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Module Reading List

Religion and Media, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Jasjit Singh
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Allen, Christopher (2010),Islamophobia. Aldershot, Ashgate.

Altheide, D. L. (1996) Qualitative media analysis. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: Sage.

*Arthur, Chris (ed.), 1993, Religion and the media : an introductory reader (Cardiff, University of Wales Press).

Arthur, Chris, 1997, "Media, Meaning and Method in Religious Studies" in Stewart M Hoover & Knut Lundby (eds) Rethinking media, religion, and culture (London, Sage).

Arthur, Chris, 2004, ‘Media, meaning and method in the study of religion.’ In Sutcliffe, S. (ed.) Religion : empirical studies : a collection to mark the 50th anniversary of the British Association for the Study of Religion (London: Ashgate).

Badarracco, Claire, 2005, Quoting God : how media shape ideas about religion and culture (Waco, Baylor University Press).

*Beckerlegge, Gwilym (ed), 2002, From sacred text to internet (Aldershot, Ashgate, with the Open University).

Bird, S. Elizabeth, 2003, The audience in everyday life : living in a media world (New York, Routledge).

*Brasher, Brenda, 2004, Give me that online religion (Piscataway, NJ, Rutgers University Press).

Bruce, Steve, 1990, Pray TV : televangelism in America (London, Routledge).

Bryman, Alan, 2016, Social Research Methods, (Oxford, Oxford University Press)

Bunt, Gary, 2003, Islam in the digital age : e-jihad, online fatwas and cyber Islamic environments (London and Michigan, Pluto Press).

*Bunt, Gary, 2009, iMuslims : rewiring the house of Islam (London, C. Hurst and Co).

Campbell, Heidi, 2010, When religion meets new media (London and New York, Routledge). 

Campbell, Heidi, 2012, Digital Religion (London and New York, Routledge). 

Carrette, Jeremy and King, Richard, 2004, Selling spirituality : the silent takeover of religion (London and New York, Routledge).

*Coleman, Simon, 2007, The globalisation of charismatic Christianity : spreading the gospel of prosperity (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press) (especially chapter 7).

Cottle, Simon, 2006, ‘Mediatized rituals: Beyond manufacturing consent’, Media, culture & society. 28, pp. 411-32.

*Couldry, Nick, 2003, Media rituals : a critical approach (London, Routledge).

Couldry, Nick and Rothenbuhler, Eric W., 2007, ‘Review essay: Simon Cottle on ‘mediatized rituals’: a response’, Media, culture & society. 29, pp. 691-5.

*Dawson, Lorne L. and Cowan, Douglas E., 2004, Religion online : finding faith on the Internet (New York and London, Routledge).

*Deacon, David et al, 2007, Researching Communications: A Practical Guide to Methods in Media and Cultural Analysis, 2nd edition (London, Hodder Arnold).

Deacy, Christopher and Arweck, Elisabeth (eds), 2009, Exploring religion and the sacred in a media age (Aldershot, Ashgate).

de Vries, Hent and Weber, Samuel (eds), 2001, Religion and media (Stanford, Stanford University Press).

Eickelman, Dale F. and Anderson, Jon W. (eds), 2003,New Media in the Muslim World: The Emerging Public Sphere, second edition (Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana University Press).

*Einstein, Mara, 2007, Brands of faith : marketing religion in a commercial age (London and New York, Routledge).

Forbes, Bruce David and Mahan, Jeffrey, (eds), 2000, Religion and popular culture in America (Berkeley, University of California Press).

Fore, William F., 1987, Television and religion : the shaping of faith, values, and culture (Minneapolis, Augsburg/Fortress).

Frankl, Razelle, 1987, Televangelism : the marketing of popular religion (Carbondale IL, Southern Illinois University Press).

Gittinger, Juli L., 2018, Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online (New York and London, Routledge) 

Goethals, Gregor, 1982, The TV ritual : worship at the video altar (Boston MA, Beacon Press).

