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Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds
Broadens the parameters of religious studies by accounting for material acts that help shape religious worlds.
Jews Out of the Question
A provocative study of opposition to anti-Semitism in contemporary political philosophy.
The Other Rāma
A systematic analysis of the myth cycle of Paraśurāma (“Rāma with the Axe”), an avatára of Viṣṇu with a much darker reputation.
Demons of Change
Demonstrates how conflict between a human adept as the divine warrior and an otherworldly antagonist plays a key role in early Jewish and Christian apocalyptic accounts.
Buddhist Literature as Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy as Literature
Explores the relationship between literature and philosophy in classical and contemporary Buddhist texts.
Mindfulness as Sustainability
Offers practical and personal ways to help mitigate global climate change while sustaining an emotional and spiritual center through mindfulness practice.
The Science of Satyug
The first in-depth study of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, a modern Indian religious movement.
On Metaphysical Necessity
Emphasizes the importance of metaphysical necessity to both philosophical theology and, through it, to moral and political theory.
From Situated Selves to the Self
Argues for an important transformation in the construction of the self among Japanese converts to Roman Catholicism.
Keys to the Beyond
Studies the original vocabulary of Frithjof Schuon, its relevance to comparative religion, and the status of metaphysical and theological terms in religion.
Carl Schmitt between Technological Rationality and Theology
Situates Schmitt's legal scholarship in the context of debates regarding whether his thought was more theological or technocratic.
Thinking Faith after Christianity
Examines theological motifs in the work of Jan Patočka, drawing out their implications for contemporary theology and philosophy of religion.
A Postcolonial Leadership
Explores the possibilities and challenges of Asian immigrant Christian leadership in the United States.
Angel on a Freight Train
The story of a nineteenth-century New Yorker’s struggle to reconcile his same-sex erotic desires with his commitment to a Christian life.
A Permanent Beginning
Situates a Hasidic master in the context of his time, demonstrating his formative influence on Jewish literary modernity.
Navigating Deep River
An interdisciplinary dialogue with Shūsaku Endō’s last novel offering new perspectives on Japanese culture, Christian doctrine, Hindu spiritualities, and Buddhist worldviews.
Varieties of American Sufism
Participant-observation-based studies that explore a range of Sufi movements operating across the contemporary American religious landscape.
The gripping memoir of a young man’s struggle with his sexuality and Muslim identity, culminating in his rise to the Dutch Parliament.
Off the Derech
Combines powerful first-person accounts with incisive scholarly analysis to understand the phenomenon of ultra-Orthodox Jews who leave their insular communities and venture into the wider world.
Bending the Arc
Inspiring collection narrating how peace activists found their calling and why the world still needs peace activism.
Opening to the Real
Recollections and reflections that introduce the reader to the equivalent of the practice of the presence of God.
Genealogies of the Secular
Presents a historical and philosophical overview of the twentieth-century German debates on secularization and their significance for contemporary discussions about the relationship between theology and modernity.
Levinas and the Torah
A Levinasian commentary on the Torah.
Word, Chant, and Song
An accessible introduction to the centrality of word, chant, and song in the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Sikh traditions.
Eckhart, Heidegger, and the Imperative of Releasement
Provides the first systematic interpretation of Heidegger’s relation to Eckhart, centering on the idea that we must release ourselves in order to know the truth.
The Struggle for Understanding
An in-depth look at Elie Wiesel’s writings, from his earliest works to his final novels.
Demonstrates that Rabbi Shneur Zalman's teachings regarding time and history enabled Habad's growth into a mass Jewish movement.
The Art of Jihad
Identifies and traces the evolution of a forgotten “realist” tradition in medieval Islamic political thought, and considers the prospects for its revival in the context of the contemporary Middle East.
The Other Emptiness
Presents a new vision of the Buddhist history and philosophy of emptiness in Tibet.
The Lily's Tongue
Examines four discourses by Kierkegaard, arguing that they play a critical and surprising role in his oeuvre and contribute to the philosophy of figural language.
The Repose of the Spirits
Major new translation of a unique and important Persian treatise on divine names in the Islamic tradition.
Fiction as History
Explains the Hindi novel’s role in anticipating and creating the story of middle-class modernity and modernization in North India.
