Jocelyne Cesari (ed.)
The Oxford Handbook of European Islam is the first collection to present a comprehensive approach to the multiple and changing ways Islam has been studied across European countries. Parts one to three address the state of knowledge of Islam and Muslims within a selection of European countries, while presenting a critical view of the most up-to-date data specific to each country. These chapters analyse the immigration cycles and policies related to the presence of Muslims, tackling issues such as discrimination, postcolonial identity, adaptation, and assimilation. This Handbook also provides the first systematic inclusion of case studies about Muslims in Eastern European countries, from Bosnia and Albania, to Bulgaria and Russia. The thematic chapters, in parts four and five, examine secularism, radicalization, shariah, hijab, and Islamophobia with the goal of synthesizing different national discussions into a more comparative theoretical framework. The Handbook attempts to balance cutting-edge assessment with the knowledge that the content itself will eventually be superseded by events. Featuring eighteen newly commissioned essays by noted scholars in the field, this volume will provide an excellent resource for students and scholars interested in European Studies, immigration, Islamic studies, and the sociology of religion.
Michael Lieb, Emma Mason, Jonathan Roberts, and Christopher Rowland (eds)
The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible presents reception history as an enterprise (not a method) that questions and understands tradition afresh. In recent decades, reception history has become an increasingly important and controversial topic of discussion in biblical studies. Rather than attempting to recover the original meaning of biblical texts, reception history focuses on exploring the history of interpretation. The breadth of material and hermeneutical issues that reception history engages with questions any narrow understanding of the history of the Bible and its effects on faith communities. The challenge that reception history faces is to explore tradition without either reducing its meaning to what faith communities think is important, or merely offering anthologies of interesting historical interpretations. This book consciously allows for the interplay of the traditional and the new through a two-part structure. Part One comprises a set of essays surveying the outline, form, and content of twelve key biblical books that have been influential in the history of interpretation. Part Two offers a series of in-depth case studies of the interpretation of particular key biblical passages or books with due regard for the specificity of their social, cultural or aesthetic context. These case studies span two millennia of interpretation by readers with widely differing perspectives. Some are at the level of a group response, while others examine individual approaches to texts. Several articles examine historical moments, while others look to wider themes, and still others study in detail the works of popular figures who have used the Bible to provide inspiration for their creativity.
Kathryn Tanner, John Webster, and Iain Torrance (eds)
The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology brings together a set of original and authoritative accounts of all the major areas of current research in Christian systematic theology, offering a thorough survey of the state of the discipline and its prospects. Drawn from Europe, the UK, and North America, the authors are all leading practitioners of the discipline. The book engages in a comprehensive examination of themes and approaches, guiding the reader through current debates and literatures in the context of the historical development of systematic theological reflection. Organized thematically, it treats in detail the full array of topics in systematic theology, as well as questions of its sources and norms, its relation to other theological and non-theological fields of enquiry, and some major trends in current work. Each article provides an analysis of research and debate on its topic, identifying and interpreting options and laying out the basis for the reader to explore the territory, asking: What are the critical issues? How have these issues developed and been expounded? What are the current prospects? The focus is on doctrinal (rather than historical) questions, and on major (rather than ephemeral) debates. The aim is to stimulate readers to reach theological judgements on the basis of consideration of the range of opinion.
John L. Esposito and Emad El-Din Shahin (eds)
The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics offers a geographically comprehensive, in-depth analysis of the interaction of Islam and politics in the post-9/11 era, in an increasingly globalizing world, and in an Arab world transitioning to democracy.It addresses significant questions and issues such as: What is the current state of Islam and politics? How and why has political Islam been relevant in recent years? What are the repercussions and policy implications of the increased role of Islamic movements? And where is political Islam heading? The Handbook is organized into four parts. The first part analyzes the contexts and intellectual responses of political Islam.The second part focuses on the main ideologues of contemporary political Islam. The third part provides critical overviews of the interaction of Islam and politics regionally, in North America, Europe, the Middle East, in Central, South, and Southeast Asia as well as North and Sub Saharan Africa. The fourth part presents an in depth analysis of the dynamics of political Islam in politics through a wide range of case studies divided along three foci: Political Islam in Power; Islamic Movements and the Democratization Process; and Jihadist Political Islam.
Elliot N. Dorff and Jonathan K. Crane (eds)
For thousands of years the Jewish tradition has been a source of moral guidance, for Jews and non-Jews alike. As the chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality show, the theologians and practitioners of Judaism have a long history of wrestling with moral questions, responding to them in an open, argumentative mode that reveals the strengths and weaknesses of all sides of a question. The Jewish tradition also offers guidance for moral conduct in both children and adults, and how to motivate people to do the right thing despite weakness and temptation. This book offers a collection of chapters addressing these topics—historical and contemporary, as well as philosophical and practical. The first part describes the history of the Jewish tradition's moral thought, from the Bible to contemporary Jewish approaches. The second part includes chapters on specific fields in ethics, including the ethics of medicine, business, sex, speech, politics, war, and the environment.
