Preston Hunter's website Adherents.com is one of the most valuable tools available on the Internet for researchers needing statistical information on religious groups or organisations around the globe. The site is easily navigable and may be searched by either geographic location or religious affiliation. Though the bulk of information relates to American religious demographics, those digging for information will be hard pressed to find any belief system omitted, as virtually all-major cultures are included somewhere in these pages. Appropriate for students and academics at all levels, inquiries produce detailed information on various sects and denominations within a faith, their distribution, the number of adherents, the percentage of the population, and (when available) the number of congregations or churches. Thankfully, the editors have taken care to provide the source information for each entry and often a link to the referring page for electronically published data. Limited amounts of historical population statistics are also available through this site. The site features advertising but it is not obtrusive.
The website African American Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century has been developed by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.The site provides a searchable database of African American women's writing during the period. It is possible to search by genre such as biography and autobiography, fiction or essays, or by author or title of work. The collection includes the first published book of poetry by an African American, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral by Phillis Wheatley (1773); the first book of essays by an African American, Essays by Ann Plato (1841); texts by writers such as Mary Prince and Harriet Jacobs that have become more widely-known in recent years, alongside writings by much lesser-known women. To support accurate attribution of the collection, the site also offers MLA-style citations for each of the texts in the collection.In addition to the online texts, the site provides detailed biographies of a number of women whose work figures in the collection. The site provides information on topics such as slavery and missionary work and would be of interest to historians working in a range of fields other than the history of female emancipation, black emancipation or women's writing.
The aim of the African Religion website is to gather together works published on this topic by Wim van Binsbergen, a Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden and Professor of the Foundations of Intercultural Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam. These include a series of articles, books, seminar papers and photo-essays. The site is divided into sections on general theoretical and comparative studies of African religion; popular Islam in North Africa; Christian Churches in South Central and Southern Africa; and further sections on historical African religion in South Central Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa. Sample articles include: 'The interpretation of popular Islamic myth'; 'A modes-of-production approach to religion and ritual'; 'Church and state in contemporary Botswana'; and 'The land as body in Manjak religion'. A useful resource for students of religion.
'Al-Serat' consists of a number of journal articles dealing with aspects of Islamic life and thought. The articles, tackling issues such as 'The Spiritual Significance of Jihad', 'Martyrdom in Islam' and 'Islam and the Question of Violence' are predominantly written by Muslim scholars seeking to contradict some of the major Western assumptions about Islam. Occasionally defensive in tone, these articles nevertheless provide solid explanations of some frequently misused Arabic terms as well as interesting views on Islamic religious ideas and practices.
For those eager to locate electronic versions of major English and American literary or Western philosophical works, a good place to look is the Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts. Developed by Eric Morgan (North Carolina State University), the catalogue is a substantial search engine offering access to writings from over 100 different western authors, primarily from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries, but with a few Aristotelian and Augustinian works thrown in for good measure. Alex has a collection development policy which in summary defines its scope as public domain texts (available in complete form), written in English, relevant to English, American Literature or Western Philosophy, and classed as great literature. On the last point the editor is guided by the inclusion of the work within such reference works as the Oxford Companions or the Norton Anthologies. Alex contains about 140 MB of texts (the actual number of distinct works is not easily available). The selection of works is eclectic at best, but it is difficult to imagine undergraduate students not encountering a sizeable portion of these authors during their academic careers. The catalogue itself may be searched by author and/or title, date, keyword, and whole volumes (which can often be very large) instantly read. Texts can be selected, built into corpora, and then further searched. Results are in the form of records which give details about the original publication date, any subsequent copyright date, subject keywords, and its location (both original and archive locations). Morgan has also gone out of his way to include additional features that make the texts more functional and portable. A number of the works are accompanied by an electronic concordance that will be welcomed by anyone trying to locate a particular theme or sentence. It is also possible to add the text to a personalised online bookshelf; create transferable PDF-files; or even configure files to read on Palm-based PDAs (Personal Data Assistants).
'Alkhazina' is an intelligent, well-balanced and therefore much-needed database on Islamic culture in the Middle East. Developed as a teaching resource by Princeton University, it concentrates on Islamic civilisation from the 8th till the 14th centuries but does not ignore more contemporary Muslim issues either. It contains the full-text of the Qur'an in Arabic as well as in English translation, and various links to sites enabling searches on words or phrases from the Qur'an and other works central to Islamic tradition. It has sections dedicated to Sufism and the Hajj, and to maps of the Arabic world from the Middle Ages till the present. You will also find an Islamic timeline, a chapter on medieval Islamic scholars and a resources page. Finally it provides a link to an informative and politically balanced discussion on Islam in the context of the attacks of 11/09/2001 and America's 'War Against Terrorism'.
Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou is an online exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History. It accompanied an exhibition at the Museum from 1998-1999, which explored the arts and culture of the Afro-Caribbean religion of Vodou (sometimes spelt "voodoo"). Vodou is the Creole religion, described here as "a way of life which has inspired Haitian artists in many different media". The site displays images of a sample of the 500 objects, from sequinned flags to medicine packets and prototypes of several altars from Haiti, each honouring different religious deities. The images can be enlarged. The presentation is arranged in sections: introductory text about Haiti and the religion; roots; ritual; spirits; and tools of worship. A link in the bottom left-hand corner offers users the chance to learn more, through related links on the Internet, and a select bibliography.
This is the website of the American Society of Church History, founded in 1888 as an organisation dedicated to encouraging scholarly research into both church history specifically and the relationship between religion and society more broadly. The Society convenes twice annually, in January and Spring. The principal scholarly outlet of the Society is the quarterly journal entitled, 'Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture.' Tables of contents and abstracts are available for recent issues. The Society also promotes historical research by awarding five prizes for outstanding historical research, three of which are on an annual basis. Details of the various prizes are made readily available. The site is well presented and accessible.
The Annual Review of Islam in South Africa (ARISA) is produced by the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. It publishes works that relate to Islam and Muslims in South Africa, but includes reports on relevant matters from other parts of the African continent. ARISA is jointly edited by Susana Molins Literas and Shaheed Mathee. This homepage allows free access to all articles published in the review between 1998 to 2005. The materials are presented in PDF. Adobe Acrobat Reader is therefore needed for access. Among the articles featured include: 'Aspects of Muslim Participation in the South African Economy'; 'Muslim Political Space in South Africa: Imagining a Local Ummah'; 'Current Research and Writing Relating to Islam and Muslims'; and 'Muslims in the Townships of South Africa'. This should be a useful resource for those seeking a better understanding of the role of Islam in Africa and the experiences of Muslims there.
Developed in conjunction by the Royal Anthropological Institue and the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing, “Anthropology Index Online” is one of the finest reference tools available for cultural and ethnographic study of human activity. The resource is extremely comprehensive and formed from the collection of anthropological journals held by the British Museum’s Museum of Mankind. The database presently contains in excess of 140,000 references to journal articles spanning from the late 1950s to the present day. A complex search facility allows users to identify references through author, title, or journal, with the option to further limit results by geography, language, subject area, or date of publication. The Index will be an invaluable instrument for students, teachers and researchers conducting any level of study in anthropological or ethnographic fields. The site contains advertising.
Spinning off from a series of television documentaries, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States has developed a helpful introductory website titled 'Apocalypse: The Evolution of Apocalyptic Belief and How it Shaped the Western World.' Complemented by a number of video and audio excerpts, these pages offer a preliminary overview of the development of end-time beliefs and the influence of the book of Revelation. The site includes a pictorial chronology of apocalyptic beliefs, a number of primary resources (some full text, some excerpts), and a fascinating collection of modern documents and reports from academics and government organisations. In addition, there is a helpful glossary of terms and an interesting antichrist quiz. Users should note, however, that as a resource aimed at a popular audience rather than a scholarly one, the site does sometimes over-simplify material, and does not always acknowledge the full range of academic views.
'Arab-Islamic history' is a website that provides links to a range of online materials on Islamic history. Included are the works of scholars like Philip Hitti, Montgomery Watt, Ibn Ishaq, Abdul Wahid Hamid, Richard Hooker, Maxime Rodinson and Muhammad Hamidullah. Coverage spans from pre-Islamic times to the early twentieth century. The intervening period is covered under the following headings: the birth of Islam; Islamic expansion; the early Caliphate; the Umayyads and the Abbasids; Islam in Europe; the Crusades; the Fatimids and the Mamluks; and the Turks and the Ottoman Empire. Students of Islam will find this a useful and interesting resource for further exploration of the subject. 'Arab-Islamic history' is part of the Al-Bab website, and is the work of Brian Whitaker, Middle East editor of the newspaper 'The Guardian' - though the site has no official connection to the paper.
The Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) is a major source of primary texts in Tibetan for the study of Tibetan Buddhism. ACIP aims to make available texts belonging to the Tibetan tradition from 500 B.C. to the present day. All materials are available free of charge for order as a CD-ROM or for downloading from the site (although a donation is requested to cover costs). These include over 50,000 pages of sacred woodblock art and manuscripts with texts from the Kangyur (the sutras and tantras of the Tibetan Buddhist canon), Tengyur (commentarial works) and Sungbum (collected works of major authors), as well as the ACIP Graphics Collection of carved illustrations and monastic seals. Also available online is a catalogue of Tibetan texts held in the libraries of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the University of St. Petersburg, a listing of Tibetan texts held in the US Library of Congress, Tibetan dictionaries and Sanskrit study tools. The site also provides the fonts required for viewing the texts, various search and viewing utilities such as the AsiaView program, and a user manual (in PDF) which provides guidance on searching the database. Each release of the ACIP database contains all the materials from previous releases. Previous releases are available on the website of the Princeton University Computing Center.
This is the homepage of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS). Launched in 1976 and based in Montreal, the association promotes historical and inter-disciplinary research on the Canadian Jewish experience. This website contains information about the association's history and the conferences it organises. The association publishes a journal called the Canadian Jewish Studies and visitors may view the table of contents of all volumes issued since 1993 from here. They are also linked to the homepage of The Student Journal of Canadian Jewish Studies from where they may access all the journal's contents without charge. The site allows access to a number of the association's bulletin and provides information about how to join their membership and discussion group. Links are offered to the homepages of relevant organisations.
The website of the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) is an essential resource for students and academics researching or exploring religious trends and developments in the United States and elsewhere. Formerly known as the American Religion Data Archive, it was established to collect and preserve statistical information and reports on a host of religious organisations and issues. The project originally focused on religion in America, but has since expanded to include data about other countries. Information is categorised into national and regional assessments, with reports on religious denominations, and surveys of religious professionals. Research results from whole survey questionnaires may be downloaded from the site, and an extremely thorough search utility allows the user to scan the whole body of information for specific issues and then extract that information. It is even possible to conduct some limited comparisons from separate data files and collate the results. While not limited to the Judeo-Christian tradition, much of the information presently held is on Christian groups, with particularly good survey data available on Catholicism in America. The Archive is directed by Roger Finke.
Atoms and Ancestors is an introductory text on African religions by Fred Welbourn. Published in 1968, it was written primarily for students sitting for the A level examinations. However, its entertaining and engaging style of writing renders it accessible to anyone interested in exploring African religious traditions. It is also suitable for undergraduate use. The full-text of all twelve chapters of the book are freely available from this website.
The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) is an ecumenical foundation established in 1993. It is a division of Charles Sturt University and is concerned with interfaith dialogue; reconciliation between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities in Australia; research; and the connection between theology and social issues. The centre is directed by the Reverend Professor James Haire. This homepage provides information about the centre's history and mission; upcoming events; and activities. It connects visitors to an Australian interfaith database; and provides a list of interfaith groups and institutions in Indonesia as well as an interfaith bibliography. It also contains a number of papers and publications which could be downloaded without charge. These are presented in PDF, thus requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. A search engine is available.
The BBC Religion and Ethics website provides an informative introduction to all major religions of the world as well as to some of the most vexing contemporary ethical quandaries facing society. The site also offers links to the most recent relevant BBC news stories from around the world. The list of religions addressed by the website includes: Christianity; Bahá'í; Buddhism; Islam; Judaism; Hinduism; Paganism; and atheism. Ethical issues discussed include: the ethics of war; euthanasia; human cloning; and genetic engineering. The site is well presented, accessible, and tries to assume a neutral, encyclopaedic tone when discussing various religions and issues. For those wishing to express their own view, however, the site features several message boards grouped under rubrics corresponding to the major religions and/or to specific issues.
This website allows readers to access the full-text of 'Being Muslim in America', a book published in March 2009 by the US Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs. This 67-page work is presented in PDF and would require Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded from the site. The book gives a lively and richly illustrated overview of what it is like to be Muslim in the United States. After an introduction by Eboo Patel, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, the work provides a historical account and a statistical potrait of the extraordinary mosaic of ethnic, linguistic, ideological, social, economic and religious groups that characterise American Muslims today. These are accompanied by the profiles of successful young Muslims from diverse fields; the history of a number of mosques; and timelines of Muslim-related events in US history from 1619 to 1935 and from 1957 to 2007.
Part of the Beliefnet.com website, the section on Islam pertains to religious issues and contemporary questions relating to the difficult relationship between Islam and the West. The site consists mostly of journalistic articles and opinion pieces about Muslim lifestyles and religious subjects, often written in response to recent events, or on topical issues such as politics, women in Islam, and so forth. The site also features a discussion forum, and a number of blogs. The material is targeted primarily at the American public, and as such is unlikely to be useful for advanced research; it does, however, include some interesting articles from a variety of perspectives, offering a good source of news and opinion about contemporary Islamic issues, and hence may be of interest to those wanting to learn more about the religion. Some may find the presence of advertisements a little annoying.
This is the homepage of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, USA. It was established in March 2006 to: promote understanding of religion's role in politics; foster interreligious dialogue; and support action in the service of peace. The center engages in teaching, research and outreach activities. This website contains many resources that would be useful to those researching on the intersection between religion and politics. These include information about projects and programmes the centre engages in; and of upcoming and past events. Access is given to official reports; articles; commentaries; on-line databases; and annotated links to the homepages of relevant organizations. The centre is directed by Thomas Banchoff, Associate Professor of Government and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
'Beyond the Pale' is a bilingual online exhibition in English and Russian, which gives an overview of the history of the Jews who lived in the Pale of Settlement, the western borderland of Czarist Russia where Jews were legally allowed to live. The site summarizes anti-Semitic attitudes against Jews in Russia from the 18th to 20th centuries. Additional sections include Jews in the Soviet Union; Nazism and the Holocaust; and Democracy and Minority Rights. There is also a basic background history of the Jewish people prior to their history in Russia. This site is a good starting point for students interested in Jewish social history in this region. This resource contains a number of useful pictures and maps, as well as links to related sites, but no bibliographical material.
This website enables free access to the full-text of 'Beyond the Stream: Islam and Society in a West African Town' (ISBN: 0-520-07718-0). The book was written by Professor Robert Launay of the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University and published by the University of California Press in 1992. It dealt with religious change and controversy among the Dyula community in the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, a country in West Africa. The work, which was awarded the Amaury Talbot Prize for best African ethnography in 1992, should be of interest to students of Islam. In addition to its ten chapters, the site provides links to the book's notes; index; glossary of terms; and bibliography.
'Biblical Hermeneutics: an Afrocentric Perspective' is an electronic article by Professor Yorke. Its primary aim is to present a Christian Afrocentric approach to the Bible in order to counterbalance traditionally Eurocentric hermeneutics and to undermine the assumption that this western angle of biblical interpretation would be the only one valid. This resource covers a number of theological and political issues related to the place the African continent and its culture have (or have not) been given within Christian theology. Professor Yorke examines the Eurocentred viewpoint on the image of God, on biblical geography and on the figure of Christ, and sets these against a more afrocentric equivalent. Although the content of Yorke's afrocentric approach to biblical hermeneutics needs elaboration, this is a good general introduction to the development and specificity of African Christian theology.
The Bibliography of Western Language Publications on Chinese Popular Religion (1995 to present) is an online listing of primarily English journal and book references, addressing a wide variety of geographical and cultural aspects from Oriental belief systems. Compiled by Philip Clart, Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Leipzig, the bibliography started life as a collection of citations taken from his own articles published in the journal 'Minjian zongjiao' (volumes 3-5, 1995-1997). Since then, Clart has continuously added new material to the list of resources to keep it up-to-date. Presently, resources are organised under 20 different subject categories that include topics as diverse as folklore, deities, gender issues, and rituals. These categories include three local studies sections, covering Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the mainland. Separate year-by-year lists are also given for the most recent publications. Unfortunately, the site currently lacks any internal search facility. Despite this, researchers at all levels and in every subset of religious studies in the east are likely to find this resource valuable.
This resource is written for a Reform Jewish audience and for those who are seeking a common ground between the different strands within Judaism. It contains sections on Torah study and discussions on topics such as Jewish identity; the nature of Reform Judaism; what qualifies as work for purposes of observing the commandment not to work on the Sabbath; and so forth. More than anything else, it is a discussion forum with a number of interesting personal views on various aspects of Jewish life. This resource is not meant to be scholarly, but provides solid information on contemporary Judaism.
The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life seeks to foster conversations and scholarly reflection on issues at the intersection of religion and American public life. It is based at Boston College, USA and is under the directorship of Professor Alan Wolfe. The Center's website makes available the following resources: abstracts of papers given at the Center; special programs (e.g. annual student paper competition and graduate student reading/writing groups); schedule of events; and reports on special issues (e.g. on school choice). Users can also gain access to the full text of all newsletters issued by the Center since 2000.
