Reading Religion Bi-Weekly Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 1

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BOOKS REVIEWED, 12/16/2018 to 1/15/2019


Teaching Buddhism: New Insights on Understanding and Presenting the Traditions (AAR Teaching Religious Studies). By Todd Lewis and Gary deAngelis (eds.) (Oxford University Press, 10/3/16). Reviewed by Keely Sutton.

From the Mountains to the Cities: A History of Buddhist Propagation in Modern Korea (Contemporary Buddhism). By Mark A. Nathan (University of Hawaii Press, 7/31/18). Reviewed by Pori Park.

Divine Stories: Divyavadana, Part 2 (Classics of Indian Buddhism). By Andy Rotman (Wisdom Publications, 12/5/17). Reviewed by Catherine Hartmann.

Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Vol 1: The Physical World. By Dalai Lama XIV; Thupten Jinpa (ed.); Ian Coghlan (trans.) (Wisdom Publications, 11/7/17). Reviewed by Sonam Kachru.


Christianity (mostly), history of

The Birth of Modern Belief: Faith and Judgment from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. By Ethan H. Shagan (Princeton University Press, 12/11/18). Reviewed by Jason N. Blum.

Fairies, Demons, and Nature Spirits: 'Small Gods' at the Margins of Christendom. By Michael Ostling (Palgrave Macmillan, 11/23/2017). Reviewed by Ethan Doyle White.

The Routledge Research Companion to the History of Evangelicalism. By Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones (eds) (Routledge, 7/17/18). Reviewed by Alex Parrish.

Atheism, Fundamentalism and the Protestant Reformation: Uncovering the Secret Sympathy. By Liam Jerrold Fraser (Cambridge University Press, 6/30/18). Reviewed by Samuel Dubbelman.

Being Christian in Vandal Africa: The Politics of Orthodoxy in the Post-Imperial West (Transformation of the Classical Heritage). By Robin Whelan (University of California Press, 1/4/18). Reviewed by Christopher M. Blunda.

Angels in Early Medieval England (Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs). By Richard Sowerby (Oxford University Press, 10/4/16). Reviewed by Jonathan Davis-Secord.

Baptists Through the Centuries: A History of a Global People, 2nd Ed.. By David W. Bebbington (Baylor University Press, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Lydia Hoyle.

Treasure in Heaven: The Holy Poor in Early Christianity. By Peter R. Brown (University of Virginia Press, 3/8/16). Reviewed by James Yuile.

Be a Perfect Man: Christian Masculinity and the Carolingian Aristocracy (The Middle Ages Series). By Andrew J. Romig (University of Pennsylvania Press, 8/29/17). Reviewed by Peter-Ben Smit.

The Crusader Armies: 1099-1187. By Steve Tibble (Yale University Press, 8/21/18). Reviewed by Thomas F. Madden.

Female Piety and the Invention of American Puritanism (Literature, Religion, & Postsecular Studies). By Bryce Traister (Ohio State University Press, 1/15/16). Reviewed by Rachel Trocchio.


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

The Book of Revelation: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books) . By Timothy Beal (Princeton University Press, 10/16/18). Reviewed by Brent Niedergall.


Christianity, contemporary

At Play in the Lions' Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan. By Jim Forest (Orbis Books, 11/16/17). Reviewed by Eric Martin.

A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement (The Anthropology of Christianity). By Jon Bialecki (University of California Press, 3/7/17). Reviewed by Leanne Williams.


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor (Prophetic Christianity Series (PC)). By Liz Theoharis (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 4/21/17). Reviewed by V. Jacquette Rhoades.

Eschatology As Imagining the End: Faith Between Hope and Despair. By Sigurd Bergmann (ed) (Routledge, 6/22/18). Reviewed by Brandon Babcock.

The Evil Within: Why We Need Moral Philosophy. By Diane Jeske (Oxford University Press, 9/3/18). Reviewed by Charles K. Bellinger.


