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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Religion in Global Societies; Part I: Market and Branding; 1. Christian Churches’ Responses to Marketization: Comparing Institutional and Non-denominational Discourse and Practice; 2. ‘The Greatest Leader of All’: The Faces of Leadership and Christianity in Contemporary Brazil (1980s–2010s); 3. JPCC: A Megachurch Brand Story in Indonesia; 4. Rebranding the Soul: Rituals for the Well-made Man in Market Society; Part II: Contemporary Ethics and Values; 5. The Prosperity Ethic: The Rise of the New Prosperity Gospel; 6. Islamic Ethics in Muslim Eurasia: Prosperity Theology vs. Renunciation?; 7. Public Morality and the Transformation of Islamic Media in Indonesia; 8. Pious-Modern Subjectivities in the Palestine West Bank: Their Formations and Contours between the Familial, the Local and the Global; 9. ‘We Are Overfed’: Young Evangelicals, Globalization, and Social Justice; 10. ‘Mediacosmologies’: The Convergence and Renewal of Indigenous Religiosities in Cyberspace; 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; 12. When Two Worlds Collide: Asian Christian LGBTQs Coming Out to Parents; 13. Gender Politics and Education in the Gülen Movement; 14. Global Catholicism, Gender Conversion and Masculinity; Part IV: Transnational Movements; 15. Pilgrimage, Travelling Gurus and Transnational Networks: The Lay Meditation Movement in Contemporary Chinese Societies; 16. Globalization and Asceticism: Foreigner Ascetics on the Threshold of Hindu Religious Orders; 17. Maya Revival Movements: Between Transnationality and Authenticity; 18. Defending Tradition and Confronting Secularity: The Catholic Buen Pastor Institute; 19. The Globalization of the Catholic Church: History, Organization, Theology; Part V: Diasporic Communities; 20. Dialectics between Transnationalism and Diaspora: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; 21. Transnational Religious Movement: The Turkish Süleymanlı in Indonesia; 22. Youth Buddhists in Australia: Negotiating Transnational Flows; 23. The Formation of Global Chinese Identities; 24. Church as a Homeland and Home as a Place of Worship: The Transformation of Religiosity among Georgian Migrants in Paris; 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; 26. Faith, Identity and Practices: The Current Refugee Crisis and its Challenges to Religious Diversity in Southern Europe; 27. Urban Public Space and the Emergence of Interdenominational Syncretism; 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; 29. Religion, National Identity and Foreign Policy: The Case of Eastern Christians and the French Political Imaginary; 30. Religious Echoes in Secular Dialogues: Global Glimpses of Peacebuilding; 31. City of Gods and Goods: Exploring Religious Pluralism in the Neoliberal City; Part VII: National Tensions; 32. Islam, Politics and Legitimacy: The Role of Saudi Arabia in the Rise of Salafism and Jihadism; 33. Religion and Nationalism in Post-Soviet Space: Between State, Society and Nation; 34. Religion, Nationalism and Transnationalism in the South Caucasus; 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; 36. Religious Identities in Times of Crisis: An Analysis of Europe; 37. Poetry in Iran’s Contemporary Theo-Political Culture; Part VIII: Reflections on ‘Religion’; 38. Questioning the Boundaries of ‘Religious’ and Non-Religious’ Actions and Meanings; 39. Religion in the Anthropocene: Nonhuman Agencies, (Re)Enchantment and the Emergence of a New Sensibility; 40. Science and Religion in a Global Context; 41. Religion Through the Lens of ‘Marketization’ and ‘Lifestyle’
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