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Religion, Politics and Society, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Stefan Skrimshire
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 2: Modern Problem of ‘Religion in Public’

Core reading

Kant, I. The Conflict of the Faculties = Der Streit der Fakultäten. pp. 111-125  , [the sections headed "Conclusion of Peace" and "Appendix: Historical Questions on the Bible". OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (chg 16/09/2020)   

Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration focusing on pp. 1-12 Available on-line here: 

Further reading

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

Creston Davis & Clayton Crockett (2007) The Political and The Infinite, Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 12:1, 1-10

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)  

Muers, R. and Higton, M. Modern Theology: A Critical Introduction (London: Routledge, 2012), pp. 47-52 [ E-Book] 

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


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Week 3: Secularisms

Core reading

Jose Casanova (2006), ‘Rethinking Secularization: A Global Comparative Perspective’ in Beyer and Beaman (eds) Religion, Globalization, and Culture (2007) pp.101-120 [E-Book] 

Wilson, E. After Secularism: Rethinking Religion in Global Politics (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) [E-Book] Chapter 1

Further reading

Anić, J.R. and Šiljak, Z.S. “Secularisation of Religion as the Source of Religious Gender Stereotypes” Feminist Theology (2020)

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

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

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.

Barghava, R. ed. 1998. Secularism and its critics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Barghava, R. "Rehabilitating Secularism" in Calhoun, C., Juergensmeyer, M. and Van Antwerpen, J. (eds) Rethinking secularism  (OUP: 2011) Chapter 4 [E-Book]

Barghava, R. "Reimagining Secularism: Respect, Domination and Principled Distance" Economic and Political Weekly Vol. 48, No. 50 (DECEMBER 14, 2013) [E-article in library]

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

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 (OUP: 2011) [E-Book]

Casanova, J. (1995) Public religions in the modern world  [Chapter 1 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  ]

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

D'Costa and Evans (eds) Religion in a Liberal State (Cambridge: CUP, 2014), esp. Ch.4

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. E-Book

Fitzgerald, T. (2007) Religion and the Secular: Historical and Colonial Formations (Routledge) E-Book

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. 

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

Spickard, J. "Multiple Secularities Beyond the West: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age" Sociology of Religion, Volume 77, Issue 1, SPRING 2016, Pages 107–109 [E-article in library]

Taylor, C. (1998) 'Modes of Secularism',  in R. Bhargava (ed) Secularism and its Critics, Oxford: Oxford University Press [pp.31-53 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  ]

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

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

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.

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Week 4: Secular Liberalism, Tolerance and Free Speech

Core reading

Mahmood, S. ‘Religious Reason and Secular Affect: An Incommensurable Divide?’ in Asad, T. et al, Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury and Free Speech, (Fordham University Press: 2013).

Further reading

Jason N. Blum (2018) Public discourse and the myth of religious speech, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 33:1, 1-16, DOI: 10.1080/13537903.2018.1408259

Brown, W. ‘Civilizational Delusions: Secularism, Tolerance, Equality’ Theory & EventVolume 15, Issue 2, 2012

Mahmood, S. 2015. Religious difference in a secular age : a minority report (Princeton University Press)

McCutcheon, R.T. Religion and the domestication of dissent, or, How to live in a less than perfect nation (London: Equinox, 2005) Ch. 5 [E-Book] 

Calhoun, C., Juergensmeyer, M. and Van Antwerpen, J. (eds) Rethinking secularism (OUP: 2011)

Williams, R. “Secularism, Faith and Freedom” (2006)

Wilfred, F. Religious Identities and the Global South: Porous Borders and Novel Paths. New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2021. 

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Week 5: Religious Progressive Protest 

Further reading

Christopher A. House (2018) Crying for Justice: The #BLACKLIVESMATTER Religious Rhetoric of Bishop T.D. Jakes, Southern Communication Journal, 83:1, 13-27, DOI: 10.1080/1041794X.2017.1387600

Kevin C. Winstead (2017) Black Catholicism and Black Lives Matter: the process towards joining a movement, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40:11, 1855-1863, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1334932

Cloke, Sutherland and Williams, "Postsecularity, Political Resistance, and Protest in the Occupy Movement", Antipode 2015 

Dinham et al (2009) Faith in the Public Realm: Controversies, Policies and Practices E-Book

Smith (ed) (Routledge, 2014)Disruptive Religion: The Force of Faith in Social Movement Activism

(Rieger, Joerg, and Pui-lan, Kwok)Occupy religion : theology of the multitude 

Decentering Discussions on Religion and State: Emerging Narratives, Sargon George Donabed, Autumn Quezada-Grant (eds), (Lexington Books, 2015).