Christianity, theology

Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics. By Blair G. Van Dyke and Loyd Isao Ericson (eds.) (Greg Kofford Books, Incorporated, 7/25/17). Reviewed by Kimberly Berkey.

A Christology of Religions. By Gerald O'Collins (Orbis Books, 6/26/18). Reviewed by Douglas Harink.

Redeeming Gender. By Adrian Thatcher (Oxford University Press, 9/9/16). Reviewed by Ashley Starr-Morris.

Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God. By Megan K. DeFranza (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 5/16/15). Reviewed by Alison Downie.

Simul Sanctification: Barth’s Hidden Vision for Human Transformation (Princeton Theological Monograph) . By Jeff McSwain (Pickwick Publishers, 10/8/18). Reviewed by Bradley Penner.

Understanding Pannenberg: Landmark Theologian of the Twentieth Century (Cascade Companions). By Anthony C. Thiselton (Cascade Books, 6/1/18). Reviewed by Mark P. Hertenstein.

Prolepticism: The Futurist Theology of Ted Peters. By Lauri T. Jäntti (Luther-Agricola Society, 2017). Reviewed by John B. King.

God, Hierarchy, and Power: Orthodox Theologies of Authority from Byzantium (Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought). By Ashley M. Purpura (Fordham University Press, 11/7/17). Reviewed by Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen.

Christ Alone---The Uniqueness of Jesus As Savior: What the Reformers Taught ... And Why It Still Matters (Five Solas Series). By Stephen Wellum (Zondervan, 4/18/17). Reviewed by Ronni Kurtz.


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

The Future of Religious Leadership: World Religions in Conversation (Interreligious Reflections). By Alon Goshen-Gottstein (ed.) (Wipf and Stock, 8/8/18). Reviewed by Cynthia Lindner.

Sacrifice in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. By David L. Weddle (New York University Press, 9/19/17). Reviewed by Matthew Taylor.

Learning from Other Religious Traditions: Leaving Room for Holy Envy (Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue). By Hans Gustafson (ed) (Palgrave Macmillan, 5/31/18). Reviewed by Andrew Massena.


East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

The Assimilation of Yogic Religions Through Pop Culture. By Paul G. Hackett (ed) (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 10/23/17). Reviewed by Patrick McCartney.

The Humanist Spirit of Daoism (Modern Chinese Philosophy, Vol 15). By Guying Chen; David Jones, Sarah Flavel (eds); Hans-Georg Moeller (trans) (Brill, 2/12/18). Reviewed by Sydney Morrow.


Indigenous Religions

Kiowa Belief and Ritual (Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians). By Benjamin R. Kracht (University of Nebraska Press, 7/1/17). Reviewed by Inés Hernández-Avila.

Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions. By Gregory Shushan (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Mary Louise Keller.



The Emergence of Early Sufi Piety and Sunnī Scholasticism: ʿAbdallāh b. al-Mubārak and the Formation of Sunni Identity in the Second Islamic Century (Islamic History and Civilization). By Feryal Salem (Brill, June 2016). Reviewed by Syeda Beena Butool.

Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West. By Roberto Tottoli (Editor) (Routledge, 6/8/18). Reviewed by Brian Catlos.

Sceptics of Islam: Revisionist Religion, Agnosticism and Disbelief in the Modern Arab World (Middle East Studies) . By Ralph M. Coury (I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited, 5/30/18). Reviewed by F. Betul Yavuz.

Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices, 5th Ed. (The Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices). By Teresa Bernheimer and Andrew Rippin (Routledge, 9/20/18). Reviewed by Christopher Buck.

Critique of Religious Discourse (World Thought in Translation). By Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd; Jonathan Wright (trans) (Yale University Press, 1/9/18). Reviewed by Magda El-Ghitany.

Islamic Spirituality: Theology and Practice for the Modern World. By Zeki Saritoprak (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 11/30/17). Reviewed by Arpan Bhandari.

Islamic Architecture on the Move: Motion and Modernity. By Christiane Gruber (Intellect, Limited, 10/15/16). Reviewed by Ehsan Sheikholharam.

