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
BOOKS RECEIVED: Katherine M. Faull, ed. and trans., “Speaking to Body and Soul: Instructions for the Moravian Choir Helpers, 1785-1786” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Dating back to 1785, the Moravian Instructions for the Choir Helpers contain detailed advice for the spiritual counselors of the men, women, and children in Moravian congregations on how to address concerns about ones body and soul. In this volume,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Iain R. Edgar, “The Dream in Islam: From Qur’anic Tradition to Jihadist Inspiration” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Buy from University Press Books The war in the Middle East is marked by a lack of cultural knowledge on the part of the western forces, and this book deals with another, widely ignored element of Islam-the role of dreams… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Ron E. Hassner, “Religion on the Battlefield” (Cornell UP, 2016)
How does religion shape the modern battlefield? Ron E. Hassner proposes that religion acts as a force multiplier, both enabling and constraining military operations. This is true not only for religiously radicalized fighters but also for professional soldiers. In the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisabeth Goldwyn, “Reading Between the Lines: Form and Content in Levinas’s Talmudic Readings” (Duquesne UP, 2015)
Originally published in Hebrew, Reading between the Lines takes up philosopher Emmanuel Levinas’s fascinating contributions to Jewish thought, concentrating specifically on his talmudic readings in the context of “contemporary midrash.” Herself a scholar and teacher of the Talmud, Elisabeth Goldwyn… Read More
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