The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion

Hardcover | March 25, 2014

EditorLewis R. Rambo, Charles E. Farhadian

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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 boththe 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. Thethirty-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.

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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 boththe varieties of conversion experiences and th...

Lewis R. Rambo is Research Professor of Psychology and Religion at the San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He is the author of Understanding Religious Conversion.Charles E. Farhadian is Professor of World Religions and Christian Mission at Westmont College. He is the author of Christianity, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:816 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsLewis R. Rambo and Charles E. Farhadian: IntroductionDisciplinary Perspectives1. Marc David Baer: History of Religious Conversion2. Todd M. Johnson: Demographics of Religious Conversion3. Lily Kong and Seeta Nair: Geography of Religious Conversion4. Henri Gooren: Anthropology of Conversion5. Peter Stromberg: The Role of Language in Religious Conversion6. Fenggang Yang and Andrew Abel: Sociology of Conversion7. Robert Montgomery: Conversion and the Historic Spread of Religions8. Rebecca Kim: Migration and Conversion of Korean American Christians9. Ray Paloutzian: Psychology of Religious Conversion10. Kelly Bulkeley: Religious Conversion and Cognitive Neuroscience11. Kelly Bulkeley: Dreaming and Religious Conversion12. Heinz Streib: Deconversion13. Eliza Kent: Feminist Approaches to the Study of Conversion14. Diane Apostolos-Cappadona: Religious Conversion and the Arts15. Bruce Hindmarsh: Religious Conversion as Narrative and Autobiography16. Massimo Leone: Religious Conversion and Semiotic Analysis17. Timothy J. Steigenga: Politics and Religious ConversionReligions18. Arvind Sharma: Hinduism and Conversion19. Andrea Jain: Conversion to Jainism20. Dan Smyer Y: Conversion to Buddhism21. Gurinder Singh Mann: Conversion to Sikhism22. Louis Komjathy: Conversion to Daoism23. Anna Sun: Conversion to Confucianism24. Fan Lizhu and Chen Na: Conversion and Indigenous Religions in China25. Alan Segal: Conversion to Judaism26. David Kling: Conversion to Christianity27. Marcia Hermansen: Conversion to Islam in Theological and Historical Perspectives28. Karin van Nieuwkerk: Conversion to Islam and the Construction of a Pious Self29. Douglas Cowan: Conversion to New Religious Movements30. Stuart A. Wright: Deconversion from New Religious Movements31. James Richardson: Legal and Political Issues and Religious Conversion32. Seth L. Bryant, Henri Gooren, Rick Phillips, and David G. Stewart, Jr.: Conversion to MormonismIndex