Like any other subject, the study of religion is a child of its time. Shaped and forged over the course of the twentieth century, it has reflected the interests and political situation of the world at the time. As the twenty-first century unfolds, it is undergoing a major transition along with religion itself. This volume showcases new work and new approaches to religion which work across boundaries of religious tradition, academic discipline and region.

The influence of globalizing processes has been evident in social and cultural networking by way of new media like the internet, in the extensive power of global capitalism and in the increasing influence of international bodies and legal instruments. Religion has been changing and adapting too. This handbook offers fresh insights on the dynamic reality of religion in global societies today by underscoring transformations in eight key areas: Market and Branding; Contemporary Ethics and Virtues; Intimate Identities; Transnational Movements; Diasporic Communities; Responses to Diversity; National Tensions; and Reflections on ‘Religion’. These themes demonstrate the handbook’s new topics and approaches that move beyond existing agendas.

Bringing together scholars of all ages and stages of career from around the world, the handbook showcases the dynamism of religion in global societies. It is an accessible introduction to new ways of approaching the study of religion practically, theoretically and geographically.

chapter |16 pages


Religion in global societies
ByLinda Woodhead, François Gauthier, Jayeel Cornelio, Tuomas Martikainen

part Part I|46 pages

Market and branding

chapter 1|12 pages

Christian churches’ responses to marketization

Comparing institutional and non-denominational discourse and practice
ByMarcus Moberg

chapter 2|11 pages

‘The Greatest Leader of All’

The faces of leadership and Christianity in contemporary Brazil (1980s–2010s)
ByKarina Kosicki Bellotti

chapter 3|10 pages


A megachurch brand story in Indonesia
ByJeaney Yip, Susan Ainsworth, Chang-Yau Hoon

chapter 4|11 pages

Rebranding the soul

Rituals for the well-made man in market society
ByAnne-Christine Hornborg

part Part II|78 pages

Contemporary ethics and values

chapter 5|12 pages

The prosperity ethic

The rise of the new prosperity gospel
ByJayeel Cornelio, Erron Medina

chapter 6|18 pages

Islamic ethics in Muslim Eurasia

Prosperity theology vs. renunciation?
ByAurélie Biard

chapter 7|10 pages

Public morality and the transformation of Islamic media in Indonesia

ByArie Setyaningrum Pamungkas

chapter 8|12 pages

Pious-modern subjectivities in the Palestinian West Bank

Identity formations and contours between the individual and the familial, the local and the global
ByFerial Khalifa

chapter 9|12 pages

‘We are overfed’

Young evangelicals, globalization, and social justice
ByCatherine Rivera

chapter 10|12 pages


The convergence and renewal of indigenous religiosities in cyberspace
ByLaurent Jérôme

part Part III|43 pages

Intimate identities

chapter 11|12 pages

Saints, sinners, and same-sex marriages

Ecclesiological identity in the Church of England and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark
ByKaren Marie Leth-Nissen

chapter 12|11 pages

When two worlds collide

Asian Christian LGBTQs coming out to parents
ByJoy K.C. Tong, Samuel Kang, Peter Lee, Hyo-Seok Lim

chapter 13|8 pages

Gender politics and education in the Gülen Movement

ByDuygun Gokturk

chapter 14|10 pages

Global Catholicism, gender conversion and masculinity

ByEster Gallo

part Part IV|59 pages

Transnational movements

chapter 15|12 pages

Pilgrimage, traveling gurus and transnational networks

The lay meditation movement in contemporary Chinese societies
ByNgar-sze Lau

chapter 16|13 pages

Globalization and asceticism

Foreign ascetics on the threshold of Hindu religious orders
ByDaniela Bevilacqua

chapter 17|14 pages

Maya revival movements

Between transnationality and authenticity
ByManéli Farahmand

chapter 18|8 pages

Defending tradition and confronting secularity

The Catholic Buen Pastor Institute
ByEsteban Rozo, Hugo Cárdenas

chapter 19|10 pages

The globalization of the Catholic Church

History, organization, theology
ByIsacco Turina

part Part V|58 pages

Diasporic communities

chapter 20|11 pages

Dialectics between transnationalism and diaspora

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community
ByKatrin Langewiesche

chapter 21|10 pages

Transnational religious movement

The Turkish Süleymanlı in Indonesia
ByFirdaus Wajdi

chapter 22|9 pages

Young Buddhists in Australia

Negotiating transnational flows
ByKim Lam

chapter 23|15 pages

The formation of global Chinese Christian identities 1

ByJoshua Dao Wei Sim

chapter 24|11 pages

Church as a homeland and home as a place of worship

The transformation of religiosity among Georgian migrants in Paris
BySophie Zviadadze

part Part VI|83 pages

Responses to diversity

chapter 25|10 pages

Interreligious dialogue in international politics

From the margins of the religious field to the centre of civil society
ByKarsten Lehmann

chapter 26|11 pages

Faith, identity and practices

The current refugee crisis and its challenges to religious diversity in Southern Europe
ByViviana Premazzi, Roberta Ricucci

chapter 27|10 pages

Urban public space and the emergence of interdenominational syncretism

ByPeter van Gielle Ruppe

chapter 28|13 pages

‘As local as possible, as international as necessary’

Investigating the place of religious and faith-based actors in the localization of the international humanitarian system
ByOlivia J. Wilkinson

chapter 29|13 pages

Religion, national identity and foreign policy

The case of Eastern Christians and the French political imaginary
ByAlexis Artaud de la Ferrière

chapter 30|12 pages

Religious echoes in secular dialogues

Global glimpses of peacebuilding
ByXicoténcatl Martínez Ruiz

chapter 31|12 pages

City of gods and goods

Exploring religious pluralism in the neoliberal city
ByGina Lende

part Part VII|69 pages

National tensions

chapter 32|10 pages

Islam, politics, and legitimacy

The role of Saudi Arabia in the rise of Salafism and Jihadism
ByMohamed-Ali Adraoui

chapter 33|11 pages

Religion and nationalism in post-Soviet space

Between state, society and nation
ByDenis Brylov, Tetiana Kalenychenko

chapter 34|10 pages

Religion, nationalism and transnationalism in the South Caucasus

ByAnsgar Jödicke

chapter 35|12 pages

The sacred and the secular-economic

A cross-country comparison of the regulation of the economic activities of religious organizations
ByDavid M. Malitz

chapter 36|12 pages

Religious identities in times of crisis

An analysis of Europe
ByDidem Doganyilmaz Duman

chapter 37|12 pages

Poetry in Iran’s contemporary theo-political culture

ByMaryam Ala Amjadi

part Part VIII|43 pages

Reflections on ‘religion’

chapter 39|9 pages

Religion in the Anthropocene

Nonhuman agencies, (re)enchantment and the emergence of a new sensibility
ByOriol Poveda

chapter 40|10 pages

Science and religion in a global context

ByMichael Fuller

chapter 41|12 pages

Religion through the lens of ‘marketization’ and ‘lifestyle’

ByFrançois Gauthier