'The Bristol Buddhist Death Ritual Project' is the home page of a three-year (2007-2009) research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The award was granted to staff at the Centre for Buddhist Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Bristol University. The work examines from a comparative perspective the death rituals and funerary practices in Southeast Asia (focusing on Laos, Thailand and Sri Lanka) and China. This website contains a series of preliminary questions which the researchers used to guide their study; links to relevant websites; and photographs from their fieldwork (with commentaries). The project is led by Paul Williams, Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy. Other researchers include Drs John Kieschnick, Rita Langer and Patrice Ladwig.
British Muslims Monthly Survey (BMMS) (ISSN 1350-1090) is a periodical that has appeared in print since January 1993. Published by the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (CSIC) at the University of Birmingham, all volumes up until May 2002 have now been made available online. On offer are monthly compilations of British press reporting on issues that have a bearing on the lives of Muslims in this country. These are derived from national and regional, daily and weekly newspapers and magazines, as well as the newsletters of various organisations. The work gives readers a unique opportunity to follow at close range the experiences of Muslims in contemporary Britain.
'Buddhism in Europe : an Annotated Bibliography' is an online resource by noted Buddhist scholar, Professor Martin Baumann. The current edition is the third since 1996 and includes around ninety new titles, making it a useful current resource for researchers in religion, history and related areas at all levels. The bibliography is divided into four sections: General overviews and surveys; Geographical Studies; Added titles since January 1988; Table of estimated numbers of Buddhists in European countries in 2000. The material included is focused on scholarly studies considering the development of Buddhism and Buddhist-activities from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Academic books and articles, theses and journals by national Buddhist organisations of individual countries are covered. As this is a developing resource, suggestions for additions are welcomed. A large proportion of the entries have a short review by Martin Baumann, Ian Harris, Russell Web, Alioune Kone or Lionel Obadia. The bibliography is accessed as a simple scroll-down page and, aside from being rather long for this presentation, is very straightforward to use.
This is the online version of 'Can Charitable Choice Work? Covering Religion's Impact on Urban Affairs and Social Services'. The book was edited by Andrew Walsh, and published in 2001 by the Pew Program on Religion and News Media and the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. The following are the 8 chapter headings: Still-Gathering After All These Years: Congregations in US Cities; Religion and Regional Culture in Modern America; After the Urban Exodus: Jews, Protestants and the Erosion of Catholic Exceptionalism 1950-2000; Latino Catholics and American Public Life; Historical Perspectives on Religion, Government and Social Welfare in America; Religion Congregations and Welfare Reform: Assessing the Potential; Black Churches and Civic Traditions: Outreach, Activism and the Politics of of Public Funding of Faith-Based Ministries; and Charitable Choice: The Law As It Is and May Be. In the Appendix can be found a collection of articles by staff of the Greenberg Center.
This is the official website of the Canadian Society for Jewish Studies (CSJS). This educational organization was established in 2004 to advance the study and teaching of Canadian Jewish Studies. It aims to serve as a forum for the presentation and sharing of Jewish Studies research and information for scholars in Canada and beyond. It is chaired by Dr Ira Robinson of the Department of Religion at the University of Concordia. This website informs visitors of the society's history and the conferences they hold since 2006. It makes available their by-laws, minutes for annual meetings, newsletter and information on how to join their membership and discussion group. There are links to relevant websites; news and information related to Canadian Jewish Studies on the internet; and an online Hebrew dictionary.
The Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) is an academic society which aims to promote the scholarly study of religion. It fosters the engagement of many different academic approaches to the study of religion (e.g. anthropology; history; phenomenology; philosophy; psychology; sociology and theology) and encourages research activities particularly with reference to Canada. This website contains information about its members; constitution; current executive; conferences and calls for papers; essay contests and job opportunities. Visitors are also allowed to download their poster and brochure, and are given access to all copies of the society's Bulletin (ISSN: 0708-952X) dating back to September 1996. Links are provided to the homepages of relevant organisations. The society's President, at the time of writing, is Dr Peter Beyer of the University of Ottawa.
This is the homepage of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver. The centre was established to promote understanding of Jewish history, thought and culture. It offers an interdisciplinary programme of study that explores Jewish history, literature, philosophy and religion since biblical times. This website provides information about their academic and public programmes, and on how to join their mailing list. It also gives a description of the videos which their Media Center holds on themes like Jewish Experience; Religion and Identity; The Holocaust; and International Jewry. Access is given to their newsletter; press releases; calendar of events; and links to relevant websites. The centre is directed by Sarah Pessin, Associate Professor in Philosophy and the Emil and Eva Hecht Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Denver.
The Center for Religion and Civic Culture was founded in 1986, and is associated with the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. The Center's website provides information about its activities and projects. Dedicated to studying the civic role of religion in Southern California and to collaborating with faith-based organisations, the Center engages in interdisciplinary research, focusing its efforts in three main areas. These are: religion and immigration; the interaction of religion and culture; and faith-based community development and organising. The Center publishes a newsletter periodically, many volumes of which are freely available online. The site is well presented and accessible.
The Center for Religion and Civic Culture is based within the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. It "promotes discipline-based, transdisciplinary, and interdisciplinary research related to the involvement of religion and religious institutions in civic culture" and its "research utilizes both social scientific and normative methods." The site includes access to a range of the Center's publications. Many of these are only available in PDF format and therefore require Adobe Acrobat Reader to access them.
This is the homepage of the Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Launched in 2004, the center engages in teaching, research, publication and outreach programs. This website informs visitors of the center's history and range of activities including the courses they offer and works they publish. It allows access to the homepage of their periodical, The Journal of Punjab Studies, from where individual articles from recent volumes can be downloaded without charge. The site also enables visitors to download the full-text of a small number of doctoral dissertations. These are made available in PDF and would require Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. The center is directed by Dr Gurinder Singh Mann.
The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) was established in March 1999 by a diverse group of academics, professionals and activists who saw the need for the study and dissemination of reliable information on the topic of Islam and democracy. This homepage makes available the following resources: the center's email bulletin since 2005; information on conferences, workshops, special lectures, international events, and monthly lecture series; and press releases and statements. Users can also access numerous articles as well as the full text of all copies of Muslim Democrat, CSID's quarterly newletter, from 1999 onwards.
The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, established in 2000, is dedicated to supporting research that explores themes at the intersection of law, religion, and society. CSLR sponsors research, publications, colloquia, and conferences. The Center's website provides information on current projects, upcoming events, and a list of publications by the Center fellows. Past projects include Sex, Marriage, and Family and the Religions of the Book and The Child in Law, Religion, and Society.
This is the official website of the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks (CSMN). The organisation is based at Duke University's Franklin Center in North Carolina and is led by Professor Ebrahim Moosa. It aims to bring together Islamic scholars and activists from various institutions around the world; and provides an interlocking program of visiting fellows and workshops, international conferences, public awareness and outreach programs, and a series of working papers. This website contains details about classes and events they organise; information on meetings; and video archives of conferences held. Unfortunately, it does not appear that it is regularly updated. Its existing contents would nevertheless be of interest to students and scholars of Islam.
This is the official website of the Center for the Study of Religion (CSR) at Princeton University, USA. Directed by Dr Robert Wuthnow, the centre wishes to encourage interdisciplinary scholarly studies and public discussion of religion. This website contains information about the center's mission; funding opportunities; visiting fellowships; and academic courses on offer. It also provides details of public events they organize like conferences and lecture series. Visitors may view video and audio recordings of some of the past proceedings from this site. They may also download posters from these events and the centre's newsletter. Links are provided to a number of interesting online resources on Atheism; Baha'ism; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism; Native American Spirituality; and Religions of the Americas.
This is the website of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, based at Indiana University-Purdue University and established in 1989 as a research institute dedicated to promoting understanding of the relation between religion and American culture. The activities of the Center are multifarious and include: facilitating national conferences and symposia; commissioning books and essays; offering fellowship opportunities for young scholars; and publishing the semi-annual journal, Religion and American Culture. The Center also publishes a twice-yearly newsletter containing information on recent activities and upcoming projects. Recent volumes of the newsletter are available online, and, for those interested, subscription to the newsletter is free. The site also provides a list of books the past projects of the Center have resulted in. These include, for example: John Roth's Private Needs, Public Selves: Talk about Religion in America; Stephen Marini's Sacred Song in America; and Robert Detweiler's Uncivil Rites: American Fiction, Religion, and the Public Sphere. Information on how to order the books is readily available.
This is the homepage for the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame, USA. The center is directed by Dr Christian Smith. Available on this website include information about seminars and academic courses on offer; recent and upcoming events; and research projects involving its members of staff. Visitors are also linked to the homepages of relevant research centers within the university, as well as to those belonging to external organisations. Particularly interesting for undergraduates of religion are a useful set of links to sites dedicated to statistics and data resources; syllabi and articles; religion news servces; and the following faith traditions: Baha'ism; Buddhism; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism; Mormonism; Native American Spirituality; and Atheism.
This is the website for Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University, established in 1988, and dedicated to encouraging and facilitating the study of all religions and religious groups the world over. The Society is committed to a pluralistic approach and a comparative perspective. The principal scholarly outlet of the Society is the cross-disciplinary 'Journal of Religion and Society'. The site makes freely available the full articles and contents of all past issues of the journal from its inception in 1999. The Society also publishes a semi-annual newsletter, all volumes of which are freely available online. Information on various coming events of the Society as well as current projects is readily available. The site is well presented and accessible.
This is the homepage of the Center for Religious Freedom based at Virginia Wesleyan College. It was established to promote understanding of religious freedom through academic research, interdisciplinary study, discussion and interfaith dialogue. This website provides a calendar of events; details of the academic programs on offer; and a mailing list. There is a section which explains the historical, legal, and social contexts of religious freedom; and discusses religious pluralism. Annotated links are also provided to websites that offer information on religious freedom, including a number of historical and contemporary documents related to religious liberty.
This is the homepage of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School. The center is directed by Professor Donald K. Swearer and seeks to promote interdisciplinary, international and interreligious study of the world's religions in the contemporary era. The site makes available numerous resources that would be of value to students of religion. Apart from information about the centre's work and of recent events, resources are provided for each of the following topics: Religion and Art; Religion and the Environment; Religion and Health; Religion and Identity; Religion and Place; and Religion and Politics. These, which are mainly derived from CSWR's work and events, include online papers; video and audio presentations of lectures and conferences; and photo galleries. A search engine and information about how to join their mailing list are also available.
This is the homepage of Hudson Institute's Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World. Based in Washington DC, the center is directed by Hillel Fradkin. This website contains: information about the center's mission; news updates; and details of previous and upcoming events. It gives access to a large number of works published by them like articles; reports; and monographs. These can be browsed by Date; Author; Region; and Publication Type. The site holds a search engine and provides links to a small number of relevant websites. A useful resource for students and scholars of Islam.
This is the homepage of the Center on Religion and the Professions (CORP), an affiliate of Missouri University's School of Journalism. The center was set up to improve religious literacy among professionals so as to heighten their awareness of the role that religion plays in the lives of those they serve. In addition to the center's mission and vision, this website contains a brief overview of how religion affects over 40 professions; and information about news, events and the center's film series. It also provides: links to the homepages of relevant professional associations and faith groups; the submission policy of the center's journal; surveys and polls related to religion; and the center's newsletter. A search engine is available. The center is directed by Debra Mason.
This is the homepage of the Centre for Jewish Studies (CJS) at the University of Manchester. Established in 1997, the centre offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on Jewish Studies. It conducts research and is keen to disseminate the results to the wider community. This website provides information about the academic programmes on offer and of forthcoming events (e.g. research seminars; conferences; lecture series; community events). Access is generously given to annual reports; the abstracts and transcripts of lectures; teaching materials (e.g. bibliographies and Hebrew language tutorials); and links to exhibitions and the homepages of online resource centres, relevant organisations and journals hosted by the centre. A search engine is available on the site. The centre is co-directed by Philip Alexander (Professor of Post-Biblical Jewish Literature) and Bernard Jackson (Alliance Professor of Modern Jewish Studies).
The Centre for Reception History of Bible website gives information about this research centre, based at the University of Oxford. The centre aims to promote connections between scholars researching the use and influence of the Bible. Details are given of the centre's seminar series, The Bible in Art, Music, and Literature, which has been running since 2002, and of conferences organised by the centre (users should note, however, that the website does not at present offer any of the centre's research output online). Contact details for centre staff are also provided.
The Centre for Religion and Political Culture (CRPC) at the University of Manchester carries out research in the areas of religion and politics, and the history of the relationship between the two fields. This homepage informs visitors of their previous, current and future research activities, and of forthcoming events. Access is given to a small number of articles as well as short description of recent books published under the Continuum Studies in Religion and Political Culture Series edited by staff members. Information is also given of the Masters and doctorate programmes offered by the centre. The site also contains a gallery which hold images from the St Thomas Aquinas Art Exhibition in Berlin and a symposium. Links are provided to the homepages of relevant organisations. The centre is jointly directed by Professor Graham Ward and Dr Michael Hoelzl.
The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) was set up in 1991 at the University of Victoria, Canada. It aims to advance the scholarly study of religion and to foster dialogue between religion and other aspects of human experience. This homepage provides information about: the centre's mission and history; research projects and lecture series they are involved in; and the various fellowships available at the centre. There are details of the centre's publications including occasional papers, and visitors are given free access to newsletters published since 2004. Links are also provided to the homepages of relevant research centres. The site, which contains a search engine, would be of interest to students of Religion.
This is the homepage of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) based at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Established in 1991, the centre is keen to advance the scholarly study of religion in relation to all aspects of society and culture. It organises seminars, lecture series, conferences and interdisciplinary research programmes every year. Papers presented at these events, as well as the centre's newsletters since 2003, can be accessed in full from here. The site also gives information about their educational programmes; research projects and network; and fellowship opportunities. Links are provided to the homepage of ''Illumine' - the Journal of the CSRS Graduate Studies Association. This website should be a useful resource for those interested in the intersection between religion, society and culture.
The Centre of Theology and Philosophy (COTP) is a research centre based in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. This homepage contains information about the centre's staff, fellows and members; courses they offer and the conferences they organise. The site, which should be of particular interest to those pursuing Religious Studies degree programmes, also provides resources like online papers (available in Word and PDF); a discussion forum; a news section; podcasts; reviews of recent publications in the areas of theology and philosophy; and links to relevant websites. The centre is directed by John Millbank, Professor in Religion, Politics and Ethics. He is also the author of most of the online papers made available on the site.
The Centre for Islam in Europe (CIE) was set up in 1998 at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Its primary aim was to develop a modernised program of Islamic Studies for school and university use, with the support of scholars from across Europe and the cooperation of Muslim organisations and institutes. This home page contains details of the Centre's activities and manifesto, a collection of academic papers, links to other online resources and a discussion forum. The site can be navigated in Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish and Turkish.
The Chabad.org site is the official host of the Chabad-Lubavitch Movement. The site contains information both about the movement, and for practice and devotion. The site is mainly topic-based (or event-driven in relation to chassidic thoughts for the day). Topics include Jewish women, science and Judaism, the Moshiach (messiah), and the resurrection. Also available are: a glossary; a directory of Chabad houses and a search engine. The site can be accessed in English, German, Hebrew, French and Spanish.
Christian + Feminist is a small but interesting resource gateway providing access to a number of articles, book reviews, and even two full-text books on the role of women in Christianity. The site offers a mixture of locally hosted material and briefly annotated links to other sites. Most works included date from before 1997, so users should note that the most recent discussion will not be included. However, the site does list some fascinating material, such as the pamphlet 'Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women' by the 16th-century reformer John Knox, plus sites on women in Byzantium, on the Beguines (a medieval women's religious movement), and on the different stances taken on the ordination of women in the Christian church.
The Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) International website provides information about this organisation, based in Minneapolis, which believes the Bible teaches equality between both sexes, between all racial groups, all ethnic and social backgrounds, and all ages. This site holds a number of online articles on racial and gender issues within Christianity, a book store, an FAQ section, a list of current events and a statement on the equality between men and women within the church. While most articles are not primarily intended for a scholarly audience, and tend to focus on gender equality only, they contain interesting views on the interpretation of certain 'problematic' Biblical passages such as 1 Timothy 2 and 1 Corinthians 11:3.
Part of the larger series presented by the University of North Carolina, Documenting the American South, The Church in the Southern Black Community offers a detailed look at the introduction and development of Protestant Christianity in African American communities. Through electronic reproductions of original texts and documents such as slave narratives, sermons and monographs, users are introduced to the history of African American religious conversion, and the subsequent transformation of the churches into evangelical and empowering voices against oppression and slavery. This collection is already very substantial (over a hundred and fifty digitised and encoded works at time of review), and new texts are still being added. All interested in or researching the relationship between Christianity and the African American community at the time of the American Revolution will find this collection an invaluable resource. In addition to the numerous articles, which can be quickly located through a variety of search utilities, the site's creators have also provided an introductory essay on Southern Black Christianity. Users will also find that the other electronic initiatives that make up this series on the American South serve as an excellent complement to each other, and are encouraged to consult them for allied information.
This is the online version of the Church Times, the world's leading weekly Anglican newspaper. This is a valuable site for anyone interested in topical issues affecting the Anglican Church: if there's a controversy or a serious moral or doctrinal question, the Church Times will almost certainly cover it. Their stated aim is to provide "balanced and fair reporting of events and opinions across the whole range of Anglican affairs". The online edition of the paper offers selected articles from the current issue. The Search function allows one to access the contents of earlier issues, although tables of contents do not appear to be available online (users are, however, invited to email the Web editor for PDFs of past editions). Other features include a database of Anglican churches worldwide, and books reviews.
