Details the textual and performative history of the South Asian festival of Indra and its role in the development of classical Hinduism.
Spearheads a new field for the combined study of religion and music, drawing upon theories and methods of the social sciences, ethnomusicology, philosophy, theology, liturgical studies, and cognitive studies.
A philosophical investigation of the concept of interiority, presenting readers with its unmined aspects and senses.
Original reading of Heidegger suggesting what his project could mean for building an ethical way of life now and in the future.
Develops a pragmatist approach to the philosophy of the humanities, interpreting history, literature, and religion in terms of pragmatic realism.
Maps manifestations of the sacred and religious syncretism in Afro-Brazilian cultural forms.
Original and critical essays by leading scholars on the question of the human in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger.
Argues that Giambattista Vico's early modern account of Roman mythology was a sophisticated attempt to present an epistemological and political critique of the aristocratic way of conceiving the world.
Drawing on a range of sources in philosophy and literature, but with particular reference to the work of Heidegger, makes a compelling case for the importance of place in philosophical discourse.
Aims to construct an economic philosophy from indigenous African thought.
Presents a novel interpretation of Schelling's philosophy by way of his reading and critique of Spinoza.
Analyzes how White American mainline Protestants used the internal musical controversies of the turn-of-the-millennium Worship Wars to negotiate their shifting position within the nation's diversifying religious and sociopolitical ecosystems.
Examines the relationship of evil, action, and judgment in the work of Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, and Jean-François Lyotard.
An up-to-date examination of the work of one of the most inventive thinkers in the study of religion.
A comprehensive, concise, and easy-to-read introduction intended for undergraduates and general readers interested in the study of mysticism.
Argues that the path to the good life does not consist in working toward some abstract concept of the good, but rather by ameliorating the problems of the practices and institutions that make up our practical life.
Explores distinctions between the sacred and the secular in a variety of religious traditions, and proposes ways in which their relationship can be mutually beneficial.
Challenges and reimagines transnational feminism by analyzing the concept of ummah, or community, in Muslim women's writing.
Explores the rich diversity of narratives, rituals, and participants connected with one of the most important celebrations for Hindus in South Asia and in the diaspora.
Explores how concepts of sex in heaven can inform Christian sexual ethics in ways that challenge traditional norms and open new possibilities.
The first book-length examination of the prominent contemporary philosopher William Desmond's approach to aesthetics, art, and literature.
Explores how a folk ballad in southern India transforms the landscape and embeds the deities that are its subject within the social worlds of their devotees.
Develops a creative and provocative new model of God that brings together insights from both process theology and ground-of-being theology.
A cross-case analysis of fifteen faith communities striving to care for the earth and live more sustainably.
Examines representations of religion in Mexican film from the Golden Age to the early twenty-first century.
Evaluates religious naturalists’ attempts to find a middle path between supernaturalism and atheistic secularism, and explores naturalistic, theistic, and panpsychist solutions.
A close study of one of the most prolific commentary writers in Islamic history.
An in-depth, ethnographic study of the transnational expansion of Santo Daime, a mystical religious tradition organized around sacramental ingestion of the mind-altering ayahuasca beverage.
Examines the key role of a hagiographer within a charismatic religious movement.
Building on Jean-Luc Marion’s phenomenology of love this book takes up the “question of the Other” and argues that through the interpretive activities of the amorous imagination lovers come to experience one another as the Beloved.
Explores the relationship between literature and philosophy in classical and contemporary Buddhist texts.
Broadens the parameters of religious studies by accounting for material acts that help shape religious worlds.
A provocative study of opposition to anti-Semitism in contemporary political philosophy.
A comprehensive and theory-rich investigation of the history and philosophy of yoga, from its Indian origins to the contemporary context.
Explores the interplay of religion and food in Native American cultures.
Draws on philosophy, economics, theology, and psychoanalytic theory to reveal a fundamental dynamic of capitalism.
Shows that pragmatic historicism is a significant intellectual tradition in the history of American religious and philosophical thought.
Offers a new approach to Theosophy that takes into account its global dimensions and its interaction with highly diverse cultural contexts.
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.
Examines the role that images of Palestine played in the construction of prewar Jewish American identity.
The first in-depth study of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, a modern Indian religious movement.
The story of a nineteenth-century New Yorker’s struggle to reconcile his same-sex erotic desires with his commitment to a Christian life.
Studies the original vocabulary of Frithjof Schuon, its relevance to comparative religion, and the status of metaphysical and theological terms in religion.
