The Order of the Solar Temple: The Temple of Death by James R. Lewis

By James R. Lewis

In October 1994, fifty-three individuals of the Order of the sun Temple in Switzerland and Québec have been murdered or devoted suicide. This incident and later workforce suicides in next years performed a pivotal position in inflaming the cult controversy in Europe, influencing the general public to help harsher activities opposed to non-traditional religions.

Despite the significance of the Order of the sun Temple, there are fairly few reviews released in English. This ebook brings jointly the easiest scholarship at the sunlight Temple together with newly commissioned items from top students, a range of sunlight Temple records, and significant formerly released articles newly edited for inclusion inside of this e-book.

This is the 1st book-length research of the Order of the sun Temple to be released in English. exhibit much less

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Faith and Secularisation in Religious Colleges and by James Arthur

By James Arthur

This booklet is a distinct research of upper schooling associations affiliated to specific religions. It considers the debates surrounding educational freedom, institutional governance, academic coverage, challenge and id including associations’ kinfolk with the country and their wider groups. quite a lot of institutions are tested, together with: Christian, Islamic and Jewish universities within the US, Europe and the center East. primarily, this quantity questions no matter if such associations may be either non secular and a ‘university’ and likewise considers the right function of non secular religion inside of faculties and universities.

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Caribbean Diaspora in the USA (Vitality of Indigenous by Bettina Schmidt

By Bettina Schmidt

Caribbean Diaspora within the united states offers a brand new cultural thought in response to an exploration of Caribbean spiritual groups in long island urban. The Caribbean tradition of latest York demonstrates a cultural dynamism which embraces Spanish talking, English conversing and French conversing migrants. All cultures are choked with breaks and contradictions as Latin American and Caribbean theorists have validated of their ongoing debate. This ebook combines targeted examine by way of the writer in Caribbean long island with the theoretical discourse of Latin American and Caribbean students. targeting Caribbean non secular groups, together with Cuban/Puerto Rican Santería (Regla de Ocha), Haitian Vodou, Shango (Orisha Baptist) from Trinidad and Tobago, and Brazilian Pentecostal church, Schmidt's observations result in the development of a cultural idea that illustrates a tradition in an ongoing country of swap, with a couple of type of expression reckoning on state of affairs, time and context. exhibiting the creativity of religions and how immigrants adapt to their new atmosphere, this publication fills a niche among Latin American and Caribbean experiences.

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Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould

By Stephen Jay Gould

Writing with bracing intelligence and readability, the world over well known evolutionist and bestselling writer Stephen Jay Gould sheds new gentle on a problem that has plagued considering humans because the Renaissance: the rift among technological know-how and faith. rather than selecting them, Gould asks, why no longer select a golden suggest that accords dignity and contrast to every realm?

In his distinctively dependent variety, Gould deals a lucid, modern precept that enables technology and faith to coexist peacefully ready of respectful noninterference. technology defines the wildlife; faith our ethical international in acceptance in their separate spheres of effect. In exploring this thought-provoking idea, Gould delves into the historical past of technological know-how, sketching affecting pix of scientists and ethical leaders wrestling with issues of religion and cause. tales of seminal figures comparable to Galileo, Darwin, and Thomas Henry Huxley make shiny his argument that people and cultures needs to domesticate either a lifetime of the spirit and a lifetime of rational inquiry which will event the fullness of being human.

In Rocks of Ages, Gould’s passionate humanism, moral discernment, and erudition are fused to create a blinding gem of latest cultural philosophy.

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Women, Leadership, and Mosques. Changes in Contemporary by Masooda Bano, Hilary E Kalmbach

By Masooda Bano, Hilary E Kalmbach

The recognition of lady management in mosques and madrassas is an important switch from a lot historic perform, signalling the mainstream attractiveness of a few type of lady Islamic authority in lots of locations. This quantity investigates the various variety of lady spiritual management found in modern Muslim groups in South, East and primary Asia, the center East, Africa, Europe, and North the US, with chapters discussing its emergence, the constraints positioned upon it, and its wider influence, in addition to the actual and digital areas utilized by girls to set up and consolidate their authority. will probably be priceless as a reference textual content, because it is the 1st to compile research of lady Islamic management in geographically and ideologically-diverse Muslim groups worldwide.

Biographical note
Masooda Bano holds an ESRC Fellowship on the Oxford division of foreign improvement. She reports Islamic activities in comparative context. Her monograph, The Rational Believer: offerings and judgements within the Madrasas of Pakistan, is approaching with Cornell collage Press.

Hilary Kalmbach is the Sir Christopher Cox Junior Fellow at New collage, collage of Oxford. Her learn makes a speciality of altering buildings of Islamic authority, wisdom and schooling within the glossy center East. Her present venture situates Cairo’s Dar al-‘Ulum within the context of twentieth-century social, non secular and linguistic adjustments.


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Religion und Politik im vereinigten Deutschland: Was bleibt by Gert Pickel, Oliver Hidalgo

By Gert Pickel, Oliver Hidalgo

Seit dem tiefgreifenden politischen Umbruch von 1989/1990 sind zwanzig Jahre vergangen, die scheinbar nicht nur von einem weiteren sozialen Bedeutungsverlust des Religiösen in Westdeutschland geprägt waren, sondern die auch nicht den erwarteten Aufschwung der faith in den neuen Bundesländern brachten. Dies hat Folgen für die Stellung der Kirchen in der politischen Öffentlichkeit sowie ihre Relevanz als zivilgesellschaftlicher Akteur. Parallel führen Entwicklungen religiöser Pluralisierung und Individualisierung zu sich verändernden kulturellen und rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen. Die Beiträge des Bandes beleuchten das Verhältnis von Politik und faith im Spiegel der Wiedervereinigung, den Islam als Herausforderung für die Integrationskraft der deutschen Gesellschaft, das Zusammenspiel von staatlichen und kirchlichen Akteuren im demokratischen Rechtsstaat sowie die aktuelle Diskrepanz zwischen der medial propagierten Rückkehr des Religiösen und dem faktischen institutionellen Bedeutungsverlust der faith in Deutschland und Europa.

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