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New Issue: Politics and Religion Journal (PRJ)

Politics and Religion Journal (PRJ)
Issue on Political Economy and Religion
Vol. 11, No. 1, 2017
Published by: Center for Study of Religion and Religious Tolerance, Belgrade, Serbia


Paola Corrente

Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui

Fabián Ludueña Romandini

Micaela Cuesta

Joaquin Algranti

Emilce Cuda

Francisco Letamendia

Julián Giglio, Miguel Barrientos

Laura Adrián Lara

Milovan R. Pecelj


Politics and Religion Journal: Special issue on 'Religion and Politics in Europe"


Politics and Religion Journal, special issue on "Religion and Politics in Latin America"

Politics and Religion Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2015
Special issue on "Religion and Politics in Latin America"
Edited by Emilce Cuda
Published by: Center for Study of Religion and Religious Tolerance


Emilce Cuda
The Word of the Guest Editor

Nestor O. Miguez
The Political Ambiguity of Latin American Popular Religion

Fortunato Mallimaci, Juan Cruz Esquivel
Pluralism and Individualization in the Argentine religious field: Challenges for Catholicism in the Perspective of society and Politics

Emmanuel Taub
Jewish Philosophy and Education: Thinking Argentina's Diaspora from the theology of Franz Rozenzweig

Elio Estanislau Gasda
Secularity of the State and Political Strategies of Religion


Jose Fernandez Vega
The Legitimacy of the Papacy

Hernan Borisonik
Notes on the Dispute between Catholicism and Protestantism


Reimon Bachika
Manifesto of the Critical Theory of Society and Religion: The Wholly Other, Liberation, Happiness, and the Rescue of the Hopeless

Igboin Benson Ohihon
Boko Haram: Islamism, Politics, Security and the State of Nigeria


New Publication: Politics and Religion Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2014

New Issue Volume VIII (No, 2) - Autumn 2014

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Joanna Kaftan Immigration Reform as a Moral Question: Elite and Non-Elite Evangelical Attitudes of Immigration Reform in the U.S.A

Petr Kratochvil, Tomáš Doležal The European Union and the Roman Catholic Church: the Alliance of the Throne and the Altar Revisited?

Graham Maddox Religion and the Search for a new Cosmopolitanism


Benson Ohihon Igboin "The President of Nigeria has no Final Say": Sharia Law controversies and implications for Nigeria

Darko Trifunović, Milan Mijalkovski Terrorist Threats by Balkan Radical Islamist to International Security

Davis Brown Christian and Muslim Populations and First use of Force by States, 1946-2001


Joseph Wuest Republican Theology: The Civic Religion of American Evangelicals


New Book: Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond

Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond Edited by Paul Bramadat and Lorne Dawson 2014, University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division




After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, those in London and Madrid, and the arrest of the "Toronto 18," Canadians have changed how they think about terrorism and security. As governments respond to the potential threat of homegrown radicalism, many observers have become concerned about the impact of those security measures on the minority groups whose lives are "securitized."

In Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond, Paul Bramadat and Lorne Dawson bring together contributors from a wide range of academic disciplines to examine the challenges created by both religious radicalism and the state's and society's response to it. This collection takes a critical look at what is known about religious radicalization, how minorities are affected by radicalization from within and securitization from without, and how the public, media, and government are attempting to cope with the dangers of both radicalization and securitization.

Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond is an ideal guide to the ongoing debates on how best to respond to radicalization without sacrificing the commitments to multiculturalism and social justice that many Canadians hold dear.


Paul Bramadat is the Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and an associate professor in the Department of History and the Religious Studies Program at the University of Victoria.

Lorne Dawson is a professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo.