Becoming Better Muslims: Religious Authority and Ethical Improvement in Aceh, Indonesia. By David Kloos (Princeton University Press, 11/28/17). Reviewed by Jessica Soedirgo.



Judaism: The Genealogy of a Modern Notion (Key Words in Jewish Studies). By Daniel Boyarin (Rutgers University Press, 10/22/18). Reviewed by Adele Reinhartz.

Carved in Stone: Holocaust Years - A Boy's Tale. By Manny Drukier (University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 8/4/17). Reviewed by Beth Cohen.

Menasseh Ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam (Jewish Lives). By Steven Nadler (Yale University Press, 8/21/18). Reviewed by Lawrence Rabone.

Blood for Thought: The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature. By Mira Balberg (University of California Press, 9/26/17). Reviewed by Michael Satlow.

Jew (Key Words in Jewish Studies). By Cynthia M. Baker (Rutgers University Press, 1/13/2017). Reviewed by David Malamud.

Rabbi Akiva: Sage of the Talmud (Jewish Lives). By Barry W. Holtz (Yale University Press, 3/14/17). Reviewed by Azzan Yadin-Israel.

The Construction of Exodus Identity in Ancient Israel: A Social Identity Approach. By Linda M. Stargel (Pickwick Publications, 5/22/18). Reviewed by Kelsey Wallace.


Philosophy of Religion

What Is a God? : Philosophical Perspectives on Divine Essence in the Hebrew Bible. By Jaco Gericke (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 1/26/17). Reviewed by B. Keith Putt.

Human Existence and Transcendence (Thresholds in Philosophy and Theology). By Jean Wahl; William C. Hackett (ed/trans.) (University of Notre Dame Press, 12/15/16). Reviewed by James Faulconer.

Errant Affirmations: On the Physical Meaning of Kierkegaard's Religious Discourses. By David J. Kangas (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 11/30/17). Reviewed by Peder Jothen.


Religion & Law

Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice. By Gregory C. Ellison, II (Westminster John Knox Press, 10/27/17). Reviewed by Andrew Wright.

On Creativity, Liberty, Love and the Beauty of the Law (Reading Augustine). By Todd R. Breyfogle (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 11/30/17). Reviewed by Stewart Clem.


Religion & Literature

Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith (Spiritual Lives). By Emma Mason (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 8/21/18). Reviewed by Eric Bontempo.

The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791. By Geremy Carnes (University of Delaware Press, 8/14/17). Reviewed by Kevin Dunn.

God and Self in the Confessional Novel. By John D. Sykes, Jr. (Palgrave Macmillan, 7/26/18). Reviewed by Lauren Sawyer.

The Woman Priest: A Translation of Sylvain Maréchal's Novella, La femme abbé. By Sylvain Mar̩échal; Sheila Delany (trans) (Wayne State University Press, 8/1/16). Reviewed by Alicia Montoya.

David Jones: A Christian Modernist? (Studies in Religion and the Arts). By Jamie Callison, Paul S. Fiddes, Anna Johnson, and Erik Tonning (eds.) (Brill, 11/17/17). Reviewed by Alex M. Assaly.


Religion & Politics

God at the Grassroots 2016: The Christian Right in American Politics. By Mark J. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox (eds) (Rowman & Littlefield, 11/2/17). Reviewed by Rebecca Barrett-Fox.

Royal Apologetic in the Ancient Near East (Writings from the Ancient World Supplement). By Andrew Knapp (SBL Press, 11/19/15). Reviewed by Timothy Hogue.

The American Culture of Despair: The Sacred, Secularity, and the Test of Time. By Richard K. Fenn (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 12/1/17). Reviewed by Troy Mikanovich.

Women and Genocide: Survivors, Victims, Perpetrators. By Elissa Bemporad and Joyce W. Warren (eds) (Indiana University Press, 4/10/18). Reviewed by Hilary Jerome Scarsella.

Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education and Mass Politics in Palestine. By Suzanne Schneider (Stanford University Press, 2/27/18). Reviewed by Andrea Stanton.