Frank Burch Brown (ed.)
In recent decades, the academic study of religion and the arts has burgeoned, generating new understandings of both the arts and religion in their diversity. The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Artsdraws on the best international scholarship to open up cross-disciplinary conversation of a wide range of artistic ways of being religious, and of religious ways of being artistic. In the center sections of the present Handbook, some chapters discussreligious and spiritual aspects of specific arts: music, story, poetry, drama, dance, architecture, visual art, and film. Others focus on the arts important to particular religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. The volume begins with a major section treating topics within the relatively new field of religious and theological aesthetics, which is germane to the study of religion and the arts as a whole. It closes with a section treating representative issues and themes in the study of religion and the arts: worship,morality, belief and doubt, iconoclasm,gender and imagination,material culture, and sacred and secular styles in African American music.
Lewis R. Rambo and Charles E. Farhadian (eds)
Religious conversion has long played a major role in the transformation of people, societies, and cultures worldwide. However, in recent decades, academic and personal interest in religious conversion has burgeoned, along with increasing controversy about its ethics, direction, and social, cultural, political consequences. The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion draws on the expertise of an international team of scholars who provide original essays that illuminate the multifaceted nature of the phenomena of conversion in a global context. Moving past earlier, narrow definitions, this book provides the first major survey of both religions and theoretical perspectives on religious change. These innovative essays underscore the complex nature of religious change. An overview of current scholarship on religious change encourages new thinking and reflection on familiar and emergent themes to stimulate new scholarship and debate on conversion. The thirty-two original essays in this volume consist of two parts. Part I invites readers to consider global themes of religious change through disciplinary perspectives, including history, demography, geography, anthropology, sociology, psychology, gender studies, art, semiotics, politics, and autobiography. Part II explores the character of major religious traditions that advocate for change, conversion, and intensification. Individual essays offer unparalleled analysis of religious change within Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Chinese indigenous religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, and New Religious Movements, along with chapters on deconversion and the legal and political aspects of religious conversion. The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion provides an invaluable resource for research and teaching in the immensely relevant theme of religious change.
Felix Wilfred (ed.)
This handbook discusses the global expansion of Christianity and the challenges it faced along the way. It is a valuable resource for Christians and for the wider audience of scholars and students wanting to think more comprehensively about how Christianity was born in Asia, lost and gained ground, grew and changed across the vastness of this greatest of continents, and now faces many possible futures. It maps the history and current state of Christianity in Asia, providing insight into how Asian culture and its diverse religious traditions have significantly transformed Christianity to adapt to Asian life and expectations. This handbook, as a whole, offers ideas that may enhance old generalizations about the Christian Church, helping Christians ambitiously think through the reality of a truly global Christianity.
Diane Winston (ed.)
Once relegated to the private sphere, or confined to its own section of the newspaper, religion is now a major part of daily news coverage. Every journalist needs a basic knowledge of religion to cover everything from presidential elections to the war in Iraq to the ethical issues raised by latest developments in medical research. The first section of this book examines how the history of the mass media and the role religion played in its growth. The second looks at how the major media formats—print, broadcast, and online—deal with religion. The next two sections focuses on how journalists cover major religious traditions and particular issues that have religion angles. The fifth deals with the religious press, from the Christian Broadcasting Network to The Forward. The final section discusses how the American press covers the rest of the world.
Francesca Aran Murphy (ed.)
This book has forty chapters each written by a scholar with expertise on the person and work of Christ. The book is divided into seven sections. The first section is by historical biblical scholars and it is about Jesus Christ in the Old and New Testaments. The second section is written by patristics scholars and it deals with the formation of the doctrines of the person of Christ and the atonement between the First Council of Nicaea in 325 and the eve of the Second Council of Nicaea, which brought the patristic era to an end. The third section is by scholars of mediaeval theology and its chapters tackle the development of the understanding of who Christ was and of his atoning work from the iconophiles who gathered at Nicaea II (787) through Anselm, Bonaventure, and Aquinas to the late Middle Ages and the mystical Christology of Ruusbroec. The fourth section treats the Christologies of the Protestant Reformers. The fifth section tackles the new developments in thinking about Christ which have emerged in the modern and the postmodern eras. The sixth section explains how beliefs about Jesus Christ have affected music, poetry, and the arts. The seventh and concluding section locates Christology within systematic theology, asking how it relates to Christian belief as a whole.