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Could you shape the future of the ECPR? 

Could you shape the future of the ECPR? 

For the last 44 years the ECPR has been instrumental in shaping the development of the political science discipline. With a portfolio of major international events, highly ranked publications, prestigious prizes and an institutional membership that is growing year on year, the ECPR remains at the cutting edge of political science and is the association for all involved in its study.

By the end of March 2015, the term of office will expire for five Executive Committee members who were elected in 2009, and for two Executive Committee members who were co-opted to vacancies following the 2012 election.

Now is your opportunity to shape the future of the ECPR by nominating yourself to join the Executive Committee.

If you think you have what’s needed to take the ECPR forward for the next six years you can nominate yourself via the ECPR website. Please see the 2015 EC Election guidelines for a full description of each stage of the election and the eligibility criteria. The Nomination stage opened on 15 October and closes on 15 November 2014.

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.

Call for Papers: Global Halal

Call for Papers: Global Halal

Call for Papers

Global Halal

An International Conference on Muslims and the Cultural Politics of the Permissible

February 19-21, 2015

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Kecia Ali, John Esposito, Sherman Jackson, and Ingrid Mattson

Global Halal is an international conference organized by the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University in partnership with the UK-based Muslim, Trust and Cultural Dialogue Program. The conference topic addresses a range of cultural, economic and political concerns associated with the principle of halal, especially in relation to contemporary food, banking, and lifestyle. Often associated with Muslim dietary practices, the concept of halal applies to that which is permissible to Muslims and serves as one of the key ethical concepts in Islamic theological doctrines. Yet as with any religious principle, concepts like halal and its antithesis haram, are subject to interpretation and variation, especially in the contemporaryglobal era. Muslim practices today are conditioned by a wide-range of technological and contextual influences that raise many questions about what constitutes halal. While the term halal refers to all that is permitted, its specific associations with Islamic restrictions underscore the cultural politics of religious practices at a time of growing awareness among Muslims of the ethics of consumption, the diversity of cultural values, the changing nature of interpersonal relations, and the globalization of financial interactions.

In the majority Muslim regions of the world, halal is embedded in daily life, but it nevertheless raises other issues, for example in regard to the rights of non-Muslim minorities. In contexts where Islam is the minority religion, adaptations of daily practices have been historically necessary to the establishment of Muslim communities. With the growing number of Muslims in Europe and North America, there has been increased demand for halal options, especially with regard to the availability and marketing of halal meats, which has caused some controversy in the United States, Britain, France, among other countries. These controversies illustrate the centrality of the halal concept in contemporary discussions of Muslimness, national belonging and ethics.

This conference will provide a forum for exploring the principle of halal within a global context, emphasizing the complexities of the permissible and the impermissible (haram).

Please send abstracts in MS Word or PDF format to the organizers at the following addresses: and

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words, and should include a title, correspondence address, and institutional affiliation. Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 November 2014.

CFP for Workshop on Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism

CFP for Workshop on Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism

CFP for Workshop on Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism

Workshop date: 25 February 2015

Place: Middlesex University, London, UK

Deadline for abstracts: 15 November 2014

This workshop will explore the various ways in which contemporary
international migration and transnationalism affect Catholicism both as
practices and institutionally. The focus is on the diversity of ways in
which international migration makes an impact: as individual faithful
bring their religious practices to new contexts; as the faithful in
immigrant societies relate to changes due to migration; and, with regard
to transnational religious flows and exchanges within the Catholic
Church. In relation to an exploration of the ways in which the practices
of the faithful are affected by migration and transnationalism, it is
also pertinent to ask, how Catholicism institutionally, whether in the
Vatican, at bishop conference or diocese or parish level, is impacted by
migration and transnationalism, and how the Catholic Church as an
institution responds. The geographic scope of the theme is explicitly
global, and perspectives beyond the Global South to Global North
movement of migrants are necessary. Furthermore, the global religious
landscape is also changing, and there are interesting comparisons to be
drawn for example between the ways in which migration and
transnationalism may affect Catholic and Pentecostal parishes as well as
the individual faithful in particular geographic contexts.

Abstracts for papers on particular case-studies which illustrate
dimensions of the diversity of ways in which migration and
transnationalism are making their mark on Catholicism are welcome,
whether focusing on individual or institutional perspectives globally,
with a theological perspective, adopting a comparative approach between
contexts or denominations or religions, and using qualitative or
quantitative methods. There is no charge for the workshop but we are
unable to offer any support for travel and accommodation.

Please send abstracts (200 words + title), together with your name,
position, institutional affiliation and discipline to Dominic Pasura
( and Marta Bivand Erdal ( by 15
November 2014.

Decisions about selected abstracts will be communicated by 1 December
2014. All participants will be expected to submit full papers of 7 000 –
9 000 words, including references, no later than 15 February 2015.

Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties Report

Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties Report

Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties – John Wolffe and Gavin Moorhead
Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, The Open University

Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties report for the Religion, Martyrdom and
Global Uncertainties (1914-2014) project. This report examines the
relationship between religion and security, including terrorism and
so-called ‘religious violence’. It has two key objectives:

· To provide guidance on identifying circumstances in which religion
(either on its own or in combination with other factors) is likely to
give rise to security challenges.
· To provide a constructive interrogation of some underexplored
assumptions relating to religion and security.

The report is informed by research conducted between October 2013 and
January 2014, which included a series of interviews with academic
researchers and roundtable discussions with MPs, public policy officers,
journalists, church ministers, and representatives of faith communities,
local community organisations and NGOs.

The full report and executive summary can be found at:

The Religion, Martyrdom and Global Uncertainties (1914-2014) project is
funded under a Research Council UK Global Uncertainties Leadership

Religion and Political Theory Centre Lecture Series 2014-15

Religion and Political Theory Centre Lecture Series 2014-15

Religion and Political Theory Centre Lecture Series 2014-15
Multidisciplinary Engagements with Religion

Wednesday 24 September 2014, Council Room
‘Spiritual Governance: The Chaplain as Priest of the Secular’
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan , Indiana University Bloomington

Thursday 30 October 2014, Council Room
‘Religious Divisions After the Reformation: A Spur to Secularization?’
Ben Kaplan, UCL (University College London)

Thursday 4 December 2015, Council Room
‘Equality and Discrimination Law: What has Religious Conscience Got to Do with It?’
Maleiha Malik, King’s College London

Tuesday 3 February 2015, Committee Room
‘The Sociology of Religion and its Cultured Despisers: A Modest Defence’
James A. Beckford, University of Warwick

Tuesday 3 March 2015, Committee Room
‘Multiculturalising Secularism, Multiculturalising State-Religion Connexions’
Tariq Modood, University of Bristol

Monday 23 March 2015, room TBC
‘Moral Majority and Moral Minority: The Values and Beliefs of Religious and Non-religious People in the UK Today’
Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University

Thursday 9 July 2015
Title TBA
Saba Mahmood, University of California, Berkeley

The RAPT lecture series showcases the work of prominent international scholars in, and in relation to, the study of religion and political theory. It is organised by UCL’s Religion and Political Theory (RAPT) Centre. RAPT is a 5-year project funded by the European Research Council and led by Professor Cécile Laborde. It aims to interrogate the special status of religion (ethics, epistemology and practices) in western political and legal theory.

Unless otherwise stated, all lectures take place at 5.15pm and will be held in the Council or Committee Rooms (as stated) at the School of Public Policy, The Rubin Building, 29-30 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU.

All are welcome. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please email Aurelia Bardon ( or Lois Lee ( To attend, please register at

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