Rwanda Before the Genocide: Catholic Politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era. By J.J. Carney (Oxford University Press, 7/1/16). Reviewed by Rebecca (Becca) Henriksen.

War and Occupation in China: The Letters of an American Missionary from Hangzhou, 1937-1938 (Studies in Christianity in China). By Charles Bright and Joseph W. Ho (eds.) (Lehigh University Press, 10/23/17). Reviewed by Joy Schulz.


Religion & Science

The Image of the Unseen God: Catholicity, Science, and Our Evolving Understanding of God (Catholicity in an Evolving Universe). By Thomas E. Hosinski (Orbis Books, 8/17/17). Reviewed by Terrence Ehrman.

Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health: Evidence, Implications, and Resources (Religion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific Approach). By Doug Oman (Springer, 5/9/18). Reviewed by Saneta Maiko.

The Light of the World: Astronomy in al-Andalus (Berkeley Series in Postclassical Islamic Scholarship). By Joseph ibn Nahmias; Robert G. Morrison (trans.) (University of California Press, 3/1/16). Reviewed by Ilana Wartenberg.

Depth Psychology and Mysticism (Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Mysticism) . By Thomas Cattoi and David M. Odorisio (eds) (Palgrave Macmillan, 5/31/18). Reviewed by Francis X. Charet.


Religion in North America

Homeland Insecurity: A Hip-Hop Missiology for the Post-Civil Rights Context. By Daniel White Hodge (IVP Academic, 6/12/18). Reviewed by Christopher Driscoll.

The Spiritual Lives of Young African Americans. By Almeda Wright (Oxford University Press, 8/1/17). Reviewed by Kishundra King.


Religion, Art, & Music

A Glad Obedience: Why and What We Sing. By Walter Brueggemann (Westminster John Knox Press, 1/15/19). Reviewed by Bruce Taylor.

The Art of Anatheism. By Richard Kearney and Matthew Clemente (eds) (Rowman & Littlefield International, 12/12/17). Reviewed by William J. Hendel.

Eve's Apple to the Last Supper: Picturing Food in the Bible. By C. M. Kauffmann (Boydell Press, 5/19/17). Reviewed by Maryanne Saunders.

Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation Between Two Worlds (Studies in Theology and the Arts). By W. David O. Taylor and Taylor Worley (eds) (IVP Academic, 6/20/17). Reviewed by Charles M. Howell.


BOOKS RECEIVED, 12/16/2018 to 1/15/2019


African religions

African Science: Witchcraft, Vodun, and Healing in Southern Benin. By Douglas J. Falen (University of Wisconsin Press, 11/27/18).


Ancient Religions

Happiness As Actuality in Nicomachean Ethics: An Overview. By Sorin Sabou (Pickwick Publications, 10/8/18).



Finding Rest in Illusion: The Trilogy of Rest, Volume 3. By Longchenpa; Padmakara Translation Group (Shambhala, 1/8/19).


Christianity (mostly), history of

Martin Luther As He Lived and Breathed: Recollections of the Reformer (Cascade Companions). By Robert Kolb (Cascade Books, 10/9/18).

The Myth of Pelagianism (British Academy Monographs). By Ali Bonner (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 11/13/18).

The Kingdom of Man: Genesis and Failure of the Modern Project (Catholic Ideas for a Secular World). By R̩émi Brague (University of Notre Dame Press, 10/30/18).

What Is Orthodoxy?: A Genealogy of Christian Understanding. By Antoine Arjakovsky (Angelico Press, 10/15/18).

Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England: Tales of Turning (Early Modern Literature in History). By Abigail Shinn (Palgrave Macmillan, 10/17/18).


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

The Bible for the Curious: A Brief Encounter. By Philip R. Davies (Equinox Publishing Limited, 11/1/18).

What the Bible Actually Teaches on Women. By Kevin Giles (Cascade Books, 10/19/18).

Has Psalm 156 Been Found? With Images of MS RNL Antonin 798. By James H. Charlesworth (Cascade Books, 10/8/18).

