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Sociology of Religion

  • Sensible Religionby Christopher Lewis; Dan Cohn-Sherbok

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 104.95

    The validity of the religious quest is defended across faiths. Yet it is not only the quest, but also the way in which religions have developed which is of central significance. Their committed followers live ordinary lives in the mainstream of the world, working out their faith in relation to life. In Sensible Religion, leading thinkers in world religions... more...

  • Minority Religions and Fraudby Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 104.95

    Analysing both fraud and religion as social constructs with different functions and meanings attributed to them, this book raises issues that are central to debates about the limits of religious toleration in diverse societies, and the possible harm that religious organisations can inflict upon society and individuals. With a focus on minority religions,... more...

  • Religious Conversionby Ira Katznelson; Miri Rubin

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 124.95

    This collection ranges far and wide - from early Christian pilgrims to fifteenth-century Ethiopia; from the Islamisation of the eastern Mediterranean to Reformation Germany - to investigate the multiple causes and characteristics of religious conversion. By probing continuities and fissures, particularly in the Jewish, Muslim and Christian experiences,... more...

  • Theology and Californiaby Fred Sanders; Jason S. Sexton

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 39.95

    Exploring California as a theological place, this book renders critical engagement with significant Californian religious and theological phenomena and the inherent theological impulses within major Californian cultural icons. Many are picking up on California literature as a theme that highlights a place of hope, wonder, and cultural innovation, but... more...

  • Religion, Media, and Social Changeby Kennet Granholm; Marcus Moberg; Sofia Sjö

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 125.00

    In an era of heightened globalization, macro-level transformations in the general socioeconomic and cultural makeup of modern societies have been studied in great depth. Yet little attention has been paid to the growing influence of media and mass-mediated popular culture on contemporary religious sensibilities, life, and practice. Religion, Media,... more...

  • Routledge Handbook of Islam in the Westby Roberto Tottoli

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 205.00

    Islam has long been a part of the West in terms of religion, culture, politics and society. Discussing this interaction from al-Andalus to the present, this Handbook explores the influence Islam has had, and continues to exert; particularly its impact on host societies, culture and politics. Highlighting specific themes and topics in history... more...

  • The Many Altars of Modernityby Peter L. Berger

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 49.95

    This book is the summation of many decades of work by Peter L. Berger. It outlines a new paradigm for understanding religion and pluralism in an age of multiple modernities. Along the way, Berger addresses a wide range of issues spanning individual faith, interreligious socieities, and the political order. The book also includes responses from three... more...

  • Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicologyby Jonathan McCollum; David G. Hebert; Keith Howard; Jonathan McCollum; Keith Howard; Judah M. Cohen; Ann E. Lucas; Chris Goertzen; Diane Thram; Daniel Neuman; David G. Hebert

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 109.99

    Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology demonstrates various ways that new approaches to historiography??and the related application of new technologies??impact the work of ethnomusicologists who seek to meaningfully represent music traditions across barriers of both time and space. more...

  • Waking Upby Sam Harris

    Simon & Schuster 2014; US$ 25.00

    For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris?s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From multiple New York Times bestselling author, neuroscientist, and ?new atheist? Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no... more...

  • Faith as an Optionby Hans Joas

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 22.95

    Many people these days regard religion as outdated and are unable to understand how believers can intellectually justify their faith. Nonbelievers have long assumed that progress in technology and the sciences renders religion irrelevant. Believers, in contrast, see religion as vital to society's spiritual and moral well-being. But does modernization... more...