New Books Network

Linda K. Wertheimer, “Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance” (Beacon Press, 2017)
Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance (Beacon Press, 2017) by Linda K. Wertheimer profiles the beauty and difficulty of teaching about religion in public schools. Teaching about religion in a public school in the United States is rewarding, but very difficult. It is not hyperbolic to... Read More
Claire Pamment, “Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Claire Pamment’s book Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) is a fantastic new book centered on the Punjabi folk art of the Bhānd, or comic performance. Pamment explores the history and present of the Bhānd and Bhānd artists through a thoroughly interdisciplinary lens that engages performance studies, ethnography,... Read More
Ian Johnson, “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao” (Pantheon, 2017)
Ian Johnson’s new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao (Pantheon, 2017),  was called “a masterpiece of observation and empathy” by The New York Review of Books, and The Economist, who included the book on its Best of 2017 list, said the book, “Shows how a... Read More
Justine Howe, “Suburban Islam” (Oxford UP, 2018)
The study of Islam is often focused on subjects involved in legal debates or ritual practice. But our understanding of Muslims should also be informed by everyday practices found in the suburbs. In Suburban Islam (Oxford University Press, 2018), Justine Howe, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve... Read More
Ahmad Atif Ahmad, “Pitfalls of Scholarship: Lessons from Islamic Studies” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
Ahmad Atif Ahmad’s  Pitfalls of Scholarship: Lessons from Islamic Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) is a unique reflection on the field of Islamic studies. It is not quite a memoir, although it is reflective of Islamic studies, academia, and higher education in general. It is also not quite a book of theory, although... Read More
Brannon D. Ingram, “Revival from Below: The Deoband Movement and Global Islam” (U California Press, 2018)
Revival from Below: The Deoband Movement and Global Islam (University of California Press, 2018) by Brannon D. Ingram is a timely study of the Deoband movement from its inception in India to its transnational contemporary context in South Africa. Through careful analysis of historical textual discourses, Ingram carefully guides his... Read More
Daromir Rudnyckyj, “Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Recent economic crises have made the centrality of debt, and the instability it creates, increasingly apparent. In Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance (University of Chicago Press, 2019), anthropologist Daromir Rudnyckyj illustrates how the Malaysian state, led by the central bank, is seeking to make the country’s capital Kuala... Read More