List of Figures and Tables Acknowledgements

1. The Public, the Political, and the Possible: Religion and Radicalization in Canada and Beyond (Paul Bramadat)

RELIGION AND RADICALIZATION 2. Beating a Path to Salvation: Themes in the Reality of Religious Violence (Ian Reader) 3. Trying to Make Sense of Homegrown Terrorist Radicalization: The Case of the Toronto 18 (Lorne Dawson) 4. Pluralism and Radicalization: Mind the Gap! (Valérie Amiraux and Javiera Araya-Moreno) 5. Securitization and Young Muslim Males: Is None Too Many? (Peter Beyer)

SECURITIZATION AND CANADIAN ETHNO-RELIGIOUS MINORITIES 6. The Impact of Securitization on South Asian Muslims in Montreal (Uzma Jamil) 7. The Sikhs in Canada: Culture, Religion, and Radicalization (Doris R. Jakobsh) 8. Religion, Politics, and Nationalism in Tamil Militancy in Sri Lankan and the Diaspora (Amarnath Amarasingam)

PUBLIC DISCOURSE AND RELIGIOUS RADICALIZATION 9. Religion, Reporting, and Radicalization: The Role of News Media in Securitized Discourses (Joyce Smith) 10. The Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security as a Response to Radicalization: Personal Experiences and Academic Reflections (Edna Keeble) 11. Narratives, Identity, and Terrorism (Sean Norton and Afzal Upal) 12. Conclusion (Paul Bramadat and Lorne Dawson)


New Book: Islam and Development

Islam and Development

Exploring the Invisible Aid Economy

Edited by Matthew Clarke, Deakin University, Australia and David Tittensor, Deakin University, Australia


· Islam and DevelopmentThe study of Islam since the advent of 9/11 has made a significant resurgence. However, much of the work produced since then has tended to focus on the movements that not only provide aid to their fellow Muslims, but also have political and at times violent agendas. This tendency has led to a dearth of research on the wider Muslim aid and development scene.

Focusing on the role and impact of Islam and Islamic FBOs, an arena that has come to be regarded by some as the 'invisible aid economy', Islam and Development considers Islamic theology and its application to development and how Islamic teaching is actualized in case studies of Muslim FBOs. It brings together contributions from the disciplines of theology, sociology, politics and economics, aiming both to raise awareness and to function as a corrective step within the development studies literature.

· Contents: Introduction: the invisible aid sector, David Tittensor and Matthew Clarke. Part I Islam in Development: Zakat and poverty in Islam, Jan A. Ali; The changing nature of Islamic mission: the cases of Tablighi Jama’at and the Gülen Movement, David Tittensor; Islamic international aid flows for poverty alleviation, Matthew Clarke; Development by Muslims, with Muslims and among Muslims: prospects and challenges for Christian aid agencies, Peter Riddell; Riba-free finance and zakat-induced economic aid: the political economy of two developmental initiatives in the Muslim world, Ameer Ali. Part II Islam in Practice: Applying Islamic finance principles to microfinance, Aimatul Yumna; Mobile phones and religion: the case of women micro-entrepreneurs in a religious community in Indonesia, Misita Anwar and Graeme Johanson; Religion and post-disaster development, Ismet Fanany and Rebecca Fanany; Piety, gender relations and Muslim women’s empowerment: the case of Islamic NGOs in Bangladesh, Mohammed Musfequs Salehin. Conclusion: invisible aid: Islam, Muslim NGOs and development, Matthew Clarke, Gerhard Hoffstaedter and David Tittensor; Index.



New Book: Religious Pluralism. Framing Religious Diversity in the Contemporary World

Religious Pluralism Framing Religious Diversity in the Contemporary World Edited by Giuseppe Giordan, Enzo Pace Springer - 2014 - 188 pages


This volume illustrates both theoretically and empirically the differences between religious diversity and religious pluralism. It highlights how the factual situation of cultural and religious diversity may lead to individual, social and political choices of organized and recognized pluralism. In the process, both individual and collective identities are redefined, incessantly moving along the continuum that ranges from exclusion to inclusion.

The book starts by first detailing general issues related to religious pluralism. It makes the case for keeping the empirical, the normative, the regulatory and the interactive dimensions of religious pluralism analytically distinct while recognizing that, in practice, they often overlap. It also underlines the importance of seeking connections between religious pluralism and other pluralisms. Next, the book explores how religious diversity can operate to contribute to legal pluralism and examines the different types of church-state relations: eradication, monopoly, oligopoly and pluralism.

