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The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Literature

The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Literature

Author: Calum (Cornell University, New York) Carmichael Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2019

This Companion volume offers a sweeping survey of the Bible as a work of literature and its impact on Western writing. Underscoring the sophistication of the biblical writers' thinking in diverse areas of thought, it demonstrates how the Bible relates to many types of knowledge and its immense contribution to education through the ages. The volume emphasizes selected texts chosen from different books of the Bible and from later Western writers inspired by it. Individual essays, each written specially for this book, examine topics such as the gruesome wonders of apocalyptic texts, the erotic content of the Song of Songs, Jesus' and Paul's language and reasoning; as well as Shakespeare's reflections on repentance in King Lear, Milton's genius in writing Paradise Lost, the social necessity of individual virtue in Shelley's poetry, and the mythic status of Melville's Moby Dick in the United States and the Western world in general.

The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Literature

The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Literature

Author: Calum (Cornell University, New York) Carmichael Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

This Companion volume offers a sweeping survey of the Bible as a work of literature and its impact on Western writing. Underscoring the sophistication of the biblical writers' thinking in diverse areas of thought, it demonstrates how the Bible relates to many types of knowledge and its immense contribution to education through the ages. The volume emphasizes selected texts chosen from different books of the Bible and from later Western writers inspired by it. Individual essays, each written specially for this book, examine topics such as the gruesome wonders of apocalyptic texts, the erotic content of the Song of Songs, Jesus' and Paul's language and reasoning; as well as Shakespeare's reflections on repentance in King Lear, Milton's genius in writing Paradise Lost, the social necessity of individual virtue in Shelley's poetry, and the mythic status of Melville's Moby Dick in the United States and the Western world in general.

Iran in the International System Between Great Powers and Great Ideas

Iran in the International System Between Great Powers and Great Ideas

Author: Heinz Gartner Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/12/2019

Drawing on Iran's history and its relations with great powers and regional neighbours, this book addresses the question of how much continuity and/or change there is in Iranian international relations since the Iranian revolution. Iran has often been at the centre of the political debate on both the Gulf region and the transatlantic relations. Following the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Viennese nuclear agreement in May 2018 signed by the five permanent members of the UN-Security Council, the relationship between Iran and the world entered a new phase. With high expectations within Iran for improved relations with Europe, the this book calls for a new and innovative approach to be undertaken by the Iranian leadership towards the US, Europe and Asia if Iran is to find a role for itself within regional and international structures. Exploring power relations, negotiations, the role of international institutions and international law, the contributors consider the relations among central powers that influence Iran's internal and external affairs; and examine Iran's domestic motives and role in the local and regional context. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of Politics, International Relations, Iranian Politics, Iranian Foreign Policy. It may also provide insights for policymakers, journalists, and the military.

Ahmadiyya Islam and the Muslim Diaspora Living in the End of Days

Ahmadiyya Islam and the Muslim Diaspora Living in the End of Days

Author: Marzia (New York University, Abu Dhabi) Balzani Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/12/2019

This book is a study of the UK-based Ahmadiyya Muslim community in the context of the twentieth-century South Asian diaspora. Originating in late-nineteenth-century Punjab, the Ahmadis are today a vibrant international religious movement; they are also a group that has been declared heretic by other Muslims and one that continues to face persecution in Pakistan, the country the Ahmadis made their home after the partition of India in 1947. Structured as a series of case studies, the book focuses on the ways in which the Ahmadis balance the demands of faith, community, and modern life in the diaspora. Following an overview of the history and beliefs of the Ahmadis, the chapters examine in turn: the use of ceremonial occasions to consolidate a diverse international community; the paradoxical survival of the enchantments of dreams and charisma within the structures of an institutional bureaucracy; asylum claims and the ways in which the plight of asylum seekers has been strategically deployed to position the Ahmadis on the UK political stage; and how the planning and building of mosques serves to establish a home within the diaspora. Based on fieldwork conducted over several years in a range of formal and informal contexts, this timely book will be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience from social and cultural anthropology, South Asian studies, the study of Islam and of Muslims in Europe, refugee, asylum and diaspora studies, as well as more generally religious studies and history.