Traces the development of bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, from its biblical origins to the contemporary environmental movement.
Explores the role of meditation on the five elements in the practice of Yoga.
Personal Religion and Spiritual Healing
A unique historical study of the personal nature of religion, spirituality, and healing in the twentieth century based on the letters of ordinary people from around the world.
Analyzes the breadth of representations of the mythic figure of Māra in Buddhism to reveal how closely tied such narratives are to the social and historical concerns of Buddhist communities.
The Spiritual Transformation of Jews Who Become Orthodox
A psychological study, based on extensive interview data, of Jewish adults who take on a devout lifestyle.
Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness
Investigates the cosmological and metaphysical thought in the Zhuangzi from the perspective of nothingness.
Emerson in Iran
Examines the impact of Persian poetry in the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Essays of a Lifetime
A distillation of the historian’s finest writings on modern Indian historical themes.
The Imagination of Plants
Examines the role of plants in botanical mythology, from Aboriginal Australia to Zoroastrian Persia.
Catalyzing the Field
A rich collection of essays about the inner, shared experiences of participants engaged in second-person approaches to contemplative practice.
Thoughtlessness and Decadence in Iran
Bridges Western and non-Western political thought to address the problem of democracy and political decadance in contemporary Iran and, by implication, similar Islamic societies.
Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism
A multidisciplinary approach to the study of veganism, vegetarianism, and meat avoidance among Jews, both historical and contemporary.
An Accidental Theodicy
A highly personal meditation on the nature and meaning of suffering.
Stories of School Yoga
Provides firsthand perspectives from yoga practitioners and educators on the promises and challenges of school-based yoga programs.
Buddhisms in Asia
A guide to Buddhism’s rich variety of traditions and cultural expressions for educators who would like to include Buddhism in their undergraduate courses.
The first comprehensive treatment of Inoue Enryō, a pioneer of modern Buddhism and a key figure in the reception of Western philosophy in East Asia.
The Battle over a Civil State
Traces the genealogy of the Western philosophic concept of the civil state, how that concept was assimilated into Egyptian political thought, and how it affected the 2013 coup against President Mursi.
Dao and Sign in History
Provides a new perspective on important linguistic issues in philosophical and religious Daoism through the comparative lens of twentieth-century European philosophies of language.
Nine Nights of the Goddess
Explores the contemporary nature and the diverse narratives, rituals, and performances of the Navarātri Festival.
Heaven Is Empty
Offers a new perspective on the relationship between religion and the creation of the first Chinese empires.
Reconciliation in Global Context
A transdisciplinary approach to reconciliation practices and policies by an international team of scholars and scholar-practitioners.
The Manifest and the Revealed
Offers a new phenomenological method for biblical interpretation that opens up the possibility of an absolute science of scripture.
The Asymptote of Love
Discusses the complexities and paradoxes of love as represented in the history of Western philosophy and Christianity.
The Adventure of Weak Theology
Štofaník provides a unique, personal reading of weak theology and tries to inhabit the gap between it and its “founder,” John D. Caputo.
Uses cultural representations to investigate how two religious minority communities came to be incorporated into the Mexican nation.
Effing the Ineffable
A meditation on how religious language tries to limn the liminal, conceive the inconceivable, speak the unspeakable, and say the unsayable.
Buddhist Feminisms and Femininities
Adds new voices to the feminist conversation and brings a rich variety of diverse approaches to Buddhist women’s identities, “the feminine,” and Buddhist feminism.
Argues that Jewish writers used depictions of Jews as animals to question prevalent notions of Jewish identity.
Ghazali's Theory of Virtue
A study of Ghazali’s ethical thought as shown in his extensive treatment of the virtues and their relation to the ends of life and to each other.
Anthropology and Civilizational Analysis
This volume brings social and cultural anthropologists into dialogue with historical sociology and illustrates the continued potential of the concept of civilization for all participants.
The Holocaust and the Nonrepresentable
Argues that Holocaust representation has ethical implications fundamentally linked to questions of good and evil.
Provides a new orientation to philosophy of religion and a new theory of how religion ought to be defined.
Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato
Argues that Socrates’ fundamental role in the dialogues is to guide us toward self-inquiry and self-knowledge.
