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Religion, Politics and Society, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Stefan Skrimshire
s.skrimshire@leeds.ac.uk
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: http://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/~econ/ugcm/3ll3/locke/toleration.pdf 

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) [https://tif.ssrc.org/2007/10/22/idealism-materialism-secularism/]

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 https://muse.jhu.edu/article/478356

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) http://www.xn--academiadascincias-6wb.va/content/dam/accademia/pdf/es29.pdf

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 https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12200 

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” [http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/81655/1/Trump%2C%20climate%20change%20and%20white%20US%20Evangelicalism%20_%20Religion%20and%20the%20Public%20Sphere.pdf]

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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’ https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev-environ-102017-025855  

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” https://issues.org/climate-emergency-politics-is-dangerous/

Jenkins, W. (2009) “After Lynn White: Religious Ethics and Environmental Problems” The Journal of Religious https://www.jstor.org/stable/40378046?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

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 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1462317X.2019.1637993

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  http://inters.org/files/white1967.pdf

Whyte (2019) “Too late for Indigenous Climate Justice” https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/wcc.603

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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