The second half of the book features case studies that provide a more specific look at the general issues, from ways to map and assess the religious diversity of a whole country to a comparison between Belgian-French views of religious and philosophical diversity, from religious pluralism in Italy to the shifting approach to ethnic and religious diversity in America, and from a sociological and historical perspective of religious plurality in Japan to an exploration of Brazilian religions, old and new.

The transition from religious diversity to religious pluralism is one of the most important challenges that will reshape the role of religion in contemporary society. This book provides readers with insights that will help them better understand and interpret this unprecedented transition.


Chapter 1: Introduction: Pluralism as Legitimization of Diversity; Giuseppe Giordan.- PART I: IDEAS AND CONCEPTS ON RELIGIOUS PLURALISM.- Chapter 2: Rethinking Religious Pluralism; James A. Beckford.- Chapter 3: Religious Diversity, Social Control, and Legal Pluralism: A Socio-Legal Analysis; James T. Richardson.- Chapter 4: Oligopoly Is Not Pluralism; Fenggang Yang.- PART II: CASE STUDIES IN RELIGIOUS PLURALISM.- Chapter 5 : Religious and Philosophical Diversity as a Challenge for the Secularism: A Belgian-French Comparison; Jean-Paul Willaime.- Chapter 6: The Diversity of Religious Diversity. Using Census and NCS Methodology in Order to Map and Assess the Religious Diversity of a Whole Country; Christophe Monnot and Jörg Stolz.- Chapter 7: Increasing Religious Diversity in a Society Monopolized by Catholicism; Enzo Pace.- Chapter 8: Rethinking Religious Diversity: Diversities and Governance of Diversities in “Post-Societies”; Siniša Zrinščak.- Chapter 9: Diversity vs Pluralism? Notes from the American Experience; James V. Spickard.- Chapter 10: Between No Establishment and Free Exercise: The Dialectic of American Religious Pluralism; William H. Swatos, Jr.- Chapter 11: Missionary Trans-border Religions and Defensive Civil Society in Contemporary Japan: Toward a Comparative Institutional Approach to Religious Pluralism; Yoshihide Sakurai.- Chapter 12: Religious Tendencies in Brazil: Disenchantment, Secularization, and Sociologists; Roberto Motta.- Index


Giuseppe Giordan is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Padua. From 2009 to 2013 he served as General Secretary of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion. With Enzo Pace and Luigi Berzano he edits the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion. His books in English include Identity and Pluralism. The Values of the Post-Modern Time. Center for Migration Studies, 2004; Vocation and Social Context (ed.), Brill, 2007; Conversion in the Age of Pluralism (ed.), Brill, 2009; Youth and Religion (ed.), Brill, 2010; Religion, Spirituality and Everyday Practices (ed. with William H. Swatos, Jr.) Springer, 2011.

Enzo Pace, Full professor of sociology of religion at Padua University, Directeur d’Études invité at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Past-President of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR). Co-editors of the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion (Brill). Recent publications: Religion as Communication. Farnham: Ashgate, 2011; Il carisma, la fede, la chiesa: introduzione alla sociologia del cristianesimo. Roma: Carocci, 2012; La comunicazione invisibile. Religioni e internet. Cinisello Balsamo, San Paolo Editore, 2013.


New Book: Religion and Power: No Logos without Mythos

Religion and Power: No Logos without Mythos David Martin, London School of Economics, UK Ashgate, August 2014



There are few more contentious issues than the relation of faith to power or the suggestion that religion is irrational compared with politics and peculiarly prone to violence. The former claim is associated with Juergen Habermas and the latter with Richard Dawkins.

In this book David Martin argues, against Habermas, that religion and politics share a common mythic basis and that it is misleading to contrast the rationality of politics with the irrationality of religion. In contrast to Richard Dawkins (and New Atheists generally), Martin argues that the approach taken is brazenly unscientific and that the proclivity to violence is a shared feature of religion, nationalism and political ideology alike rooted in the demands of power and social solidarity. The book concludes by considering the changing ecology of faith and power at both centre and periphery in monuments, places and spaces.


