1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and the Body

Edited By Yudit Kornberg Greenberg, George Pati Copyright 2023
    484 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Religion and the Body is the first comprehensive volume to feature multireligious cross-cultural perspectives on the body and embodiment. Featuring multidisciplinary approaches and methodologies from the humanities and the social sciences, it addresses the body and embodied religiosity in theological, ethical, and cultural contexts. Comprised of 30 chapters by a team of international contributors, the handbook is divided into four parts:

    • Theology and Embodied Religiosity
    • Gender, Sexuality, and Body Regulations
    • Ritual and Performance
    • Religion, Healing, and the Future of the Body

    Each part examines central issues, debates, and problems in relation to global belief systems, including embodiments of love, transfiguration, the secular body, disability, body language, maternal bodies, embodied emotions, celibacy, ecology and the body, reshaping the corporal body, initiation rites, physiology, Tantra, Reiki practice, religious experience, technological body modifications, and ethics and the body.

    Providing a breadth of rich and innovative research, it is a must-read for students and scholars in religious studies, theology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, history, and cultural and gender studies.

    Introduction Yudit Kornberg Greenberg and George Pati

    Part I. Theology and Embodied Religiosity

    1. Subtle Bodies and Ecology: Intersubjectivity, Alterity, and New Materialism Jay Johnston

    2. Affect and Embodied Emotions Adam Beyt

    3. Embodiments of Love in Jewish Sources Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

    4. Apophatic Theophanies: Incarnational Knowledge of God in Early Eastern Christianity Lisa D. Maugans Driver

    5. Disability and Embodied Theology Courtney Wilder

    6. ‘We Shall Do and We Shall Understand’: Embodied Theology in Modern Judaism Sam S. B. Shonkoff

    7. Transfiguration Márcio Vilar

    8. The Ruse of Body Language among Muslim Traditionists Ossama Abdelgawwad

    9. Avoidance, Aversion, and Intellectualization: Embodied Brokenness in White Christianity Marcia Mount Shoop

    10. Ecological Theology and the Body Deborah Guess

    Part II. Gender, Sexuality, and Body Regulations

    11. Bodies of Becoming: The Regulation of Religion and Gender and the Subjectivation of the Secular Body Zaheeda P. Alibhai

    12. Maternal Bodies and Religions Florence Pasche Guignard

    13. Semen and the Self in a Teaching and Prayer Justin Jaron Lewis

    14. "I Too Desired a Child": Sufi Hagiography, Ibn Khafif, and the Problem of Celibacy Matthew R. Hotham

    15. Corporeal Conscientization: Heralding the Good News of Black Women’s Bodies Courtney Bryant

    16. Islamic Shi’i Ethics and the Biopolitics of the Maternal Body Ladan Rahbari

    Part III. Ritual and Performance

    17. Tantric Bodies, AI Immortality, and a Yogurt Model of Self Loriliai Biernacki

    18. Holy Heads: Re-Membering John the Baptist and Husayn in Early Christian and Islamic Pilgrimage Mary Thurlkill

    19. Mothers in the Temple: Motherhood, Filial Piety, And Salvation Rituals In Premodern Japanese Buddhism Marta Sanvido

    20. Body, Community, Cosmos: A Sìaiva Siddhānta Rite of Initiation Adam Newman

    21. (In-)Conspicuous Consumption: Food, the Child Body, and Inversion of Hardcore Rituals in Hindu Tantras Sundari Johansen Hurwitt

    22. The Buddhist Body in a Pill: Notes Toward a Material History of Tantra in Tibet James Gentry

    23. Performing Kṛṣṇa’s Body in Kerala George Pati

    24. Sikh Langar: Tasting the Transcendent Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

    Part IV. Religion, Healing, and the Future of the Body

    25. Reiki Practice and the Body as Mediator for Religiosity Dori-Michelle Beeler and Jojan L. Jonker

    26. Further Explorations of/in Daoist Embodiment Louis Komjathy 康思奇

    27. Spiritual Contraptions: Religious Experience and Psychiatrized Bodies in the Nineteenth Century Kyle Derkson

    28. The Thai Body: Understanding the Principles of Medicine, Physiology, and the Massage Tradition through Inscriptions, Texts, and the Material Culture of Wat Phō Saran Suebsantiwongse

    29. Religion, Body, Excreta Sarah Nahar

    30. The Future Body: Religious Approaches to Advanced Technological Body-Modifications Michael Caligiuri.



    Yudit Kornberg Greenberg is George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Endowed Chair of Religion and Founding Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College, Florida.

    George Pati is Surjit S. Patheja Endowed Chair in World Religions and Ethics and Professor of South Asian Religions and Cultures, Department of Philosophy and Theology at Valparaiso University, Indiana.