1st Edition

Religion in the Market Era

By François Gauthier Copyright 2025
    360 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book aims to expand the limits of the social-scientific study of religion and define a coherent model of recent global transformations in religion, challenging the paradigm of secularisation and post-secularisation. Using a wide-ranging selection of case studies, including global Islam, post-Soviet Eastern Europe, China, India, and Africa, the author argues that since the 1980s, religion has been dramatically shaped around the world by neoliberalism and consumerism. Providing a global, macro-level history of how religion has changed in the past four decades, this book contends that the rise of economics as a dominant social sphere is central to understanding the ongoing changes in contemporary world religions.

    1 Introduction

    2 The Rise of Market Islam I: Islamism, From State Focus to Lifestyle

    3 The Rise of Market Islam II: Halalising Islam, From Fashions and Foods to


    4 From Stalin to the Market: Religion in Orthodox-majority Eastern Europe

    5 Chinese Revolutions 1 (1898-1978): The Making of Religion

    6 Chinese Revolutions 2 (1978-2022): Booming Economy, Booming Religion

    7 Conclusion


    François Gauthier is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Social Science at the University of Friborg, Switzerland.