The Split God
Offers a critical Pentecostal philosophy of God that challenges orthodox Christianity.
Delineates the knowable from the unknowable in philosophy, science, and theology.
The Art of Gratitude
Explores how the emotional experience of gratitude has been enlisted in neoliberal governance through the language of debt.
Challenges the monolithic view of Hinduism in the nineteenth century, and instead offers a vision of India that contains a rich multiplicity of Hinduisms, women’s stories, and cultural histories.
The Tragedy of Optimism
Complete collection of Schwarzschild’s essays on the neo-Kantian Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen.
Repentance and the Return to God
The first major study of the idea of repentance, or tawba, in Islam.
Atmospheres of Breathing
Attempts to think anew about philosophical questions from the perspective of breath and breathing.
Challenges prevailing conceptions of what religious ritual does and how it achieves its ends.
Reconfigurations of Philosophy of Religion
Explores the place and meaning of philosophy of religion in our current poststructuralist, postsecular, postcolonialist context.
Explores a growing number of films and filmmakers that challenge the strict boundaries between belief and unbelief.
Protestant Christianity in the Indian Diaspora
Captures how Indian Protestant Christians negotiate their religious and cultural identities within the Indian diaspora.
The Poetry of Georges Bataille
Presents a new window into the literary, philosophical, and theological concerns of this enigmatic thinker and writer.
The Intersubjective Turn
Examines key theoretical aspects of the emerging field of second-person contemplative education.
Cambodian Buddhism in the United States
The first comprehensive anthropological description of the Khmer Buddhism practiced by Cambodian refugees in the United States over the past four decades.
The Greatest Mirror
A wide-ranging analysis of heavenly twin imagery in early Jewish extrabiblical texts.
Journey of a Goddess
First English translations of a novel and two play excerpts based on tales of the goddess Chen Jinggu, an eighth-century shaman and present-day cult deity.
Walāyah in the Fāṭimid Ismāʿīlī Tradition
Explores the relationship between revelation and reason in medieval Islamic intellectual history.
Religious Agrarianism and the Return of Place
Examines religious communities as advocates of environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture practices.
Satan and Apocalypse
Offers a profound vision of the Christian epic as the site of the modern apocalyptic reenactment of the original apocalypse.
The Specter of the Indian
Explores the significance of Indian control spirits as a dominating force in nineteenth-century American Spiritualism.
The Sufi and the Friar
An investigation of the spiritual encounter between a twentieth-century Dominican friar and an eleventh-century Afghani Sufi master.
Restores the Platonic history and context of mysticism and shows how mysticism helps us understand more deeply the humanities as a whole, from philosophy and literature to art.
The Quest for Purpose
Demonstrates how students and educators can resist narrow, utilitarian views of higher education’s purpose.
A study of comparative metaphysics that explores the concepts of Reality and Appearance and their relevance to contemporary religious consciousness.
Alan Watts - In the Academy
Explores language and mysticism, Buddhism and Zen, Christianity, comparative religion, psychedelics, and psychology and psychotherapy.
Provides a rhetorical analysis of female spirit medium's autobiographies in the historical and social contexts of Victorian era America.
The Problem of Disenchantment
Challenges the conventional view of a “disenchanted” and secular modernity, and recovers the complex relation that exists between science, religion, and esotericism in the modern world.
Lessing and the Enlightenment
A comprehensive study of Lessing’s religious thought.
The Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith
First work to address the legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith and his influence on the development of religious studies and Islamic studies in the twentieth century.
Beauty in Sufism
Analyzes the place of beauty in the Sufi understanding of God, the world, and the human being through the writings of Sufi scholar and saint Rūzbihān Baqlī.
Offers a novel exploration of the relationship between religion and the state in Israel.
The Uttaratantra in the Land of Snows
Examines various Tibetan interpretations of the Uttaratantra, the most authoritative Indic commentary on buddha-nature.
Re-ending the Mahābhārata
Offers a fresh perspective on the Mahābhārata based on an exploration of its ending, the Svargārohaṇa parvan.
Neo-Confucian Ecological Humanism
Addresses Ming Dynasty philosopher Wang Fuzhi’s neo-Confucianism from the perspective of contemporary ecological humanism.