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Module Reading List and Resources

Religion, Society and Public Life, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Stefan Skrimshire
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Deane-Drummon, C. A primer in ecotheology ISBN: 9781498236997 (Cascade: 2017)

Nancy, Jean-Luc Une pensee finie ISBN: 2718603860 (Galilee,1991)   

Rolston III, H. Philosophy gone wild : environmental ethics ISBN: 0879755563 (pbk.); 0879753293 (hard) (Prometheus Books, 1989)

Modern Problem of ‘Religion in Public’

- Byrne, James M. _ Glory, jest and riddle : religious thought in the Enlightenment _ (London: SCM, 1996)

- Eisenach, E. _ Two worlds of liberalism : religion and politics in Hobbes, Locke, and Mill _ (University of Chicago, 1981)

- Giovanni, George di, Freedom and religion in Kant and his immediate successors : the vocation of humankind, 1774-1800 (Cambridge: CUP, 2005)

- Marshall, J. _ John Locke : resistance, religion and responsibility _ (Cambridge University Press, 1994)

- Stanton, T. "Locke and the politics and theology of toleration" _ Political studies. _ 54/1 (2006), pp. 84-102

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Theories of the Secular / Postsecular

- Asad, T. 2003. Formations of the secular : Christianity, Islam, modernity. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. Esp. chapters 1 and 6.

- Asad, T. (1993) Genealogies of religion : discipline and reasons of power in Christianity and Islam. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

- Beckford, J. A. (2010) ‘The return of public religion? A critical assessment of a popular claim’, Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, 23 (2): 121–136. - Available online:

- Beckford, J. A. (2012) ‘SSSR Presidential Address Public Religions and the Postsecular: Critical Reflections’, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion., 51(1): 1-19.

- Bellah, R., Madsen, R., Sullivan, W.M., Swidler, A., and Tipton, S.M. (1992) The good society. New York: Vintage.

- Bhargava, R. ed. 1998. Secularism and its critics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Esp. Sections I and II.

- Brown, W. ‘Idealism, Materialism, Secularism’ (2007) []

- Brown, W. 2012. 'Civilizational Delusions: Secularism, Tolerance, Equality' Theory and Event Volume 15, Issue 2, 2012

- Brown et al (eds). 2009. Is critique secular? : blasphemy, injury, and free speech ISBN: 9780823252381 (e-book) (Townsend Papers in the Humanities) (University of California Press).

- Butler, J. et al (eds) The power of religion in the public sphere (Columbia University Press, 2011)

- Calhoun, C., Juergensmeyer, M. and Van Antwerpen, J. (eds) Rethinking secularism ISBN: 9780199796687; 9780199796670; 0199796688 (OUP: 2011)

-- Casanova, J. (2006) 'Rethinking Secularization: A Global Comparative Perspective', The Hedgehog Review 8 (1-2): 7-22. - Available online: Chaves, M. 1994. Secularization as declining religious authority. Social forces.. 72(3), 749-774.

- Casanova, J. (1995) Public religions in the modern world ISBN: 0226095355 (paper : alk. paper); 0226095347 (cloth : alk. paper)     

- Connolly, W.E. 1999. Why I am not a secularist. Minneapolis: university of Minnesota Press.

- Foret, F. and Schlesinger, P. (2007) 'Religion and the European public sphere', pp. 187-205 in J. E. Fossum and P. Schlesinger (eds) The European Union and the public sphere : a communicative space in the making?, London: Routledge.


- Cladis, M. S. (2007) Public vision, private lives : Rousseau, religion, and 21st-century democracy. New York: Columbia University Press.

- Habermas, J. (2006a) 'Religion in the Public Sphere', European journal of philosophy. 14(1): 1-25.

- Habermas, J. (2006b) The divided West. Cambridge: Polity Press.

- Habermas, J. (2006d) 'Pre-political Foundations of the Democratic Constitutional State? ' pp.19-52 in J. Ratzinger and J. Habermas 2007 The dialectics of secularization : on reason and religion, San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

- Huntington, S. P. (1993) ‘The Clash of Civilisations? ’, Foreign affairs., Summer.

- Huntington, S. P. (1996) The Clash of Civilizations. New York: Touchstone.

- Lovibond, S. 2005. Religion and modernity: living in the hypercontext. Journal of religious ethics.. 33(4), 617-631.

- Mahmood, S. 2015. Religious difference in a secular age : a minority report ISBN: 9780691153285 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780691153278 (hardcover : alk. paper) (Princeton University Press)

- Schall, J.V. 1993. Transcendence and political philosophy. The review of politics.. 55(2), 247-265.

