New Books Network

Asma T. Uddin, “When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom” (Pegasus Books, 2019)
What happens when a religion is demonized to such an extent that it is no longer deemed a religion – but an ideology? What effect does such a political refashioning of a religion have on the rights to free expression of its adherents? What are the implications of politicizing and... Read More
Julia Neuberger, “Antisemitism: What It Is, What It Isn’t, Why It Matters” (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2019)
Anti-Semitic incidents, ranging from vandalism through murder, are on the rise in Great Britain, and across Europe and North America. Julia Neuberger – Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, a member of the House of Lords, chair of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and trustee of Full Fact, an organization... Read More
Fran Altvater, “Sacramental Theology and the Decoration of Baptismal Fonts” (Cambridge Scholars, 2017)
Fran Altvater talks about the Medieval Pilgrimage, a practice that became central to Christian Europe in the early Middle Ages and evolved into the military pilgrimages of the Crusades in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. Altvater is a professor of art history at the University of Hartford. Her book, Sacramental... Read More
Christopher Austin, “Pradyumna: Lover, Magician, and Scion of the Avatara” (Oxford UP, 2019)
This is the first sustained study of an important figure in Hindu narrative, one largely obscure to readers and scholars alike: Kṛṣṇa’s son Pradyumna. In Pradyumna: Lover, Magician, and Scion of the Avatara (Oxford University Press, 2019), Christopher Austin traces the evolution of Pradyumna’s persona, placing it in historical context,... Read More
Lyn Julius, “Uprooted: How 3000 Years of Jewish Civilization in the Arab World Vanished Overnight” (Vallentine Mitchell, 2018)
Who are the Jews from Arab countries? What were relations with Muslims like? What made Jews leave countries where they had been settled for thousands of years? And what lessons can we learn from the mass exodus of minorities from the Middle East? This neglected piece of history, as ancient... Read More
Claire Chambers, “Making Sense of Contemporary British Muslim Novels” (Palgrave, 2019)
After the Rushdie affair in 1989 there was an important shift in the public life of British Muslims. Their image came under closer scrutiny which led to new social policies and self-perceptions. This moment also served as a significant pivot in the narrative and representational patterns in British Muslim literature. Claire... Read More
Deborah Eden Tull, “Relational Mindfulness” (Wisdom Publications, 2018)
Deborah Eden Tull’s new book Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Planet (Wisdom Publications, 2018) is a guidebook on how to embody compassionate awareness in all of our relationships — with self, one another, and our planet in an age of global... Read More