Theology and History in the Fourth Gospel: Tradition and Narration. By Jörg Frey (Baylor University Press, 11/1/18).


Christianity, contemporary

Reimagining Christian Education: Cultivating Transformative Approaches. By Johannes M. Luetz,Tony Dowden and Beverley Norsworthy (eds) (Palgrave Macmillian, 7/16/18).

The Church in a Secular Age: A Pneumatological Reconstruction of Stanley Hauerwas's Ecclesiology (Princeton Theological Monograph). By Silje Kvamme Bjørndal (Pickwick Publications, 9/20/18).

The Fit Shall Inherit the Earth: A Theology of Sport and Fitness. By Erik W. Dailey (Pickwick Publications, 11/24/18).

Trauma-Sensitive Theology: Thinking Theologically in the Era of Trauma. By Jennifer Baldwin (Cascade Books, 9/20/18).

World Christianity Encounters World Religions: A Summa of Interfaith Dialogue. By Edmund Chia (Liturgical Press, 12/1/18).

Christian Mission, Contextual Theology, Prophetic Dialogue: Essays in Honor of Stephen B. Bevans, Svd (American Society of Missiology Series). By Dale T. Irvin and Peter C. Phan (eds) (Orbis Books, 12/20/18).

Christian Tourist Attractions, Mythmaking, and Identity Formation (Critiquing Religion: Discourse, Culture, Power). By Erin Roberts and Jennifer Eyl (eds) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 11/29/18).

Survivor Care: What Religious Professionals Need to Know about Healing Trauma. By Christy Sim (General Board of Higher Education & Ministry, 2/1/19).

Spirituality, Sport, and Doping: More Than Just a Game (SpringerBriefs in Religious Studies). By Tracy J. Trothen (Palgrave Macmillian, 10/29/18).


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Even When No One Is Looking: Fundamental Questions of Ethical Education. By Jan Habl (Cascade Books, 9/21/18).

Ratio Et Fides: A Preliminary Introduction to Philosophy for Theology. By Robert E. Wood (Pickwick Publications, 8/14/18).

Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and Fresh Water Crises (Ecology and Justice Series). By Christiana Zenner (Orbis Books, 11/15/18).

Re-Imagining Religion and Belief: 21st Century Policy and Practice. By Christopher Baker, Beth R. Crisp and Adam Dinham (Policy Press, 12/15/18).


Christianity, not otherwise specified

Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience. By M. Shawn Copeland (Orbis Books, 12/20/18).

Jon Sobrino: Spiriting Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters). By Jon Sobrino; Robert Lasalle-Klein (ed) (Orbis Books, 9/1/18).

Hungarian Religion, Romanian Blood: A Minority's Struggle for National Belonging, 1920-1945. By R. Chris Davis (University of Wisconsin Press, 1/8/19).

An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation. By Martin Laird (Oxford University Press, 12/7/18).

Hearing Voices, Demonic and Divine: Scientific and Theological Perspectives. By Christopher C. H. Cook (Routledge, 11/29/18).


Christianity, theology

Decolonial Love: Salvation in Colonial Modernity. By Joseph Drexler-Dreis (Fordham University Press, 12/4/18).

The Judgment of Love: An Investigation of Salvific Judgment in Christian Eschatology (Distinguished Dissertations in Christian Theology). By James M Matarazzo Jr. (Pickwick Publications, 10/19/18).

The Spirit and the Church: Peter Damian Fehler's Franciscan Development of Vatican II on the Themes of the Holy Spirit, Mary, and the Church--Festschrift. By J. Isaac Goff, Christiaan W. Kappes and Edward J. Ondrako (eds) (Pickwick Publications, 10/1/18).

For a Better Worldliness: Abraham Kuyper, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Discipleship for the Common Good. By Brant M. Himes (Pickwick Publications, 9/27/18).

Theologizing Place in Displacement: Reconciling, Remaking, and Reimagining Place in the Republic of Georgia (American Society of Missiology Monograph). By Curtis W. Elliott (Pickwick Publications, 10/17/18).

