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  • Going Clearby Lawrence Wright

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.95

    National Book Award Finalist A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower,  the now-classic study of al-Qaeda?s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists?both famous and less well known?and years... more...

  • Under the Banner of Heavenby Jon Krakauer

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2004; US$ 16.00

    1. In his prologue, Jon Krakauer writes that the aim of his book is to ?cast some light on Lafferty and his ilk,? which he concedes is a daunting but useful task for what it may tell us ?about the roots of brutality, perhaps, but even more for what might be learned about the nature of faith? [p. XXIII]. What does the book reveal about fanatics such... more...

  • Fields of Bloodby Karen Armstrong

    Knopf Canada 2014; US$ 32.00

    ? An Independent Best Book on Religion and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Praise for Fields of Blood : "I generally end up judging books in two ways: by whether I can remember them and whether they change the way I think about the world. It's too soon to know about the first test, but on the basis of the second I recommend Fields... more...

  • Aghor Medicineby Ronald L. Barrett

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 15.95

    For centuries, the Aghori have been known as the most radical ascetics in India: living naked on the cremation grounds, meditating on corpses, engaging in cannibalism and coprophagy, and consuming intoxicants out of human skulls. In recent years, however, they have shifted their practices from the embrace of ritually polluted substances to the healing... more...

  • Providence and the Invention of the United States, 1607?1876by Nicholas Guyatt

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 24.00

    The development, and costs, of the idea that God has a special plan for America. more...

  • Rethinking Ghosts in World Religionsby Mu-chou Poo

    BRILL 2009; US$ 182.00

    As a religious phenomenon, the realm of ghosts has been less studied than the realm of the divine. This work examines the received concepts and images of ghosts in various religious cultures ranging from the Ancient Near East and Egypt to the Old Testament, the Classical Era, Early medieval and Early Modern Europe, Early India, and Medieval China. more...

  • The Destiny of Modern Societiesby Milan Zafirovski

    BRILL 2009; US$ 215.00

    Applying the idea of the destiny of societies or nations, the book argues, demonstrates, and illustrates the Calvinist societal "predestination," through the Puritan determination, of American society. more...

  • Secular and Islamic Feminist Critiques in the Work of Fatima Mernissiby Raja Rhouni

    BRILL 2010; US$ 186.00

    This book offers a thorough and critical analysis of the work of one of the major figures in a oeIslamic feminism, a Fatima Mernissi. This work traces Mernissia (TM)s intellectual trajectory from a oeseculara to a oeIslamic feminisma in order to engage in the theorization of this emerging feminism. more...

  • The Missionary Self-Perception of Pentecostal/Charismatic Church Leaders from the Global South in Europeby Claudia Währisch-Oblau

    BRILL 2009; US$ 212.00

    Building on long-time research and extensive interviews, this ground-breaking study offers a portrait of pentecostal / charismatic immigrants from the global South who do not define themselves as victims but as expatriate agents with a calling to change Europe. more...

  • From Pews to Polling Placesby J. Matthew Wilson

    Georgetown University Press 2010; US$ 26.95

    Does religion promote political mobilization? Are individuals motivated by their faith to focus on issues of social justice, personal morality, or both? What is the relationship between religious conviction and partisanship? Does religious identity reinforce or undermine other political identifications like race, ethnicity, and class? The answers to... more...