: Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context

      Dear all,

      I am pleased to announce that Prof Tahir Abbas and I have a new edited volume that has just been published by Syracuse University Press. InPolitical Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context,we share new international perspectives on Muslim young people, presenting them as agents of creative social change and as active participants in cultural and community organizations where resistance leads to negotiated change.  In a series of case studies that cross the globe, contributors capture the experiences of being young and Muslim in ten countries; America, Canada, Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Indonesia. They examine urban youth from various socioeconomic backgrounds, addressing issues that range from hybrid identities and student activism to the strategic use of music and social media. With diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches, Political Muslims provides readers with a nuanced understanding of the everyday social, economic, and political realities of young people.

      EEEndorsements:

      “Muslim youth, like Muslims in general and Islam itself, resist narrow stereotypes and incendiary shibboleths. In Political Muslimsboth Islamism and Islamic radicalization are addressed, but so are music, sports and education. Indeed, no topic, no problem and no prejudice is omitted from this comprehensive, insightful and timely volume. Highly recommended for all categories of academics but also for all engaged in the new global politics marked by religious and cultural identities.”

      –Bruce B. Lawrence, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, Duke University

      “Political Muslims represents a significant work insofar as it provides an important and valuable alternative portrait of socially and politically engaged Muslim youth mobilizing their religious identity and particular interpretations of religion in ways that allow them to pursue political agendas.”

      –Peter Mandaville, professor of international affairs, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

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      Intended readership:

      Will be of interest to scholars and researchers in the fields of Islamic Studies, Political Science, Sociology of Religion, Youth Studies and Ethnic Minority Studies.

      A

            About the Editors:

      Tahir Abbas is currently Assistant Professor at the Institute Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague. His most recent book is Contemporary Turkey in Conflict: Ethnicity, Islam, and Politics(Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Sadek Hamid is author of Sufis, Salafis, and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism. (I.B Tauris, 2017) and co-author of British Muslims: New Directions in Islamic Thought, Creativity & Activism (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

      Please do consider ordering it for your university libraries- it is available on Syracuse University Press website:http://syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu/fall-2018/political-muslims.html

      And on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Political-Muslims-Contemporary-Issues-Middle/dp/0815635834/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1545221942&sr=8-5

      Best wishes

      Sadek

      New Book: The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity

      1st Edition
      Edited by Justin Beaumont

      https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Han…/…/9781138234147

      The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

      The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity offers an internationally significant and comprehensive interdisciplinary collection which provides a series of critical reviews of the current state of the art and future trends in philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual terms. The volume likewise presents a range of empirical knowledges and engagements with postsecularity. A critical yet sympathetic dialogue across disciplinary divides in an international context ensures that the volume covers a wide and interrelated intellectual and geographical scope.

      The editor’s introduction with Klaus Eder offers a robust foundation for the volume, setting out the central aims and objectives, the rationale for the contributions, and an outline of the structure. Thorny issues of normativity and empirical challenges are highlighted for the reader. The handbook comprises four interrelated sections. Part I: Philosophical meditations discusses postsecularity from philosophical standpoints, and Part II: Theological perspectives presents contributions from a variety of theological viewpoints. Part III: Theory, space, social relations contains pieces from geography, planning, sociology, and religious studies that delve into theoretically informed empirical implications of postsecularity. Part IV: Political and social engagement offers chapters that emphasize the political and social implications of the debate. In the Afterword, Eduardo Mendieta joins the editor toreflect on the notion of reflexive secularization across the volume as a whole, alluding to new lines of inquiry.

      The handbook is an invaluable guide for graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching, and a key reference for students and scholars of human geography, sociology, political science, applied philosophy, urban and public theology, planning, and urban studies.

      ‘This is an exceptionally strong collection examining one of the defining issues of our era. Readers will find it both broadens and deepens their thinking about changing roles of religion and secularism in contemporary society.’ – Craig Calhoun, Professor of Social Sciences, Arizona State University, USA

      ‘It is increasingly clear that what comes after postmodernity is not really the vaguely defined neo-modern, which is little more than a wave of nostalgia, but rather the post-secular, which is also a more genuine post-modern. It manifests itself variously as the challenge of other non-secular cultures, of the pre-modern and alternatively modern west, of the extra-human and the unavoidably metaphysical. This fine collection well represents this variety in both its disparity and its aspects of unity.’ – John Milbank, Emeritus Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics, University of Nottingham, UK

      Recently Published Books on Swaminarayan Hinduism

      Dear Colleagues,

      I am pleased to announce three recently published books on Swaminarayan Hinduism:

      An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (3rdedition) by Raymond Brady Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

      <https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/religion/buddhism-and-eastern-religions/introduction-swaminarayan-hinduism-3rd-edition?format=PB&isbn=9781108431514>

      An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology by Sadhu Paramtattvadas (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

      https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/religion/buddhism-and-eastern-religions/introduction-swaminarayan-hindu-theology?format=PB>

      Swaminarayan Hinduism: Tradition, Adaptation and Identity edited by Raymond Brady Williams and Yogi Trivedi (Oxford University Press, 2016)

      https://global.oup.com/academic/product/swaminarayan-hinduism-9780199463749?q=Swaminarayan%20hinduism&lang=en&cc=us>

      Raymond Brady Williams

      LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities emeritus

      Wabash College