Discerning urban spiritualities: Tahrir Square, Occupy Wall Street and the idols of global market capitalism, Calvyn C. du Toit, Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.36 n.1 Pretoria 2015

Hancock, R. Islamic Environmentalism: Activism in the United States and Great Britain (Routledge, 2017)

Ryan and Beyerlein, "Religious Resistance to Trump: Progressive Faith and the Women’s March on Chicago", Sociology of Religion 2018, 79:2 196–219

Akbaba, Y. "Protest and Religion: An Overview", Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics 

Zwissler, L. Religious, Feminist, Activist: Cosmologies of Interconnection (University of Nebraska Press, 2018)

Shannahan, C. "The Violence of Poverty: Theology and Activism in an “Age of Austerity”", Political Theology Volume 20, 2019 - Issue 3

Harvie, T. "Protest as Prayer: Paul Ricoeur and the Surplus of Political Meaning", International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, vo. 6, issue 4 (2016) OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (afp 16/01/2020) .  

Nepstad, S.E. Catholic Social Activism: Progressive Movements in the United States (New York University Press, 2019)  

Pike, S. M. For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism (University of California Press, 2017) 

Irwin, L. Coming Down From Above: Prophecy, Resistance, and Renewal in Native American Religions (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008).

Helene Slessarev-Jamir (2010) "Prophetic Activism in an Age of Empire", Political Theology, 11:5, 674-690

Sze, J. Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger (University of California Press, 2020).

Delgado, S. Love in a Time of Climate Change: Honoring Creation, Establishing Justice (Fortress Press, 2017).

McBride, J. Radical Discipleship: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel (Fortress Press, 2017).

Estes and Dhillon (eds) Standing With Standing Rock (University of Minnesota Press, 2019)

Deloria Jr., Vine. For This Land: Writings on Religion in America. (New York & London: Routledge, 1999). 

Miller, J.E. Resisting Theology, Furious Hope: Secular Political Theology and Social Movements (Palgrave, 2019).


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Week 6: Representing Religion

Core reading:

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Further reading

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

Singh and Tatla (2006) Sikhs in Britain: The Making of a Community, Chapter 5   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Zavos (2010), ‘Situating Hindu nationalism in the UK: Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the development of British Hindu identity’, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics Vol 48 No 1: 2 – 22.

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Week 7: Pentecostalism

Core reading

Bompani & Valois (eds), Christian Citizens and the Moral Regeneration of the African State, London and New York: Routledge 2018 Introduction (pp.1-18)*

Parsitau, D 'Law, Religion, and the Politicization of Sexual Citizenship in Kenya', Journal of Law and Religion 36/1 (2021) [E-article in library]

Further reading

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). E-Book

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)

Wariboko, N. The Charismatic City and the Public Resurgence of Religion: A Pentecostal Social Ethics of Cosmopolitan Urban Life. New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2014.  Wariboko, N. The Split Economy: Saint Paul Goes to Wall Street (SUNY 2021)

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


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Week 8: Apocalyptic Religion in Trump's America

Core reading

Crockford, S. (2018) “Thank God for the greatest country on earth: white supremacy, vigilantes, and survivalists in the struggle to define the American nation”, Religion, State and Society, 46:3, 224-242.

Hills, D. (2018) “Back to a White Future: White Religious Loss, Donald Trump, and the Problem of Belonging”, Black Theology, 16:1, 38-52.

O’Donnell, J.S. (2019) “Unipolar Dispensations: Exceptionalism, Empire, and the End of One America”, Political Theology, 20:1, 66-84

Sturm, T. (2018) “Religion as nationalism: the religious nationalism of American Christian Zionists”, National Identities, 20:3, 299-319

Further reading

Northcott, M. An Angel Directs the Storm 

Jenkins, W. “Trump, climate change and white US Evangelicalism” []

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Week 9: Religion and Climate Emergency

Core reading

Jenkins, Berry and Kreider (2011), ‘Annual Review of Environment and Resources: Religion and Climate Change’  

Pelo and Guo, ‘Environmental Justice’ in Grimm, Jenkins, and Tucker (eds) Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology Ch. 35 [E-Book]

Mike Hulme, ‘Climate Change’ in Grimm, Jenkins, and Tucker (eds) Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology Ch. 25 [E-Book].

Further reading

Alt, S. "Spatializing the Environmental Apocalypse" in Chandler, D., Muller, F. and Rothe, D. (eds) International Relations in the Anthropocene (Palgrave 2021) Pages 389-405

Ghosh, A. 2016 The Great Derangement (2016)

Hulme, M. (2009) Why We Disagree About Climate Change (CUP).

Hulme, M. (2019) “Climate Emergency Politics is Dangerous”

Jenkins, W. (2009) “After Lynn White: Religious Ethics and Environmental Problems” The Journal of Religious

Latour, B. (2017) Facing Gaia

Leduc, T. 2011. Climate, Culture, Change: Inuit and Western Dialogues with a Warming North.