Introduction; Secularisation, secularism and the post-secular: the power dimension. Part I Religion, War and Violence: The problematic; The rhetorical issue of sentences about religion and violence; Modes of truth and rival narratives; the rival narratives. Part II Religion and Nationalism, Religion and Politics: The political future of religion; Nationalism and religion: collective identity and choice; Charisma and founding fatherhood; Religion and politics; Religion, politics and secularisation; No logos without mythos. Part III Religion, Power and Emplacement: The historical ecology of European and North American religion; Inscribing the general theory of secularisation and its basic patterns in the space/time of the city; England and London; Moscow and Eurasia: centre and periphery, ethno-religion and voluntarism, secularisation and de-secularisation. Index.

About the Author

David Martin is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, LSE, UK, and Fellow of the British Academy. He was born in Mortlake, in 1929 and attended East Sheen Grammar School and Westminster College, In the latter part of a seven year period in primary school teaching he took a first class (external) degree in sociology in his spare time and won a post-graduate scholarship to the LSE. He became a lecturer in the LSE sociology department in 1962 and professor from 1971-89. After his first book on Pacifism (1965) he produced the first critique of secularisation theory (1965) and the first statement of a general theory of secularisation (1969 and 1978). From 1986-90 he was distinguished professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University and turned to the study of global Pentecostalism, producing, the first summary statement of the world-wide Pentecostal phenomenon in 1990. He also returned to the issue of religion and violence and explored issues in music and nationalism and sociology and theology. His intellectual autobiography The Education of David Martin appeared in 2013.


New Book: The Changing Soul of Europe

The Changing Soul of Europe Religions and Migrations in Northern and Southern Europe

Edited by Helena Vilaça, University of Porto, Portugal, Enzo Pace, University of Padova, Italy, Inger Furseth, University of Oslo, Norway and Per Pettersson, Karlstad University and Uppsala University, Sweden

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Ashgate, August 2014

Edited by Helena Vilaça, University of Porto, Portugal, Enzo Pace, University of Padova, Italy, Inger Furseth, University of Oslo, Norway and Per Pettersson, Karlstad University and Uppsala University, Sweden

This book paves the way for a more enlarged discussion on religion and migration phenomena in countries of Northern and Southern Europe. From a comparative perspective, these are regions with very different religious traditions and different historical State/Church relations. Although official religion persisted longer in Nordic Protestant countries than in South Mediterranean countries, levels of secularization are higher. In the last decades, both Northern and Southern Europe have received strong flows of newcomers. From this perspective, the book presents through various theoretical lenses and empirical researches the impact mobility and consequent religious transnationalism have on multiple aspects of culture and social life in societies where the religious landscapes are increasingly diverse. The chapters demonstrate that we are dealing with complex scenarios: different contexts of reception, different countries of origin, various ethnicities and religious traditions (Catholics, Orthodox and Evangelical Christians, Muslims, Buddhists). Having become plural spaces, our societies tend to be far more concerned with the issue of social integration rather than with that of social identities reconstruction in society as a whole, often ignoring that today religion manifests itself as a plurality of religions. In short, what are the implications of newcomers for the religious life of Europe and for the redesign of its soul?

Contents: Introduction. Part I Theoretical Remarks: Religion in motion: migration, religion and social theory, Enzo Pace; New economy, migration and social change: the impact on religion, José Madureira Pinto; Immigrant religions and the context of reception in advanced industrial societies, Tuomas Martikainen. Part II Religion and Migration in Europe: Case Studies: Migration and ethno-religious identity in contemporary Greece: the role of the Orthodox Church, Elisabeth A. Diamantopoulou; How the Portuguese Catholic Church is dealing with newcomers: the particular case of Eastern European immigrants, Helena Vilaça; Beyond parishes: challenges of Catholic-Christian second generations, Roberta Ricucci; Ethnic and religious diversities in Portugal: the case of Brazilian Evangelical immigrants, Donizete Rodrigues; Accommodation and tension: African Christian communities and their Swedish hosts, Anne Kubai; Young Muslim women's public self-representations: a new generation of Italians seeking legitimacy, Annalisa Frisina; Values and religion in transition: a case study of a Swedish multicultural public school, Per Pettersson; Hijab street fashion and style in Oslo, Inger Furseth; Religiosity and ethnicity: Vietnamese immigrant religion in Denmark, Jørn Borup. Conclusion; Index.


