Identity, Politics and the Study of Islam edited by Matt Sheedy

Title: Identity, Politics and the Study of Islam Author: Matt Sheedy Genre: Identity politics Publisher: Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation Release Date: 2018 Pages: 312 The volume brings together a variety of scholars both inside and outside of Islamic Studies in order to grapple with such questions as: what, if anything, is […]

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Passages and Afterworlds: Anthropological Perspectives on Death in the Caribbean by Maarit Forde and Yanique Hume (eds.)

Title: Passages and Afterworlds: Anthropological Perspectives on Death in the Caribbean Author: Maarit Forde, Yanique Hume (editors) Genre: History Publisher: Religious Cultures of African Release Date: December 14, 2018 Pages: 312 The contributors to Passages and Afterworlds explore death and mortuary rituals across the Caribbean, showing how racial, cultural and class differences have been deployed […]

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Saints: A Very Short Introduction by Simon Yarrow

Title: Saints: A Very Short Introduction Author: Simon Yarrow Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: 2018 The idea of saints and sainthood are familiar to all, irrelevant of religious faith. In this Very Short Introduction, Simon Yarrow looks at the origins, ideas, and definitions of sainthood, sanctity, and saints in the early Church, tracing their […]

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The Fetish Revisited: Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make by J. Lorand Matory

Title: The Fetish Revisited Author: J. Lorand Matory Genre: Africa Release Date: October 5, 2018 Pages: 392 J. Lorand Matory casts an Afro-Atlantic eye on European social theory to show how Marx’s and Freud’s conceptions of the fetish illuminate and misrepresent the nature of Africa’s gods while demonstrating that Afro-Atlantic gods have their own social […]

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Irreverence and the Sacred: Critical Studies in the History of Religions by Hugh Urban and Greg Johnson

Title: Irreverence and the Sacred Author: Hugh Urban, Greg Johnson, Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: November 19, 2018 Pages: 352 Irreverence and the Sacred brings together some of the most cutting edge, interdisciplinary, and international scholars working today in order to debate key issues in the critical and comparative study of […]

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Connecting Gospels: Beyond the Canonical/Non-Canonical Divide by Francis Watson and Sarah Parkhouse

Title: Connecting Gospels Author: Francis Watson, Sarah Parkhouse, Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: April 5, 2018 Pages: 304 By the late second century, early Christian gospels had been divided into two groups by a canonical boundary that assigned normative status to four of them while consigning their competitors to the margins. Connecting […]

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Reading Corinthians and Philippians within Judaism by Mark D. Nanos

Title: Reading Corinthians and Philippians within Judaism Author: Mark D. Nanos Publisher: Cascade Books Release Date: 2017 The commentary tradition regarding 1 Corinthians unanimously identifies the “weak” as Christ-followers whose faith was not yet sufficient to indulge in the eating of idol food with indifference, as if ideally Paul wanted them to become “strong” enough […]

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Children in Ancient Israel: The Hebrew Bible and Mesopotamia in Comparative Culture by Shawn Flynn

Title: Children in Ancient Israel: The Hebrewi Bible and Mesopotamia in Comparative Culture Author: Shawn Flynn Publisher: Oxford Release Date: 2018 Flynn contributes to the emerging field of childhood studies in the Hebrew Bible by isolating stages of a child’s life, and through a comparative perspective, studies the place of children in the domestic cult […]

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The Snake and the Mongoose by Nathan McGovern

Title: The Snake and the Mongoose: The Emergence of identity in Early Indian Religion Author: Nathan McGovern Genre: History Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: November 15, 2018 Pages: 328 Since the beginning of modern Indology in the 19th century, the relationship between the early Indian religions of Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism has been […]

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