Interest in the intersection between sexuality and religion has now been mainstreamed into the agenda of theoretical and empirical research and this collection of ground-breaking essays is a landmark testament to the interest and achievements of academics in this area to date. The five volumes cover both established major and minor religions, as well as new expressions of religiosity and spirituality, and demonstrate that the relationship between the two phenomena of sexuality and religion is varied and multi-faceted, with enabling and constraining potentials, mediated through a variety of power structures. The essays show that religions tend to be inherently sex-negative, that sexuality is similarly inclined to flourish in the context of secular and assumed liberal and democratic spaces and that the relationship between religion and sexuality therefore can not be essentialised. This series forms an indispensable collection of breadth and depth for scholars from a wide range of interdisciplinary fields including sociology, theology, anthropology, religious studies, cultural studies and history, and offers an authoritative and convenient reference source for academic libraries.
Stephen Hunt is Reader in Sociology at the University of the West of England, UK
'Hunt’s collection offers a fine overview of religion and sexuality, leaving few stones unturned, and including a vast array of themes and topics, academic disciplines, religious persuasions and geographical areas....the resulting collection is an excellent overview, and enables even those who have worked in the field for some time to learn something new, whether from a different academic discipline or from a different historical timeframe. It is also well-suited as a grounded introduction for those scholars embarking on this field of interest.' Religion and Human Rights Journal