New Book: Secularism, Religion, and Politics. India and Europe

Secularism, Religion, and Politics India and Europe Edited by Peter Losonczi, Walter Van Herck Routledge India – 2014


This book highlights the relationship between the state and religion in India and Europe. It problematizes the idea of secularism and questions received ideas about secularism. It also looks at how Europe and India can learn from each other about negotiating religious space and identity in this globalised post-9/11 world.


New Book: Islam, Democracy, and Cosmopolitanism

Islam, Democracy, and Cosmopolitanism: At Home and in the World


Ali Mirsepassi Tadd Graham Fernée

Cambridge University Press May 2014


This book presents a critical study of citizenship, state and globalization in societies that have been historically influenced by Islamic traditions and institutions. Interrogating the work of contemporary theorists of Islamic modernity such as Mohammed Arkoun, Abdul an-Na'im, Fatima Mernissi, Talal Asad, Saba Mahmood and Aziz Al-Azmeh, this book explores the debate on Islam, democracy and modernity, contextualized within contemporary Muslim lifeworlds. These include contemporary Turkey (following the 9/11 attacks and the onset of war in Afghanistan), multicultural France (2009-10 French burqa debate), Egypt (the 2011 Tahrir Square mass mobilizations), and India. Ali Mirsepassi and Tadd Graham Fernée critique particular counterproductive ideological conceptualizations, voicing an emerging global ethic of reconciliation. Rejecting the polarized conceptual ideals of the universal or the authentic, the authors critically reassess notions of the secular, the cosmopolitan and democracy. Raising questions that cut across the disciplines of history, anthropology, sociology and law, this study articulates a democratic politics of everyday life in modern Islamic societies.

Introduction: citizenship, state, and globalization 1. Ways of being in the world: religion and secularism 2. Islams and modernities: Al-Azmeh's secular critique 3. Talal Asad's romance with Islamism 4. Arkoun's The Unthought in Islamic Thought 5. An-Na'im's Islamic reformation: the reconciliation of equality of rights and the Shari'a 6. Fatima Mernissi: 'locally' rooted cosmopolitanism Conclusion.


New Book: Religion, Identity and Human Security

Giorgio Shani (2014) Religion, Identity and Human Security (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge) ISBN: 978-0-415-50906-0.




Religion, Identity and Human Security attempts to articulate a 'post-secular' approach to Human Security suited to a globalizing and increasingly post-Western world. It is divided into two sections. The first section provides the theoretical framework for re-conceptualizing Critical Human Security along post-secular lines. The second attempts to apply this framework to three sites of insecurity: the EU, South Asia and Japan. It will primarily be of interest to students of International Relations, Critical Security Studies and Religion and Politics.


Part I: Reconceptualizing Human Security in a Post-Secular Age, 1. Globalization and Identity After the Financial Crisis, 2. Provincializing Post-Secularism, 3. Re-conceptualizing Security: Towards a Critical Human Security Paradigm? 4. De-Secularizing Human Security, Part II: Sites of Human Insecurity, 5. Emancipating Zoe: The Securitization of the Veil in France, 6. Sarva Dharma Sambhava: Religion and Human In/Security in South Asia 7. Tabunka Kyōsei ? Ethno-Nationalism and Human Insecurity in Japan, Conclusion: To be Human is not to be resilient.