Ciencias sociales y religión/ciências sociais e religião is an online journal that focuses on the study of social sciences and religion and is published by the ACRSM (Associação de Cientistas Sociais da Religião do Mercosul ) The journal is targeted at studies about or in the religious fields in the Latin American countries as well as Latin American migrants in other countries. Published annually, the journal makes PDF archives from 1999 onwards available to freely download. Previous articles, which are mostly in Portuguese or Spanish have included religion and urban transformation, new Hinduism and religious conversions. There is also a search and browse by author, title or edition feature.
The website of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R) explores the cultural theory of René Girard, especially in relation to his so-called 'mimetic model' of the relationship between religion and violence. This excellent site provides access to: several reliable bibliographies; biographies; interviews with Girard; book announcements, reviews and excerpts; online monographs and articles; and much more. Sections within the site include: a list of meetings (including information on previous conferences, and links to their programmes, reports, and abstracts); an online bulletin and information about Contagion, the Colloquium's journal (both requiring subscription); a photo gallery; a comprehensive links page; and a large database offering bibliographic information. The Colloquium on Violence and Religion is an interdisciplinary association of international academics which, in its own words 'is dedicated to the exploration, criticism, and development of René Girard's mimetic model'. The site was created by Dietmar Regensburger, Professor at the University of Innsbruck. It is an excellent tool for all scholars interested in the relationship between religious studies and cultural theory. All material contained within the site is well-organised and in English.
This is the homepage of Concordia University's Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies. The institute is directed by Dr Norman Ravvin and was established to promote and support the study of the Canadian Jewish experience. This website informs visitors of the academic courses and fellowships available at the institute. It also contains information about the events they organise (e.g. conferences and lectures series); and the projects they engage in. There are details about works published by the institute, some containing abstracts and links to select chapters. Visitors are given access to the homepage of their Student Journal of Canadian Jewish Studies (SJCJS) from where they may view the full contents of the journal without charge. Links are provided to the homepages of relevant organisations and other web resources.
This website allows free access to the full-text of ''Connecting British Hindus : An Enquiry Into the Identity and Public Engagement of Hindus in Britain' (ISSN 1751-8210). The report, which was commissioned by the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB), was carried out by the Runnymede Trust and sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It aims to gain an insight into the feelings, aspirations, fears and contributions of Hindu communities in this country. It wishes also to assess the needs of this third largest faith group in Britain and to make recommendations to policy makers on how public services could respond to these appropriately. Subject headings of this 74-page-long report include: Rethinking the National Story; Identitites in Transition; Cohesion, Equality, Difference; Dealing with Racisms; Reducing Inequalities; and Building a Pluralistic Human Rights Culture. This is an informative and interesting resource for those seeking an insight into the experiences of Hindus in contemporary Britain.
Contra Mundum is a website dealing with Christianity and its interaction with culture. It provides perspectives and resources for the study and theory of culture based on Christian principles. Resources range from essays on government, law, social theory and theology, all in the context of Christian principles; to book reviews on cultural studies. Contra Mundum also provides texts of journals such as Antithesis (1990-1991), Contra Mundum: A Reformed Cultural Review (1991-1995), and Progressive Calvinism (1955-1960). This resource provides a well rounded perspective on the differing interactions of Christianity within a cultural context. The site can also be accessed in Spanish.
The website "Credenda Agenda" provides information about the bimonthly journal, which explores "all areas of life from a biblical, classical Protestant perspective". It is part of the Christ Church and Canon Press ministries and offers a support letter twice a year. The site includes a statement of faith, affirming the journal's doctrinal editorial policy, which is based on classical Protestantism. The page includes a search engine, back issues, and articles by column, as well as information about subscriptions. The journal covers a lively range of topics including: in praise of escapism; the Salem witch trials of 1692; a reformed appreciation of C.S.Lewis; sex and the reformation; poetry and the Anglo-Saxon mind; and the Jewishness of Christianity. The site is an interesting source of alternative views on a variety of contemporary and historical issues.
Criterion is a journal published biannually for the alumni and friends of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. It is edited by Terren Illana Wein. This website allows access to all issues published since 2002. These are presented in PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free from the site. The resource should be of interest to students of religion. Articles featured include: 'Religion and the dealth penalty'; 'Religion and violence in the American culture'; 'Teaching and vocation in theological education'; 'Buddhism and the religious culture of Laos'; 'Freedom of religion, the war on terrorism, and the courts'; and 'The study, practice, and construction of religion: the case of religious peacebuilding'. The journal was founded by Jerald Brauer in 1961.
This is the home page of CrossCurrents, a magazine sponsored by the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life. Articles therein come from the interfaith community and these deal with a vast array of socio-religious issues relating to life in the postmodern era. The site publishes the tables of contents of all issues. It further makes available without charge a number of full-text articles taken from previous and current issues, as well as special collections of articles organised under themes like 'Religion and Violence'; 'Nature as Thou'; 'Returning to Scripture'; 'Education of the Heart'; and 'Sophia's Sisters'. The magazine's submission policy and an online forum that enables readers to register their reaction to issues raised on the site are also available.
De Bijbel in de Nederlandse Cultuur (The Bible in Dutch Culture) is a website published by Amsterdam University Press, intended as a resource for all those who want to know more about the Bible and its influence on Dutch culture. The website, which is entirely in Dutch, offers the full text (including the deuterocanonical books) of a new translation of the Bible: the Nieuwe Bijbelvertaling, commissioned by the Nederlands Bijbelgenootschap and the Katholieke Bijbelstichting (2004). Biblical passages are linked to information on the visual arts; architecture; music; literature; and textual and historical background. It is also possible to search by theme and browse an online gallery of works of art related to the Bible. The site has been developed in collaboration with the Nederlands Bijbelgenootschap and with support of the VSB Fund.
'Demonic Texts and Textual Demons: the demonic tradition, the self, and popular fiction' is a free online ebook, by Frans Mayra. Mayra is Professor of Hypermedia at the University of Tampere in Finland. This book was originally published in 1999 by the Tampere University Press. It is presented online in English, and the Web page for it is cleanly and elegantly designed. Individual chapters are in PDF format. Chapter titles include: 'The Ancestry of the Demonic'; 'Demons of Horror: Intimations of an Inner Alien'; 'Mothering a Demon: Rosemary’s Baby'; 'The Inarticulate Body: Demonic Conflicts in The Exorcist'; and 'Good at Being Evil: the Demons of The Vampire Chronicles', among others.
This is the homepage of the Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research (DHIIR) which was based at Cambridge University's Faculty of Divinity. It was established in January 1995 with a grant received from the Hinduja Foundation (UK). It aimed to study the Indic traditions i.e. "those religio-cultural traditions with deep roots in the Indian sub-continent". The institute ceased to operate in 2004. This website informs visitors about the works published in the 10 years of its operation. It allows access to a number of their newsletters and reports from the conferences and workshops they organised. In the institute's final 4 years of operation (2000-2004), research had focused on Indic health and medicine. The site contains annotated links to online articles; bibliographies; the homepages of government bodies; and educational sites relevant to these issues. The institute was directed by Dr Elizabeth De Michelis.
'The different aspects of Islamic culture' is an extensive project carried out under the auspices of UNESCO. Its brief was to prepare and publish a work that traces and illustrates the various facets of Islamic culture, both past and present. This was now to appear in the form of a six-volume work published under these respective titles: The Foundation of Islam; The Individual And Society In Islam; The Spread of Islam Throughout The World; Science and Technology in Islam; Culture and Learning in Islam; and Islam in the World Today. This home page carries background information about the project, the table of contents of each volume, the profiles of the many scholars from around the world who have contributed to the work, and a photo gallery.
Divining America: Religion and the National Culture, is part of the TeacherServe project, a curriculum enrichment service based at the National Humanities Center dedicated to assisting teachers in planning and presenting their subject matter. The site contains a number of concise and helpful essays, all written by reputable scholars, offering overviews and bibliographies of many key aspects of religion in America. The essays are divided, for easy accessibility, into three categories. These are: 17th and 18th century; 19th century; and 20th century. Essay titles available include, for example: African American Religion in the 19th Century; Evangelicalism as a Social Movement; Religion and the American Revolution; Mormonism and the American Mainstream; and several others. The site is well presented and will be of considerable use to all those engaged in teaching the complexities of religion in America.
The Earthlore Explorations website is devoted to cultural legacies including history; myth; poetry; and more. Resources at the Earthlore site are arranged into sections. Gothic Dreams includes: photographs and artwork depicting the architecture, sculpture, arts, and crafts of the Medieval period; a glossary of various aspects of gothic cathedrals and churches; and an in-depth historical overview of Notre Dame de Paris, comprehensively hyperlinked throughout to relevant resources within Earthlore Explorations. Ireland includes history and mythology, and gives an article on the poems of W. B. Yeats. Additional countries that may be featured with their own sections include Brazil; China; and Egypt. The Mystery of Lost and Forgotten Histories examines: the relevance of a historical or legendary King Arthur (including an in-depth historical overview of the Holy Grail); and the decline of ancient Peruvian civilization. The Lore of Astrology examines the history and evolution of the world's astrological sciences. Additional subjects that may be featured in the future include symbolism; music; literature; and Arthurian lore. Earthlore Explorations, online since 1995, was originally the work of New York based photographer Rhey Cedron. Cedron now works with a number of other investigators and researchers, all of whom are cited on this resource.
The Encyclopedia of Religion and Society (ISBN: 0-7619-8956-0) is edited by William H. Swatos Jr. and published by AltaMira Press. The entries provide an account of how religion is viewed from the perspective of the principal social sciences, namely anthropology, psychology and sociology. The online version of the encyclopaedia can be freely accessed from this website. It is made available by Hartford Seminary's Hartford Institute for Religion Research. The print version can also be ordered from here. The work would be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students on religious studies courses.
Edited by Kokugakuin University's Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics, the Encylopedia of Shinto is the online version of Shinto Jiten, a work originally published in Japanese in 1994. The site is organised into nine main sections: general introduction; Kami (deities); institutions and administrative practices; Jinja (shrines); rites and festivals; belief and practice; concepts and doctrines; schools, groups and personalities; and texts and sources. There is also a separate section which features special topics such as business shrines, Daoist elements in Shinto, and Shinto missionaries. Many of the materials on the site come complete with audio-visual aids such as video clips, illustrations, photographs and sound files. A search engine and a list of contributors and translators are also provided. In addition, there are links to other Kokugakuin sites, including: glossaries and basic Shinto terms; a beginners' pictorial guide to Shinto; and articles in translation (Japanese and English).
The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC) is a large scale work edited by Dr Suad Joseph, a professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at the University of California, Davis. The work consists of six volumes: Methodologies, Paradigms and Sources; Family, Law and Politics; Family, Body, Sexuality and Health; Economics, Education, Mobility and Space; Practices, Interpretations and Representations; Supplement and Index. This website provides the table of contents and lists of contributors to all volumes; information about the encyclopedia and its editorial and advisory boards; news, reviews and a downloadable preview of the work; a contributor template; and author guidelines. Viewers are allowed to download without charge the Arabic version of the first volume. Details of how the encyclopedia, which is published by Brill Academic Publishers, could be purchased is also available from the site. Students of Islam will find this online resource informative.
Essential readings on Chinese philosophy is an annotated bibliography of mainly printed books intended for use by experienced philosophers seeking a core reading list. The subject headings include: general histories; specialised studies; Neo/Confucianism; Taoism; Mohism; comparative studies; I Ching; Buddhism; and Chinese science. Where available links are made to websites by or about authors. Annotations vary from short statements to more lengthy paragraphs. The author of the site, Bryan Van Norden, is an assistant professor in the Philosophy Department at Vassar College.
The Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) was established in 1976 with the aim of strengthening the bond between Judaeo-Christianity and American politics. It is particularly concerned with researching issues relating to moral values, ethics and US political policy. Its website provides access to information on the aims of the center, its on-going research and events. It includes press releases and access to some of its full-text papers. Topics covered include: the role of religion in American political life, biotechnology policy and ethics, moral values in domestic and foreign policy, science technology and society and Islam and American democracy.
The website of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) provides information about the Center's mission to elucidate the relationship between the Judeo-Christian ethic and contemporary domestic and foreign policy issues in America. Based in Washington, D.C., the Center was established in 1976. Its principal efforts include: working to examine how religiously-based principles inform political decisions, analysing the ethical and political stance of various organised religions, and seeking to broaden political debate across differing ideologies. The site contains information on upcoming events of the EPPC, as well as various EPPC programmes, including: Evangelicals in Civic Life; Islam and American Democracy; and Biotechnology and American Democracy. The site is well presented and highly accessible.
EUREL is a website which seeks to provide readers with up-to-date information on the social and legal status of religion in Europe. It uses an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, and is primarily aimed at policy makers. Information is offered under headings like: General Overview; Historical Highlights; Legal Status of Religions; Social and Religious Data; Current Debates; and Religion and Society. These are available for Europe as a whole, as well as for the following jurisdictions: Austria; Cyprus; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Portugal; Romania; Slovakia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; and the United Kingdom. This website also allows access to their newsletters which are available in PDF thus requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader. A useful and interesting resource for students of religion.
Developed by the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC) and funded by HEFCE, "Experience-Rich Anthropology" (ERA) is an Internet-based teaching and learning initiative for anthropological study. Through a series of teaching resources based on real-world data, the site aims to provide educators with useful electronic tools with which to assist their students' understanding of the associations between collecting field data and the resulting analytical publications from professional ethnologists or anthropologists. The materials are suitable for incorporation into university-level lectures or seminars. They include a variety of primary resources focused on African traditions, as well as projects relating to Turkey, Galicia, Italy and Brazil.
The site is segmented into a number of projects that take the user through a series of key concepts for each section. Two collections of notes, aimed at teachers and students, complement each section. These notes (in addition to explaining how to best use ERA) outline the learning goals in detail, highlighting the main themes and explaining to instructors how they may be incorporated into a teaching environment. The notes for students also suggest possible topics for essays, seminars and further discussion. A sample CD, offering some of the material available on the site, is also available from CSAC. The site is directed towards lecturers and teachers who wish to incorporate web resources into the classroom setting. However, because of the wide selection of electronic resources found under each heading, the site may have a more general interest to all students of anthropology, especially those focused on African cultures.
First Things is a journal dedicated to the study of all aspects of religion and public life in contemporary society. The First Things website provides free online access to the contents of all past issues from March 1990 until the two most recent issues (a subscription is necessary to view these). The journal is published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, and edited chiefly by the Christian theologian, Richard John Neuhaus, along with a large editorial board. Common issues dealt with include: Just War theory; Islam and the west; assisted suicide and euthanasia; religion and human rights; church-state jurisprudence; and so on. The site also features a blog called 'On the Square', which offers articles responding to issues in the news. The journal is a resource of tremendous value to all audiences, whether scholarly or general, interested in the role of religion in contemporary society. The site is well presented, organised and highly accessible.
This is the home page of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. Directed jointly by Professors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, the forum is an interreligious, interdisciplinary and multicultural project on the environment. This website contains information about the project itself and details about publications, news and events on religion and ecology. It includes materials that explore the interaction between humans and the environment from the perspective of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, indigenous traditions, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, and Shinto. It also includes discussions of science, ethics, public policy, gender, and economics. And in line with its aim to establish religion and ecology as an academic discipline, resources like course syllabi and speakers list are also provided. Visitors can further access without charge resources like essays; the forum newsletter; official statements on religion and ecology; and links to the home pages of relevant journals, magazines and organisations.
This is the homepage of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham. The centre was established in 2001 to address practical and theoretical issues posed by globalisation. It is directed by Professor Tom Sorrell, the John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics at the university. This homepage gives a brief introduction to some of the moral questions that arise from globalisation and the academic programmes offered by this multidisciplinary centre. It also informs visitors about the research projects and consultancy work undertaken by their staff; and the public seminars and conferences they organise. Conference reports can be downloaded from the site. It also takes them to the homepage of the centre's publication, the Journal of Global Ethics. From here, they may view the table of contents of all issues published since June 2005. Links are further provided to relevant websites.
This is the website of the Henry Martyn Centre for the study of mission and world Christianity, affiliated to the University of Cambridge, and part of the Cambridge Theological Federation. The site provides details about the Centre, the degree courses that can be pursued there, and the current seminar programme. One of the site's most useful resources is a collection of papers, including the texts of lectures and sermons, most of which consider various facets of missiology. There is also information about the Henry Martyn Trust, and the Henry Martyn Library and Archives, which houses 7,500 books, plus the papers of a number of nineteenth and twentieth century missionaries. A list of links to related academic institutions and projects is provided. A useful site for those with an interest in mission studies.
This is homepage of the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB). Presided over by Ishwerbhai Tailor, the forum brings together nearly 300 organisations from around the country, making it the largest umbrella body for Hindus in Britain. This website is a useful resource for those seeking a better understanding of the Hindu faith as well as the experiences of their adherents here. Visitors can find, among other things, information about recent news, events and HFB projects; and a section which describes to them issues like the Hindu faith; festivals, arts and culture, philosophy, scriptures and dietary requirements. They are also given the opportunity to access research reports; the organisation's formal responses to various Government documents; their news and events archives; and newsletter. The site provides a search engine.