LeVasseur and Peterson (eds) 2018. Religion and Ecological Crisis: The Lynn White thesis at Fifty

Veldman RG, Szasz A, Haluza-Delay R, eds. 2013. How the World’s Religions Are Responding to Climate Change: Social-Scientific Investigations. New York: Routledge

Skrimshire, S. 2019. “Activism for End Times: Millenarian Belief in an Age of Climate Emergency” Political Theology

Skrimshire, S. 2018. “Deep Time and Secular Time”. Theory, Culture and Society [E-article in library]

White, L. 1967. “The Historical Roots of our Ecological Crisis”, Science

Whyte (2019) “Too late for Indigenous Climate Justice”

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Week 10: Hindu Nationalism, Social Exclusion and Development in India

Chako, P. (2019). Marketizing Hindutva: The state, society, and markets in Hindu nationalism. Modern Asian Studies, 53(2), 377-410

Saxena, Saumya (2018) ‘Court’ing Hindu nationalism: law and the rise of modern Hindutva, Contemporary South Asia, 26:4, 378-39

Shani, Giorgio (2021) Towards a Hindu Rashtra: Hindutva, religion, and nationalism in India, Religion, State and Society, 49:3, 264-280, 

Sharma, Arvind (2002) On Hindu, Hindustān, Hinduism and Hindutva. Numen 49, 1–36.


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Additional Resources [Not for 2021/22]: 

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Faith and Activism in the City


- Bretherton, Luke. Resurrecting democracy : faith, citizenship, and the politics of a common life (Cambridge: CUP, 2015) 

- Cortes, Ernesto. 'Faithful Citizenship Between Elections: Reflections from an Exponent of Broad-Based Community Organising', Journal of religion and society [electronic resource]. 10 (2008)

- Flores, Edward Orazsco, and Jennifer Cossyleon, ' " I Went Through It So You Don't Have To": Faith-Based Community Organising for the Formerly Incarcerated', Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 55/4 (2016).

- Lloyd, Vincent, 'Organising Race: Taking Race Seriously in Faith-based Community Organising', Journal of religious ethics. 42/4 (2016)

- Rowland Jones, Sarah, 'Contemplation and Action: Reflections on Christian Engagement in Community Organising', Practical Theology 9/2 (2016)

 - Warren, Mark R. 'Community Organising in Britain: The Political Engagement of Faith-Based Social Capital', City and community. 8/2 (2009)

- Wills, Jane. 'The Geography of Community and Political Organising in London Today', Political geography. 31/2 (2012)

- Wood, Richard, and Mark Warren, 'A Different Face of Faith-Based Politics: Social capital and community organising in the public arena', The international journal of sociology and social policy. 22 (2002)


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Religion and African Cities [Not for 2021/22]


- Marloes Janson and Akintunde Akinleye, 'The Spiritual Highway: Religious World Making in Megacity Lagos (Nigeria)', Material Religion, 11(4): 550-562 2015.

- AbdouMaliq Simone, 'On the Worlding of African Cities', African Studies Review, 44(2): 15-41 2001.

 - Brian Larkin, 'Techniques of Inattention: The Mediality of Loudspeakers in Nigeria', Anthropological Quarterly, 87(4): 989-1015 2014. 

- Asonzeh Ukah, 'Building God's City: The Political Economy of Prayer Camps in Nigeria', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40(3): 524-540 2016.

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Muslim Societies [Not for 2021/22]


Burgat F. Face to face with political Islam. 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. New York, NY; Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2013.

Hallaq WB. The impossible state : Islam, politics, and modernity's moral predicament; 2013.

Mandaville PG. Islam and politics. London: Routledge; 2014 pp.121-159, 191-98 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva       

Mandaville PG. Islam and politics. London: Routledge; 2007 Chapter 4   

Roy O, Globalised Islam : the search for a new Ummah. London: Hurst; 2004.

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


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Race and Faith [Not for 2021/22]


- Meer, Nasar. 2013. “Racialization and Religion: Race, Culture and Difference in the Study of Antisemitism and Islamophobia.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 36 (3): 385-98. doi:10.1080/01419870.2013.734392. 

- Baker, Chris & Power, Maria. (2018): "Ghosts in the machine: beliefs, values and worldviews in the workplace and business environment", Journal of Beliefs & Values, DOI: 10.1080/13617672.2018.1477705

- Dinham, Adam & Francis, Matthew. 2015. '"Chapter 1: Religious literacy: contesting an idea and practice" in Dinham, Adam & Francis, Matthew. 2015. Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice. Bristol: Policy Press. pp3-26.

- Catto, R. & Perfect, D. (2015). "Religious literacy, equalities and human rights" in Dinham, A & Francis, M. (2015) Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice. Bristol: Policy Press.

- Ahmed, S. (2012). On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (Durham & London: Duke University Press).

- Kirton, G, Greene, A & Dean, D. (2007) ‘British diversity professionals as change agents - radicals, tempered radicals or liberal reformers?’ in International Journal of Human Resource Management, Volume 18, Issue 11). pp. 1979-1994.

Buber, M. Moses: The revelation and the covenant (Harper Torchbooks / Harper & Row, New York 1958)

Bringhurst and Zwicky, Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis University of Regina Press, 2018.

This list was last updated on 10/05/2022