The Wind, the Fountain and the Fire Scripture and the Renewal of the Christian Imagination: The 2020 Lent Book

The Wind, the Fountain and the Fire Scripture and the Renewal of the Christian Imagination: The 2020 Lent Book

Author: Mark Barrett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

Scripture, and especially the Book of Psalms, has always formed the substance of the daily prayer of Christian monks and nuns. Monastic men and women spend more time among the scriptures each day than in most other activities. How do such regular interactions with the texts of Old and New Testaments help us renew our Christian imaginations; how might these reflective encounters enable all of us to discover the wind of the Spirit, the fountain of living water and the fire from which God speaks, within the printed pages of our Bibles? In The Wind, the Fountain and the Fire, Mark Barrett, a Benedictine monk of Worth Abbey, offers a Lenten pathway through scripture, opening the gateway of sacred imagery as a mode of prayerful reflection. For each week of Lent he has selected a different image: the Dust; the Mountain; the Well; the Light and the Tomb. In these richly imagined biblical symbols we are invited to find keys which can unlock both our experience of scripture and our understanding of our own hearts.

Ethics and Religion in the Age of Social Media Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens

Ethics and Religion in the Age of Social Media Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens

Arguing that popular digital platforms promote misguided assumptions about ethics and technology, this book lays out a new perspective on the relation between technological capacities and human virtue. The authors criticize the digital catechism of technological idolatry arising from the insular, elite culture of Silicon Valley. In order to develop digital platforms that promote human freedom and socio-economic equality, they outline a set of five proverbs for living responsibly in the digital world: (1) information is not wisdom; (2) transparency is not authenticity; (3) convergence is not integrity; (4) processing is not judgment; and (5) storage is not memory. Each chapter ends with a simple exercise to help users break through the habitual modes of thinking that our favorite digital applications promote. Drawing from technical and policy experts, it offers corrective strategies to address the structural and ideological biases of current platform architectures, algorithms, user policies, and advertising models. This book will appeal to scholars and graduate and advanced undergraduate students investigating the intersections of media, religion, and ethics, as well as journalists and professionals in the digital and technological space. Electronic resources for instructors, including Power Point slides, lecture notes, and suggested readings, can be found at www.routledge.com/9781138335004.

Ethics and Religion in the Age of Social Media Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens

Ethics and Religion in the Age of Social Media Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens

Author: Kevin (University of New Hampshire) Healey, Robert H. (Spring Arbor University) Woods Jr. Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

Arguing that popular digital platforms promote misguided assumptions about ethics and technology, this book lays out a new perspective on the relation between technological capacities and human virtue. The authors criticize the digital catechism of technological idolatry arising from the insular, elite culture of Silicon Valley. In order to develop digital platforms that promote human freedom and socio-economic equality, they outline a set of five proverbs for living responsibly in the digital world: (1) information is not wisdom; (2) transparency is not authenticity; (3) convergence is not integrity; (4) processing is not judgment; and (5) storage is not memory. Each chapter ends with a simple exercise to help users break through the habitual modes of thinking that our favorite digital applications promote. Drawing from technical and policy experts, it offers corrective strategies to address the structural and ideological biases of current platform architectures, algorithms, user policies, and advertising models. This book will appeal to scholars and graduate and advanced undergraduate students investigating the intersections of media, religion, and ethics, as well as journalists and professionals in the digital and technological space. Electronic resources for instructors, including Power Point slides, lecture notes, and suggested readings, can be found at www.routledge.com/9781138335004.

Celebrity Worship

Celebrity Worship

Author: Peter (Durham University UK) Ward Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2019

Celebrity Worship provides an introduction to the fascinating study of celebrity culture and religion. The book argues for celebrity as a foundational component for any consideration of the relationship between Religion, Media and Culture. Celebrity Worship is seen as a vibrant and interactive discourse of the sacred self in contemporary society. Topics discussed include: Celebrity Culture Celebrity Worship and project of the self as the new sacred. Social Media and the democratisation of celebrity Reactions to celebrity death Celebrities as theologians of the self Christian Celebrity. Using contemporary case studies such as the Lifestyle Television, the Religious vision of Oprah Winfrey, and the death of David Bowie this book is a gripping read for those with an interest in celebrity culture, cultural studies, media studies, religion in the media and the role of religion in society.