New Book: Religiously Oriented Parties and Democratization

Religiously Oriented Parties and Democratization Edited by Luca Ozzano, Francesco Cavatorta


Routledge – 2014 – 174 pages

Series: Democratization Special Issues


To the surprise of both academics and policy-makers, religion has not been relegated entirely to the private sphere; quite the contrary. Over the last few decades, religion has begun to play a significant role in public affairs and, in many cases, directly in political systems. This edited volume analyses in detail how religion and religious precepts inform the ideology, strategies and electoral behaviour of political parties. Working with an original and innovative typology of religiously oriented political parties, the book examines cases from different regions of the world and different religious traditions to highlight the significance of religion for party politics. This interest for religiously oriented parties is combined with an interest in processes of democratic change and democratic consolidation. Political parties are central to the success of processes of democratization while religion is seen in many circles as an element that prevents such success because it is perceived to be a polarising factor detrimental to the consensus necessary to build a liberal-democratic system. Through the different case-studies presented here, a much more complex picture emerges, where religiously oriented political parties perform very different and often contradicting roles with respect to democratic change.

This book was published as a special issue of Democratization.


1. Introduction: religiously oriented parties and democratization (Luca Ozzano and Francesco Cavatorta) 2. The many faces of the political god: a typology of religiously oriented parties (Luca Ozzano) 3. The perils of polarization and religious parties: the democratic challenges of political fragmentation in Israel and Turkey (Sultan Tepe) 4. Moderation through exclusion? The journey of the Tunisian Ennahda from fundamentalist to conservative party (Francesco Cavatorta and Fabio Merone) 5. Refining the moderation thesis. Two religious parties and Indian democracy: the Jana Sangh and the BJP between Hindutva radicalism and coalition politics (Christophe Jaffrelot) 6. Ahab and the white whale: the contemporary debate around the forms of Catholic political commitment in Italy (Alberta Giorgi) 7. Religious parties in Chile: the Christian Democratic Party and the Independent Democratic Union (Juan Pablo Luna, Felipe Monestier and Fernando Rosenblatt) 8. Religion and democratization in Northern Ireland: is religion actually ethnicity in disguise? (Eoin O'Malley and Dawn Walsh) 9. Conclusion: reassessing the relation between religion, political actors, and democratization (Luca Ozzano and Francesco Cavatorta)


New Book: Immigrant Faith: Patterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe

Immigrant Faith: Patterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe

Phillip Connor, Ph.D.

New York University Press – August 2014


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Immigrant Faith examines trends and patterns relating to religion in the lives of immigrants. The volume moves beyond specific studies of particular faiths in particular immigrant destinations to present the religious lives of immigrants in the United States, Canada, and Europe on a broad scale.

Religion is not merely one aspect among many in immigrant lives. Immigrant faith affects daily interactions, shapes the future of immigrants in their destination society, and influences society beyond the immigrants themselves. In other words, to understand immigrants, one must understand their faith.

Drawing on census data and other surveys, including data sources from several countries and statistical data from thousands of immigrant interviews, the volume provides a concise overview of immigrant religion. It sheds light on whether religion shapes the choice of destination for migrants, if immigrants are more or less religious after migrating, if religious immigrants have an easier adjustment, or if religious migrants tend to fare better or worse economically than non-religious migrants.

Immigrant Faith covers demographic trends from initial migration to settlement to the transmission of faith to the second generation. It offers the perfect introduction to big picture patterns of immigrant religion for scholars and students, as well as religious leaders and policy makers.

Phillip Connor is a research associate at the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.


International Sociology Special Issue on 'Multiple Secularities'

Special Issue: Multiple Secularities: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age



Marian Burchardt, Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, and Ute Wegert 'Multiple secularities': Postcolonial variations and guiding ideas in India and South Africa

Gudrun Krämer Modern but not secular: Religion, identity and the ordre public in the Arab Middle East

David Lehmann Religion as heritage, religion as belief: Shifting frontiers of secularism in Europe, the USA and Brazil

Peter Beyer Questioning the secular/religious divide in a post-Westphalian world

Ann Swidler African affirmations: The religion of modernity and the modernity of religion


New Book: One Family Under God

One Family Under God: Immigration Politics and Progressive Religion in America - Grace Yukich - Oxford University Press 2013