- Taylor, C. (1998) 'Modes of Secularism', pp. 31-53 in R. Bhargava (ed) Secularism and its Critics, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

- Taylor, C. (2007) A secular age. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press.

- Taylor, C. et al. (1994) Multiculturalism. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

- Turner, B. S. (ed.) (2010b) Secularization. Four-Volume Set, London: Sage.

- Turner, B. S. (2011) Religion and modern society : citizenship, secularisation, and the state. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

- Taylor, C. 2007. A secular age ISBN: 9780674026766 (hbk.); 0674026764 (hbk.)

- Tillich, P. 1946. Religion and secular culture. Journal of Religion.. XXVI(2), 79-86.

- Vernon, R. 1975. The secular political culture: three views. The review of politics.. 37(4), 490-512.

- Warner, M. et al. eds. 2010. Varieties of secularism in a secular age. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. Esp. Introduction.

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Liberalism and its Critics
ISBN: 9780567032454 (pbk.); 9780567032447 (hbk.); 0567032442 (hbk.); 0567032450 (pbk.)

- Milbank, J. (1990) Theology and Social Theory. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

- Milbank, J., Davis, C. and Žižek, S. (eds) 2005 Theology and the political : the new debate. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

- Milbank, Ward and Pickstock (eds) Radical orthodoxy : a new theology (London: Routledge, 1998)

- Ratzinger, J. and Habermas, J (2006) The dialectics of secularization : on reason and religion, San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

- Rawls, J. (1999 [1971]) A Theory of Justice. Cambridge, MASS.: Belknap Press.

- Rawls, J. (2005 [1993]) Political Liberalism. New York: Columbia University Press

- Sandel, M. J. (1998) Liberalism and the limits of justice, 2nd Edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

- Song, R. (1997) Christianity and liberal society. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

- Ward, G. (2000) Cities of God : the religion of the Italian communes, 1125-1325 (Routledge)

- Žižek, S. (2000) ‘From Decalogue to Human Rights’, ‘The Principle of Charity’, and ‘Christ’s Uncoupling’, pp.107-129 of The fragile absolute : or, why is the Christian legacy worth fighting for?. London: Verso. [Available in the course readings folder of the VLE]

- Žižek, S. (2002) ‘From Homo Sacer to the Neighbour’, pp. 112-134 of Welcome to the desert of the real! : five essays on September 11 and related dates. London: Verso. [Available in the course readings folder of the VLE]

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Representing Religion

- Kahn-Harris, Keith, and Ben Gidley. Turbulent times : the British Jewish community today. (London: Continuum, 2010)

- K. Knott (2004), ‘The sense and nonsense of ‘community’: a consideration of contemporary debates about community and culture by a scholar of religion’, in S. Sutcliffe (ed), Religion : empirical studies : a collection to mark the 50th anniversary of the British Association for the Study of Religion, London : Ashgate, p. 67-90

- A. Dinham (2011), ‘What is a “faith community”’, The community development journal., Vol 46 No 4, pp. 526–541

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Muslim Societies

Burgat F. Face to face with political Islam ISBN: 1860642136 (pbk.) : £14.95; 1860642128. London: I. B. Tauris; 2003.

Eickelman DF, Piscatori JP. Muslim politics. Oxford; Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press; 2004.

Esposito JL, Shahin EE. The Oxford handbook of Islam and politics ISBN: 9780195395891 (hbk.) : £95.00. New York, NY; Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2013.

Hallaq WB. The impossible state : Islam, politics, and modernity's moral predicament ISBN: 9780231162562 (alk. paper); 2013.

Mandaville PG. Islam and politics ISBN: 9780415782562 (hardback); 9780415782579 (paperback); 9781315814773 (e-book). London: Routledge; 2014.

Roy O, Globalised Islam : the search for a new Ummah ISBN: 1850655987(pbk.) : £15.95; 1850655936. London: Hurst; 2004.

Sayyid BS. A Fundamental Fear: Eurocentrism and the emergence of Islamism. London: Zed; 2003.

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- Anderson, Allan, Michael Bergunder, Andre Droogers and Cornelis van der Laan (eds.). 2010. Studying global Pentecostalism : theories and methods (Berkeley: University of California Press).

- Corten, Andre and Ruth Marshall (eds.). 2001. Between Babel and Pentecost : transnational Pentecostalism in Africa and Latin America (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).

- Cox, Harvey. 1996. Fire From Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the 21st Century (London: Cassell).

- Gifford, Paul. 2004. Ghana's new Christianity : Pentacostalism in a globalising African economy (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).

- Hefner, Robert W. 2013. Global Pentecostalism in the 21st century (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).