Celebrity Worship

Celebrity Worship

Author: Peter (Durham University UK) Ward Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2019

Celebrity Worship provides an introduction to the fascinating study of celebrity culture and religion. The book argues for celebrity as a foundational component for any consideration of the relationship between Religion, Media and Culture. Celebrity Worship is seen as a vibrant and interactive discourse of the sacred self in contemporary society. Topics discussed include: Celebrity Culture Celebrity Worship and project of the self as the new sacred. Social Media and the democratisation of celebrity Reactions to celebrity death Celebrities as theologians of the self Christian Celebrity. Using contemporary case studies such as the Lifestyle Television, the Religious vision of Oprah Winfrey, and the death of David Bowie this book is a gripping read for those with an interest in celebrity culture, cultural studies, media studies, religion in the media and the role of religion in society.

Religion and Religious Practices in Rural China

Religion and Religious Practices in Rural China

Author: Mu Peng Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/12/2019

This book explores how, unlike in the West, the daily religious life of most Chinese people spreads without institutional propagation. Based upon more than a decade of field research in rural China, the book demonstrates the decisive role of rites of passage and yearly festival rituals held in every household in shaping people's religious dispositions. It focuses on the family, the unit most central to Chinese culture and society, and reveals the repertoire embodied in daily life in a world envisioned as comprising both the yin world of ancestors, spirits, and ghosts, and the yang world of the living. It discusses especially the concept of bai , which refers to both concrete bodily movements that express respect and awe, such as bowing, kneeling, or holding up ritual offerings, and to people's religious inclinations and dispositions, which indicate that they are aware of a spiritual realm that is separate from yet close to the world of the living. Overall, the book shows that the daily practices of religion are not a separate sphere, but rather belief and ritual integrated into a way of dwelling in a world envisaged as consisting of both the yin and the yang worlds that regularly communicate with each other.

Beyond Christian Hip Hop A Move Towards Christians and Hip Hop

Beyond Christian Hip Hop A Move Towards Christians and Hip Hop

Author: Erika D Gault Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/11/2019

Christians and Christianity have been central to Hip Hop since its inception. This book explores the intersection of Christians and Hip Hop and the multiple outcomes of this intersection. It lays out the ways in which Christians and Hip Hop overlap and diverge. The intersection of Christians and Hip Hop brings together African diasporic cultures, lives, memories and worldviews. Moving beyond the focus on rappers and so-called Christian Hip Hop, each chapter explores three major themes of the book: identifying Hip Hop, irreconcilable Christianity, and boundaries.There is a self-identified Christian Hip Hop (CHH) community that has received some scholarly attention. At the same time, scholars have analyzed Christianity and Hip Hop without focusing on the self-identified community. This book brings these various conversations together and show, through these three themes, the complexities of the intersection of Christians and Hip Hop. Hip Hop is more than rap music, it is an African diasporic phenomenon. These three themes elucidate the many characteristics of the intersection between Christians and Hip Hop and our reasoning for going beyond Christian Hip Hop. This collection is a multi-faceted view of how religious belief plays a role in Hip Hoppas' lives and community. It will, therefore, be of great interest to scholars of Religion and Hip Hop, Hip Hop, African Diasporas, Religion and the Arts, Religion and Race and Black Theology as well as Religious Studies more generally.

Exploring Aniconism

Exploring Aniconism

Author: Mikael, Ph.D. (University of Southern Denmark) Aktor Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/11/2019

This book explores the phenomenon of aniconism-the denotation of the presence of gods, saints, or spiritual forces using non-figural visual markers that do not resemble these supranatural entities. The contributors show how various types of aniconism differ in how they mediate divine presence and relate to other modes of representation. Aniconism is rarely absolute; each aniconic form needs to be considered within a spectrum of visual modes ranging from the abstract to the anthropomorphic. The chapters examine aniconism in paleolithic cultures; in ancient Egypt, Israel and Greece; in early Christianity and Islam; in medieval and contemporary Hinduism; and in 17th-19th century Scottish-Gaelic contexts. The volume also provides a critical historiography of `aniconism' as an academic concept, a new fine-tuned terminology, and some general characteristics of aniconic expressions in the context of the broader field of material religion. Offering a multi-faceted discussion of this important category of religious material culture, this book will be of interest to those with an interest in aniconism, as well as those involved in the wider study of how religion intersects with art and anthropology. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Religion journal.