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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. 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.

  4. 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.
     

  5. 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
  6. February Book of the Month: What is Islamic Philosophy?

    "This excellent book provides a user-friendly introduction to the emergence and subsequent developments of Islamic philosophy." -Ali Paya, University of Westminster (UK), Islamic College (UK), and National Research Institute for Science Policy (Iran)

    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. This fresh and original book includes a helpful glossary and suggestions for further reading. It is ideal for students coming to the subject for the first time as well as anyone wanting to learn about the philosophical tradition and dilemmas that are part of the Islamic worldview.
     

  7. February Series of the Month: Routledge Religion Companions

    Routledge Religion Companions offer thorough, high quality surveys and assessments of the major topics in religion. Covering key themes and thinkers, all entries are specially commissioned for each volume and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible and carefully edited and organized, Routledge Religion Companions are indispensable for anyone coming to a major topic or period in religion, as well as for the more advanced reader.
     

  8. January Book of the Month: Introducing Islam, 2nd Edition

    "This is an important, timely and valuable contribution to the understanding of Islam in the world of today. Shepard succeeds in providing an accessible and empathetic introduction to Islam whilst also allowing for sufficient depth for the reader to go beyond the mere facts. The objectives for each chapter are clearly laid out and, with the discussion questions and additional website material, this results in a book that I will not hesitate in recommending to my students." Roy Jackson, University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Just what is Islam and what does it mean to be a Muslim in the world today? Since the events of 9/11 and 7/7, Islam has become one of the most controversial and misunderstood religions in the world. Introducing Islam encourages students to put aside their preconceptions and explore this fascinating religion. Fully revised and updated, the second edition of this core textbook adds crucial material on contemporary issues such as women in Islam and democratization and human rights.

  9. January Series of the Month: World Religions

    This exciting series introduces students to the major world religious traditions. Each religion is explored in a lively and clear fashion by experienced teachers and leading scholars in the field of world religions. Up to date scholarship is presented in a student-friendly fashion, covering history, core beliefs, sacred texts, key figures, religious practice and culture, and key contemporary issues. To aid learning and revision, each text includes illustrations, summaries, explanations of key terms, and further reading. 
     

  10. December Series of the Month: Media, Religion and Culture

    Media, Religion and Culture is an exciting series which analyses the role of media and popular culture in the history and contemporary practice of religious belief. Books in this series explore the importance of a variety of media in religious practice and highlight the significance of the cultural, social and religious setting of such media. The series seeks both to present the best new work in this rapidly growing field, and to offer stimulating reading material for students.

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