- Focuses on progressive religious activists, a group that has often been ignored in favor of focusing on conservative religious activists or secular leftists - Focuses on stories of mixed-status immigrant families in danger of being separated through deportation and the complexities surrounding their cases, which challenge simplistic understandings of immigration status - Introduces a new theoretical concept-the multi-target social movement-and develops hypotheses about how having multiple targets might shape a movement

Behind the walls of a church, Liliana and her baby eat, sleep, and wait. Outside, protestors shout Go back to Mexico! and Tax this political church! They demand that the U.S. government deport Liliana, which would separate her from her husband and children. Is Liliana a criminal or a hero? And why does the church protect her?

Grace Yukich draws on extensive field observation and interviews to reveal how immigration is changing religious activism in the U.S. In the face of nationwide immigration raids and public hostility toward illegal immigration, the New Sanctuary Movement emerged in 2007 as a religious force seeking to humanize the image of undocumented immigrants like Liliana. Building coalitions between religious and ethnic groups that had rarely worked together in the past, activists revived and adapted sanctuary, the tradition of providing shelter for fugitives in houses of worship. Through sanctuary, they called on Americans to support legislation that would keep immigrant families together. But they sought more than political change: they also pursued religious transformation, challenging the religious nationalism in America's faith communities by portraying undocumented immigrants as fellow children of God.

Yukich shows progressive religious activists struggling with the competing goals of newly diverse coalitions, fighting to expand the meaning of family values in a globalizing nation. Through these struggles, the activists both challenged the public dominance of the religious right and created conflicts that could doom their chances of impacting immigration reform.


New Book: Religion in the Context of Globalization

Religion in the Context of Globalization Essays on Concept, Form, and Political Implication By Peter Beyer


Routledge - 2013 - 232 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics


Peter Beyer has been a central figure in the debate about religion and globalization for many years, this volume is a collection of essays on the relation between religion and globalization with special emphasis on the concept of religion, its modern forms and on the relation of religion to the state.

Featuring a newly written introduction and conclusion which frame the volume and offer the reader guidance on how the arguments fit together, this book brings together ten previously published pieces which focus on the institutional forms and concept of religion in the context of globalizing and modern society. The guiding theme that they all share is the idea that religion and globalization are historically, conceptually, and institutionally related. What has come to constitute religion and what social roles religion plays are not manifestations of a timeless essence, called religion, or even a requirement of human societies. In concept and institutional form, religion is an expression of the historical process of globalization, above all during modern centuries. What religion has become is one of the outcomes of the successive transformations and developments that have brought about contemporary global society.

Including some of the most important theoretical work in the field of religion and globalization, this collection provokes the reader to consider paths for future research in the area, and will be of great interest to students and scholars of religion and politics, globalization and religion and sociology.



Part 1: Observing Religion in the Contemporary Global Context

1. Purity as Hybridization: Religio-Cultural Syncretisms in the Context of Globalization 2. Globalization and Glocalization 3. Conceptions of Religion: On Distinguishing Scientific, Theological, and 'Official' Meanings

Part 2: The Formation of Religion and Religions in Global Society

4. Social Forms of Religion and Religions in Contemporary Global Society 5. What Counts as Religion in Global Society? From Practice to Theory 6. The City and Beyond as Dialogue: Negotiating Religious Authenticity in Global Society 7. Can the Tail Wag the Dog? Diaspora Reconstructions of Religion in a Globalized Society Part 3: Religion and the Political Domain 8. Defining Religion in Cross-National Perspective: Identity and Difference in Official Conceptions 9. Constitutional Privilege and Constituting Pluralism: Religious Freedom in National, Global, and Legal Context 10. Religion out of place? The Globalization of Fundamentalism

Peter Beyer is Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada.


New Book: From Religious Empires to Secular States

From Religious Empires to Secular States State Secularization in Turkey, Iran, and Russia

By Birol Baskan


Routledge 2014 http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415743518/

In the 1920s and the 1930s, Turkey, Iran and Russia vehemently pursued state-secularizing reforms, but adopted different strategies in doing so. But why do states follow different secularizing strategies? The literature has already shattered the illusion that secularization of the state has been a unilinear, homogeneous and universal process, and has convincingly shown that secularization of the state has unfolded along different paths. Much, however, remains to be uncovered.