This is the homepage of the Historical Society of Jews from Egypt, a committee-run organization which serves Egyptian-born Jews everywhere, but especially in the United States. The Society received a charter from the New York State Museum in 1996 and devotes itself to the history of the community as it existed in Egypt and subsequently via institutions of education, arts, good will organizations and religious establishments. Through a great range of posted letters, reminiscences and samples of private ephemera, the site describes key events and details of this very old and still extant community; it particularly notes departures during the defining 'second Exodus' in the 1950s and 1960s, when Jews were expelled and the recent rise of anti-Semitism in Egypt. Navigation is haphazard, but scholars will find a wealth of photographs, biographical information and starting points for deeper research on this interesting site. There is also a lot of news on current matters related to Jewish history and the protection of Jewish historical documents and artifacts in Egypt. Researchers will note that the site conveys an émigré perspective.
This is the homepage of the Muslim academic and theologian Dr Tariq Ramadan. At the time of cataloguing, he was a Visiting Professor at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (holding the Chair in 'Identity and Citizenship') and a Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford. This website contains several resources that would be of interest to those researching on Islam and its role in the modern world. These include: the full-text of a number of Dr Ramadan's recent publications (in Dutch and English); news releases; the transcripts and video recordings of interviews; reports; information about the courses he teaches at Erasmus University; and free access to the video recordings of the public lectures he delivered there including the inaugural speech he gave on the 9th of November 2007.
'In the beginning was the Word: the Russian church and native Alaskan cultures' is an online exhibition at the Library of Congress, initiated by librarian and historian James H. Billington and compiled by linguist Vyacheslav Ivanov. It brings together manuscript documents and images from the Library's Alaskan Russian Church archive to illuminate the relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church and the native Alaskan population between 1794 and 1915. The resource includes: a brief introduction to the state and church in Russian America; several sections exploring missionary work amongst the native population; and a section on the preservation of native languages such as Tlingit, Eskimo and Aleut. The brief text of these sections is accompanied by selected digitised documents (such as pastoral letters, parish financial reports and priests' journal extracts) and images (photographs, plans, maps). Unfortunately the quality of the digitised documents varies and there are no transcripts, so many are of limited use for close study. The resource offers an exciting introduction to the archive, and will be of most use to scholars planning further research or to students and teachers seeking an illustrated overview of the topic.
The Innu Nation website provides a selection of information about the Innu people, the indigenous inhabitants of Nitassinan, an area in eastern Quebec and Labrador, Canada. For those interested in indigenous peoples and the modern impact of European settlement in Canada, this site brings together a reasonable collection of material on the social and economic issues that have affected their recent history. The section entitled Innu History and Culture contains a variety of articles, ethnographic reports, stories, and myth translations would be of value to a wide variety researchers including students, historians, ethnologists, anthropologists and sociologists. There is a substantial section on Innu spirituality. Those interested in researching the subject further may find the bibliography (under the heading References) useful. While the information here may be of use to scholars, it should be stressed that the Innu Nation site is not an academic posting, but represents the specific opinions of band members and, in particular, the benefits and disadvantages of the Innu’s current relationship with Canada and the Canadian government. Even though many of these opinions are widely shared between the Innu and academics, some positions may be open to contest. The site is straightforward to navigate, although not all the internal links on the front page are functional.
The Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion (IBSR) was founded and directed by Patrick McNamara and Wesley J. Wildman. It aims to promote and support research into the manifold functions of religion. These include its biocultural function which involves areas like the biology of religious and spiritual experiences. This website informs visitors of the research, training and outreach activities they engage in. Resources available include: reviews of recent publications in the area; information on news and events; access to a number of papers written by the institute's researchers; and annotated links to the homepages of relevant organizations and journals, and the websites of external conferences and projects. A search engine is also available. This should be an interesting resource for the students of religion.
The Institute for Theology and Peace is a research institute established by the Catholic Military Chaplaincy dedicated to developing a theologically based peace ethic, and to addressing questions of peace from a theological-ethical point of view. The site provides an impressive and extensive online theological and ethical bibliography containing more than 100,000 titles indexed according to subject. The Institute has several projects in progress. These include: Reconciliation in Bosnia-Herzegovina; The role of the church in processes of transformation from war to peace; and Controlling arms transfers as a problem of political ethics. The site is well presented and accessible.
The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) is a research institute based at St Mary's College, the Divinity School at the University of St Andrews. The Institute pursues research into the interactions between theology and the creative arts. The Institute brings together two particular research strands at St Andrews: Theology through the Arts; Theology and Imagination. The Institute encourages postgraduate research; organises a range of events; and produces a series of publications. The website provides full information on the Institute's activities together with a bibliography of publications; opportunities for study; postgraduate research in progress. Of particular interest are the extensive annotated reading lists for theology and the arts or imagination. There is also a selection of links to related research centres or projects.
This website makes available over 100 articles written by the renowned Islamic scholar and rights activist, Dr Asghar Ali Engineer. These include the following papers: 'The political universe of Islam'; 'On the multilayered concept of Jihad'; 'Reconstruction of Islamic thought'; 'Islam and secularism'; 'Islamic ethic'; 'Islam and nationalism'; 'Muslims, modernity and change'; 'Islam and pluralism'; and 'On the concept of compassion in Islam'. The site is sponsored by the Institute of Islamic Studies and the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism, India.
This is the home page of the Interfaith Center of New York, a secular educational organisation established in 1997. It seeks to promote understanding and respect among the adherents of different faiths in New York City and to encourage them to get involved in civic participation. This website informs visitors of the programs it sponsors (e.g. on education, civic connections, art and culture) and of upcoming events. It also lists the names of the recipients of the Interfaith Award which the center gives annually to leading figures around the world who work to promote peace and interfaith understanding. Awardees include: the Dalai Lama; Mary Robinson; Desmond Tutu; James Carroll and Ravi Shankar.
The International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) is a UK-based organisation which deals with religious liberty issues and works towards promoting interfaith dialogue and tolerance around the world. The Association's home page provides: background information about the organisation; membership details; a review of the state of religious freedom in several countries (between 2001 and 2004); and information about international projects managed by the Association and its different initiatives involving young adults. The website also offers an eLearning section which looks at interfaith views on religious freedom and issues such as types of religious persecution and discrimination. Links are provided to related websites.
The International Coalition for Religious Freedom is an educational organisation devoted to promoting and defending the religious liberty of everyone irrespective of nationality, creed, gender or ethnic origin. This home page holds a number of resources that would be of interest to students and researchers. It firstly provides a country by country report on the state of religious freedom in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. This is followed by the organisation's newsletter from 1997 onwards, and papers and presentations from conferences sponsored by them. The site also contains worldwide religious news and reports; and provides links to relevant websites.
The International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) was operative between 1998 and 2008. Although the Institute itself is now closed, the website remains online for archival purposes, offering a significant amount of information which may be useful to students and researchers. Based in Leiden in The Netherlands, the organisation focused on interdisciplinary research on the social, political, cultural, and intellectual developments in contemporary Muslim communities around the world. Publications available via the website include: copies of the Institute's newsletter from 1998 onwards; academic papers; dissertations; and annual reports. The site and publications are in English, although a Dutch version of a few sections is also available.
This is the homepage of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). Established in 1981, the organisation aims to promote research, publication and conferences on Islamic thought and contemporary social sciences. Visitors can find information on the institute's history; news and events (recent and archived); and educational programs on offer. Other resources include videotapes of lectures and details about works published by the institute. Links are offered to the homepage of the institute's official journal 'The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS)'. The site, which provides a search engine as well as links to relevant online resources, can be accessed in English and Arabic.
This is the homepage for the UK branch of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). Based in London, the institute is dedicated to supporting research efforts that would be beneficial to the Islamic ummah (community). This website provides information about the organisation's background, mission and activities (e.g. the production of English language titles; commissioning translations; and organising conferences, seminars and workshops). It allows access to samples pages from the institute's published works and visitors can download clips from their audio lectures. Links are also provided to relevant websites. An interesting resource for students of Islam.
The international journal of Hindu studies is published by Springer, Netherlands. This website gives access to the journal in its entirety with .pdf versions of the articles accessible via clickable links from the contents page of each issue. Unusually for a website offering free access to a journal which has a paper version, the articles are made available on the site before they are released in print. This is a high quality academic publication, peer reviewed and with a good reputation which is now offered for free. Without a doubt this site will be useful for all scholars of the Hindu religion in particular, and of Indian and world religions in general.
This is the homepage of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures (IMMC) based in Jackson, Mississippi. Founded by Emad Al-Turk and Okolo Rashid in 2001, the museum conducts research and engages in the collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of artifacts relating to Islamic history and culture, and Muslims' contribution to world civilisation. Through these activities, it aims to enhance the public's understanding of Muslim cultures as well as to promote interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance. In addition to information about its history and vision; this website offers an overview of and images from the museum's current exhibitions. There are also interviews with the museum's founders and news items relating to the museum. Information on how to subscribe to their newsletter and on how to become a member are likewise available.
The Internet modern history sourcebook has been developed by Paul Halsall at Fordham University. This site forms part of a series of Internet sourcebooks covering different historical periods and themes. This sourcebook covers a wide range of topics from the Reformation up to the present and provides an extensive amount of information. The material provided is a mixture of documents hosted on the site and links to other sites. Brief annotations are available for some of the documents and introductions have been added to many of the sources hosted by the site. The emphasis of the site is the provision of primary sources; there is an interesting section on the study of history and the use of primary sources. The site is relatively easy to navigate with documents divided into sixty different categories which are further subdivided. Although a search engine specifically for the sourcebook is not available, fairly effective searches can be carried out using the Fordham University search engine.
This is the website for the Islam and Human Rights Fellowship Program at Emory University, USA. The project is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and brings scholars and activists together to investigate the relationship between human rights and Islam. The site contains: information about the program itself; the biographies of program fellows and research projects undertaken by them; and details of workshops organised by the program. Resources provided include: the profiles and contact details of scholars in Islam and human rights around the world; bibliographies; databases; links to the home pages of relevant journals; extracts on religion and fundamental freedoms from the constitutions of countries with large Muslim populations; links to materials on education and training in human rights; and downloadable articles and links to relevant articles which can be viewed by author's name or by topic (e.g. constitutionalism; globalization; Islamic law and Shari'ah; reform; tolerance and pluralism; cultural rights; inter-faith and inter-community relations; modernity and modernization; rights in the Qur'an and other Islamic sources; women's rights; democracy; international law; radical Islam/fundamentalism; secularism and secularization).
Adrift in a sea of polemics and postulation, the wonderful 'Islam and Islamic studies resources' website is a truly welcome presence on the Internet for its commitment to collecting and evaluating useful Internet resources on the Islamic faith. Maintained by Dr Alan Godlas at the University of Georgia, these pages seek to provide a scholarly overview of Islam, and Islam related issues, with the site divided into a series of categories that introduce the reader to an array of historical and contemporary discussions, but which are detailed enough to entice the most discerning of users. By combining introductory summary material with links to additional external sites, the author provides not only a brief tutorial in Islam but simultaneously identifies and critiques the best Islamic resources on the net. Categories include everything from the basic divisions in Islam, to mysticism, science, women's issues, history and art. Most sections offer additional bibliographic material, and new students will find the collection of bibliographic links and glossary of terms especially helpful. Those who wish to learn about Islam through electronic resources while remaining confident of the quality of material would do well to begin here.
'Islam and Tibet: Cultural Interactions (8th - 17th centuries)' is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It is based at the Warburg Institute of the University of London and is headed by Charles Burnett, Professor of History of Islamic Influences in Europe. The project aims to study the cultural interactions between the Islamic and Tibetan cultures, and examines how religious ideas of the two cultures developed. This website contains: background information about the project and the people behind it; details of past and forthcoming events connected to the project (e.g. presentations; lectures; seminar training; conferences; and workshops); a thematic bibliography of print-based works on Islam and Tibet; images; and links to relevant websites. This resource should be of interest to those researching on the interactions between the Buddhist and Islamic traditions in Tibet, as well as to those with a general interest in inter-faith work. The website will be continuously updated as the project develops.
'Islam for Today' aims to provide Muslim converts and non-Muslims with information on all major aspects of Islamic life. Targeting a Western as well as an Eastern audience, this service covers a wide variety of topics, including tractates on basic Islamic beliefs, articles on Islamic history and civilisation, discussions on Muslim fundamentalism and the position of women within Islam, and advice for newly-converts. The tone of the material offered differs from article to article, and can be uneven at times. On the whole, however, this resource gives a valuable insight into Islam's past, present and possible future.
Islamic Family Law is a large-scale project conducted by the Law and Religion Program of Emory University. It seeks to examine the worldwide application of Islamic family law and to assess the feasibility of family law reform within particular communities of Muslims in their own socio-legal contexts. This home page contains information about the project, the contact details of the key figures behind it, a discussion forum and a selection of academic papers. It also provides the cultural and legal profiles of the jurisdictions under study. The project is directed by Dr Abdullahi A. An-Naim and is sponsored by the Ford Foundation. The resource would be particularly interesting to students of Islamic Law and those undertaking comparative work.
Website of the Islamic Family Law project which is based at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA . The aim of the project is to survey the application of Islamic family law in a selection of countries and explore the possibilities of reform in particular Muslim communities. A regional breakdown of Islamic countries around the world is given with a profile of each region consisting of historical and religious background, family issues, legal practices and institutions and a list of references. There are legal profiles for each country within these regions which include an outline and history of the legal system, constitutional status of Islamic law, relevant legislation, case reporting system and schools of Fiqh (system of jurisprudence). This site has not been updated since 2002.
This interesting website displays the digitised version of 32 Islamic manuscripts from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujheba in Mali. They cover a wide range of topics (e.g. Islamic Law; Muslims and Non-Muslims; Living with Christians; Early Years of Islam; and Islamic Manuscripts) and were written in various styles of the Arabic script as developed in Mali and its surrounding regions. The manuscripts can be browsed by Keyword; Titles and Subjects. The site, which is maintained by the African and Middle Eastern Division of the US Library of Congress, also displays maps, photographs and other information about the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library. It contains background information about the collection itself and a brief description of how the manuscripts were digitised. This should be a useful resourse for those researching on Islamic history in general and the history of Islam in Africa in particular.
This is the homepage of the Islamic Supreme Council of America. It is a non-profit and non governmental organisation which aims to help resolve problems that affect Muslims in modern day America through the use of traditional Islamic legal rulings and teachings. This website contains information about the council's mission; their past and present activities and events; and the treaties, books, tapes and papers they publish. It holds: reports on countries and regions of interest in the Muslim world; press releases; and relevant official statements issued by the US government. The site also gives an overview of Islamic history, teachings, practice and law which would be of interest to those wishing to gain a basic understanding of Islam.
The website of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies provides information about the Institute's activities and publications. Established by Baylor University in 1957, the Institute is dedicated to fostering research and publication in the area of the relationship between church and state, and to encouraging the advancement of religious liberty. The site gives details of the degree programmes available at the Institute; a list of publications by various members of the Institute; information on upcoming conferences; details of current projects (such as the Islam and democracy project); and a list of links to church-state resources across the Web. The Institute publishes the Journal of Church and State, for which subscription information is available. The site is very well presented and accessible.
James Alison: Theology is a substantial online collection of articles, talks, and book excerpts by the contemporary British Catholic theologian James Alison. Much of Alison's work centres on the areas of scripture, faith, and sexuality, and many of the articles on this site deal with gay issues, and in particular Alison's response to the Catholic Church's attitude to homosexuality. Other topics covered include Alison's theological application of René Girard's anthropological theory of mimetic desire and violence. The site is not maintained by Alison himself, but everything here appears with his permission. As well as texts in English, articles in a variety of European languages are offered. An interesting and thought-provoking resource, particularly (though by no means exclusively) for those engaged in the study of theology and sexuality.
Made available over the Internet by Raymond Bucko (Creighton University) and Thom Mentrak, 'Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, 1610-1791' is an electronic version of the seventy-volume collection of reflections and reports by Jesuit missionaries active during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in what is now Ontario and Quebec (previously Upper and Lower Canada, and prior to that, New France). One of the most important ethnographic tools available to historians and other academics of this period, the Jesuit relations have not only proved to be an invaluable research resource on the religions and cultures of communities with which the Jesuits interacted, but also offer a fascinating insight to the interaction between Christianity and the New World. The electronic text is the English translation made by William Lonc and George Topp. The site will undoubtedly prove to be a vital resource to both students and teachers - particularly for those who have struggled to work through the seventy-volume original.
The emergence of new Jewish communities in Britain following their readmission in the 1650s resulted in the creation of a rich and unique heritage of religious building types such as synagogues, cemeteries and ritual bathhouses, but also social spaces such as schools, soup kitchens and hospitals. The decline in the size of the Jewish population and changes in the economic status of congregations since WWII has placed many Jewish buildings of considerable social and architectural importance under threat. This website describes the attempts of a project organised by the Jewish Memorial Council (JMC) and substantially funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to survey, photograph and archive some 350 surviving examples of Jewish buildings constructed up to the Second World War. The resource includes a map of survey sites in the British Isles, a list of listed synagogues and other Jewish buildings, an outline of sites under risk (or lost, including the last major synagogue in Dublin demolished in 1999) and details of plans for publication and preservation of surviving monuments. Many of the structures under threat are characterised by lavish 19th and 20th century architectural or decorative features and fine craftsmanship, often combing contemporary styles with specifically Jewish features. The resource also provides practical advice for individuals and groups, both members of synagogue communities or the general public, to record any part of the Jewish built heritage which is under threat. This site will interest in particular architectural and social historians and heritage professionals but will also broaden public awareness of this important aspect of the built environment in the British Isles.
