Changing Your Story: Assessing Ex-Member Narratives

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Ex-member testimony can be a difficult to deal with. Such testimony tends to receive privileged treatment in anti-cult literature, while some academics are prone to be sceptical, even suggesting ex-member testimony is worthless due to the danger of adaption and fiction.
BASR2017
Ex-member testimony
Identity
jehovah's witnesses
narrative
Religious Studies
Social Media

Muslims, NGOs, and the future of democratic space in Myanmar

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The critical situation of the Rohingyas has cast a shadow over Myanmar’s process of democratization and drawn attention to some aggressively un-civil sectors of this Buddhist majority country’s Muslim minority population. In this interview with Melissa Crouch, ...
Buddhism
Islam
Muslim NGOs
NGOs series
religious violence

Religion and NGOs: Archive

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Since the turn of the twenty-first century, there has been a remarkable surge of interest among both academics and policy makers in the effects that religion has on international aid and development. Within this broad field, the work of ‘religious NGOs’ or ‘Faith-Based Organisations’ (FBOs) has garnered considerable attention.
NGOs series

Hyper-Real Religion, Digital Capitalism, and the Pygmalion Effect

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In this interview, recorded at the SocRel 2017 conference in Leeds, Professor Adam Possamai discusses the rising popularity of ‘Hyper-Real religion’ – a category encompassing Jediism, Matrixism, and other movements taking influence from popular culture. Situating hyper-real religions within the contemporary context of digital capitalism,
bricolage
digital capitalism
Hyper-Real religion
jediism
Matrixism
online religion

Beyond ‘Faith-Based Organizations’: Religion and NGOs in comparative perspective

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In this interview, we talk with Erica Bornstein about her studies of religious giving and social activism in India and Africa, and what the results of her research contribute to our understanding of the complex configurations of ‘Faith-Based Organizations’ across diverse religious contexts.Since the turn of the twenty-first century, ...
anthropology of religion
comparative religion
NGOs
NGOs series

Alternative Sociologies of Religion: Through Non-Western Eyes

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In this interview, recorded at the SocRel 2017 Annual Conference, Professor James Spickard talks about his latest project. Starting with a critique of North American sociology’s approach to religion, Spickard emphasises how our concepts of religion are historically grounded,
anthropology
Confucianism
ethnography
Ibn Khaldoun
Navajo
Sociology

Muslim NGOs and civil society in Indonesia

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While the service provision activities of some religious NGOs complement and enhance systems of low state capacity, in others they compete with state services and in still others service delivery by religious NGOs is associated...
Democracy
Indonesia
Islam
Muslim NGOs
NGOs series
Robert Hefner

‘Modelling Religion’ and the Integration of the Sciences and the Humanities in the Bio-cultural Study of Religion

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Following his Albert Moore Memorial Lecture at Otago University, celebrating 50 years of Religious Studies at Otago, Professor Wesley Wildman talks to Thomas White regarding the integration of the sciences and the humanities in his bio-cultural approach to the study of religion.
bio-cultural
Cognitive Science
cognitive science of religion
computer
Evolution
humanities
modelling
multi-disciplinary
Psychology of Religion
religion
science
simulation
Wildman

What do we mean by Indigenous Religion(s)?

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We talk a lot about the World Relgions Paradigm at the Religious Studies Project, and this discussion looks more closely at one of the ancillary categories, Indigenous Religion. What exactly does this term refer to? Does it refer to specific religions (plural) or a kind of religion (singular)?
Arkotong Longkumer
bjørn ola tafjord
discourse. critical
indigenous religion
language games
world religions paradigm

Hindu Traditions in Contemporary British Communities

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This podcast explores how Hindu belief and traditions have been incorporated into modern western practices. An overview of the British kirtan community and the Art of Living movement is followed by a discussion of authenticity, reconciliation of tradition and modernity, and the influence of popular culture.
authenticity
bhakti
Britain
hinduism
kirtan
Music
Rave

Islamic Millennialism

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We may tend to think of millennialism as something typical of New Religious Movements and christian fundamentalism, but it has a long and interesting history in the Islamic world too. Rob Gleave, Professor of Arabic Studies at Exeter, takes us through the history of Islamic millennialism, ...
apocalypse
David Robertson
ensamm
Islam
mahdi
millennarianism
millennialism
panacea
rob gleave
shiite
sunni

Black Religious Movements and Religio-Racial Identities during the Great Migration

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In this podcast, Judith Weisenfeld talks to Brad Stoddard about her new book, New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Depression. In this book, Weisenfeld explores several social groups in the early 1900s who combined religious and racial rhetoric to fashion new identities.
African-American religion
America
Great Migration
New Religious Movements
Race

Evangelical Yoga: Cultural Appropriation and Translation in American Religions

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In this interview, we discuss yoga as a new American phenomenon and the way that some evangelical Christians practice it. Brown provides a historic overview of bodily–religious practices in America, starting with mesmerism, occultism, osteopathy, and chiropractic in the nineteenth century.
Chiropractic
Culture
Evangelicalism
History
Osteopathy
United States
Yoga

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology

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By claiming the invisible not simply as a materialist term but a metaphysical one as well, Harriss contends that despite—or even because of—his status as a thoroughly “ secular” novelist and critic, Ellison’s writing reflects important theological trends and issues that mark his age and the cultural inheritances of his literary production.
Brad Stoddard
Race
religion and literature
religion and race

Angel Spirituality

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What is angel spirituality, and who does it appeal to (hint: women)? How do they challenge preconceptions about the relationship between new spiritualities and Christianity, and raise interesting questions about gender, and vernacular religion in supposedly post-Christian Europe?
angels
David Robertson
gender
healing
Health
mental health
Spirituality
utriainen
women