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Afterword: Things at the disposal of society

Craig Martin

Craig Martin is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, St. Thomas Aquinas College, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Capitalizing Religion : Ideology and the Opiate of the Bourgeoisie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...I have argued that the opiate of the bourgeoisie encourages middle- and upper-middle-class workers to accommodate themselves to consumer life in late capitalism in four ways. First, through quietism: “religion” or “spirituality is presented...

“Lift Each Other Up”: Punk, Politics, and Secularization at Christian Festivals

Christian Punk : Identity and Performance

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Introduction Tobin Bawinkel, the lead singer and guitarist of Christian punk band Flatfoot 56, takes a few minutes near the end of his band’s set at AudioFeed Festival 2017 to talk to his audience about issues important to him...

Brotherhood of the Orb

Lawrence Pintak

Lawrence Pintak is an award-winning journalist and scholar who has written about America’s complex relationship with Islam since 1980. He was the founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (2009–2016) and was named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2017 for “outstanding service to the profession of journalism” around the world. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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America & Islam : Soundbites, Suicide Bombs, and the Road to Donald Trump

I.B. Tauris, 2019

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...A nation/tribe will be coming forth from the Farsi direction, saying: “You Arabs! You have been too zealous! If you don’t give them their due rights, nobody will have alliance with you . . .”Signs of the Judgment DayApril 2017It was a scene...

State Actions in Western Democracies Leading to the Dissolution of Religious Communities

Stuart A. Wright

Stuart A. Wright is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, Lamar University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...One aspect of religious demise that deserves greater attention among scholars involves cases wherein the dissolution of the religious group is a direct result of state actions of social control. I am not referring to cases in authoritarian...

The politics of networking

Afe Adogame

Afe Adogame is Senior Lecturer in World Christianity and Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The African Christian Diaspora : New Currents and Emerging Trends in World Christianity

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Introduction Religion is largely at the pivot of immigrants’ sense of individual and collective identities, and immigrant communities serve as focal points for religious and social networks. In the face of contemporary religious, political...

Political Spirituality, or the Oprahfication of Obama

Religion in the Age of Obama

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...An earlier version of “Political Spirituality” first appeared as “Epilogue: Political Spirituality, or The Oprahfication of Obama,” in Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, by Kathryn Lofton (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011...

Conspiracy is the sincerest form of flattery: Hip hop, aesthetics, and suspicious spiritualities

Religion in Hip Hop : Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Beauty and the beat: From social to antisocial contracts It was 1997, and even as a native New Yorker (a native Brooklynite, no less!), I was in the midst of my very first pilgrimage ever to Marcy Projects, also known as the Marcy Houses...

Reverse mission

Afe Adogame

Afe Adogame is Senior Lecturer in World Christianity and Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The African Christian Diaspora : New Currents and Emerging Trends in World Christianity

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Introduction Europe as a prodigal continent? The religious ethnography that took me from Germany to Nigeria in the summer of 1996 led to a striking and unprecedented finding, an advert captioned ‘Europe: A Prodigal Continent! …Europe...

The National Shari‘as

Ahmad Atif Ahmad

Ahmad Atif Ahmad is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He has taught Arabic, Islamic and Religious Studies at Harvard University, USA; Tufts University, USA; Macalester College, USA; Utrecht University, the Netherlands; and the College of William and Mary, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Islamic Law : Cases, Authorities, and Worldview

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The influence of the shari‘a in modern national laws in Muslim nations is sometimes superficial (even when it is pronounced and overemphasized), sometimes deep (even when it is denied or not well-articulated). If you learn this and can make...

The Snares of Wisdom

Glenn Wallis

Glenn Wallis is an independent scholar and Director of Incite Seminars in Philadelphia, USA. He has taught at several universities, including Brown University, USA, and the University of Georgia, USA. His books include Cruel Theory/Sublime Practice: Toward a Revaluation of Buddhism (2012) and Mediating the Power of Buddhas (2001). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Critique of Western Buddhism : Ruins of the Buddhist Real

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Lurking throughout this book is the query: delivered from its onerous regency of Wisdom, what might Western Buddhism offer us modern mortals? Given that this is a book on Buddhism, the question itself, I imagine, packs enough polemics...