The online Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (ISSN: 1530-5228) is concerned with intersections between secular culture and religion, utilising the latest methodologies in theory and theology. With the recent coincidence between Continental philosophy and theology - particularly in the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin - the field of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory is at the centre of current debates surrounding ethics, responsibility, subjectivity and indeterminacy. Phenomenology and deconstruction, then, are frequently the basis of discussion in the journal. There are even interviews with major post-modern thinkers who tarry with theology, such as Derrida, Mark C. Taylor and Jean-Luc Marion. The journal will be of interest to anyone working in theology, literature or theory.
The Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies (ISSN 1583-0039) is a freely-available peer reviewed electronic journal published by the Seminar for the Interdisciplinary Research of Religions and Ideologies (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania) and the Academic Society for the Research of Religions and Ideologies (Romania). The journal publishes articles and reviews relating to inter-religious dialogue; philosophy of religion; history of religion; political philosophy; ethics; and related areas within religious studies. Themes of recent issues have included: religion; art; politics; problems of religious toleration - religious minorities in Romania; and religion and politics in the contemporany world. Recent authors and topics have included: Richard Rorty (anti-clericalism and atheism); Mihaela Mudure (Gypsies and African Americans); Joseph Favazza (reconciliation); Mester Béla (Unitarian thought and early modern political philosophy); Leonard Swidler (freedom of religion); Kathleen Tobin (Catholic birth control debate in Latin America); Sandu Frunza (Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas). Articles are available in both HTML and PDF. The journal is published quarterly. Information is also available about the editorial and advisory boards; and on how to submit articles for publication.
The Journal of Buddhist Ethics (JBE) is a wholly-online, peer-reviewed journal (ISSN: 1076-9005). It is divided into annual volumes which run back to 1994. Areas dealt with include: Vinaya and jurisprudence; medical ethics; philosophical ethics; human rights; ethics and psychology; ecology and the environment; social and political philosophy; cross-cultural ethics; ethics and anthropology; and interfaith dialogue on ethics. The journal also carries a substantial number of book reviews. The website presents full information about submitting to the journal, plus details of the editorial board, policy, and coverage. The Journal of Buddhist Ethics is also a gateway to online resources for the study of Buddhism in general. There is an extensive (though unannotated) list of websites, and the scholarly resources section includes links to bibliographies and other reference materials. The site further acts as the primary distributor of a public domain version of the Pali Canon in electronic form (in association with the Sri Lanka Tripitaka Project). Additional fonts may be required in order to display the texts in Pali. The site also includes a search engine.
The website of the Journal of Law and Religion, which is sponsored by Hamline University School of Law and published twice annually, provides information about this scholarly publication dedicated to considering all aspects of the relationship between law and religion. Articles published address such themes as justice and rights, power and authority, and general theoretical and historical questions pertaining to the interaction between law and religion. The site offers indexes of articles published in the journal since its inception in 1983, plus the full text of a small selection of key articles (under the heading 'Contemporary Conversations') and a larger selection of book reviews. Information for those wishing to subscribe to the journal, order back issues, and/or submit manuscripts, is also made readily available.
The Journal of Religion and Communication is a full-text ejournal, published by the U.S. scholarly Religious Communication Association. At May 2009 there are about 40 issues freely available online, dating from 1978 to 2001. Articles are presented using the DJVU format, for which a free Web browser plugin is required. The focus of the ejournal appears to be on theological communications, with occasional articles on television, and a few on the history of ideas. Example article titles include: 'The Effects of Digital Environments on Religious Television Stations'; 'The Priming of Religion in Political Attitudes: The Role of Religious Programming'; 'Francis Bacon's Advancement of Learning and the Biblical Origins of Scientific Ethos'; and 'The Depiction of Women in Religious Television', among many others. This archive is hosted by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship, and their link to the Religious Communication Association website gives a "404 not found" message, so it is possible that the journal is no longer published.
The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a Web-based, peer reviewed journal funded by the University of Saskatchewan and dedicated to the academic consideration of the relation between religion and contemporary cultural media. The journal, edited chiefly by Mary Ann Beavis, encourages any academic theological analysis or interpretation of media studies, film or broad cultural studies in relation to religion. This includes such things as popular novels, television, radio, journalism, the Internet, video games and so on. All articles and book reviews are made freely available online and are easily accessible. The first volume was published in spring 2002, since which volumes have typically appeared three times per year. The site is well presented, organised and will be of considerable use to anyone interested in the relation between religion and cutting edge culture. Information for those wishing to submit articles to the journal and/or book reviews is readily available.
The Journal of Religion and Society is an online peer reviewed journal published by the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University. It is dedicated to the interdisciplinary academic study of all social dimensions of religion. Topics addressed include, for example: feminism in contemporary society; religion and the Internet; political movements; religious education; liberation theology; and so on. Because it is solely an online journal, it is an ongoing, rather than periodic, publication. This allows for a much quicker turnaround rate for submissions than is usual for most journals. The journal is divided into yearly volumes which incorporate all the articles, book reviews, notes and discussions published in a given calendar year. The first volume was published in 1999. The full contents of all volumes are made freely available online without subscription. Articles are presented in an accessible and printable format via Adobe Acrobat (PDF). You may subscribe to the journal to receive updates as soon as new material is released.
The Journal of Religion and Theatre is a peer reviewed electronic journal, providing a forum for the exchange and discussion of ideas around the relationship between theatre and religion, including the cultural study of religious ceremony and the dramatic and religious themes manifest in text and performance. The journal is published twice yearly and the website includes back issues to autumn 2002.
The Journal of Southern Religion is an online, peer reviewed academic journal dedicated to the study of all aspects of religion in the American south. The journal is published annually and funded by the Association for the Study of Southern Religion. Topics addressed include: religious aspects of southern culture; folk religion; religion and southern literature; religion and race; religion and gender; and so on. The site provides access to the full contents of all volumes published since its inception in 1998. Additional features include a list of recent news stories featuring southern religion, and a link to the home page of H-Southern-Religion, an electronic discussion network associated with the journal. The site is well presented and easily accessible.
This web page attempts to collate the bibliographic details of all journals devoted to eighteenth-century studies extant in the world. In practice, this amounts to over twenty publications in various languages covering most humanities disciplines. For each journal, the following information is given where available: the date of the journal's inception; the address at which it may be contacted; its current editors; its size, scope, and price; the frequency of its publication; the number of subscribers; the countries where it is distributed; the language(s) in which it is written; whether or not the journal includes book reviews; and an email and web page address. The website is written in both French and English, and is of obvious value to anyone wishing to publish an article on an eighteenth-century subject, or find a relevant journal in a particular field.
This website allows access to the full-text of 'Key Topics on End-of-Life Care for African Americans'. This e-book features papers that represent the most important subject areas covered in a 2004 conference called 'The Last Miles of the Way Home'. The contents, organised into 12 chapters, touched on end-of-life issues which are unique to African Americans. These include concerns over the impacts of health disparities, as well as the spiritual, historical, sociological and cultural perspectives on death and dying in the African American community. Visitors can also view the biographies of the book's contributors and they are given annotated links to relevant websites. The project is jointly directed by Richard Payne, Gwendolyn London and Sharon Latson. The book itself is edited by Kevin Sanders. The site, which is maintained by the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, should be of interest to students on Medical Ethics programme.
This is the home page of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life based at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. The Center was established in 1996 to promote discussion of religion in public life within the campus community and beyond. The website provides: links to news events on religion; details of the Center's past and current projects; programs on offer (e.g. study groups; conferences; visiting fellowships; and book series); and links to relevant online resources. The site also enables access to the full text of Religion in the News (the Center's magazine), and a number of books and articles published by the Center.
Liberation Theology and Land Reform is an online course offered by the Henry George Institute, New York. The lessons and readings are freely available online. Students seeking personal tuition and credit are requested to pay a fee. The aim of the course is to introduce students to liberation theology, a branch of theology particularly relevant to Latin America, which attempts to construct a theology which takes account not only of the care for souls by the Church but also the care for people's essential material needs. Liberation theology includes a number of models which draw on, for example, Marxist thought. At the core of any model usually lies a concern for freedom and justice. In the online course, readings have been selected from: Clodovis Boff and Leonardo Boff. Introducing Liberation Theology (New York, 1987); Robert Andelson and James Dawsey. From Wasteland to Promised Land: Liberation Theology for a Post-Marxist World (New York, 1992); Archer Torrey. Biblical Economics (Seoul, 1997); and a selection of essays. There are 72 short lessons to complete, a selected bibliography, and links to a few related resources.
This website provides access to the full text of 'Living Apart Together: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism' (ISBN 190609702-X). This report was commissioned by Policy Exchange (charity registration number: 1096300) to seek a better understanding of the attitudes of Muslims in contemporary Britain and of the factors that contribute to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism amongst the younger generation. The print version of the work was published in 2007 and it was jointly authored by Munira Mirza, Abi Senthilkumaran and Zein Ja'far. The report is 99 pages in length and consists of three parts. These are organised into eight chapters as follows: Introduction; The Emergence of Muslim Consciousness in Britain; Identity and Belonging; Cultural Attitudes; Foreign Policy and the Ummah [community of believers]; Victimhood; Who Speaks for Muslims?; and Reflections on Policy. This should be an interesting resource for students of Islam.
This is the website of the Living Spring Journal (LSJ), a peer-reviewed electronic journal for the study of all aspects of holy wells and waterlore, edited by Richard Pederick of the University of Bath. Although only two issues of the LSJ appeared (in May 2000 and November 2002), the journal was widely acclaimed and contributed to by the community of local history and academic researchers it served. The value of the LSJ to its community can be seen by consulting the archives of the Wells-and-Spas JISCMAIL list ("Water talk, the email discussion list for springs and spas enthusiasts"). The full text of both issues is accessible from this website. The scope of the journal is stated as a forum for the study of wells and their place in the community, their history, construction, architecture, archaeology, sociology, hagiography, religious significance, folklore, and ritual. It also gives a broad picture of the study of water-sources, so that holy and healing wells may be set in the wider context of water in the community. However, LSJ is not a forum for the study of industrial or commercial wells and boreholes, although some spa wells are featured.
The University of California Press has made available online the full-text of Making Muslim space in North America and Europe, edited by Barbara Daly Metcalf and first published in print in 1996. Making Muslim Space explores the religious life and cultural identity of Muslim communities in the United States, Canada and Europe through their use of private and public space. The book comprises a series of essays by various contributors divided into two parts: 'Making a Space for Everyday Ritual Practice' and 'Claiming Space in the Larger Community'. The essay titles are as follows: Muslim Space and the Practice of Architecture; Transcending Space; "This Is a Muslim Home"; "Refuge" and "Prison"; Making Room versus Creating Space; New Medinas; Island in a Sea of Ignorance; A Place of Their Own; Stamping the Earth with the Name of Allah; Karbala as Sacred Space among North American Shi'a; The Muslim World Day Parade and "Storefront" Mosques of New York City; Nationalism, Community, and the Islamization of Space in London; Engendering Muslim Identities. The online version includes the full-text of each essay together with over forty black and white photographs.
Making of America is a digital library of primary documents relating to American social history. The primary documents include full-text books and journal articles from 1800-1925, although the majority of the material is from 1850-1877. The subjects covered include education, psychology, sociology and religion. Over 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles are included in the database, which is fully browsable and searchable. The documents are presented as facsimiles of the originals; electronic text versions of the documents are also available, although the process of proof-reading and correcting these is ongoing. This is a fascinating collection of 19th century books and articles which are both well presented and easy to access.
This website allows access to the full-text of 'Maori Religion and Mythology', a book written by Edward Shortland and published by Longmans, Green & Co. in 1882. The discussions are organized under the following chapter headings: Aryans and Polynesians; Maori Cosmology and Mythology; Religious Rites of the Maori; The Maori Chief of Olden Times; and Claiming and Naming Times. Users are also given lists of 'Maori Terms of Relationship' as well as 'Vocabulary of Some Maori Words Requiring Explanation' in the Appendix. The resource forms part of the Internet Sacred Text Archive.
Part of the larger Native American Indian Resources site, designed and compiled by Paula Giese, is Maps: GIS Windows on Native Lands, Current Places and History. Using results from Geographical Information Systems software, this site brings together a useful collection of visual resources that depict a variety of historical and cultural factors in relation to North American indigenous or Native populations. Approximately twenty-five different maps are available, of which many will be of use as visual aids either for students or as teaching resources for lecturers. Some of the graphics are quite sophisticated, offering enhanced details on population and links to treaty documents and native bands. These pages are also complemented by a selection of external links that lead to other similar materials. Unfortunately, the site does not appear to be updated particularly frequently, and as a result, some of the links are broken.
The Markfield Institute of Higher Education (MIHE) is an Islamic institution which aims to promote teaching, research and training in Islam and interfaith dialogue. Established in September 2000, it is sponsored by the Islamic Foundation, UK and is validated by Loughborough University. The institute, which is located in Leicestershire, is directed by Dr Ataullah Siddiqui. This website informs visitors about the postgraduate programmes and short courses they offer, and of the facilities on site. There is a video gallery on the latter and visitors are also linked to the library website. Available for downloading include materials like course leaflets, application forms and a number of articles on Islamic economics. This should be a helpful resource for those wishing to embark on postgraduate studies in Islam.
This is the home page of the Material History of American Religion Project based at the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University. Carried out between 1995 and 2001, the project examined the material and economic dimensions of American religious life from a historical perspective. This website makes available details of the monographs that carry the results of its findings; and images and documents that potrayed the role played by material objects in religious life. It also features an electronic journal and a biannual newsletter and provides links to relevant sites. The project was directed by James Hudnut-Beumler, Dean and Ann Potter Wilson Professor of American Religious History at the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University. It was funded by the Lilly Endowment, Incorporated.
Created by Philip Harland of York University, Toronto, this website is devoted to an ongoing seminar within the Sociey of Biblical Literature. The seminar originated in 2002 and looks at the way in which meals and dining can provide an insight into the social and religious lives of ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as aiding understanding of early Christianity and Judaism. Users may access full text versions of papers given by members of the seminar (these are available to download in PDF format). Topics covered include: women and dining; the Greco-Roman banquet; biblical references to meals; dining, the eucharist and Christianity; meals and Judaism; and ancient philosophy and food. There is also a list of the academics who are members of the seminar.
The Web Site "The Modern World of Witchcraft" is an essay written by Professor Craig Hawkins, the President of Apologetics Information Ministry (AIM), a somewhat radical Christian organisation that aims to provide pertinent Biblical information on a range of issues, including cults, the occult, and world religions. The essay examines neopagan witchcraft from a fundamental Christian perspective, and traces the development of contemporary occult cults from the legacies of Gerald Gardner and his acolytes. He discusses the differing types of neopagan beliefs and the role of animism, pantheism, and polytheism, as pillars of faith, and the primary importance assigned to experience. This site is a good example of Christian attempts to demolish neopagan beliefs and as such can be a guide to alternate perspectives of the latter tradition.
This website presents a downloadable copy of a report from the Mosque Study Project which was jointly sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America, the Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, and the Islamic Circle of North America. The work, which was published on the 26th of April 2001, has two aims: to give a comprehensive potrait of mosques in the US, and to present a public profile of mosques in the hope that this would enhance understanding of the Muslim presence there. The report was divided into the following headings: 'The Mosque: Basic Characteristics'; 'Worship'; 'Participants'; 'Mosque History, Location and Building'; 'The Mosque: Its Mission, Practices and Teachings'; 'Mosque Programs and Involvement In The Community'; 'Leadership and Organizational Dynamics'; and 'Finances'. An interesting resource for students of Islam and those undertaking comparative work.
As its title suggests, the website 'Muslim Life in America' is a resource which depicts the experiences of the adherents of the Islamic faith in the USA. It contains interesting information on themes such as: family life; Muslim communities (e.g. patterns of immigration and where Muslims live; education (e.g. Muslim schools and teachers); varieties of worship (e.g. demographic facts, American mosques, prayer and observing Ramadan); and the world of work. The material on the site is taken from a booklet prepared by the US Department of State. The site contains a search engine and numerous photographs which help bring to life the issues discussed. This is not (nor is it intended to be) a scholarly site, but it provides an accessible and colourful introduction to Muslim life in a western country.
This website allows access to a preview of the full-text of 'Muslim Professional Associations and Politics in Southeast Asia', a report commissioned by the (US) National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). Published in 2008, the work is the result of a research carried out between 2006 to 2007 on the relationship between Islamic education and professional associations in Malaysia and Indonesia. The report contains three papers. The first is entitled 'Introduction: Civic Reforms or Radical Springboards?' This was written by Professor Robert W. Hefner, the Director of the Program on Islam and Civic Society at the Institution on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University. The second, entitled 'The Role of Professional Organizations in Indonesia's Socio-Political Transformation' was written by Ann Marie Murphy, an associate professor at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. The third is entitled 'New Identities, New Politics: Malaysia's Muslim Professionals'. It was prepared by Bridget Welsh, an associate professor of Southeast Asia Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. This resource, which is presented in PDF, should be useful to those interested in comparative work.
