New Books Network

Melissa J. Wilde, “Birth Control Battles: How Race and Class Divided American Religion” (U California Press, 2020)
Although it has largely been erased from the collective memory of American Christianity, the debate over eugenics was a major factor in the history of 20th-century religious movements, with many churches actively supporting the pseudoscience as a component of the Social Gospel. In Birth Control Battles: How Race and Class... Read More
Asma Barlas, “Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an” (U Texas Press, 2019)
In this revised edition of her classic and groundbreaking work, Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an (University of Texas Press, 2019), Asma Barlas demonstrates how a Muslim believer can fully adopt an antipatriarchal reading of the Qur’anic text while maintaining belief in its Divine Providence. The... Read More
Paula Fredriksen, “When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation” (Yale UP, 2018)
How did a group of charismatic, apocalyptic Jewish missionaries, working to prepare their world for the impending realization of God’s promises to Israel, end up inaugurating a movement that would grow into the gentile church? Committed to Jesus’s prophecy—“The Kingdom of God is at hand!”—they were, in their own eyes,... Read More
Philip Butler, “Black Transhuman Liberation Theology: Technology and Spirituality” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
In his book Black Transhuman Liberation Theology: Technology and Spirituality (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), Philip Butler explores what might happen if Black people in the United States merged technology and spirituality in their fight towards materializing liberating realities. The discussions shaping what it means for humans to exist with technology and... Read More
Mark A. Nathan, “From the Mountains to the Cities: A History of Buddhist Propagation in Korea” (U Hawaii Press, 2018)
From the Mountains to the Cities A History of Buddhist Propagation in Korea (University of Hawaii Press, 2018), written by Mark A. Nathan, is a history of P’ogyo (Buddhist Propagation) on the Korean peninsula from the late 19th century to the beginning of the 21st that switches its focus to... Read More
Marika Rose, “A Theology of Failure: Žižek Against Christian Innocence” (Fordham UP, 2019)
Christian theology has a long and at times contradictory history, riddled with tensions that make it difficult (if not impossible) to develop a single systematic account of what Christianity is. However, rather than see this as a shortcoming, one can instead try and see this as a productive philosophical and... Read More
A Conversation with Chris Chapple, Part II: Living Landscapes
Join us as we continue discussion with Dr. Christopher Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Layola Marymount University as we dive into his new book Living Landscapes: Meditations on the Five Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas (SUNY Press, 2020). The ancient Indian philosophers conceptualized the... Read More
Mayfair Yang, “Re-enchanting Modernity: Ritual Economy and Society in Wenzhou, China” (Duke UP, 2020)
In Re-enchanting Modernity: Ritual Economy and Society in Wenzhou, China (Duke University Press, 2020), Mayfair Yang examines the resurgence of religious and ritual life after decades of enforced secularization in the coastal area of Wenzhou, China. Drawing on twenty-five years of ethnographic fieldwork, Yang shows how the local practices of... Read More
Laura S. Grillo, “An Intimate Rebuke: Female Genital Power in Ritual and Politics in West Africa” (Duke UP, 2018)
What if the moral guardians of West African societies are postmenopausal women? This is the argument that Laura S. Grillo makes in her 2018 book, An Intimate Rebuke: Female Genital Power in Ritual and Politics in West Africa (Duke University Press, 2018). Drawing on anthropological fieldwork in Côte d’Ivoire that... Read More