BOOKS RECEIVED:  Bissera V. Pentcheva, “Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Experiencing the resonant acoustics of the church of Hagia Sophia allowed the Byzantine participants in its liturgical rituals to be filled with the Spirit of God, and even to become his image on earth.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Martijn Oosterbaan, “Transmitting the Spirit: Religious Conversion, Media, and Urban Violence in Brazil” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Pentecostalism is one of the most rapidly expanding religious-cultural forms in the world. Its rise in popularity is often attributed to its successfully incorporating native cosmologies in new religious frameworks. This volume probes for… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Catherine Chalier, “Reading the Torah: Beyond the Fundamentalist and Scientific Approaches” (Duquesne UP, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Fundamentalist readings of sacred texts of major world religions are often regarded as an ever-increasing threat to personal and democratic freedoms. Historical and critical readings, alternatively, purport to be objective and teach us to… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Richard Kieckhefer, trans., “Hazards of the Dark Arts: Advice for Medieval Princes on Witchcraft and Magic” (Penn State UP, 2017)
This volume comprises English translations of two fundamentally important texts on magic and witchcraft in the fifteenth century: Johannes Hartliebs Book of All Forbidden Arts and Ulrich Molitoriss On Witches and Pythonesses. Written by laymen and aimed at secular authorities,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Aurelien Mokoko Gampiot, “Kimbanguism: An African Understanding of the Bible” (Penn State UP, 2017)
In this volume, Aurlien Mokoko Gampiot, a sociologist and son of a Kimbanguist pastor, provides a fresh and insightful perspective on African Kimbanguism and its traditions. The largest of the African-initiated churches, Kimbanguism claims seventeen million followers worldwide. Like other… Read More
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