This is the online text of 'Muslim Rulers and Rebels: Everyday Politics and Armed Separatism in the Southern Philippines'. It was written by Thomas M. McKenna and the print version was published by the University of California Press in 1998. The book examines the roots and ascendancy of Muslim separatism in the Philippines. It does this through the following eleven chapter headings: The Politics of Heritage; People and Territory in Cotabato; Islamic Rule in Cotabato; European Impositions and the Myth of Morohood; America's Moros; Postcolonial Transitions; Muslim Separatism and the Bangsamoro Rebellion; Regarding the War from Campo Muslim; Unarmed Struggle; Muslim Nationalism After Marcos; and Resistance and Rule in Cotabato. The site also links readers to the notes section of the book as well as the bibliography and glossary of terms. An interesting resource for students of Islam.
This website allows access to the full-text of 'Muslim Women Talk Wales', available in PDF and as a Word document. The report, which was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, was published on the 11th of July 2006. It investigated the concerns of and issues confronting Muslim women who live and/or work in Wales. In so doing, it had aimed to establish better communications and understanding between them and the government and policy makers in Wales. It aimed also to assist the latter to comply with the spirit and letter of the National Assembly for Wales Race Relations Scheme 2005-2008. The research and report were undertaken by Monica Mahoney and Shahien Taj on behalf of the All Wales Saheli Association.
The Muslim-West Facts Project is an interesting website which displays the findings of Gallup's Poll of the Muslim World. The project explored Muslims' views about their beliefs regarding issues like education; religion; democracy; culture; financial prosperity; the media; and how relations between the Muslim world and the West could be improved. The site, which is jointly maintained by Gallup Inc. and the Coexist Foundation, also contains information about how the research was conducted, and an overview of the project is made available in English and Arabic. Further provided are video recordings of various parties' reactions to the poll findings. This should be an interesting resource for students and scholars of Islam.
'Muslims in Europe post 9/11: Understanding and Responding to the Islamic World' is the webpage of a conference by the same name held at St Antony's College, Oxford, on the 25th and 26th of April, 2003. The event is the second in a series put together by the Universities of Oxford and Princeton. Themes explored include: Multiculturalism in Europe; Immigration and Asylum; Citizenship and Political Participation; Attitudes and the Media; Discrimination and Legislation; Terrorist Networks in Europe; and the Foreign Policy Impact in European Countries. This website makes available the conference programme; texts of papers delivered; biographical notes on the main contributors; a full list of delegates; and transcripts of discussions. It also provides links to relevant sites.
MyJewishLearning.com is a website which claims to be representative of the many trans-denominational perspectives within Judaism. The materials are organised under the following headings: History and Community; Daily Life and Practice; Holidays; Lifecycle; Texts; Ideas and Beliefs; and Culture. For each of these, four levels of Guided Learning are provided. Users may advance from 'Primer' (Level I) to 'Topical Overviews' (Level II) to 'Deeper Explorations' (Level III) to 'Analysis and Interpretation' (Level IV). Alternatively, they could start by taking the quiz prepared at the top of every section to ascertain the level they should begin at. The site provides a search engine, a glossary and a discussion forum.
This is the website of the North American Paul Tillich Society. Formed in 1975, the Society is dedicated to the thought of the influential theologian, Paul Tillich. It promotes scholarship considering the application of Tillich's thought to all spheres of intellectual inquiry, including: psychology; ethics; and politics. The Society meets annually in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion, and publishes a quarterly newsletter containing papers delivered at its annual meeting entitled, 'Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture.' The most recent volumes of the newsletter are freely available online in PDF format. The newsletter is a highly valuable resource for all those interested in Tillich's thought. Information pertaining to Society membership is also available. The site is well presented and accessible.
The North Star is an biannual online journal devoted to the history of African-American religion. The two main aims of the journal are firstly, to provide information on resources for African American religious history including details of new publications, research collections and events, and secondly, to present peer reviewed articles which explore African-American religious culture. The primary geographical focus of the journal is the United States but articles covering other relevant areas will be considered. The journal welcomes contributions from both academics and research students; details on how to submit contributions are available from the site. The journal can be browsed by volume or searched as whole.
'Not Just for Christmas: Consumption, Popular Culture and Religious Observance' is the project homepage of an AHRC-funded workshop. The work aims to study the ethical issues surrounding the usually intense consumer culture during Christmas time and the wider questions involved. This website contains links to resources like the events they organise; blogs and a discussion forum; a photo gallery; and links to relevant websites. The site will also incorporate working papers as the project progresses. A search engine is available. The project is led by Dr Damian Sutton of the Department of Historical and Critical Studies at the Glasgow School of Art. He is assisted by Dr Karen Wenell of the Centre for Faith, Culture and Education at the University of Glasgow.
This is the homepage of 'Notebook: A Discussion of Contemporary Jewish Issues', a University of Toronto student journal (ISSN: 1715-9679). It publishes work on Jewish and broader issues written by undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto. This website allows access to the online version of the journal. Viewers can read without charge all materials featured in the journal since the first issue was published in 2005. Some of these are presented as PDF and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. The site also contains information about recent events and provides links to the homepages of relevant websites. The journal is edited by Elah Nadel and receives funding from the Azure Student Journals Project and Hillel of Greater Toronto.
The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) was established in January 2005 to help ensure that faith-based institutions in the US State of Indiana receive equal access to state and federal resources and services. The Office's website makes available the following: details of their service programs and faith-based initiatives; an events calendar; official publications; information about funding opportunities; press releases; a photo gallery; and links to relevant websites.
The Organization for Islamic Learning aims to promote learning based on the Quran and the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad so as to enhance religious and civic participation as well as interfaith dialogue. This website makes available a number of interesting resources to help further these objectives. It contains a section which gives introductory information on Islam; and another which offers guidelines on health care and the ethics of human cloning. Also included are: articles; audio lectures; a list of recommended readings; reviews of topical issues; and links to relevant websites. A useful resource for students of Islam and medical ethics.
Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT) is a Strategic Research Centre within the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. It is directed by the Reverend Professor James Haire and was established in 2005. This homepage provides a brief explanation of what Public Theology and Contextual Theology entail. It also gives information about PaCT's focus groups; researchers; monograph series; and events. Visitors can access without charge a number of articles drawn from the events it organises. A number of these are available in PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed for access. Links are further provided to the homepages of relevant organisations.
The website 'The Parkes Institute at Southampton' is the homepage of this research centre for the study of Jewish/Non-Jewish relations. Established in 2000 through a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board in Britain, and formerly known as the AHRB Parkes Centre for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, the Parkes Institute is the first research institution in the United Kingdom to be devoted to this subject. It is based at the University of Southampton. One of the most notable parts of the site is its description of the institute's impressive library and archival holdings. The latter comprises one of the United Kingdom's most important collections on Anglo-Jewish history, with additional sources on European Jewry. Subsites describe latest seminars, lectures and conferences organised at the institute. Application and funding information are available for potential students from the Undergraduate to the Post-Doctoral levels. There are also helpful -- although not extensive -- annotated links pages describing the main online academic resources in this field. The site provides contact details and research interests of the professional academics who are affiliated with the institute. The site also has its own search engine.
This site is the Diocese of Partenia - not the webpage of the diocese, but the diocese itself. Bishop Jacques Gaillot, a progressive and activist bishop in an increasingly conservative Catholic hierarchy, was stripped of his bishopric (at Evreux, in France) in 1995. Summoned to Rome, he was reassigned to a patch of central Algerian desert, once a thriving community in the first millennium but now a sandy wasteland. In response, Bishop Gaillot created the first virtual diocese and has pursued his clerical duties from this base ever since. The website/diocese has become the diocese without borders, the diocese which excludes no one, worldwide, in seven languages. There is a brief history of the founding of the diocese, but most of the site is given over to the ordinary life of a diocese: Gaillot's record of his activities during the month; a sermon chosen for the month; and conversations among the churchgoers as they work to support each other, worldwide.
Peregrinations is an academic ejournal for the study of Christian pilgrimage art. With a focus on medieval and pre-modern Europe, articles discuss a great range of subjects from numerous perspectives. As well as refereed essays, each issue includes recent news and reviews from the field. The site includes back-issues, available as PDF files.
This research network "focusses on the performative aspect of contemporary Muslim life", exploring the role music has taken in Islamic-influenced societies as a "vehicle of debate". Stereotyped and orthodox views of Islam leave little space for musical performance, but there are rich traditions within Islam of music and performance (often grouped together as 'Sufism') and, as this website notes, "within the wider context of 'Islam', musical practice enables disagreement as well as cross-cutting solidarities". The network aims to link scholars sharing common interests in a diverse understanding of Islam. The netwrok is hosting a series of events to this end in 2008-2009, and the website also lists a fairly extensive set of relevant resources.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, based in Washington D.C., is dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of how religion shapes the ideas and institutions of American society. The Forum's website provides an introduction to a number of pressing issues related to religion and public life. Such issues include: bioethics; the death penalty; Just War tradition; religion and human rights; religion in politics; and several others. The site also provides recent news related to religion and public life, information on upcoming events, a list of Forum publications and how to order them, and links to related resources across the Web. The Forum initiates new survey work, encourages and publishes new scholarship, and facilitates scholarly discussion concerning various issues, and many of the fruits of this work are made available through the site. This is a well presented and accessible resource, which is likely to be of use both to those looking at religion in the US, and to those with an interest in the ethical and political issues covered.
Unlike many other resources on religious trends within the United States which focused specifically on the Judeo-Christian tradition, The Pluralism Project, directed by Diana Eck at Harvard University, seeks to consider and evaluate the growing diversity in religious expression found across the nation. A variety of textual resources are made available through this site including: a series of scholarly articles; directories of religious centres; and a series of excellent bibliographies and guidelines for conducting contemporary research on religious denominations, applicable to research on religious pluralism in both North America and Europe. There is a link advertising the project's CD-ROM On Common Ground: World Religions in America, (Second Edition). An interesting sub-set of this project is World Religions in Boston, which describes the variety of religious expression and interaction all within one major American city, and can be downloaded or viewed on the web. Unfortunately, the site lacks any extensive demographic material on religious growth and developments.
This is the online edition of 'The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform: Jadidism in Central Asia', a book written by Adeeb Khalid and published in 1998 by the University of California Press. The work, which focuses on cultural debates in Central Asia during Russian Rule, is presented under the following chapter headings : 'Knowledge and Society in the Nineteenth Century'; 'The Making of a Colonial Society'; 'The Origins of Jadidism'; 'The Politics of Admonition'; 'Knowledge as Salvation'; 'Imagining the Nation'; 'Navigating the Nation'; and '1917: The Moment of Truth'. These are all freely available on this website. Also included are: a select bibliography and the index. The print edition of the book can also be purchased from here. A search engine is helpfully provided.
This strangely entitled but useful site brings together a wide variety of unconnected material on all manner of subjects about which Mr. Slone (University of California at Berkelety) is obviously seriously interested. Topics range from linguistic structures to carcinogens in our atmosphere, but this diversity aside, he has also assembled a number of helpful resources on indigenous Melanesian or Papua New Guinean society that will be of use to anyone studying the anthropology, culture or language of this region. Contained within these pages is a compilation of folklore and stories translated from the original Papua New Guinea Pidgin English. As a complement to this resource, Slone has added a Bibliography of Melaneasian Pidgin English dictionaries, phrase books and study guides, and the large and well organised Annotated Bibliography of Papua New Guinean Folklore. This latter bibliography will likely have the widest mass appeal to students and researchers. Citations are organised initially into geographic divisions, but at the end of the list are also reorganised by category, theme, community and author. At the time of review the site hadn't been updated since 2003 and quite a few of the outgoing links were broken.
John Morgan, the author of this 'Primer for Second Semester Divinity Students' website, freely admits that some may regard his resource as 'outrageous'. It is indeed true that this collection of brief articles expresses a number of rather unorthodox views on Christianity (to give just one example, there is a section arguing that the Bible condones same sex relationships). Other contents include a page on inconsistencies between the gospels, and one on the similarities between fundamentalist movements in different religions. Although often somewhat simplistic and not always supported by scholarly research (nor particularly well proof-read), this 'primer' offers a thought-provoking, refreshing, and sometimes humorous alternative to the average theological textbook.
The Polis Center's Project on Religion and Urban Culture is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., and aims to study and promote discussion about the role of religion in Indianapolis and other American cities. The project explores both the impact that people of faith have on urban communities, and how those communities shape religious practice. This website offers: details about the project; newsletters; information about the books and videos they published; curriculum guides; full-text version of a series of papers; and photographs from the project's exhibitions.
The website of Psychology, Culture and Religion Group (PCR), (formerly the Person, Culture and Religion Group) provides information about this organisation, which is affiliated to the American Academy of Religion. The Group is an association of scholars in the fields of religion and psychology who are interested primarily in the relationship between religion, psychology and contemporary culture. The Group convenes annually in conjunction with the AAR and actively encourages scholarly research into religion and psychology. The site contains a list of books that have come to fruition as a direct result of the scholarship of the Group, as well as an online discussion group which visitors are welcome to join. The Group publishes a newsletter two or three times a year which is freely available online. Information for those interested in membership is readily available. The site is well presented and accessible.
This is the homepage of a network project entitled 'Public Representation of a Religion Called Hinduism: Postcolonial Patterns in India, Britain and the US'. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and based in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at the University of Manchester, the project seeks to explore the different ways in which Hinduism has developed a public presence in India and the diaspora. It runs for 2 years from June 2008 to June 2010, and is structured around discussions at a series of meetings held in India, the US and the UK. This website contains information about the project's aims and steering group. It holds a database of the names and contact details of researchers interested in the themes of the project, and provides details of the meetings held in the 3 countries. The project is led by Dr John Zavos of the University of Manchester.
This website allows users to access the online edition of 'Putting Islam to Work : Education, Politics, and Religious Transformation in Egypt'. Written by Gregory Starrett, the book focuses largely on what Egyptians wish and expect their younger generation to know and believe, and what they want each other to think the children should know and believe. For this, he looks at the historical changes in the nature of religion, the relationship of Islam to state bureaucracies and political interest groups, the role played by the media in the construction of national identities; and explores the manner in which religious education and formal schooling have served as the fora for discussing and addressing political issues. Divided into four sections, the work has eight chapters in total. The print version was published by the University of California Press in 1998. A useful resource for students of Islam and those interested in the intersection between religion and politics.
Q-News: The Muslim Magazine first went into print in 1992. This is their official homepage, from which viewers may access without charge the contents of several back issues. This UK-based magazine claims to provide "independent analysis, critique and review of politics, culture and ideas" and its readership is said to range from second and third generation Muslims, to policy-makers and educators. The site also provides information about how to subscribe to the magazine as well as to how to purchase back issues. This is also a Media section, and links are provided to relevant websites. The magazine is edited by Fareena Alam and published by Fuad Nahdi.
Qantara, meaning 'bridge' in Arabic, is an Internet portal which aims to strengthen the ties between Europe and the Islamic world. Funded by the German Foreign Office, this website reports on political, societal and cultural issues relating to Muslims around the world. It contains debates, interviews and commentaries which aim to help clarify many of the issues surrounding Islam and Muslims. Dossiers are presented on issues like Reformist Islam; globalisation; democracy and civil society; the headscarf debate; Islamic feminism; and German-Arab literature exhange. The site is well-presented and its contents would be suitable for an academic audience. It can be navigated in Arabic, English, German, Indonesian and Turkish.
The Queer Spiritual Spaces project website provides details of this scholarly investigation into the practice of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) spiritual communities. Information is given about the project objectives, staff, and activities such as conferences, plus the six case studies which form the core of the project: Queer Buddhists; Queer Muslims; Queer Quakers; Spiritual Seekers (dealing with LGBTQ people who do not belong to a particular religious group); Findhorn Community (covering New Age spirituality); and Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. Other resources include a blog and a list of suggestions for further reading. The project is funded jointly by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and is based at the University of Sussex.
The University of California Press has made available online 'A Radical Jew: Paul and Politics of Identity' by Daniel Boyarin, first published in print in 1994. 'A Radical Jew' takes as its starting point the Pauline verse, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus", and is a study of gender and ethnicity in the letters of Paul. The author is a self-professed talmudist and postmodern Jewish cultural critic who desires to reclaim Pauline studies as an important part of the study of Judaism in the Roman period and Paul himself as a Jew. The list of chapter headings is as follows: Circumcision, Allegory, and Universal "Man"; What Was Wrong with Judaism?; The Spirit and the Flesh; Moses' Veil or The Jewish Letter, the Christian Spirit; Circumcision and Revelation or The Politics of the Spirit; Was Paul an "Anti-Semite"?; Brides of Christ; "There Is No Male and Female"; Paul, the "jewish Problem," and the "Woman Question"; Answering the Mail. The full-text of the book is available together with notes and bibliography. The entire work may be searched though help for using the search interface is not easily available. The work has been encoded in XML and is made available via Dynaweb. The presentation makes use of frames (though these may be switched off to ease printing). An extra Unicode font may need to be installed to ensure Greek text displays properly.
This interesting website contains the English translation of the Ramayana, one of the most significant literary and oral texts of South Asia. It offers both a brief synopsis and a long version of the text. These are supplemented by commentaries as well as educational materials like moral dilemmas for classroom discussion; images and maps; a brief outline of Hinduism; and a glossary of terms. Also presented is a Bengali scroll which was collected in Calcutta in 1980 which depicted Sita's abduction by Ravana. The site is maintained by the South Asia Center at Syracuse University. It is a useful resource for students and teachers of Indian culture and religion.
'Reflections: A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry' is published twice a year by Yale Divinity School. It is edited by Ray Waddle and each issue is dedicated to a particular theme. Those explored to date include: Faith and Citizenship; The Bible in the 21st Century; Foreign Policy and God; Violence and Theology; The Future of the Prophetic Voice ; and Immigration. This website allows visitors to view the table of contents of all issues published since 2004. It contains the lead article from the latest issue as well as messages from the editor and the Dean of Yale Divinity School, Professor Harold Attridge. Some of the contents from recent issues are also available on the site. These include articles; the PDFs of sessions and lessons; and audio/video recordings and podcasts. A search engine is available.