This book provides an in-depth comparative historical analysis of state secularization in three major Eurasian countries: Turkey, Iran and Russia. To capture the aforementioned variation in state secularization across three countries that have been hitherto analyzed as separate studies, Birol Baskan adopts three modes of state secularization: accommodationism, separationism and eradicationism. Focusing thematically on the changing relations between the state and religious institutions, Baskan brings together a host of factors, historical, strategic and structural, to account for why Turkey adopted accommodationism, Iran separationism and Russia eradicationism. In doing so, he expertly demonstrates that each secularization strategy was a rational response to the strategic context the reformers found themselves in.


1. Introduction: The Secular State and Its Three Types.

2. Mobilizing Sheikhs and Ulama: Religion and the Ottoman Empire.

3. Accommodationist State Secularization in Republican Turkey.

4. Appeasing the Ulama: Religion and the State in Iran.

5. Separationist State Secularization in Pahlavi Iran.

6 Taming the Church: Religion and the Russian Empire.

7. Eradicationist State Secularization in Soviet Union.

8. Conclusion: The Fates of Three Models of Secular States.

Birol Baskan is an assistant professor of government at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University. His research looks at state-regime-religion relations in the Middle East.


New Book: Religion and Immigration

Religion and Immigration: Migrant Faiths in North America and Western Europe Peter Kivisto ISBN: 978-0-7456-4170-6 206 pages August 2014, Polity




This concise book provides readers with a comprehensive overview and critical assessment of the key issues and varied strands of research relating to immigration and religion that have been produced during the past two decades.

Religion, once a neglected topic in migration studies, is today seen as a crucially important aspect of the immigrant experience. For some - particularly those focusing on religion in North America - religion has been portrayed as a vital resource for many immigrants engaged in the essential identity work required in adjusting to the receiving society. For others - particularly those who have focused on Muslim immigrants in Western Europe - religion tends to be depicted as a source of conflict rather than one of comfort and consolation.

In a judicious, engaging, and highly readable account, this book sorts through these competing viewpoints, pointing to an approach that will assist upper-level students and scholars alike in putting these competing analyses into perspective. Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction: Religion on the Move Chapter 2: Immigrant Identity Work and Religion Chapter 3: Reframing Religious Organizations and Practices Chapter 4: Immigrants and Transnational Religious Networks Chapter 5: Church-State Relations and the Public Sphere Chapter 6: Epilogue References

Author Information

Peter Kivisto is Richard Swanson Professor of Social Thought and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare at Augustana College. He is also editor of The Sociological Quarterly.


Sociology of Islam: Special Issue on the Gulen Movement

Sociology of Islam Journal

A Special Issue on the Gülen Movement

Volume 1, Issue 3-4, 2014


Perspectives on the Gülen Movement - Authors: Gary Wood ; Tugrul Keskin, pp 127 –130

Approaching a Sociology of Fethullah Gülen - Author: Joshua D. Hendrick, pp 131 –144

“Is Hizmet Liberal?” Mediations and Disciplines of Islam and Liberalism among Gülen Organizations in Istanbul - Author: Jeremy F. Walton, pp 145 –164

The Netherlands and the Gülen movement - Author: Martin van Bruinessen, pp 165 –187

The Sohbet: Talking Islam in Turkey - Author: Smita Tewari Jassal, pp 188 –208

Said Nursi’s Notion of ‘Sacred Science’: Its Function and Application in Hizmet High School Education - Authors: Caroline Tee ; David Shankland, pp 209 –232

Translocal Ethics: Hizmet Teachers and the Formation of Gülen-inspired Schools in Urban Tanzania - Author: Kristina Dohrn, pp 233 –256

What is the Hizmet Movement? Contending Approaches to the Analysis of Religious Activists In World Politics - Author: Sabine Dreher, pp 257 –275

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