1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society

ISBN 9781138182509
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
522 Pages

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Book Description

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

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

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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