Gower, Owen and Mitchell, Jolyon (eds) 2012, Religion and the news, edited by Joylon Mitchell & Owen Gower (Aldershot, Ashgate).

Grieve, V. (2014). Buddhism, the Internet, and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus. In Buddhism, the Internet, and Digital Media (Vol. 1). Taylor and Francis.

Gunter, Barrie, and Viney, Rachel, 1994, Seeing is believing : religion and television in the 1990s (London, John Libbey).

Hackett, Rosalind, 1998, ‘Charismatic/Pentecostal appropriation of media technologies in Nigeria and Ghana’, Journal of religion in Africa = Religion en Afrique.= Religion en Afrique. 28:3, 1-19.

Hadden, Jeffery K. and Cowan, Douglas, E., 2001, Religion on the Internet : research prospects and promises (London, Elsevier Science).

Hadden, Jeffrey and Shupe, Anson, 1988, Televangelism, power, and politics on God's frontier (New York, Henry Holt).

Han, S., & Nasir, K.M. (2015). Digital Culture and Religion in Asia (1st ed.). Routledge. 

Helland, Christopher, 2007, "Diaspora on the Electronic Frontier :Developing Virtual Connections with Sacred Homelands." Journal of computer-mediated communication [electronic resource]. Special Issue on Religion and the Internet, Volume 12, Issue 3, April 2007.available at

Helland, Christopher, 2005, “Online Religion as Lived Religion: Methodological Issues in the Study of Religious Participation on the Internet.” Online-Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet. Vol. 1, Issue 1.  

Hendershot, Heather, 2004, Shaking the world for Jesus : media and conservative evangelical culture (Chicago, University of Chicago Press).

Hewson, C., Yule, P., Laurent, D. and Vogel, C. (2003) Internet research methods : a practical guide for the social and behavioural sciences. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: Sage.

Hoover, Stewart M. & Abelman, Robert.  1990,  Religious television : controversies and conclusions / edited by Robert Abelman, Stewart M. Hoover  Ablex Pub. Corp Norwood, N.J 

Hoover, Stewart M., 1988, Mass media religion : the social sources of the electronic church (London, Sage).

Hoover, Stewart M., 1998, Religion in the news : faith and journalism in American public discourse (Newbury Park, Sage).

Hoover, Stewart M., 2006, Religion in the media age (London and New York, Routledge) 

Hoover, Stewart M. & Lundby, Knut (eds) Rethinking media, religion, and culture (London, Sage).

Hoover, Stewart M. and Clark, Lynn Schofield (eds), 2002, Practicing religion in the age of the media : explorations in media, religion, and culture (New York, Columbia University Press).

Hoover, Stewart M. and Park, Jin Kyu, 2005, ‘Religion and meaning in the digital age: field research on Internet/Web religion’, in E. Rothenbuhler and M. Coman (eds), Media anthropology (Thousand Oaks, Sage).

Hoover, Stewart M. and Venurelli, Shalini, S., 1996, ‘The category of the religious: The blindspot of contemporary media theory’, Critical studies in mass communication., 13, 251-65.

Horsfield, Peter, Hess, M. E. and Medrano, A. M. (eds) 2004, Belief in media : cultural perspectives on media and Christianity (Aldershot, Ashgate).

Karaflogka, Anastasia, 2009, E-religion : a critical appraisal of religious discourse on the World Wide Web (London and Oakville, Equinox).

Knott, Kim and Mitchell, Jolyon, 2011, ‘The changing faces of media and religion’ in L. Woodhead and R. Catto (eds),Religion and change in modern Britain(London and New York, Routledge).

Knott, Kim and Poole, Elizabeth, 2013, Media Portrayals of Religion and the Secular Sacred (London and New York, Routledge) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva . 

Krippendorff, Klaus, 2004, Content Analysis: An Introduction to its Methodology (Thousand Oaks and London, Sage).

