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  1. 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

  2. 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.
     

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.
       
  7. 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.
     

  8. March Book of the Month - Christian Theology: The Classics

    Christian Theology: The Classics is a vibrant introduction to the most important works of in the history of Christian thought. Exploring writings from the origins of Christianity to the present day, it examines some of the most influential theologians of all time, considering the context in which they were writing and the lasting significance of their work. Covering thirty-one theological classics such as:

    • Augustine of Hippo, On the Trinity
    • Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
    • John Calvin, The Institutes of The Christian Religion
    • Jonathan Edwards, Religious Affections
    • St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae
  9. Now Available: Introducing Islam, 2nd Edition

    "Shepard provides a comprehensive and intelligible study of Islam, from its origins in the seventh century to its dynamic developments in the medieval periods, providing insight into the manifestations of Islamic civilization beyond theology, such as on art, culture and rituals. Tracing Islam into the modern era, he sketches the complexity of how Islamic societies from the Middle East to Indonesia have confronted the tensions between traditional beliefs and contemporary expressions of Islam. Masterfully, this catholic and lucid discussion of Islam is accomplished without losing any of the sophistication of the topic." -Awad Halabi, Wright State University, USA
     

  10. Religious Ethics and Migration: Doing Justice to Undocumented Workers

    What does it mean to provide justice for undocumented workers who have been living among us without proper legal documentation? How can we do justice to the undocumented migrants who have been doing the low-skilled, low-paid jobs unwanted by citizens? Why should we even try to do justice for people who violate the laws of the society?

    Religious Ethics and Migration: Doing Justice to Undocumented Workers addresses these questions from a distinctive religious ethical perspective: the Christian theology of forgiveness and radical hospitality. In answering these questions, author Ilsup Ahn employs in-depth interdisciplinary dialogues with other relevant disciplines such as immigration history, global economics, political science, legal philosophy, and social theory.

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