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  • The Righteous Mindby Jonathan Haidt

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.95

    This well-researched examination of human moral impulses will appeal to liberals and conservatives alike following the 2016 presidential campaign and election.   As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt   has done the seemingly impossible—challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics,... more...

  • Sacred Mattersby Gary Laderman

    New Press, The 2009; US$ 17.95

    Widely praised in hardcover as a fascinating and important addition to religious and cultural studies, Sacred Matters reveals the remarkable ways that religious practices permeate American cultural life. In a country where references to God are as normal as proclaiming love of country, support for the military, or security for the nation’s children,... more...

  • Bad Religionby Ross Douthat

    Free Press 2012; US$ 11.99

    As the youngest-ever op-ed columnist for the New York Times , Ross Douthat has emerged as one of the most provocative and influential voices of his generation. In Bad Religion he offers a masterful and hard-hitting account of how American Christianity has gone off the rails—and why it threatens to take American society with it. Writing for an... more...

  • Unorthodoxby Deborah Feldman

    Simon & Schuster 2012; US$ 11.99

    The instant New York Times bestselling memoir of a young Jewish woman’s escape from a religious sect, in the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel and Carolyn Jessop’s Escape , featuring a new epilogue by the author. As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Deborah Feldman grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced... more...

  • Buddha: A Very Short Introductionby Michael Carrithers

    OUP Oxford 2001; US$ 7.99

    Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time, and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its... more...

  • Beyond Fundamentalismby Reza Aslan

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 10.67

    “A very persuasive argument for the best way to counter jihadism” ( The Washington Post ) from the bestselling author of  Zealot  and host of  Believer The wars in the Middle East have become religious wars in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other. The hijackers who attacked America on September 11,... more...

  • Rethinking Ghosts in World Religionsby Mu-chou Poo

    BRILL 2009; US$ 182.00

    This volume addresses the idea of ghost in the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Europe, India, and China. It proposes a multi-cultural apprach to construct a wider and complicated picture of the phenomenon of ghosts and spirits in human societies. 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...

  • Islamby F. E. Peters

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 37.50 US$ 34.13

    The Quran is a sacred book with profound, and familiar, Old and New Testament resonances. And the message it promulgated, Islam, came of age during an extraordinarily rich era of interaction among monotheists. Jews, Christians, and Muslims not only worshipped the same God, but shared aspirations, operated in the same social and economic environment,... more...