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New book: Demystifying the Caliphate

New book:

Demystifying the Caliphate: Historical Memory and Contemporary Contexts, ed. by Madawi Al-Rasheed, Carool Kersten and Marat Shterin, London: Hurst and Co & New York: Columbia University Press (November, 2012)

Paperback edition will be out in early January 2013.

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New book: Young American Muslims

Young American Muslims: Dynamics of Identity

By Nahid Afrose Kabir, University of South Australia


This book presents a journey into the ideas, outlooks and identity of young Muslims in America today. Based on around 400 in-depth interviews with young Muslims from Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Virginia, all the richness and nuance of these minority voices can be heard.

Many young Americans cherish an American dream, 'that all men are created equal'. And the election of America's first black President in 2008 has shown that America has moved forward. Yet since 9/11 Muslim Americans have faced renewed challenges, with their loyalty and sense of belonging being questioned. Chapters include: Introduction: My Journey and the 'Muslim Question'; Identity Matters; The Culture Debate; What Does it Take to be an American?; Reflections on the American Media; Barack Hussein Obama and Young Muslims' Political Awareness; The Palestinian Question; From Here to Where?

November 2012 248 pp o HB o 978 0 7486 6993 6 HB Special Price: £70.00 £56.50

Nahid Afrose Kabir is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, University of South Australia. She was a visiting fellow (2009 - 2011) at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, USA. Dr Kabir is the author of Muslims in Australia: Immigration, Race Relations and Cultural History (London: Routledge 2005), and Young British Muslims: Identity, Culture, Politics and the Media (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2010).


New issue of Politics and Religion Journal (PRJ)

A new issue of Politics and Religion Journal (PRJ) is online here.

Volume VI (No. 2) - Autumn 2012. Table of contents

The word of guest editor



Joanna Wardega Mao Zedong in Present-day China - Form of Deification Weishan Huang Bodhisattva Comes out of a Closet: City, Surveillance, and Doing Religion Tsering Topgyal The Securitisation of Tibetan Buddhism in Communist China Raphael Israeli Islam in China Chaohua Wang Old Sage for New Age? The Revival of Religious Confucianism in China


Marcus Smith and Peter Marden Politics, Policy and Faith: The Christian Right in Australia Alberta Giorgi Religious Associations in Lombardy: Values and Political Choices


Hang Lin Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power Nika Sturm The Serbian Politology of Religion Library


New Book: Global Pentecostal Movements

Michael Wilkinson, ed. 2012. Global Pentecostal Movements: Migration, Mission, and Public Religion. Brill.


This volume contributes to the growing body of literature on religion and globalization and specifically global Pentecostal movements. While Pentecostalism worldwide shares a cultural resemblance, it is also localized and expressed in different ways. The variety of Pentecostalisms throughout the world are illustrated through important themes of mission, migration, and public religion. The global flows of Pentecostal practices, beliefs, and cultures, brings into contrast these variations. Negotiating what it means to be Pentecostal often leads to conflict and questions of identity. Interaction with other religions like Islam in Africa, mission work in Asia, and migration to Europe and North America is problematized. Regional coverage includes Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America.


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