The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice

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The Wiley- Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice brings together a team of distinguished scholars to provide a comprehensive and comparative account of social justice in the major religious traditions. * The first publication to offer a comparative study of social justice for each of the major world religions, exploring viewpoints within Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism * Offers a unique and enlightening volume for those studying religion and social justice - a crucially important subject within the history of religion, and a significant area of academic study in the field * Brings together the beliefs of individual traditions in a comprehensive, explanatory, and informative style * All essays are newly-commissioned and written by eminent scholars in the field * Benefits from a distinctive four-part organization, with sections on major religions; religious movements and themes; indigenous people; and issues of social justice, from colonialism to civil rights, and AIDS through to environmental concerns
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  • Hardback | 658 pages
  • 176 x 255 x 36mm | 1,174g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1405195479
  • 9781405195478
  • 2,140,710

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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice offers a wide-ranging account and exploration of the crucial topics at the intersection of religion and social justice. Virtually all major religions, faith traditions, and sacred belief systems have found ways to express 'social justice'. This is the first time a comparative study has brought together all of these elements across all the major world religions.

Newly-commissioned essays by distinguished authors explain exactly what individual traditions believe in relation to social justice; what the main issues are and how the major faiths differ in their approaches; which social justice movements exist and what they do; the key thinkers and activists in each religion; and an account of the key texts within religions. The result is a unique and richly informative volume, both in shedding new light on individual religions, and in providing a comparative history and survey of world religions.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors ix Acknowledgments xix Introduction 1 Part I Major World Religions 13 Introduction 15 1 Buddhism: Historical Setting 17 Mavis Fenn 2 Buddhism: Contemporary Expressions 30 Steven Emmanuel 3 Christianity: Historical Setting 46 Stanley M. Burgess 4 Christianity: Contemporary Expressions 61 Curtiss Paul DeYoung 5 Confucianism: Historical Setting 77 Joseph Chan 6 Confucianism: Contemporary Expressions 93 Stephen C. Angle 7 Hinduism: Historical Setting 110 O.P. Dwivedi 8 Hinduism: Contemporary Expressions 124 Amita Singh 9 Islam: Historical Setting 137 Hussam S. Timani 10 Islam: Contemporary Expressions 153 Erin E. Stiles 11 Judaism: Historical Setting 170 Moshe Hellinger 12 Judaism: Contemporary Expressions 190 Eliezer Segal Part II Religious Movements and Themes 205 Introduction 207 13 Bahai Faith 210 Christopher Buck 14 The Quest for Justice in Revival, a Creole Religion in Jamaica 224 William Wedenoja 15 The Muhammadiyah: A Muslim Modernist Organization in Contemporary Indonesia 241 Florian Pohl 16 The Role of the Chief in Asante Society 256 Yaw Adu-Gyamfi 17 Tibetan Monastics and Social Justice 268 Derek F. Maher 18 Sangha and Society 280 Hiroko Kawanami 19 G meelut Chasadim (Deeds of Kindness) 292 W.E. Nunnally 20 Hospitality 306 Ana Maria Pineda 21 Zakat: Faith and Giving in Muslim Contexts 319 Azim Nanji 22 Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue 330 Barbara Brown Zikmund Part III Indigenous People 345 Introduction 347 23 Africa: Religion and Social Justice among the Diola of Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau 350 Robert M. Baum 24 Australia: Religion and Social Justice in a Continent of Hunter-Gatherers 361 Robert Tonkinson 25 Central America: A God for the Poor Folk Catholicism and Social Justice among the Yucatec Maya 373 Christine A. Kray 26 Europe: The Roma People of Romania 388 Sorin Gog and Maria Roth 27 Middle East: The Kurds Religion and Social Justice of a Stateless Nation 402 Charles G. MacDonald 28 New Zealand: The M ori People 412 Rawinia Higgins 29 North America: Ojibwe Culture 425 Gregory O. Gagnon 30 Southern Asia: The Gonds of India A Search for Identity and Justice 438 Sushma Yadav Part IV Social Justice Issues 451 Introduction 453 31 Colonialism 456 Brigid M. Sackey 32 Abundant Life or Abundant Poverty? The Challenge for African Christianity 469 T. John Padwick 33 AIDS, Religion, and the Politics of Social Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa 482 Afe Adogame 34 Religion, Civil Rights, and Social Justice 496 Paul Harvey 35 Human Rights: The South African Experience 507 Glenda Wildschut 36 The Double-Conscious Nature of American Evangelicalism s Struggle over Civil Rights during the Progressive Era 519 L.B. Gallien, Jr. 37 Gender and Sexuality in the Context of Religion and Social Justice 535 Mary E. Hunt 38 Beginning of Life 547 Andrew Lustig 39 Death and Dying 561 Courtney S. Campbell 40 Religion s Infl uence on Social Justice Practices Relating to Those with Disabilities 575 Ruth Vassar Burgess 41 Ecology and the Environment 591 Laurel Kearns 42 Christianity and Nonviolent Resistance 607 Celia Cook-Huffman 43 Building Peace in the Pursuit of Social Justice 620 Mohammed Abu-Nimer Index 633
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Review Text

"The articles work together to form a comprehensive wholeand also to provide an encyclopedic handbook on the topic. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates andabove; general readers." ( Choice , 1 December2012)
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The articles work together to form a comprehensive whole and also to provide an encyclopedic handbook on the topic. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. (Choice, 1 December 2012)
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About Michael D. Palmer

Michael D. Palmer is the Dean of the School of Divinity at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he has published two books: Elements of a Christian Worldview (1998) and Names, Reference, and Correctness in Plato's Cratylus (1989). Palmer has extensive experience at teaching university-level courses in moral theory, social ethics, applied ethics, and philosophy of religion. He also has considerable experience conducting professional workshops and seminars for educators in subjects relating to religion and ethics. Stanley M. Burgess is Distinguished Professor of Christian History, Regent University, Virginia Beach, and Professor Emeritus, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri. In addition to over 150 scholarly articles, he has published numerous books, including the International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (2002), the Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity (2004) and Christian Peoples of the Spirit: a Documentary Collection (2011). In addition, he is co-editor and contributor to Testamoni della fede nelle chiese della riforma (2010), a Roman Catholic Who's Who of Protestant Heroes.
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