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Routledge Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements


About the Series

Inform is an independent charity that collects and disseminates accurate, balanced and up-to-date information about minority religious and spiritual movements.

The Routledge Inform Series addresses themes related to new religions, many of which have been the topics of Inform seminars. The series editorial board consists of internationally renowned scholars in the field.

Books in the series will attract both an academic and interested general readership, particularly in the areas of Religious Studies, and the Sociology of Religion and Theology.

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Radical Transformations in Minority Religions

Radical Transformations in Minority Religions

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Eileen Barker, Beth Singler
November 22, 2021

All religions undergo continuous change, but minority religions tend to be less anchored in their ways than mainstream, traditional religions. This volume examines radical transformations undergone by a variety of minority religions, including the Children of God/ Family International; Gnosticism; ...

Minority Religions and Uncertainty

Minority Religions and Uncertainty

1st Edition

Edited By Matthew Francis, Kim Knott
May 18, 2020

Religions are at their core about creating certainty. But what happens when groups lose control of their destiny? Whether it leads to violence, or to nonviolent innovations, as found in minority religions following the death of their founders or leaders, uncertainty and insecurity can lead to great...

Reactions to the Law by Minority Religions

Reactions to the Law by Minority Religions

1st Edition

Edited By Eileen Barker, James T. Richardson
December 31, 2020

Much has been written about the law as it affects new and minority religions, but relatively little has been written about how such religions react to the law. This book presents a wide variety of responses by minority religions to the legal environments within which they find themselves. An ...

Minority Religions in Europe and the Middle East Mapping and Monitoring

Minority Religions in Europe and the Middle East: Mapping and Monitoring

1st Edition

Edited By George D. Chryssides
August 02, 2018

Minority religions, not only New Religious Movements, are explored in this innovative book including the predicament of ancient religions such as Zoroastrianism, ‘old new’ religions such as Baha’i, and traditional religions that are minorities elsewhere. The book is divided into two parts: the ...

Legal Cases, New Religious Movements, and Minority Faiths

Legal Cases, New Religious Movements, and Minority Faiths

1st Edition

Edited By James T. Richardson, François Bellanger
February 12, 2018

New religious movements (NRMs) and other minority faiths have regularly been the focus of legal cases around the world in recent decades. This is the first book to focus on important aspects of the relationship of smaller faiths to the societies in which they function by using specific legal cases ...

Minority Religions and Fraud In Good Faith

Minority Religions and Fraud: In Good Faith

1st Edition

Edited By Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist
February 12, 2018

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 (as well as benefits) that religious ...

The Public Face of African New Religious Movements in Diaspora Imagining the Religious ‘Other’

The Public Face of African New Religious Movements in Diaspora: Imagining the Religious ‘Other’

1st Edition

Edited By Afe Adogame
February 05, 2018

The growing pace of international migration, technological revolution in media and travel generate circumstances that provide opportunities for the mobility of African new religious movements (ANRMs) within Africa and beyond. ANRMs are furthering their self-assertion and self-insertion into the ...

New Religious Movements and Counselling Academic, Professional and Personal Perspectives

New Religious Movements and Counselling: Academic, Professional and Personal Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Sarah Harvey, Silke Steidinger, James A. Beckford
December 15, 2017

There are many different ways in which minority religions and counselling may interact. In some cases there can be antagonism between counselling services and minority religions, with each suspecting they are ideologically threatened by the other, but it can be argued that the most common ...

State Responses to Minority Religions

State Responses to Minority Religions

1st Edition

Edited By David M. Kirkham
December 06, 2013

The response of states to demands for free exercise of religion or belief varies greatly across the world. In some places, religions come as close as imaginable to autonomous existences with little interference from government. In other cases religion finds itself grinding out a meagre living, if...

Visioning New and Minority Religions Projecting the future

Visioning New and Minority Religions: Projecting the future

1st Edition

Edited By Eugene V. Gallagher
November 28, 2016

Rather than being ephemeral fads, new religious movements (NRMs) have always been and will always be with us. So will their study. Offering an assessment of the state-of-the-field of the study of NRMs, Visioning New and Minority Religions begins by considering the analytical tools for the study of ...

Fiction, Invention and Hyper-reality From popular culture to religion

Fiction, Invention and Hyper-reality: From popular culture to religion

1st Edition

Edited By Carole M. Cusack, Pavol Kosnáč
November 23, 2016

The twentieth century was a period of rapid change for religion. Secularisation resulted in a dramatic fall in church attendance in the West, and the 1950s and 1960s saw the introduction of new religions including the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the Church of ...

'Cult Wars' in Historical Perspective New and Minority Religions

'Cult Wars' in Historical Perspective: New and Minority Religions

1st Edition

Edited By Eugene V. Gallagher
July 21, 2016

'Cult Wars' in Historical Perspective  provides a broad characterization of the shifting religious contours over the past several decades. Offering an assessment of several important topics in the study of new religions, this book explores developments in well-known groups such as the ...

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