Cults and New Religious Movements: A Reader

Cults and New Religious Movements: A Reader

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The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought reflects the variety of trends, voices, and opinions in the contemporary Muslim intellectual scene. It challenges Western misconceptions about the modern Muslim world, demonstrating that it is far from being a monolithic religious, cultural and intellectual phenomenon. The Companion consists of around 40 significant essays written by contemporary Muslim thinkers and scholars who represent a plethora of perspectives on the contemporary Muslim world. These essays revolve around such issues as Islamic tradition, modernity, globalization, feminism, the West, the USA, reform, and secularism. They explore the history, range, and future of these issues in contemporary Muslim societies. Furthermore, they help readers to situate Islamic intellectual history in the context of Western intellectual trends and issues.
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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 165.1 x 246.4 x 30.5mm | 657.72g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 1405101806
  • 9781405101806

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Cults and New Religious Movements Introduction (to the book and the subject) A. The Study of New Religious Movements Eileen Barker, The Scientific Study of Religion? You Must Be Joking! (Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 34, 1995: 287-310. James A. Beckford, "The Continuum Between "Cults" and "Normal" Religion (Pauline Cote, ed., Chercheurs De Dieux Dans L'Espace Public. University of Ottawa Press, 2001: 11-20). B. The Nature of New Religious Movements John A. Saliba, The New Religious Movements in Contemporary Western Culture: An Overview (John A Saliba, Understanding New Religious Movements. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub., 1995: 1-36). Roy Wallis, Three Types of New Religious Movements (Roy Wallis, The Elementary Forms of New Religious Life. Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1984: 9-39) Rodney Stark and William Sims Bainbridge, Cult Formation: Three Compatible Models (Sociological Analysis 40, 1979: 283-295) C. New Religious Movements in Historical and Social Context Philip Jenkins, False Prophets and Deluded Subjects: The Nineteenth Century (Philip Jenkins, Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History. Oxford University Press, 2000: 25-45) Robert Wuthnow, The New Spiritual Freedom (Robert Wuthnow, After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1998: 52-84) David G. Bromley and Bruce C. Busching, Understanding the Structure of Contractual and Covenantal Social Relations: Implications for the Sociology of Religion (Sociological Analysis 49, 1988, supplemental issue: 15-32) D. Joining New Religious Movements John Lofland and Rodney Stark, On Becoming a World-Saver: A Theory of Conversion to a Deviant Perspective (American Sociological Review 30, 1965: 862-875) Saul Levine, The Joiners (Saul Levine, Radical Departures: Desparate Detours to Growing Up. New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1984) Lorne L. Dawson, "Who Joins New Religious Movements and Why: Twenty Years of Research and What Have We Learned? (Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 25, 1996: 141-161) E. The "Brainwashing" Controversy Margaret Thaler Singer, The Process of Brainwashing, Psychological Coercion, and Thought Reform (Margaret Thaler Singer, Cults in Our Midst. Jossey-Bass, 1995: 52-82) Thomas Robbins, Constructing Cultist "Mind Control" (Sociological Analysis 45, 1984: 241-256) James T. Richardson, A Critique of "Brainwashing" Claims About New Religious Movements (Australian Religious Studies Review 7, 1994: 48-56) F. Violence and New Religious Movements John R. Hall, The Apocalypse at Jonestown (John R. Hall, with Philip D. Schuyler and Sylvaine Trinh, Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements and Violence in North America, Europe, and Japan. Routledge, 2000: 15-43) Jean-Francois Mayer, "Our Terrestrial Journey is Coming to an End": The Last Voyage of the Solar Temple (Nova Religio 2, 1999: 172-196). (Part contents).
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"This is a superb collection which will effectively introduce some readers to the field of NRM studies, and which is indispensable for any course on alternative religions. The volume really represents some sort of a milestone and its publication may indicate that the scholarly study of NRMs has 'arrived'." Nova Religio "This is a valuable reader and one which deserves to become part of the landscape." Gerald Vinten, European Business School, London "The book is very useful for students, scholars of different disciplines, and lay readers to get an idea of the scientific response to publicly debated issues about new religions. Furthermore, with bibliographies at the end of each article, it also provides an excellent starting point for further study." Marburg Journal of Religion "...the editor has collected a number of fine writings by leading authors, theorists and researchers in the field of NRMs. One find understandable and accessible essays by historians, sociologists and psychologists of religion and other scholars well known for their work on the subject and/or famous in their disciplines. [...] For readers interested in the phenomenon the book is very readable and can open up a new world - a balanced world without prejudice." Journal of Empirical Theology, Volume 19.1 (2006)
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About Lorne L. Dawson

Lorne L. Dawson is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of 'Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements'; (1998), 'Reason, Freedom and Religion'; (1988) and the editor of 'Cults in Context'; (1996).
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