1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Religion

Edited By Stephen Pihlaja, Helen Ringrow Copyright 2024
    448 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Language and Religion is the first ever comprehensive collection of research on religion and language, with over 35 authors from 15 countries, presenting a range of linguistic and discourse analytic research on religion and belief in different discourse contexts.

    The contributions show the importance of studying language and religion and for bringing together work in this area across sub-disciplines, languages, cultures, and geographical boundaries. The Handbook focuses on three major topics: Religious and Sacred Language, Institutional Discourse, and Religious Identity and Community. Scholars from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds investigate these topics using a range of linguistic perspectives including Cognitive Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, and Conversation Analysis. The data analysed in these chapters come from a variety of religious backgrounds and national contexts. Linguistic data from all the major world religions are included, with sacred texts, conversational data, and institutional texts included for analysis.

    The Handbook is intended to be useful for readers from different subdisciplines within linguistics, but also to researchers working in other disciplines including philosophy, theology, and sociology. Each chapter gives both a template for research approaches and suggestions for future research and will inspire readers at every stage of their career.

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    List of Contributors

    Foreword - Paul Chilton

    1. Language and Religion - Stephen Pihlaja & Helen Ringrow
    2. Part One - Religious & Sacred Language

    3. The Learning of Sacred languages - Bene Bassetti
    4. Sacred Languages and Power - Brian P. Bennett
    5. Digital Media and the Sacred - Nevfel Boz & Zehra Er┼čahin
    6. Metaphors and Gestures in Prayers in Islam - Manar El-Wahsh
    7. Arabic Language and Representations of the Ethnic Other - Mohamed Hassan
    8. Secular Functions of Religious Expressions - Marwan Jarrah & Sharif Alghazo
    9. Symbols and Icons in Buddhist Worship - Charles M. Mueller
    10. Religious Language in Literature - Clara Neary
    11. Language, Religion, and the Digital World - Stephen Pihlaja
    12. Part Two - Institutional Discourse

    13. Variation of Language in Religious Texts - Svitlana Shurma & Wei-lun Lu
    14. Religion, Literature, and the Secondary Classroom - Furzeen Ahmed
    15. Religious Greeting Messages as a Genre of Institutional Communication - Melanie Barbato
    16. News Media Representations of Religion - Gavin Brookes, Isobelle Clarke, & Tony McEnery
    17. Pandemic Sermon Rhetoric and Evangelism - Clint D. Bryan
    18. Language Policies and Religious Practice - Anthony J. Liddicoat
    19. Politeness in Religious Discourse - Marzena Makuchowska
    20. Religion in the Discourse of Abortion - Helen Ringrow & Simon Statham
    21. Religious Oratory and Language Online - Fiona Rossette-Crake
    22. Catholicism and Social Media - Andre Joseph Theng
    23. Part Three - Religious Identity & Community

    24. Religion, Identity, and Second Language - Amal Alhamazany
    25. Selling English in an Islamic Society - Samar Alkhalil
    26. Narratives and Religious Identity - Iman Abdulrahman Almulla
    27. Jewish Languages and American Jewishness - Anastasia Badder & Sharon Avni
    28. Multilanguaging in Interreligious Encounters - Linda Sauer Bredvik
    29. Ritual Language, Ritual Community - Manel Herat
    30. Religious Identity in Discourse - Kate Power
    31. Conversion Narratives - Kumaran Rajandran
    32. Cognitive Metaphor and Religion - Peter Richardson
    33. Religious Ritual and Language in the Local Community - Andrey Rosowsky



    Stephen Pihlaja lives and teaches in Birmingham (UK). He is the author of several books on talk about religion, including Talk about Faith: how debate and conversation shape belief (2021). He is interested in how people talk about and understand their own beliefs in diverse contexts.

    Helen Ringrow researches gender and religion, particularly in online contexts. She is author of The Language of Cosmetics Advertising (2016) and co-editor of Contemporary Media Stylistics (2020).