Religion In Global Civil Society

Paperback | October 19, 2005

EditorMark Juergensmeyer

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The worlds religions are becoming increasingly globalized. One can no longer equate particular faiths with corresponding geographic locations. Islam is as much a south or southeast Asian religion as it is a middle eastern one. And Christianity is growing by leaps and bounds in Africa, Asia,and Latin America, while it declines in Europe. In addition to these major population shifts, small communities of adherents of every religion are scattered across the globe, where they mingle with and adapt to local cultures. What are we to make of this new religious world? The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions offers a comprehensive look at world religious societies in their contemporary global diversity. Comprising 60 essays, each by a leading scholar, the volume focuses on communities rather than beliefs, symbols,or rites. Communities in the diaspora and at the periphery are covered, as well as the central geographic regions of all the major living religious traditions. It is organized into six sections: the Indic cultural region, the Buddhist/Confucian, the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim regions, and theAfrican cultural region. In each section an introductory essay discusses the social development of that religious tradition historically. The other essays cover the basic social factsthe communitys size, location, organizational and pilgrimage centers, authority figures, patterns of governance,major subgroups and schismsas well as issues regarding boundary maintenance, political involvement, role in providing cultural identity, and encounters with modernity. The worlds religious communities are more diverse than ever before, and there is no other volume that covers the tremendous variety of faith communities discussed in this Handbook. This volume will be indispensable to anyone interested in contemporary religion.

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The worlds religions are becoming increasingly globalized. One can no longer equate particular faiths with corresponding geographic locations. Islam is as much a south or southeast Asian religion as it is a middle eastern one. And Christianity is growing by leaps and bounds in Africa, Asia,and Latin America, while it declines in Europe...

Mark Juergensmeyer is professor of sociology and director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author or co-author of twenty books, including Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence and Religion in Global Civil Society.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:October 19, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara: Introduction: Religious Ambivalence to Global Civil Society1. Peter Berger, Boston University: Religion and Global Civil Society2. Abdullahi A. An-Na'im, Emory University: The Politics of Religion and the Morality of Globalization3. Steven M. Tipton, Emory University: Globalizing Civil Religion and Public Theology4. Harold J. Berman, Emory University: Faith and Law in a Multicultural World5. Jon P. Gunnemann, Emory University: Property and Sacred Ordering in Global Civil Society6. Frank J. Lechner, Emory University: Religious Rejections of Globalization7. Mark Juergensmeyer: Religious Antiglobalism8. Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Emory University: The Islamist Alternative to Globalization9. Elizabeth M. Bounds, Emory University and Bobbi Patterson, Emory College: Intercultural Understanding in a Community School10. Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, University of Chicago: Religious Transnationalism

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"I recommend this well-written text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on contemporary topics in the sociology of religion, and globalization. ...All will come away better informed and more sensitive."--Contemporary Sociology