The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality provides academics and students with a comprehensive and authoritative state-of-the-art review of current research in the area of sexuality and religion, broadly defined. This collection of expert essays offers an inter-disciplinary study of the important aspects of sexuality and religion, calling upon sociological, cultural, historical and theological contributions to an under-researched subject. The Companion focuses on the exploration of diverse religious faiths, spiritualities, and sexualities with contributions that embrace many contrasting approaches related to the contemporary context. By adopting a truly inter-disciplinary and multi-dimensional perspective, the Companion embraces the complexities of both sexuality and religion. Aimed primarily at a readership with specialist interest in both, The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality offers an innovative and refreshing analysis of key theoretical and empirical issues in an increasingly relevant and expanding area of academic interest. The Companion comprises five main thematic sections, each with chapters ranging across a variety of crucial topics traversing various faith traditions. The principal themes are: epistemological and methodological issues; the significance of religious text; institutional religious settings; stability transformation and change; contesting hegemonic structures and discourses. Each section includes four chapters contributed by leading international experts in their respective fields and who are at the cutting-edge of current research. Collectively, they offer an inter-disciplinary and comprehensive survey of sexuality and religion.
’The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality is a welcome and much-needed addition to books on religion and sexuality that seeks to situate this new field through a collection of excellent papers on: epistemological and methodological issues; religious texts; institutional settings; stability, transformation and change; and contesting hegemonic structures and discourses. It is comprehensive, covering a wide range of topics, religious traditions, methods and theories. In particular, the book recognizes the fluidity of lived religion as well as the often-regulatory nature of official religious voices. In this volume there is much of use for both scholars and students alike. This book will definitely become compulsory reading for my Religion and Sex course.’ Pamela Dickey Young, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada ’By bringing religion and sexuality into constructive conversation through interdisciplinary inquiry, Stephen J. Hunt and Andrew Yip have achieved a cutting-edge contribution to scholarship. Written by both senior and junior researchers, the essays in the Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality are fresh, innovative and inspiring.’ Lori G. Beaman, University of Ottawa, Canada ’This is a fascinating collection of essays on the complex relationships and negotiations between religions and human sexualities. It is the sheer diversity of perspectives and approaches that makes this volume so interesting and challenging. Scholarly, yet written in an accessible style, these essays will be of interest to all of us who study this topic.’ Elizabeth Stuart, University of Winchester, UK ’The number of those practicing religion may be in decline, but religion and its practice - both as ritual and social engagement - is ever more discussed, contested or lauded, and not least with regard to what religion has to say about sex and gender, religion’s construction of the human sexes and their pass