New Books Network

John Stratton Hawley, “Bhakti and Power: Debating India’s Religion of the Heart” (U Washington Press, 2019)
What is the relationship between religion and power? With this important overarching theme in mind, Bhakti and Power: Debating India’s Religion of the Heart (University of Washington Press, 2019), edited by John Stratton Hawley, Christian Lee Novetzke and Swapna Sharma, combines 17 fascinating studies which explore the ways in which bhakti – “India’s... Read More
Courtney Pace, “Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall” (U Georgia Press, 2019)
Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall (University of Georgia Press, 2019) is the first full-length critical study of Rev. Dr. Prathia Laura Ann Hall (1940–2002), an undersung leader in both the civil rights movement and African American theology. Freedom faith was the central concept of Hall’s theology: the... Read More
David Slucki, “Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons” (Wayne State UP, 2019)
In Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons (Wayne State University Press, 2019), David Slucki, Assistant Professor in the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston, gives us a very different type of history book. Slucki’s memoir blends the scholarly and literary, grounding the story of... Read More
Ricardo Cubas Ramacciotti, “The Politics of Religion and the Rise of Social Catholicism in Peru (1884-1935)” (Brill, 2018)
In The Politics of Religion and the Rise of Social Catholicism in Peru (1884-1935): Faith, Workers, and Race Before Liberation Theology (Brill, 2018), Ricardo Cubas Ramacciotti, Associate Professor of Latin American History at the Universidad de los Andes (Chile), provides a lucid synthesis of the Catholic Church’s responses to the secularization of the... Read More
Naftali Rothenberg, “Rabbi Akiva’s Philosophy of Love” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Is love between man and woman the source of wisdom and the cornerstone of moral life? Naftali Rothenberg says it is, based on the works and life of the first century Jewish scholar and sage, Rabbi Akiva. In Rabbi Akiva’s Philosophy of Love (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) Rothenberg explores the philosophy... Read More
Betsy Perabo, “Russian Orthodoxy and the Russo-Japanese War” (Bloomsbury, 2017)
As Russian militarism becomes increasingly intertwined with Russian Orthodoxy theology in the 21st century, the history of the Church’s relationship to war and its justification becomes particularly relevant. Betsy Perabo’s book Russian Orthodoxy and the Russo-Japanese War (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) is a unique and important contribution to this area of... Read More
Marko Geslani, “Rites of the God-King: Śānti and Ritual Change in Early Hinduism” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Is “Vedic” fire sacrifice at odds with “Hindu” image worship? Through a careful study of ritual (śanti) texts geared towards appeasement of inauspicious forces (primarily the Atharva Veda and in the Bṛhatsaṃhitā, an Indian astrological work), Marko Geslani demonstrates the persistent significance and centrality of the work of Brahmanical priesthood... Read More