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Masking Hegemony A Genealogy of Liberalism, Religion and the Private Sphere

Masking Hegemony: A Genealogy of Liberalism, Religion and the Private Sphere

1st Edition

By Craig Martin
March 25, 2015

'Masking Hegemony' presents a critical evaluation of the language used in liberal political thought, tracing liberalism's use of two key binary concepts - public/private and religion/state - from the Protestant Reformation to the present. Whilst appearing to separate "religion" from "state" and "...

Japanese Mythology Hermeneutics on Scripture

Japanese Mythology: Hermeneutics on Scripture

1st Edition

By Jun'ichi Isomae, Mukund Subramanian
August 14, 2014

Before the westernisation of Japan, mythological events were treated as national history. Two key documents have contributed to this history, both written over 1300 years ago: 'Kojiki', the Tale of Old Age, and 'Nihonshoki', the Chronicle of Japanese History. Both the Imperial Court and the general...

Religion and the Domestication of Dissent Or, How to Live in a Less Than Perfect Nation

Religion and the Domestication of Dissent: Or, How to Live in a Less Than Perfect Nation

1st Edition

By Russell T. McCutcheon
August 08, 2014

Since the events of 9/11 the representation of Islam has increasingly come adrift from its actuality. Scholars and pundits have effectively demonised a whole faith by wilfully apportioning blame and by ignoring the differences within the Islamic movement. 'Religion and the Domestication of Dissent'...

After World Religions Reconstructing Religious Studies

After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies

1st Edition

By Christopher R Cotter, David G. Robertson
February 19, 2016

The World Religions Paradigm has been the subject of critique and controversy in Religious Studies for many years. After World Religions provides a rationale for overhauling the World Religions curriculum, as well as a roadmap for doing so. The volume offers concise and practical introductions to ...

The Symbolic Jesus Historical Scholarship, Judaism and the Construction of Contemporary Identity

The Symbolic Jesus: Historical Scholarship, Judaism and the Construction of Contemporary Identity

1st Edition

By William E. Arnal
September 16, 2014

It is widely accepted that Jesus was a Jew. However, both Christian and New Testament scholarship have a strong anti-Jewish history. 'The Symbolic Jesus' presents the controversies surrounding the Jewishness of Jesus. It examines the insistence among historical Jesus scholars that Jesus was a Jew ...

Myth and the Christian Nation

Myth and the Christian Nation

1st Edition

By Burton L. Mack
August 20, 2014

America is widely regarded as the ultimate "Christian Nation." Religious language has always been at the forefront of American politics but this has increased since the events of 9/11. 'Myth and the Christian Nation' presents a startling analysis of how and why Christianity and national identity ...

Representing Religion History,Theory, Crisis

Representing Religion: History,Theory, Crisis

1st Edition

By Tim Murphy
December 18, 2014

If religion is continually in a state of flux how can the study of religion critically examine contemporary religious beliefs and values? 'Representing Religion' critically examines this "crisis of representation". The volume traces the history of religious studies, critiquing the concept that "...

Rethinking Hindu Identity

Rethinking Hindu Identity

1st Edition

By Dwijendra Narayan Jha
August 13, 2014

Recent years have seen the emergence of a virulent version of Hindu nationalism and fundamentalism in India under the banner of Hindutva. This xenophobic movement has obfuscated and mystified the notion of Hindu identity and reinforced its stereotypes. Its arguments range from the patently ...

Christian Mentality The Entanglements of Power, Violence and Fear

Christian Mentality: The Entanglements of Power, Violence and Fear

1st Edition

By Burton L. Mack
August 08, 2014

Christian mentality is a matter of some consequence for the way we think about our communities, others, and the nation. The focus of this book is on the social issues currently under discussion in the United States, a discussion that reveals an uncertainty about the reasons that have been taken for...

Theorizing Islam Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction

Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction

1st Edition

By Aaron W. Hughes
August 08, 2014

The scholarly study of Islam has become ever more insular and apologetic. Academic Islamic Studies has tried to maintain a focus on truth, authenticity, experience and meaning and has effectively avoided discussion of larger social, cultural and ideological issues. Many scholars of Islam have ...

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