Participant-observation-based studies that explore a range of Sufi movements operating across the contemporary American religious landscape.
Situates a Hasidic master in the context of his time, demonstrating his formative influence on Jewish literary modernity.
Emphasizes the importance of metaphysical necessity to both philosophical theology and, through it, to moral and political theory.
Argues for an important transformation in the construction of the self among Japanese converts to Roman Catholicism.
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.
Demonstrates that Rabbi Shneur Zalman's teachings regarding time and history enabled Habad's growth into a mass Jewish movement.
Traces the development of bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, from its biblical origins to the contemporary environmental movement.
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.
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.
An accessible introduction to the centrality of word, chant, and song in the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Sikh traditions.
An in-depth look at Elie Wiesel’s writings, from his earliest works to his final novels.
Examines the impact of Persian poetry in the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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.
Examines the role of plants in botanical mythology, from Aboriginal Australia to Zoroastrian Persia.
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.
A multidisciplinary approach to the study of veganism, vegetarianism, and meat avoidance among Jews, both historical and contemporary.
A rich collection of essays about the inner, shared experiences of participants engaged in second-person approaches to contemplative practice.
A psychological study, based on extensive interview data, of Jewish adults who take on a devout lifestyle.
Uses cultural representations to investigate how two religious minority communities came to be incorporated into the Mexican nation.
Explores the contemporary nature and the diverse narratives, rituals, and performances of the Navarātri Festival.
Argues that Jewish writers used depictions of Jews as animals to question prevalent notions of Jewish identity.
Offers a new phenomenological method for biblical interpretation that opens up the possibility of an absolute science of scripture.
Discusses the complexities and paradoxes of love as represented in the history of Western philosophy and Christianity.
Provides a new orientation to philosophy of religion and a new theory of how religion ought to be defined.
Complete collection of Schwarzschild’s essays on the neo-Kantian Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen.
Explores the place and meaning of philosophy of religion in our current poststructuralist, postsecular, postcolonialist context.
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.
Challenges prevailing conceptions of what religious ritual does and how it achieves its ends.
Argues that Holocaust representation has ethical implications fundamentally linked to questions of good and evil.
Explores a growing number of films and filmmakers that challenge the strict boundaries between belief and unbelief.
Offers a critical Pentecostal philosophy of God that challenges orthodox Christianity.
Delineates the knowable from the unknowable in philosophy, science, and theology.
Examines key theoretical aspects of the emerging field of second-person contemplative education.
The first comprehensive anthropological description of the Khmer Buddhism practiced by Cambodian refugees in the United States over the past four decades.
A wide-ranging analysis of heavenly twin imagery in early Jewish extrabiblical texts.
Explores the relationship between revelation and reason in medieval Islamic intellectual history.
Examines religious communities as advocates of environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture practices.
Offers a profound vision of the Christian epic as the site of the modern apocalyptic reenactment of the original apocalypse.
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.
Demonstrates how students and educators can resist narrow, utilitarian views of higher education’s purpose.
Explores language and mysticism, Buddhism and Zen, Christianity, comparative religion, psychedelics, and psychology and psychotherapy.
A comprehensive study of Lessing’s religious thought.
Offers a novel exploration of the relationship between religion and the state in Israel.
Examines various Tibetan interpretations of the Uttaratantra, the most authoritative Indic commentary on buddha-nature.
Brings popular cinema and Jewish religious texts into a meaningful dialogue.
Addresses Ming Dynasty philosopher Wang Fuzhi’s neo-Confucianism from the perspective of contemporary ecological humanism.
Art as yoga and meditation for artists, contemplative practitioners, art educators, and art therapists.
Explores miracles as dimensions of everyday existence through the lens of religious naturalism.
A collection of Raj’s groundbreaking ethnographic studies of “vernacular” Catholic traditions in Tamil Nadu, India.
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.
Offers a new theology of desire and delight based on the Christian hope for bodily resurrection.
Explores the voices of current and former Catholic nuns as they share their lived experiences with Catholicism, both in accordance and in conflict with the institutional Church.
A study of the roots and legacy of German Idealist philosophy for trinitarian theology.
Discusses the work of a central, but poorly understood, figure in the development of Persian Sufism, Aḥmad al-Ghazālī.
Uncovers an overlooked aspect of the Italian American experience.
Examines how embodiment is conceived and experienced in South Asian religions.
Confucian philosopher Xunzi’s moral thought is considered in light of the modern focus on self-realization.