*Lundby, Knut (ed), 2009, Mediatization : concept, changes, consequences (New York, Peter Lang).

Lynch, Gordon, 2005, Understanding theology and popular culture (Oxford, Blackwell).

*Lynch, Gordon, 2010, ‘Religion, media and cultures of everyday life’, in J. Hinnells (ed) The Routledge companion to the study of religion (2nd edition) (London and New York, Routledge), 543-557.

Lynch, Gordon, Mitchell, Jolyon, and Strhan, Anna (eds), 2011, Religion, media, and culture : a reader (London and New York, Routledge).

Mazzarella, William, 2004, ‘Culture, globalization, mediation’, Annual review of anthropology. 33, 345-67.

*Meyer, Birgit (ed), 2009, Aesthetic formations : media, religion, and the senses (London, Palgrave Macmillan).

Meyer, Birgit and Moors, Annelies (eds), 2006, Religion, media, and the public sphere (Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana University Press).

Meyer, Birgit, 2006, ‘Religious Sensations. Why Media, Aesthetics and Power Matter in the Study of Contemporary Religion’, Inaugural Lecture (Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit).
Available online at:

Mitchell, Jolyon, 2000, Visually speaking : radio and the renaissance of preaching (Louisville, KY, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation).

*Mitchell, Jolyon, 2006,Media violence and Christian ethics(Cambridge, Cambridge University Press).

*Mitchell, Jolyon and Marriage, Sophia (eds), 2003, Mediating religion : conversations in media, religion and culture (Edinburgh: T & T Clark/Continuum).

Moore, Kerry, Mason, Paul and Lewis, Justin, 2008, Images of Islam in the UK: The Representation of British Muslims in the National Print News Media 2000-2008 (Cardiff, Cardiff School of Media, Journalism and Communication Studies).
Available online at:

Moore, Laurence R., 1995, Selling God : American religion in the marketplace of culture (New York, Oxford University Press).

Morey, Peter and Amina Yaqin, 2011,Framing Muslims : stereotyping and representation since 9/11. Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press.

Morgan, David, 2007, The lure of images : a history of religion and visual media in America (London and New York, Routledge).

Morgan, David (ed.), 2008, Key words in religion, media and culture. (New York: Routledge). 

Neuendorf, Kimberley A., 2002, The content analysis guidebook (London, Thousand Oaks, Sage).

Ó Doctartaigh, N. (2002) The Internet research handbook : a practical guide for students and researchers in the social sciences. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: Sage.

Online- Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet,

Pantti, Mervi and Sumiala, Johanna, 2009, ‘Till death do us join: media, mourning rituals and the sacred centre of the society’, Media, culture & society.. 31, pp. 119-35.

Petley, Julian and Robin Richardson (eds), 2011, Pointing the finger : Islam and Muslims in the British media. Oneworld Publications.

Pink, S. (2001) Doing Visual Ethnography: Images, Media and Representation. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: Sage.

Poole, Elizabeth, 2001, ‘Interpreting Islam: British Muslims and the British Press’ in K. Ross and P. Playdon (eds.) Black marks : minority ethnic audiences and media Aldershot: Ashgate.

*Poole, Elizabeth, 2002, Reporting Islam : media representations of British Muslims (London, I. B. Tauris). 

*Poole, Elizabeth and Richardson, John E. (eds), 2006, Muslims and the news media (London, I. B. Tauris).

Postman, Neil, 1986, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (New York, Penguin).

Prosser, J. (ed.), 1998, Image-based research : a sourcebook for qualitative researchers. London and New York: Routledge and Falmer.

Quicke, Andrew and Quicke, Julia, 1992, Hidden agendas : the politics of religious broadcasting in Britain ; 1987-1991, (Virginia Beach, VA, Dominion Kings Grant Publications).

Richardson, John E., 2004, (Mis)representing Islam : the racism and rhetoric of British broadsheet newspapers (Amsterdam: John Benjamins)

Riffe, Daniel, Lacy, Steven and Fico, Frederick, 2005, Analyzing media messages : using quantitative content analysis in research (London, New York, Taylor Francis), 2nd edition.

