A student response to "Hinduism"

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This week we're doing some a little different with the format of the response. Rather than have a single respondent to the interview, we opened up the opportunity to several students from the University of Edinburgh's Religious Studies Masters program to have a stab at writing their own.
hinduism
Isms
Lauren Flynn
religion
Religious Studies
University of Edinburgh
Whitney Roth
Will Sweetman

Mentalizing and Religion

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Cognitive Science of Religion has sometimes been criticized for lack of empirical support. Jonathan Jong went as far as claiming that some theories are ‘notoriously under-determined by data’.
Cognitive Science
cognitive science of religion
Hans van Eyghen
Ingela Visuri
Jonathan Jong
theory of mind

Blended/ing Religion

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Margarita Simon Guillory’s interview presents me with an opportunity to revisit a major question in the study of African American religion(s). That is: How do we name and theorize the practice of combining different belief systems to create a unique new religion?
African American
African-American religion
Justine Bakker
Margarita Guillory
polyculture
religion

Re-Packaging E.B. Tylor

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It is a rather odd experience to be writing a response to a podcast in which I participated, along with Graham Harvey, Paul François Tremlett, James Cox, Miguel Astor-Aguilera and Jonathan Jong. This was a roundtable discussion held at the 2017 British Association for the Study of Religion...
E.B. Tylor
Edward Tylor
Graham Harvey
James Cox
Liam Sutherland
paul-francois tremlett
theory

Engaging with Religion and Populism

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In Professor Brian S. Turner’s RSP podcast interview with Sammy Bishop, a rallying cry for the relevance of sociology of religion rang out. In the aftermath of 9/11, it was the rush to understand Islamic terrorism that re-centred the study of religion in the social sciences. Now, Turner argues,...
Bryan Turner
Donald Trump
fiji
populism
Sociology
Sociology of Religion
Thomas White

The removal and assimilation of NRM Children

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Considering the title of her podcast, I was hoping that Dr Susan Palmer would speak about children in all New Religious Movements (NRM). Instead, I found myself immersed in a discussion about children in more problematic groups such as Hari Krishna, the New Unification Church, Children of God, 12 Tribes, Mormon Polygamists, and Scientology.
Cults
Education
Education Policy
New Religious Movements
NRM
Patricia 'Iolana
Susan Palmer

“Insider Knowledge”: Seeing the Bigger Picture with New Religious Movements

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In his interview with the RSP, George Chryssides considers a prominent methodological challenge for scholars of New Religious Movements (NRMs) – how to approach the narratives of former members of NRMs in an academic context. Ex-member narratives can cover a variety of issues relating to NRMs, ranging from reasons why certain members joined and left the movement, to intricate details involving esoteric practices that are unknown to outsiders.
Aled Thomas
George Chryssides
jehovah's witnesses
New Religious Movements
Scientology

Buddhists and the future of democratic space in Myanmar

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Melissa Crouch’s recent edited volume Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging is a very welcome addition to the dialogue on Buddhist-Muslim relations in Southeast Asia. In the podcast Melissa alludes to a particular phenomenon around South and Southeast Asia.
969 Movement
Buddhism
Melissa Crouch
Muslim NGOs
NGOs
NGOs series
Paul Fuller

Complications and Contradictions in the Usage of ‘Indigenous Religions’

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One of the most challenging and enlightening aspects of my fieldwork among the Adi of Arunachal Pradesh, India, in the far eastern Himalayan foothills, has been considering the concept of ‘indigenous religions’: as a phrase, as a classification, as a rallying point for activism.
Arkotong Longkumer
bjørn ola tafjord
Claire Scheid
Indigeneity
indigenous peoples
indigenous religion

Tangential Thinking about "Faith-Based Organizations"

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The title of the interview intrigued me: beyond ‘faith-based organizations’. I have always considered Erica Bornstein to be one of the pioneers in the anthropology of faith-based organizations in the fields of development and humanitarianism.
Charity
Chika Watanabe
Erica Bornstein
Faith
Japan
NGOs
NGOs series

A World-Conscious Sociology of Religion?

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This week we're doing something a little bit different. Instead of a written response to the podcast we have a video response instead: For my take on James Spickard’s phenomenology see: “Prolegomena to a Philosophical Phenomenology of Religion: a critique of sociological phenomenology”.
Alternative Sociology
Indigenous Sociology
James Spickard
Jonathan Tuckett
Michael Burawoy
Public Sociology
Sociology
Sociology of Religion

"Communicating Religion". Annual Conference of the EASR

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Visiting your Alma Mater is always accompanied by mixed emotions. On the one hand you see familiar things you missed but on the other hand you’re confronted with downsides you hoped were a thing of the past. My visit to the KULeuven for the EASR conference had both, although the positives far outweighed the downsides.
ann taves
cognitive science of religion
EASR
EASR 2017
Hans van Eyghen
religion
Religious Studies

Muslim NGOs and Civil Society in Morocco

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The Religious Studies Project inaugurates its series on “Religions and NGOS” with an investigation of Muslim NGOs in Indonesia and their contribution to the development of both a vibrant civil society as well as a successful democratic system.
Islam
John Thibdeau
Morocco
Muslim NGOs
NGOs series
Robert Hefner

Sitting on the bench: is the cognitive and evolutionary study of religion a team sport?

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The grand challenge of cross-disciplinary integration Cognitive Science (CS) has always been interdisciplinary and multi disciplinary. As recapped by William Bechtel, Adele Abrahamsen, and George Graham (2001), since the very beginning,
Cognitive Science
cognitive science of religion
Historical Approaches
History
Leonardo Ambasciano
philosophy of mind
Wesley Wildman

Absence as Advantage

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The interview conducted by David Robertson from the Religious Studies project with Bjørn Ola Tafjord (University of Tromsø) and Arkotong Longkumer (University of Edinburgh) explores the meanings, challenges and various usages of the increasingly popular notion of Indigenous Religion(s).
Arkotong Longkumer
bjørn ola tafjord
Indigeneity
indigenous religion
religion