- The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion
- History and Religious Conversion
- Demographics of Religious Conversion
- Geographies of Religious Conversion
- Anthropology of Religious Conversion
- The Role of Language in Religious Conversion
- Sociology of Religious Conversion
- Conversion and the Historic Spread of Religions
- Migration and Conversion of Korean American Christians
- Psychology of Religious Conversion and Spiritual Transformation
- Religious Conversion and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Dreaming and Religious Conversion
- Feminist Approaches to the Study of Religious Conversion
- Seeing Religious Conversion Through the Arts
- Religious Conversion as Narrative and Autobiography
- Religious Conversion and Semiotic Analysis
- Political Science and Religious Conversion
- Hinduism and Conversion
- Conversion to Jain Identity
- Buddhist Conversion in the Contemporary World
- Conversion to Sikhism
- Adherence and Conversion to Daoism
- Conversion and Confucianism
- “Conversion” and the Resurgence of Indigenous Religion in China
- Conversion to Judaism
- Conversion to Christianity
- Conversion to Islam in Theological and Historical Perspectives
- “Conversion” to Islam and the Construction of a Pious Self
- Conversion to New Religious Movements
- Disengagement and Apostasy in New Religious Movements
- Legal and Political Issues and Religious Conversion
- Conversion and Retention in Mormonism
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The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion offers a comprehensive exploration of the dynamics of religious conversion, which for centuries has profoundly shaped societies, cultures, and individuals throughout the world. Scholars from a wide array of religions and disciplines interpret both the varieties of conversion experiences and the processes that inform this personal and communal phenomenon. This volume examines the experiences of individuals and communities who change religions, those who experience an intensification of their religion of origin, and those who encounter new religions through colonial intrusion, missionary work, and charismatic and revitalization movements. The thirty-two innovative essays provide overviews of the history of particular religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, indigenous religions, and new religious movements. The essays also offer a wide range of disciplinary perspectives—psychological, sociological, anthropological, legal, political, feminist, and geographical—on methods and theories deployed in understanding conversion, and insight into various forms of deconversion.
Lewis R. Rambo is Research Professor of Psychology and Religion at San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California, and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, and at Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
Charles E. Farhadian is Professor of World Religions and Christian Mission at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California.
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