1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society

    522 Pages
    by Routledge

    522 Pages
    by Routledge

    Like any other subject, the study of religion is a child of its time. Shaped and forged over the course of the twentieth century, it has reflected the interests and political situation of the world at the time. As the twenty-first century unfolds, it is undergoing a major transition along with religion itself. This volume showcases new work and new approaches to religion which work across boundaries of religious tradition, academic discipline and region.

    The influence of globalizing processes has been evident in social and cultural networking by way of new media like the internet, in the extensive power of global capitalism and in the increasing influence of international bodies and legal instruments. Religion has been changing and adapting too. This handbook offers fresh insights on the dynamic reality of religion in global societies today by underscoring transformations in eight key areas: Market and Branding; Contemporary Ethics and Virtues; Intimate Identities; Transnational Movements; Diasporic Communities; Responses to Diversity; National Tensions; and Reflections on ‘Religion’. These themes demonstrate the handbook’s new topics and approaches that move beyond existing agendas.

    Bringing together scholars of all ages and stages of career from around the world, the handbook showcases the dynamism of religion in global societies. It is an accessible introduction to new ways of approaching the study of religion practically, theoretically and geographically.

    Introduction: Religion in Global Societies

    Linda Woodhead, François Gauthier, Jayeel Cornelio and Tuomas Martikainen

    Part I: Market and Branding

    1. Christian Churches’ Responses to Marketization: Comparing Institutional and Non-denominational Discourse and Practice

    Marcus Moberg

    2. ‘The Greatest Leader of All’: The Faces of Leadership and Christianity in the Contemporary Brazil (1980s–2010s)

    Karina Kosicki Bellotti

    3. JPCC: A Megachurch Brand Story in Indonesia

    Jeaney Yip, Susan Ainsworth and Chaung Yau Hoon

    4. Rebranding the soul: Rituals for the Well-made Man in Market Society

    Anne Christine Hornborg

    Part II: Contemporary Ethics and Values

    5. The Prosperity Ethic: The Rise of the New Prosperity Gospel

    Jayeel Cornelio and Erron Medina

    6. Islamic Ethics in Muslim Eurasia: Prosperity Theology vs. Renunciation?

    Aurélie Biard

    7. Public Morality and the Transformation of Islamic Media in Indonesia

    Arie Setyaningrum Pamungkas

    8. Pious-Modern Subjectivities in the Palestine West Bank: Their Formations and Contours between the Familial, the Local and the Global

    Ferial Khalifa

    9. ‘We Are Overfed’: Young Evangelicals, Globalization, and Social Justice

    Catherine Rivera

    10. ‘Mediacosmologies’: The Convergence and Renewal of Indigenous Religiosities in Cyberspace

    Laurent Jérôme

    Part III: Intimate Identities

    11. Saints, Sinners, and Same-Sex Marriages: Ecclesiological Identity in the Church of England and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark

    Karen Marie Leth-Nissen

    12. When Two Worlds Collide: Asian Christian LGBTQs Coming Out to Parents

    Joy K.C. Tong, Samuel Kang, Peter Lee and Hyo-Seok Lim

    13. Gender Politics and Education in the Gülen Movement

    Duygun Göktürk

    14. Global Catholicism, Gender Conversion and Masculinity

    Ester Gallo

    Part IV: Transnational Movements

    15. Pilgrimage, Travelling Gurus and Transnational Networks: The Lay Meditation Movement in Contemporary Chinese Societies

    Ngar-sze Lau

    16. Globalization and Asceticism: Foreigner Ascetics on the Threshold of Hindu Religious Orders

    Daniela Bevilacqua

    17. Maya Revival Movements: Between Transnationality and Authenticity

    Manéli Farahmand

    18. Defending Tradition and Confronting Secularity: The Catholic Buen Pastor Institute

    Esteban Rozo and Hugo Cárdenas

    19. The Globalization of the Catholic Church: History, Organization, Theology

    Isacco Turina

    Part V: Diasporic Communities

    20. Dialectics between Transnationalism and Diaspora: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

    Katrin Langewiesche

    21. Transnational Religious Movement: The Turkish Süleymanlı in Indonesia

    Firdaus Wajdi

    22. Youth Buddhists in Australia: Negotiating Transnational Flows

    Kim Lam

    23. The Formation of Global Chinese Identities

    Joshua Dao Wei Sim

    24. Church as a Homeland and Home as a Place of Worship: The Transformation of Religiosity among Georgian Migrants in Paris

    Sophie Zviadadze

    Part VI: Responses to Diversity

    25. Interreligious Dialogue (IRD) in International Politics: From the Margins of the Religious Field to the Centre of Civil Society

    Karsten Lehmann

    26. Faith, Identity and Practices: The Current Refugee Crisis and its Challenges to Religious Diversity in Southern Europe

    Roberta Premazzi and Viviana Ricucci

    27. Urban Public Space and the Emergence of Interdenominational Syncretism

    Peter van Gielle Ruppe

    28. ‘As Local as Possible, as International as Necessary’: Investigating the Place of Religious and Faith-Based Actors in the Localization of the International Humanitarian System

    Olivia Wilkinson

    29. Religion, National Identity and Foreign Policy: The Case of Eastern Christians and the French Political Imaginary

    Alexis Artaud de La Ferrière

    30. Religious Echoes in Secular Dialogues: Global Glimpses of Peacebuilding

    Xicoténtcatl Martinez Ruiz

    31. City of Gods and Goods: Exploring Religious Pluralism in the Neoliberal City

    Gina Lende (with Bankole Tokunbo)

    Part VII: National Tensions

    32. Islam, Politics and Legitimacy: The Role of Saudi Arabia in the Rise of Salafism and Jihadism

    Mohamed-ali Adraoui

    33. Religion and Nationalism in Post-Soviet Space: Between State, Society and Nation

    Denis Brylov and Tetiana Kalenychenko

    34. Religion, Nationalism and Transnationalism in the South Caucasus

    Ansgar Jödicke

    35. The Sacred and Secular-Economic: A Cross-Country Comparison of the Regulation of the Economic Activities of Religious Organizations. Perspectives from France, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States

    David Malitz

    36. Religious Identities in Times of Crisis: An Analysis of Europe

    Didem Doganyilmaz Duman

    37. Poetry in Iran’s Contemporary Theo-Political Culture

    Maryam Ala Amjadi

    Part VIII: Reflections on ‘Religion’

    38. Questioning the Boundaries of ‘Religious’ and Non-Religious’ Actions and Meanings

    Carlo Genova

    39. Religion in the Anthropocene: Nonhuman Agencies, (Re)Enchantment and the Emergence of a New Sensibility

    Oriol Poveda

    40. Science and Religion in a Global Context

    Michael Fuller

    41. Religion Through the Lens of ‘Marketization’ and ‘Lifestyle’

    François Gauthier


    Jayeel Cornelio is Associate Professor and the Director of the Development Studies Program at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

    François Gauthier is Professor of Religious Studies at the Social Sciences Department of the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland.

    Tuomas Martikainen is the Director of the Migration Institute of Finland, Finland.

    Linda Woodhead is Distinguished Professor of Religion and Society at Lancaster University, UK.

    The four editors of the Routledge Handbook of Religion in Global Society are to be congratulated on bringing together a stellar team of scholars, both established and emergent, in a publication that is vibrant, varied and packed with information. The book is characterised by inclusivity of subject matter and approaches, and is above all truly contemporary, providing readers with a snapshot of religion in the evermore globalised and interdependent twenty-first century. 

    Carole M. Cusack, Professor, The University of Sydney