Did the Anglicans and Roman Catholics Agree on the Eucharist?: A Revisit of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission's Agreed Statements of 1971 and Related Documents. By Colin Buchanan (Pickwick Publications, 11/1/18).

Barth in Conversation: Volume 2, 1963. By Eberhard Busch (ed) (Westminster John Knox Press, 12/4/18).

Annibale Bugnini: Reformer of the Liturgy. By Yves Chiron (Angelico Press, 11/26/18).


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages. By Geraldine Heng (Cambridge University Press, 3/8/18).

Pagan Mysticism: Paganism as a World Religion. By Michael York (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 1/1/19).

Sensual Religion: Religion and the Five Senses (Religion and the Senses). By Graham Harvey and Jessica Hughes (eds) (Equinox Publishing Limited, 10/29/18).

Sensing Sacred Texts (Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts). By James W. Watts (ed) (Equinox Publishing Limited, 10/1/18).

Crucified Wisdom: Theological Reflection on Christ and the Bodhisattva (Comparative Theology: Thinking Across Traditions). By S. Mark Heim (Fordham University Press, 12/4/18).

The Gnostic World (Routledge Worlds). By Garry W. Trompf, Gunner B. Mikkelsen and Jay Johnston (eds) (Routledge, 10/18/18).

Cultures and Religions in Dialogue: Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue (Opera Omnia VI.2). By Raimon Panikkar; Milena Carrara Pavan (ed) (Orbis Books, 12/20/18).

The Emerging Church, Millennials, and Religion: Volume 1-Propsects and Problems. By Randall W. Reed and G. Michael Zbaraschuk (eds) (Cascade Books, 10/31/18).

Spirituality Without God: A Global History of Thought and Practice. By Peter Heehs (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 11/1/18).

Understanding Religious Violence: Radicalism and Terrorism in Religion Explored via Six Case Studies. By James Dingley and Marcello Mollica (eds) (Palgrave Macmillan, 12/7/18).


Critical Theory, Methods/Theories in Religious Studies

Jews and the Ends of Theory. By Shai Ginsburg, Martin Land and Jonathan Boyarin (eds) (Fordham University Press, 12/4/18).

Studying Religion: An Introduction, 2nd Ed.. By Russell T. McCutcheon (Routledge, 1/1/19).


East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

Eastern Philosophy: The Basics, 2nd Ed.. By Victoria S. Harrison (Routledge, 9/4/18).

Heaven Is Empty: A Cross-Cultural Approach to "Religion" and Empire in Ancient China (SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture). By Filippo Marsili (State University of New York Press, 12/1/18).

Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness (SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture). By David Chai (State University of New York Press, 1/1/19).



The Neighborhood of Gods: The Sacred and the Visible at the Margins of Mumbai (South Asia Across the Disciplines). By William Elison (University of Chicago Press, 12/10/18).


Indigenous Religions

Inari Sámi Folklore: Stories from Aanaar. By Tim Frandy (ed) (University of Wisconsin Press, 1/15/19).

Kayanerenkó:wa The Great Law of Peace. By Kayanesenh Paul Williams (University of Manitoba Press, 10/30/18).



Identity, Politics and the Study of Islam: Current Dilemmas in the Study of Religions (Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation). By Matt Sheedy (ed) (Equinox Publishing Limited, 10/15/18).

Hamka and Islam: Cosmopolitan Reform in the Malay World. By Khairudin Aljunied (Cornell University, Southeast Asia Program Publications, 9/15/18).

Revival from Below: The Deoband Movement and Global Islam. By Brannon D. Ingram (University of California Press, 11/20/18).

Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance. By Daromir Rudnyckyj (University of Chicago Press, 11/22/18).

Rabi'a From Narrative to Myth: The Many Faces of Islam's Most Famous Woman Saint, Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya. By Rkia Elaroui Cornell (Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc., 4/3/19).

Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience (African Expressive Cultures). By Kai Kresse (Indiana University Press, 12/17/18).



