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  1. May Book of the Month: Media, Religion and Culture, An Introduction

    Religion has always been shaped by the media of its time, and today we live in a media culture that informs much of what we think and how we behave. Religious believers, communities and institutions use media as tools to communicate, but also as locations where they construct and express identity, practice religion, and build community.

    This lively book offers a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary field of religion, media, and culture. It explores:

    • the religious content of media texts and the reception of those texts by religious consumers who appropriate and reuse them in their own religious work;
    • how new forms of media provide fresh locations within which new religious voices emerge, people reimagine the "task" of religion, and develop and perform religious identity.
       
  2. May Series of the Month: Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia

    Much work on contemporary religion in Asia considers the subject from the perspective of the great religions, oftentimes focusing on the development of official beliefs, and the development of formal institutions. The books in this series, on the other hand, examine the actual practice of religion in everyday life in modern Asian societies. They reveal a very rich picture of varying religious practices, many of them new and non-traditional. The series welcomes innovative approaches to theory and methods in the study of religion and religions, and work which considers religion in relation to culture, politics, ethnicity or gender.

  3. Routledge release free to view monograph research for the month of May

    The Routledge Library Channel is pleased to announce we will be offering free to view access to a carefully selected list of our Routledge Monographs for an entire month.

  4. April Series of the Month: Routledge Research in Religion, Media and Culture

    Routledge Research in Religion, Media and Culture includes a wide range of investigations of media in relation to religious practice and belief in any historical period or geographical domain. Media examined in this series include everyday objects such as statues, dolls, and photographs; visual media such as wood cuts, icons or illuminated manuscripts; and newer media such as radio, film, television, and Internet. Volumes go beyond focusing on how messages are delivered to passive audiences, and contribute to an evolving paradigm of understanding creative audiences for whom media are an integral part of lived religion

  5. April Book of the Month: Reading the Qur’an in the Twenty-First Century

    Reading the Qur’an in the Twenty-First Century considers the development of Qur’anic interpretation and highlights modern debates around new approaches to interpretation. It explores how Muslims from various theological, legal, socio-political and philosophical backgrounds think about the meaning and relevance of the Qur’an, and how their ideas apply in the contemporary world.

    Abdullah Saeed provides a practical guide for interpretation and presents the principal ideas of a contextualist approach, which situates the original message of the Qur’an in its wider social, political, cultural, economic and intellectual context. He advocates a more flexible method of interpretation that gives due recognition to earlier interpretations of the Qur’an while also being aware of changing conditions and the need to approach the Qur’an afresh today.
     

  6. Interview with Karen Pechilis, Author of South Asian Religions: Tradition and Today

    Karen Pechilis, editor of South Asian Religions:Tradition and Today, shares her experiences develooping the book and using it in her own classes with New Books in South Asian Studies. Click here to listen to the full interview!

  7. Women's Studies: The Basics

    International Women’s Day - Free Access to Routledge’s Women and Gender Titles All Weekend

    On International Women's Day, Routledge is joining celebrations across the world to honor women's achievements throughout history. This year, we've decided to give you free online access to a number of Routledge Women Studies resources from Saturday 8th March to Monday 10th March.

  8. Michael Stausberg and Steven Engler Interviewed on New Books in Religion!

    The editors of The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion discuss research design, grounded theory, the comparative study of religion and more with New Books in Religion. Click here to listen to the full interview!

  9. Now Available: What is Islamic Philosophy?

    What is Islamic Philosophy? offers a broad introduction to Islamic thought, from its origins to the many challenging issues facing Muslims in the contemporary world. The chapters explore early Islamic philosophy and trace its development through key themes and figures up to the twenty-first century.

    Topics covered include:

    • ethical issues such as just war, abortion, women’s rights, homosexuality and cloning
    • questions in political philosophy regarding what kind of Islamic state could exist and how democratic can (or should) Islam really be
    • the contribution of Islam to ‘big questions’ such as the existence of God, the concept of the soul, and what constitutes truth.
       
  10. March Series of the Month: Routledge Studies in Religion, Travel, and Tourism

    The public prominence of religion aligned to the modern growth of tourism (sometimes now claimed as the world’s single largest industry) has created a new dynamic relationship between religion, travel and tourism. It has been mirrored by expanding academic research in these areas over the last twenty years across a variety of disciplinary areas, ranging from anthropology, sociology, geography, history and religious studies to newly emergent areas such as tourism and migration studies. Such studies have also expanded exponentially in terms of the geographic spread of places, religions and regions being researched.

    This series provides a new forum for studies based around these themes, drawing together research on the relationships between religion, travel and tourism.
     

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