- Marshall, Ruth. 2007. Political spiritualities : the Pentecostal revolution in Nigeria (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).

- Martin, D. 2002. Pentecostalism : the world their parish (Malden: Blackwell Publishing).

- Ranger, Terence O. 2008. Evangelical Christianity and democracy in Africa (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

- Yong, Amos. 2012. In the days of Caesar : Pentecostalism and political theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publising).

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Interfaith Dialogue


- Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom:

- Interfaith Week:

- Parliament of World’s Religions:

Introductory background reading:

- Cohn-Sherbok, D. (Ed.). (2001). Interfaith theology : a reader. Oxford: Oneworld.

- Forward, M. (2001). Inter-religious dialogue : a short introduction. Oxford: Oneworld.

- Riddell, P. (2004). Christians and Muslims : pressures and potential in a post 9/11 world. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press.

Reports (available online):

DCLG (2007). 'Face-to-Face and Side-by-Side': A framework for inter faith dialogue and social action. London: HMSO. Available online:

IFNUK (2006) Challenge and opportunity: Changing Patterns of Interfaith engagement in the UK. London: IFNUK. Available online:

- Azumah, J (2002) The Integrity of Interfaith Dialogue. Islam and Christian-Muslim relations.. 13: 3, 269-280.

- Barnes, M. (2005) Religious Pluralism. In J. Hinnells (Ed.) The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion (pp. 407-422) Oxford: Routledge.

- Barnes, M. (2002) Theology and the dialogue of religions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

- Baumann, G. (1999). The multicultural riddle : rethinking national, ethnic, and religious identities. New York: Routledge.

- Bennett, C. (2008). Understanding Christian-Muslim relations London-Continuum.

- Brubaker, R., & Cooper, F. (2000). Beyond ‘Identity’. Theory and society., 29:1, 1- 47

- Duran, C. (1986). Christian-Muslim Cooperation (Examples from Spain to Afghanistan). In H. Küng & J. Moltmann (Eds.), Christianity and the world religions : paths of dialogue with Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism (pp. 22-27). Edinburgh: T & T Clark Ltd.

- Goddard, H. (1995). Christians and Muslims : from double standards to mutual understanding. Richmond: Curzon Press.

- Goddard, H. (2000). A history of Christian-Muslim relations. Chicago: New Amsterdam Books.

- Griffiths, P. (1990). Christianity through non-Christian eyes. New York: Orbis Books.

- Griffiths, P. (2001). Problems of religious diversity. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers

- Hick, J., & Knitter, P. (Eds.) (1988). The Myth of Christian Uniqueness. New York: Orbis Books

- Jeffner, A. (2005). Truth and Religious Dialogue. In J. Lipner, (Ed.), Truth, religious dialogue, and dynamic orthodoxy : essays in honour of Brian Hebblethwaite. ( pp. 39-53). London: SCM.  

- Malik, J. (ed) (2004) Muslims in Europe : from the margin to the centre. Münster: Lit Verlag.

- Prideaux, M. (2009). The Significance of Identity to the Lived Realities of Muslim- Christian Dialogue. Islam and Christian-Muslim relations.. 20:2, 153-170.

- Race, A., & Shafer, I. (Eds.). (2002). Religions in dialogue : from theocracy to democracy. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

- Ramadan, T. (2006). Interreligious Dialogue from an Islamic Perspective. In C. Timmerman & B. Segaert (Eds.), How to conquer the barriers to intercultural dialogue : Christianity, Islam, and Judaism (pp. 85-100). Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang.

- Riddell, P. (2004). Christians and Muslims : pressures and potential in a post 9/11 world. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press.

- Said, E. (1978) Orientalism. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

- Said, E. (1997) Covering Islam. London: Vintage.

- Siddiqui, A. (1997) Christian-Muslim dialogue in the twentieth century. Hampshire: Macmillan Press.

- Tracy, D. (1991). Dialogue with the other : the inter-religious dialogue. Louvain: Peeters Press.

- Waardenburg, J. (2003). Muslims and others : relations in context. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

- Ward, K. (1996). The Study of Truth and Dialogue in Religion. In U. King, (Ed.), Turning points in religious studies : essays in honour of Geoffrey Parrinder. (pp 221-231). Edinburgh: T & T Clark.

- Weller, P. (2009). How Participation Changes Things. In A. Dinham, R. Furbey & V. Lowndes (Eds.), Faith in the Public Realm (pp. 63-82). Bristol: Policy Press.

- Zebiri, K. (1997). Muslims and Christians face to face. Oxford: Oneworld.

This list was last updated on 03/11/2017