Epistemology and Logic in the New Testament: Early Jewish Context and Biblical Theology Mechanisms that Fit Within Some Contemporary Ways of Knowing. By Douglas W. Kennard (Wipf and Stock, 11/30/16).

Beyond Inclusion and Exclusion: Jewish Experiences of the First World War in Central Europe. By Jason Crouthamel, Michael Geheran, Tim Grady and Julia Barbara K̦öhne (eds) (Berghahn Books, Incorporated, 11/1/18).

Jews: Nearly Everythinng You Wanted to Know but Were Too Afraid to Ask. By Peter Cave and Dan Cohn-Sherbok (Equinox Publishing Limited, 11/30/18).

Magdala of Galilee: A Jewish City in the Hellenistic and Roman Period. By Richard Bauckham (ed) (Baylor University Press, 10/15/18).

Alienated Wisdom (Studies and Texts in Scepticism). By Giuseppe Veltri (De Gruyter, Inc., 8/21/18).


Philosophy of Religion

Philosophical Essays Against Open Theism (Routledge Philosophy of Religion). By Benjamin H. Arbour (ed) (Routledge, 9/17/18).


Religion & Law

Petitions and Strategies of Persuasion in the Middle Ages: The English Crown and the Church, c.1200-c.1550. By Thomas W. Smith and Helen Killick (Boydell & Brewer, Ltd., 12/21/18).


Religion & Literature

Doubting the Divine in Early Modern Europe: The Revival of Momus, the Agnostic God. By George McClure (Cambridge University Press, 6/21/18).

Beyond Orality: Biblical Poetry on its Own Terms (The Ancient World). By Jacqueline Vayntrub (Routledge, 3/1/19).

Middle-earth and the Return of the Common Good: J. R. R. Tolkien and Political Philosophy. By Joshua Hren (Cascade Books, 10/5/18).

The City Lament: Jerusalem across the Medieval Mediterranean. By Tamar M. Boyadjian (Cornell University Press, 12/15/18).

Singing in a Foreign Land: Anglo-Jewish Poetry, 1812-1847 (Jewish Culture and Contexts). By Karen A. Weisman (University of Pennsylvania Press, 7/27/18).

Virgin Whore. By Emma Maggie Solberg (Cornell University Press, 12/15/18).


Religion & Politics

Muslim and Jew: Origins, Growth, Resentment (Routledge Focus on Religion). By Aaron W. Hughes (Routledge, 11/8/18).

American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters. By Andrea L. Weiss and Lisa M. Weinberger (eds) (University of Chicago Press, 12/1/18).

Why Alliances Fail: Islamist and Leftist Coalitions in North America (Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East). By Matt Buehler (Syracuse University Press, 11/23/18).

The Israeli Radical Left: An Ethics of Complicity (The Ethnography of Political Violence). By Fiona Wright (University of Pennsylvania Press, 7/27/18).

The Political Lives of Saints: Christian-Muslim Meditation in Egypt. By Angie Heo (University of California Press, 11/20/18).

Patriotism Black and White: The Color of American Exceptionalism. By Nichole R. Phillips (Baylor University Press, 12/15/18).


Religion & Science

The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge. By Jeffrey Kripal (Bellevue Literary Press, 3/12/19).

The Territories of Human Reason: Science and Theology in an Age of Multiple Rationalities (Ian Ramsey Centre Studies in Science and Religion). By Alister E. McGrath (Oxford University Press, 1/3/19).


Religion, Art, & Music

The Emergence of Modern Aesthetic Theory: Religion and Morality in Enlightenment Germany and Scotland (Ideas in Context). By Simon Grote (Cambridge University Press, 11/20/17).

Beginning Again: Reflection on Art as Spiritual Practice. By Deborah J. Haynes (Cascade Books, 9/26/18).

The Salome Project: Salome and Her Afterlives. By Gail P. Streete (Cascade Books, 10/16/18).

Comics and Sacred Texts: Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives. By Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm (eds) (University Press of Mississippi, 11/1/18).