New Book: Global Religious Movements Across Borders

Global Religious Movements Across Borders: Sacred Service Edited by Stephen M. Cherry and Helen Rose Ebaugh Ashgate, 2014

Series : Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements


From global missionizing among proselytic faiths to mass migration through religious diasporas, religion has traveled from one side of the world and back again. It continues to play a prominent role in shaping world politics and has been a vital force in the continued emergence, spread, and creation of a transnational civil society.

Exploring how religious roots are shaping organizations that seek to aid people across political and geographic boundaries – ‘service movements’
– this book focuses on how religious movements establish structures to assist people with basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter, education, and health. Examining a multitude of faith traditions with origins in different parts of the world, seven contributing chapters, with an introduction and conclusions by the senior author, offer a unique discussion of the intersections between religious transnationalism and social movements.


Preface, Helen Rose Ebaugh

Introduction to religious and global transnational service movements, Stephen M. Cherry

The Redeemed Christian Church of God: African Pentecostalism, Afe Adogame

The Gulen Movement: Sunni Islam, Helen Rose Ebaugh

Soka Gakkai International: Nichiren Japanese Buddhism, Daniel A. Métraux

BAPS Swaminarayan Community: Hinduism, Arun Brahmbhatt

The Gawad Kalinga Movement: charismatic Catholicism, Stephen M. Cherry

Aga Khan development network: Shia Ismaili Islam, Karim H. Karim

Bahá’í international community: Bahá’í faith, Mike McMullen

Studying global transnational religious service movements, Stephen M.

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