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New Issue: Politics and Religion Journal (PRJ)

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 Europe”

Volume IX (No. 2) – Autumn 2015

Table of Content

The Word of the Guest Editor


Jonas Lindberg
Religion as a Means to Societal Cohesion in Nordic politics 1988-2010

Michael P. Hornsby-Smith
Religion and Politics in the United Kingdom

Philippe Portier
Laicity and women’s rights. Equality and difference in contemporary France

Alfonso Perez-Agote
Religion, Politics and Culture in Spain: Towards a Historical Sociology of their Differentiation and their relations

Simone C. Martino
Politics and Religion in Italy: A Catholic History

Piotr Burgonski
The Catholic Church in the face of the Europeanization of the Polish policy of Equality and non-discrimination. The Case of the CAHVIO Convention

Emanuela C. Del Re
The Yazidi and the Islamic State, or the Effects of a Middle East without Minorities on Europe


Maren Freudenberg
The Emerging Church as a Critical Response to the Neoliberalization of the American religious landscape


Jose Casanova
The Making of a Postsecular Society. A Durkheimian approach to Memory, Pluralism and Religion in Turkey

Massimiliano Ruzzeddu
The Religious and the Political: A Comparative Sociology of Religion

Miki Bozinovich
Challenges of Politology of Religion

Politics and Religion Journal, special issue on “Religion and Politics in Latin America”

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

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

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The Word of Editor in Chief

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

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

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

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
7. The Sikhs in Canada: Culture, Religion, and Radicalization (Doris R.
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

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

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

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

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

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.

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