Rothenbuhler, Eric, 1998, Ritual communication : from everyday conversation to mediated ceremony (Thousand Oaks, Sage).

Rosowsky, Andrey. Faith and Language Practices in Digital Spaces, Bristol, Blue Ridge Summit: Multilingual Matters, 2017. 

Schaffer, Gavin, 2014, The Vision of a Nation: Making Multiculturalism on British Television, 1960-80, Palgrave Macmillan 

Scheifinger, Heinz, 2008, ‘Hinduism and cyberspace’, Religion., 38:3, 233-49.

*Schofield Clark, Lynn, 2003, From angels to aliens : teenagers, the media, and the supernatural (New York, Oxford University Press).

Schultz, Dorothea, 2003, ‘”Charisma and Brotherhood” Revisited: Mass-mediated forms of spirituality in urban Mali’, Journal of religion in Africa = Religion en Afrique. 33:2, 146-71.

Schultze, Quentin J. (ed), 1990, American evangelicals and the mass media : perspectives on the relationship between American evangelicals and the mass media (Grand Rapids: Zondervan).

Silk, Mark, 1995, Unsecular media : making news of religion in America (Champaign, IL, University of Illinois Press).

Silverstone, Roger, 1981, The message of television : myth and narrative in contemporary culture (London, Heinemann).

Singh, Jasjit, 2014, 'Sikh-ing online: the role of the Internet in the religious lives of young British Sikhs', Contemporary South Asia, 22:1, 82-97, DOI: 10.1080/09584935.2013.870974

Singh, Jasjit, 2018, 'Lost in translation? The emergence of the digital Guru Granth Sahib', Sikh Formations, 14:3-4, 339-351, DOI: 10.1080/17448727.2018.1485355

Singh, Jasjit, 2019, 'Racialisation, ‘religious violence’ and radicalisation: the persistence of narratives of ‘Sikh extremism’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1623018

Stolow, Jeremy, 2005, ‘Religion and/as media’, Theory, culture & society. 22:4, 137-63.

Stolow, J. (2010). Religion, Media, and Globalization. In The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion (pp. 544–562). Wiley‐Blackwell.

Stout, Daniel and Buddenbaum, Judith (eds), 1996, Religion and mass media : audiences and adaptations (Newbury Park, Sage).

Stout, Daniel A. and Buddenbaum, Judith M., 2008, ‘Approaches to the study of media and religion: Notes from the Editors of the Journal of Media and Religion with recommendations for future research’, Religion, 28:3, 226-32.

Sumiala-Seppanen, Johanna, Lundby, K. and Salokangas, R. (eds), 2006, Implications of the sacred in (post) modern media (Goteborg, Nordicom).

Taira, Teemu, Poole, Elizabeth and Knott, Kim, 2012, ‘Religion in the British media today’, in O. Gower and J. Mitchell (eds), Religion and the news, edited by Joylon Mitchell & Owen Gower(Aldershot, Ashgate). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Turnock, Robert, 2000, Interpreting Diana : television audiences and the death of a princess (London, BFI Publishing).

Viney, Rachel, 1999, ‘Religious broadcasting on UK television: policy, public perception and programmes’, Cultural trends., 36:4, 1-28.

Witte, Marleen de, 2009, ‘Modes of binding, moments of bonding: Mediating divine touch in Ghanaian Pentecostalism and traditionalism’, in B. Meyer (ed), Aesthetic formations : media, religion, and the senses (London, Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 183-206.

University of Loughborough (Media Studies), ‘Assessment and development of new methods for the analysis of media content’ (archive),
Available online at:, accessed 23 November 2018.

Yu, Sherry S., Matthew D. Matsaganis, 2019, 'Ethnic Media in the Digital Age', Routledge

This list was last updated on 19/01/2022