'Religion and American Politics: The 2000 Election in Context' is a book edited by Mark Silk and published in 2000 by the Pew Program on Religion and News Media and the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. This website enables access to the full-text of the work without charge. Adobe Acrobat Reader is nevertheless required. The following are the book's six chapter headings: Locating Religion in American Politics; Religion and Politics in the 1990s: Confrontations and Coalitions; The Press v. the Pulpit: State and Local Coverage of the Religion Factor in Politics; Social Movements and Religion in Contemporary American Politics; Pietists and Pluralists: Religion and American Politicians; and Religion and the Law in American Politics.
This is the homepage of 'The Religion and Immigration Project (TRIP)' at the University of San Francisco (USF). It aims to study the role which religion plays in the lives of Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants to the San Francisco Bay area in order to give voice to their unique needs and concerns. The project is led by Lois Ann Lorentzen, a professor of Social Ethics in the university's Theology and Religious Studies Department and Associate Director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA). This website provides an overview of the project and gives information about events which they are involved in. Also available are a number of articles, links to relevant websites and a bibliography of print-based work.
The Religion and Law International Document Database website holds an interesting and useful database on the laws, treaties, articles, case law and writings that have a strong impact on religious freedom worldwide. Readers can access the online library by searching under specific terms and/or other criteria like countries, organisations or world regions. The site also contains guidelines for submission and disclaimer statements; information and news about religion and law; details of upcoming conferences; and links to relevant online resources. The site is maintained by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) at Brigham Young University, USA.
The Religion and Law Consortium site is maintained by the Brigham Young University International Center for Law and Religion Studies in Utah. This free database contains laws, treatises, articles and case law affecting the freedom of religion in countries around the world. The database has materials from various international organisations including the European Court of Human Rights, the United Nations, the International Court of Justice and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The simple search option allows searching by organisation, country and region. The advanced search parameters include date, language or type of document eg. laws, treatises, judicial decisions or constitutions. There is also a keyword search option. Materials can also be browsed by country, organisation or region. The full-text of the documents are made available in HTML or in PDF format. The site also provides religion and law news, details of conferences and links to related websites.
This is the official website of the Religion and Society Research Programme which was jointly funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The initiative, which began in January 2007 and will end in December 2012, aims to commission and support outstanding research by UK academics on the interrelationships between religion and society. Work is commissioned from the £12.3 million funding it receives from the 2 research councils in three phases: 2006, 2007 and 2008. This website gives visitors an overview of the programme's remit and of projects commissioned to date. It also plans to feature key findings from those projects from late 2008 onwards. The programme is directed by Professor Linda Woodhead of the University of Lancaster.
The website 'Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe' is a peer reviewed electronic journal which began publication in 2005. The work is inter-disciplinary in nature, covering history, religion, geography, anthropology, sociology, and other related fields. The editors are particularly keen to encourage submissions that address the following topics: regionalism in central and eastern European religion; religious aspects of the region's culture (e.g. religion, music, and literature); civil religion; local and folk religions, including ethnographic studies of groups and parishes; ethnicity; religion and race, class, and gender issues; and political influences, including the regulation of religion in central and eastern Europe. The full-text of articles is made available online as soon after acceptance as is possible, and the journal also publishes reviews of relevant books. The site is attractively presented, easy to navigate, and a search facility is available. The journal is sponsored by the International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association (ISORECEA) and is also supported by University of Szeged, Hungary.
Religion and the Arts is an academic journal dedicated to promoting the development of discourses for exploring the religious dimensions of the visual, verbal and performing arts. The journal is associated with Boston College and published by Brill Academic Publishers Inc. The site makes available the tables of contents of several of the most recent issues of the journal, as well as various excerpts from the first published issue. Also available on the site is information on activities, lectures and publications relevant to the interests of Religion and the Arts. Information for potential contributors as well as those wishing to subscribe to the journal is freely available.
This is the official website of the Religion in Canada Institute (RCI) based at Trinity Western University, Canada. Founded in 2007 and directed by Dr Michael Wilkinson, the institute is an interdisciplinary research centre which seeks to gain a better understanding of the role of religion in Canada. Themes explored to date include: Evangelism; Faith-based social services; Pentecostalism; Religion, culture and conflict; Religion and globalization; Religion, law and public life; Spirituality and health; and Women and religion. On a number of these, the site provides several resources like annotated and unannotated bibliographies; and links to the homepages of relevant organizations. The site also provides a section on news update; and information about past, recent and upcoming events, as well as publications by RCI members.
'Religion in Education: A Contribution to Dialogue or a Factor of Conflict in Transforming Societies of European Countries' or REDCo is a project based at the University of Hamburg. It studies how religions and values can contribute to dialogue or tension in Europe and aims to promote inter-faith dialogue amongst European citizens. The investigation is carried out by a research team with expertise in the areas of theology, Islamic studies, education, religious education, sociology, political science and ethnology. Regions studied include England, Estonia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain and Wales. The project is funded by the European Commission and is headed by Prof. Dr. Wolfram Weisse.
This is the Brooklyn College Religion in Society and Culture (RISC) website. The office was established in 1998 and is directed by Dr Anthony Stevens-Arroyo. The site is home to the National Survey of Latino Parishes and Congregations, and it allows free access to works published on these e.g. The National Survey of Leadership in Latino Parishes and Congregations (NSLLPC); The American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS); and the Program for the Analysis of Religion Among Latina/os (PARAL). It also provides a list and the abstracts of works published as part of their PARAL Studies Series. There is likewise information on the training sessions and fellowships on offer.
This website allows access to the full-text of 'Religion on the International News Agenda', a book edited by Mark Silk and published in 2000 by the Pew Program on Religion and News Media and the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. The work contains seven chapters and these are presented under the following headings: 'In a Minor Key: Religion, Politics and the State in India'; 'Religion and the Chinese State'; 'The Opium Wars of the New Millennium: Religion in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union'; 'Islam, Politics, and Iran in Particular'; 'Profiles in Pluralism: Religion and Politics in Indonesia'; 'Religious Freedom and Religious Conflict in Africa'; and 'The News About Religion in Latin America'. Contributors include: Said Amir Arjomand; Eileen Barker; Rosalind Hackett; Robert Hefner; Daniel Levine and Arthur Waldron. The book is available in PDF, hence Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.
The Religion, Culture and Family Project asserts that religious traditions could and should assume a more fundamental role in efforts to reestablish family well-being. To this end, it publishes books on family and religion, sponsors conferences and hosts a media project. This home page contains information about these, in addition to a detailed account of the project itself; a list of print-based articles and books that deal with the relationship between religion and family; and allows access to their newsletters. The project, carried out between 1991 to 2003, was directed by Don Browning, the Alexander Campbell Professor of Ethics and the Social Science at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. It is funded by the Division of Religion of the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
'Religion, Justice and Well Being' is an AHRC/ESRC funded project which aims to to study how well being can best be promoted in a multi-faith society. The following are its five participating institutions: Queens University Belfast; Royal Holloway, London; Trinity College Dublin; the University of Central Lancashire; and the University of Wales, Newport. This official website details the project's background, objectives and methodology. It also informs visitors of the five seminars it organised across the UK in 2008 on the following themes: The Family and Religion; Education and Religion; Community and Religion; Healthcare and Religion; and Conflict and Reconciliation. As the project progresses, this website is also intended for use as a discussion forum between philosophers, faith leaders and policy makers.
For anyone who has an interest in the religious development of the youngest of the Canadian provinces, Hans Rollman’s website Religion, Society and Culture in Newfoundland and Labrador is one the best electronic resources currently available about religion on The Rock. Hosted by Memorial University, the site brings together historical articles on religious groups that helped to shape the character of religious expression in Newfoundland and Labrador, from native traditions such as Beothuk to contemporary Christianity. A significant amount of material is hosted on-site, but there are also links to information elsewhere on the Web (including, unfortunately, some broken links). Where possible, transcriptions of original texts and letters from early religious leaders on the island are made available, including material for all Christian denominations with a significant presence in the region during the 18th and 19th centuries. There are also links to modern religious associations and some limited demographic information on religious practice. A good starting point for any student or academic researching the earliest Christian presence in Canada and the New World.
This website is a simple description of the AHRC-funded project ‘Religion, the sacred and changing cultures of everyday life’ which brings together leading scholars from the UK, Europe and North America to explore the relationship between religion and changing patterns of consumption, leisure and everyday life on the post-war West. The project will focus on five seminars which are listed and due to take place between autumn 2008 and summer 2010.
Developed by William Fore (United Theological College, Bangalore, India) in order to make religious resources more available to students in developing countries, the vast Religion-online.org now stands as one of the larger collections of Christian primary texts available anywhere on the web. At present the site holds in excess of 6,000 documents, with material organised under a series of topical headings and then broken down into specific issues, thinkers or themes, all of which are readily accessed by clicking on a sub-category or using the index. The site is especially strong in documents written by and concerning 19th and 20th century theologians; contemporary moral and ethical issues; modern practical theology and theological movements; and contemporary mainstream Christian denominations. If anything, the greatest hindrance to using this site is also its chief advantage - the size and breadth of resources. It is sometimes difficult to locate specific texts so users searching for a well-defined topic are strongly advised to make use of the in-built search facility or the Author Index. However, despite its size - or perhaps because of it - this page remains a vital resource for anyone trying to find texts on contemporary Christian issues and thought.
ReligionandNature.com is a website created and hosted by Professor Bron Taylor of the University of Florida. It seeks to serve as a gateway to various online resources and information on the complex relationship between human beings, their religious beliefs and practices, and their diverse environments. ReligionandNature.com hosts the 'International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture' and this website provides information about their conferences and membership, as well as a list of FAQs and access to their newsletter. The site also links visitors to the homepage of their Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, from where they may view a number of sample articles. Another of ReligionandNature.com's project is the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, from whose link visitors may read some sample entries. A Forum for ongoing discussion is likewise provided and here visitors may also find information about recent events, and partially annotated links to relevant websites.
The World Conference of Religions for Peace is an inter-religious body set up in 1970. It provides religious leaders from around the world with a forum in which they can discuss collective challenges, and work towards conflict resolution and peace. They meet every five years and these World Assemblies are crucial to the effective running of their everyday work in the areas of Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation; Action and Advocacy for Children; Disarmament and Security; Development and Ecology; Human rights and Responsibilities; and Peace Education. This home page provides information about its history, mission, governing board and worldwide affiliates. Users can also read both about the programs and projects undertaken in the aforementioned areas, and the details of all World Assemblies from the first one held in Japan in 1970.
The Religious Freedom Page is a website that brings together a range of resources useful for anyone interested in exploring the philosophical and theoretical dimensions of religious freedom, particularly in the USA. The 'Universal Principles', 'Sacred Texts', and 'The Constitution' sections offer extracts from key documents, both historical and modern, that have a bearing on the subject, while the 'Court Decisions' and the 'Religion in Public Life' sections provide details of key cases that have helped define the contours of religious liberty in the USA today. The site also offers some potentially interesting resources on religious freedom around the world, but as it unfortunately does not seem to have been updated for some years, resources such as profiles of various nations and reports on religious freedom are now somewhat out of date. There is a substantial links list, but this has also suffered somewhat from a lack of maintenance. Despite these drawbacks, there is still much interesting and useful information to be found on this site.
The Religious Movements Homepage is a vital resource for anyone researching new or contemporary religious developments in the western world. Developing out of, and in conjunction with, a class on the sociology of new religious movements, this site is an excellent example of the practical utility of electronic resources in higher education. The primary function of these pages is to provide introductory information and research on those religions typically not regarded as mainstream, and often labelled as ‘cults’, ‘sects’ or ‘quasi-religious organizations’. Its most valuable utility is a searchable index of new religious movement profiles, which contains historical and demographic information on over 200 groups, summarizes their individual belief system as well as offers links to related resources. Far more than simply a reference tool, the often-surprising breadth for detail for an undergraduate class project means it can stand as a true starting point for students researching the formation and development of new religions. The site actively seeks to clarify the meaning of such terms as ‘cult’ and ‘sect’ while diffusing some of the fear occasionally associated with these words. A number of articles are included on cults and cult-controversies, and an extensive bibliography will help guide interested readers further in these issues.
As of mid 2008, the Religious Movements Home Page is in the process of undergoing a major revision and migration. Until this is complete, a link to an archived version of the resource is available.
'Religious Persecution as a US Policy Issue' is a website that allows access to the proceedings of a consultation held at Trinity College, Hartford, on the 26th and 27th of September 1999. The work was edited by Rosalind I. J. Hackett, Mark Silk and Dennis Hoover and published in 2000 by the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. The following are the papers delivered and discussed: The International Religion Freedom Act (IRFA): A View From Congress; Religious Persecution in China and India; Religious Persecution in the Middle East and Sudan; Religious Persecution in Europe; and Religious Persecution and US Foreign Policy. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to access the work.
The Religious Research Association (RRA), founded in 1951 by H. Paul Douglas, is an association of academics and professionals dedicated to encouraging scholarship into all practical aspects and manifestations of religion. This includes, for example: new religious movements; conflicts between denominations; religious experience; religion and family life; and religion and political behaviour. The association meets annually in conjunction with the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and publishes a newsletter periodically which is freely available online. The principal scholarly outlet of the association is the quarterly journal, 'Review of Religious Research.' The site makes available the tables of contents of several recently published issues. Information for those interested in membership is readily available.
'Religious Rights' is a database produced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST). Designed to assist researchers, policy-makers, and both government and religious officials in addressing the issues facing multireligious societies, the website contains information and links to sites on national constitutions as well as international legal instruments that deal with the principles of non-discrimination and religious freedom. It also contains a bibliography of print-based works on religious rights in international law, social science analyses of multireligious communities and an annotated set of links to relevant sites.
'Religious Worlds' is an annotated directory of online resources related to religion, religions and religious studies. The materials are divided into several sections - the first of which pertains to world religious traditions. Faiths represented here include Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and new religious movements. Other sections focus on: Academic Resources (e.g. academic programs in North America, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia and New Zealand; libraries at educational and governmental sites; book reviews; bibliographies; and online reference works); Religion and Modernity; Religion and Cyberspace; and Religious Experience. This website is well-maintained and easy to use.
This is the homepage of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) based in Istanbul, Turkey. This international institution researches and publishes in the following areas: the history of Muslim nations; the history of arts and sciences in Islam; and Islamic culture and civilisation. This website contains information about the organisation itself; the research projects they undertake; news of upcoming events; details about the calligraphy, architectural and photography competitions they organise; a list and the abstracts of the work they publish; and details of their award program. Visitors are linked to the website of their library and the homepages of relevant organisations. They may also download the latest copy of the centre's newsletter. A search engine is provided. The centre is directed by Dr Halit Eren.
Originally constructed for the benefit of students of San Francisco State University, this site has been left online for use by scholars of Buddhism around the world. The site contains a number of useful resources from class reading lists, links to online versions and translations of Sutras and other Buddhist texts, articles about Buddhist history and about the interaction of the religion with modern society. There are also sections looking at Buddhist teachings and Buddhism and science. The site is simply laid out and easy to navigate. Although there is a warning at the top of the home page that the site is no longer monitored, so some links might be out of date, this has not yet happened in too many cases. As a result this is a useful introduction to the religion and to the academic study of Buddhism and its practices.
Resurgence magazine is a long-running magazine with an interest in ecology, art and spirituality. The magazine contains coverage of artists working in these areas, and the 'Gallery' section has examples from five such artists. The website has a substantial selection of free full-text articles from previous issues, organised by theme. There are about 100 free articles in the 'Art, Architecture, Poetry and Sculpture' category, for instance. At June 2007, the website also has tables of contents for Resurgence issues dating from 1997 until 2007. The website has details of the magazine and its history, including audio and video interviews with the editor Satish Kumar. Published from the UK, the magazine also organises conferences and seminars in the UK.
The Ricci Roundtable database, maintained by the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco, provides a collection of electronic reference resources focused on the relationship and impact of Christianity and Christian missions in China during the past few centuries. The site contains an impressive guide to archival resources on this topic from all over the world, with each entry detailing the institution that houses the relevant archive and listing the documents in question. Users are able to search through the online database and isolate specific library holdings in China or the United States or locate a specific resource by employing the search and index utilities. The site itself is directed towards the larger academic community, including both students and scholars. Among the tools that will appeal to both groups is a strong collection of fully searchable bibliographic and biographic material. The biographies themselves are brief, but include helpful pointers to additional resources. In addition, for those at more advanced stages of research, there is are directories of both institutions and individuals interested in Chinese-Western cultural relations. Those with a serious interest in this field will also wish to explore the main site of the Ricci Institute, accessible through the link on the site's front page.
Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History is a major research institute located at the University of San Francisco. The Ricci Institute website has full details of current activities and five major research projects, and also has details of conferences, scholarships, and other scholarly news. The website contains nine issues of Pacific Rim Reports online, offering 15 full-text PDF papers on aspects of Chinese history and culture. There is a searchable online catalogue for the Ricci Institute Library. The website provides a Web link to the Ricci 21st Century Roundtable on the History of Christianity in China website. There are also nine online exhibitions, such as: Through the Moon Gate: Portraits of China, 1950s-1990s; Icons of the Celestial Kingdom; and Mechanics of Heaven: Jesuit Astronomers at the Qing Court, among others.
The Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion is a full-text electronic journal which publishes articles relating to the interaction of religion and law (where religion affects law and law has an impact on religion). The journal was started with the realization that as the world becomes figuratively smaller, and secular constructs such as law become more complex, an appreciation of the role of religion within this transformation has never been more important. The first issue was published in early 2000 and contains a series of debates from a conference on the first amendment and government support for religion. Other issues of the journal include articles on Scientology, Confucius, female circumcision, and religious persecution as a war crime.
The Rutgers Journal Of Law and Religion is produced by law students at Rutgers University School of Law (in New Jersey) and made freely available on their website. The aim of the RJLR is "to explore how law impacts different religions, and reciprocally, how various religions impact the law". The journal is published twice a year with articles presented in full-text in PDF. The journal started in 1999 and recent articles examine issues such as the death penalty, ecclesiastical courts and religious institutions. The RJLR posts documents from the Nuremberg Project which includes trial transcripts and reports housed at the Cornell University Law Library. There are also summaries of new developments in the law affecting religion written by journal staff and presented as Word documents. Articles can be searched using the site search engine.
'Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide' (ISBN: 0521548721) is a book which was jointly written in 2004 by Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris. It forms part of the Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics Series and was the recipient of the 2005 Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize of the Independent Sector. The contents are organised under the following chapter headings: The Secularization Debate; Measuring Secularization; Comparing Secularization; The Puzzle of Religiosity in the US and Western Europe; A Religious Revival in Post-Communist Europe?; Religion and Politics in the Islamic World; Religion, the Protestant Ethics and Moral Values; Religious Organizations and Social Capital; Religious Parties and Electoral Behaviour; and Conclusions. This website provides links to the contents of all chapters. However, at the time of review, a number of these were not in operation. Access to the book (although not in full) and its reviews can nevertheless also be accessed from a Google Books hyperlink available on the site.
This is the website of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion. Created in 1997, and associated with the American Anthropological Association, the society is dedicated to facilitating teaching and research in the anthropological study of religion and to promoting international discussion among scholars. The Society convenes annually in conjunction with the American Anthropological Association. The site provides a list of publications produced by members of the society, as well as information on upcoming conferences and other society activities, including details of an electronic mailing list. Information for those wishing to become members of the society is readily available. The site is straightforward in design and accessible.
The Society, Religion and Technology Project is a unit within the Church of Scotland which aims to promote analysis of the relationship between science, technology, religion and ethics, to encourage discussion between professionals in the various fields involved and the general public, and to disseminate its own views on the subject. This site contains the texts of many of the Project’s reports and press releases on such matters of public concern as genetic modification, nuclear energy, cloning and stem-cell research, and information relating to the Project’s 1999 publication "Engineering Genesis", produced in consultation with a group of social scientists, geneticists and ethicists. Also provided are links to other sites concerning the relationship of Christianity with both science and the environment.
This is the homepage of 'The Spire', a journal published by the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in cooperation with the university's Office of Development and Alumni Relations Communications. The journal is published twice every year and is edited by Victor Judge. Although mainly directed at the students, friends and alumni of the school, the articles and discussion therein would be of interest to Religious Studies students elsewhere. Works featured to date cover issues like: the theology of mediation; the gift of confinement; religious interpretations of the tragic effects of the tsunami; the human genome project and the good death. This website allows access to materials published since 2000. These are presented in PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the site.
This is the homepage of the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRCI). It was established in 1978 as a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and is located in Ankara, Turkey. The site contains information about the centre; its member countries; upcoming events; recent activities; vacancies; and training opportunities. Available for download are the full contents of Information Report - the centre's newsletter; the Statistical Yearbook of the OIC Countries; basic facts and figures on OIC countries; the full contents of the centre's journal; and several other reports. Also available are: a directory of universities; a statistics database; rosters of experts; press releases; and a hyperlink to the centre's library website. The resource can be accessed in Arabic, English and French.
Designed to complement the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) news reporting, articles, and publications on the African continent, 'The Story of Africa' provides a comprehensive multimedia introduction to African culture and its entire history. With contributions from an array of academics from around the world and recordings of historical broadcasts from major African figures, the site describes a host of major political and social events beginning with early nomadic and agricultural communities up to and including the political movements for African independence from colonial powers. Students who work their way through these pages will find themselves quickly orientated and introduced to the major events in African history. The sections on Islam, Christianity and traditional religions will especially please those interested in religious development on this continent. Each describes the arrival and progress of these belief systems, as well as their distinctive features, practices, and interactions with various political and secular arenas. Within the sub-sections of the site users will find helpful links and bibliographies, as well as excerpts from audio broadcasts previously transmitted by BBC radio.
The Strip is a daring and original site that was conceived and designed by graduate students in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder between 1996 and 1999. It is now a defunct site, and has had no updates since February 1999. Nonetheless, the content and mode of expression within this academic website remain seminal both within the field of Religious Studies, and the Humanities in general. The site's architecture offers eight options for the user to select, including: feature articles; culture; resource; forum; text; links; help; and the site's eulogy. The presentation of the articles is unconventional for an academic format, although their content is less so. Ultimately, the originality and significance of the site lies within its broad conceptualization. The name of the site is coined from the idea of the Mobius Strip. This notion summarizes the site's creators' central preoccupation with the tension between internal and external meaning and between form and content. As an interactive online journal, the Strip remains a clearly innovative attempt to address the influence which the Internet will have on academia, but also on intellectual development and expression. It also seeks to address the meaning and use of hypertext in symbolic and moral terms. The site was created as part of a pilot graduate course at the University of Colorado, which related textual analysis within Religious Studies to the social and cultural implications of the use of computers within academia. As such, it serves as an example of new techniques in graduate teaching in the Humanities. In keeping with its academic philosophy, the site is deliberately complex and its structure emphasizes the user's possibilities for choice. This makes clear navigation of the site very difficult, but also inherently instructive.
The Student Journal of Canadian Jewish Studies (SJCJS) is a web-based academic journal created by the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies. It publishes papers, articles and book reviews by undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline on issues connected to the Jewish experience in Canada. The journal is published twice yearly and is edited by Julie Spergel. This homepage gives free access to all materials featured since the first volume was published in 2006. These are presented in PDF, but Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free from the site. Also available are the biographies of contributors; links to relevant websites; letters to the editor; and the journal's submission guidelines.
This is the homepage of the academic journal published by the Center for Islamic Studies at Youngstown State University, USA. Interdisciplinary and international in scope, 'Studies in Contemporary Islam' is published semi-annually, and is co-edited by Professors Mumtaz Ahmad of Hampton University and Mustansir Mir of Youngstown State University. This website contains the journal's mission statement, submission guidelines, and information about subscription. It also allows access to all past issues published between 1999 to 2003 without charge. These contain both articles and book reviews. Works published to date include 'Defining Islam in the throes of modernity'; 'The interaction of nationalism, secularism, and Islam'; 'The Muslim world and the United States'; 'The west, Islam and the democratic imperative'; and 'Paradigm shifts in Muslim international relations discourse'.
'Synagoga Judaica' is the title of an early modern tractate by the Swiss man of letters and professor of Hebrew Johannes Buxdorf (1564-1629). This resource gives you the full annotated translation of the work with an introduction.In 'Synagoga Judaica' Buxdorf describes how he sees the origin and history of the Jewish people, as well as what he knew about their practice and liturgy. The author of this web resource has set the text in its wider historical context, discussing issues such as anti-semitism and the relations between Jews and non-Jews in Switzerland and the rest of Europe at the time. This site has a functional and straightforward layout and allows you to download the original German text as well.
The Tablet website is the online edition of the weekly newspaper, founded in 1840, which provides international news coverage of the Catholic Church and reports on current affairs from an intellectual Catholic viewpoint. The site includes a historical overview of the newspaper (including material from issues from 1840 and 1896), and a sample complete recent issue, carrying articles, book reviews, and reviews of the arts. The site also offers an extensive archive of articles which is helpfully indexed by theme (including by GCSE religious studies topics). Articles can also be listed by date or author. Over 200 articles relate to politics (UK and world), whilst there are also numerous articles relating to the church, ecclesiology, social welfare, culture and media, and ecumenism. A large number of full-text pieces can be accessed free of charge, though this does require user registration. Information about how to subscribe, a copy of the liturgical calendar, and a selection of annotated links to Web resources are also included.
Tabsir is a blog offering insight on Islam and the Middle East, maintained by a group of scholars all of whom have academic research experience in the Middle East or in Muslim societies. 'Tabsir' is an Arabic word, meaning 'knowledge' or 'clarification', and the site aims to encourage informed debate and rational assessment of current political issues, while countering stereotypes and misinformation. Posts cover subjects such as terrorism and Islamophobia; gender issues; and news stories relating to Middle Eastern nations. Past posts can be viewed by category or date, and the archive can also be searched. A thought-provoking resource for those with an interest in this field.
The Taoism Information Page is a gateway to mainly scholarly English-language resources relating to the study of Taoism, one of the three religions usually associated with China. The other two, namely Buddhism and Confucianism, are also briefly touched on. The gateway is divided into sections which include: Tao Te Ching; Chuang-tzu; I Ching; The Sun-tzu Art of War; Taoism and Martial Arts; and Taoism and Modernity. Each link is accompanied by a brief annotation. The site is an associate site of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library and is edited by Gene R. Thursby, Associate Professor, Department of Religion at the University of Florida.
The official website of Tariq Ramadan, a well-known European Muslim scholar and public intellectual, provides information on Ramadan and his work as well as other articles and resources related to Islam and Muslims in the West. The site includes: a brief biography; recent and upcoming events listings; descriptions and reviews of Ramadan's books; links to a large number of his articles in academic and mainstream journals; and a good number of audio and video files of Ramadan's lectures, debates and media appearances. It also includes articles by other authors about Ramadan or about issues related to Islam in the West. Although the focus of the site is on the political, intellectual and social questions related to the presence of Muslim populations in Europe and the United States, the site also includes a 'spirituality' section that focuses more on religious questions. This will be a useful source for students and researchers at all levels with an interest in contemporary Islam in Europe and the United States.
'Teaching Islamic Civilization with Information Technology' is an article written by Dr Corinne Blake of Rowan University, USA. Published by the Journal for MultiMedia History, the paper discusses the deployment of information technology in the delivery of academic courses in Islam and Islamic history. This is carried out in two parts. The first considers primary source materials that are available online like English translations of the Quran, Hadith, Fiqh (jurisprudence) and Islamic literature, as well as materials on Shi'ism, Sufism and Islamic arts and architecture. From here, the author highlights the different ways in which the materials described in the first part could be assimilated into courses. The work is aimed at those who are involved in the development of undergraduate programs of study in these subject areas. Note that several of the links made available on the site were not in operation at the time this record was reviewed.
This is the website of a project 'Theology Through the Arts' that aimed to explore how the arts can contribute to a better understanding of theological issues and practice. The project, directed by Jeremy Begbie (formerly of Ridley College, Cambridge, now at Duke University) sought to engage theology and the Church with postmodern culture through the arts. The arts are defined broadly, including: visual arts; poetry; literary fiction; dance; music; film; and architecture. The project's website gives further information about the project and the people involved, and documents the events and publications of the first phase (1997-2000) and the academic or church initiatives of the second phase. The project was set up in September 1997 as a project within the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. Phase 2 (2000-2008) was attached to St Andrews University. It is now under the aegis of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. Scholars associated with the project include: David Brown; David Ford; Ruth Etchells; Dan Hardy; Ann Loades; Janet Martin Soskice; and Nicholas Wolterstorff. There is a link to' Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts'.
This is the website of Theos, a public theology think tank. The organisation's stated aim is to 'provide alternative perspectives to the orthodoxies of secular culture', and by doing so to have an impact on general opinion about the role of religion in society. To this end, Theos undertakes research, and produces reports which offer commentary on social and political issues. The results of this research can be downloaded from the website in PDF format. The site also offers relevant news items (including a round-up of media coverage of recent faith-related stories), information about Theos events, and a Current Debate section, where visitors to the site are invited to contribute their perspective on an issue that is presently in the public eye. The matters discussed on the website relate to a variety of religious faiths, though the organisation's own values are based on those of the Christian tradition. At time of cataloguing, Theos was a relatively new organisation, but this already interesting website seems likely to grow into a very valuable resource for all those interested in the relationship between religion and both public affairs and popular culture.
This site, part of the Secular Web from Internet Infidels, contains, or links to, electronic versions of some of the works of Thomas Paine, the eighteenth and nineteenth century deist and proponent of American independence. Major works include 'Rights of Man', 'Agrarian Justice', 'The American Crisis', and 'The Age of Reason'. Also included are a number of minor works, such as essays and articles, particularly on the subject of religion. The site's presentation is simple and clear.
Tópicos del Seminario is an online journal that is published termly by the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico. It is a language and literature journal dedicated to publishing articles, book reviews and essays about problems of meaning and themes from monthly seminary meetings. Browse functionality is the only way to access the journal articles which are published as PDFs and are downloadable back to 2005. Previous articles have covered subjects as diverse as the semiotics of music, the manipulation of time, the intertextuality of love and negativity in religious discourse.
The website 'Tradition and its Discontents: Jewish History and Culture in Eastern Europe' is an online exhibition from the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition is based on the specific history of Eastern Europe as the main centre for modern Jewish civilisation over the past three hundred years. Expanding studies are now being pursued in this field, based on new access to archives in the former Soviet bloc. Exhibited images are scanned from primary sources going back to the sixteenth century. However, the majority of images and sources concern the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They take in religious, communal and political themes of Jewish life in the region; they also highlight key figures. Some foci of interest treated here from this latter period include: immigration from the Russian Pale of Settlement and its consequences in Central Europe; pogroms; development of the newspaper press; ritual murder; Jewish scholarship and history; election campaigns in Austria-Hungary; Yiddish and the development of an Eastern European Jewish aesthetic; the founding of the Yidisher visnshaftlekher institut (YIVO -- Yiddish Scientific Institute) in 1925. Explanations of each image are supported by hypertext links to appropriate recommended reading in a good bibliography. There is also a list of contributors, which includes their university affiliations.
Created by the University of Michigan Library, Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquity offers a good visual and descriptive introduction to magical practices, devices and ornamentation from the pre-Christian period. Developed around the University's own extensive collection of papyri texts, each section begins with the description of a specific type of magical object, ranging from a early magic recipe books to a protective amulet. This description is followed by a series of related images that detail the features, significance and functionality of these apparatuses. The objects described come predominantly from the Mesopotamian and Egyptian regions, between the first and fifth centuries C.E. The site will be of appeal to anyone who has an interest in early magical rituals and practices during the height and decline of the Roman Empire. Those new to the subject may also wish to explore the brief, but helpful, bibliography at the end of the exhibit.
'Understanding and Appreciating Muslim Diversity: Towards Better Engagement and Participation' is the online version of an April 2008 report published by the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo), Futures Institute at the University of Coventry. The report was prepared by: Nadeem Baksh; Ted Cantle; Judith Lempriere; and Daljit Kaur. The work sought to help local agencies with their social cohesion and inclusion policies by studying the differences between and within the many Muslim communities in contemporary Britain. These include exploration of factors like theological affiliation; ethnicity; national origins; culture; and class and generational issues. The report is organised under the following section headings: Introduction; A Framework for Understanding Diversity; and Policy and Practice at a Local Level: Effective Engagement. It is presented in PDF and would require Adobe Acrobat Reader for access.
This website from Telegraph.co.uk aims to help readers gain a better understanding of Islam. It contains an introductory message from Prince Charles, and over 10 articles which dealt with Islam's history, culture and central tenets. These are written by authors like David Waines; Malise Ruthven; Carole Hillenbrand; Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood; John Casey; Sophie Gilliat-Ray and David Abulafia. Topics include: What is Islam?; The Unshakeable Five Pillars; The Koran; Sharia; Art and Architecture; The Veiling of Women; Muslims in Britain; Sunnis and Shi'ites; and Crusade v Jihad. Also provided is an A-Z of Islam.
The Religion and Peacemaking Web page provides details of an initiative set up by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in July 2000. The programme endeavours to support religious organisations engaged in international dispute resolution, and to highlight the role that such organisations can and do play in peacemaking efforts around the world. The website contains information about the initiative's public workshops, field projects and publications. The full version of a number of these publications can be downloaded from here. It also provides a categorised list of links to resources dealing with peacemaking activities, and a list of FAQs.
This is the homepage of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. This website provides the following: a Religion and Culture web forum (as well as a Web forum archive); information on news, events, academic programs on offer and job vacancies; and student resources. Visitors can also access the full-text of Criterion (the Center's semi-annual alumni magazine) and Circa (the dean's semiannual newsletter for alumni and friends of the university). These are available in PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free of charge from the site. The school is headed by Richard A. Rosengarten, Associate Professor of Religion and Literature.
The Virtually Islamic website offers a selection of tools for those with an interest in Islam as it relates to and is portrayed in cyberspace. Perhaps the most useful of these is the Pathways section, which offers annotated links to over a hundred online resources, useful for discovering more about different aspects of Islam. These include Qur'an sites, information about political-religious organisations, and pages illustrating the diversity of Islamic expression. Each site is given a brief description and rating. There is also a news feeds section, and a regularly updated blog, providing links to online articles on Islam and comment on topical issues. The website is the work of Gary Bunt, author of a number of publications on this subject, details of which are also given on the site.
This is the home page of the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life based at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was established in January 2002 to advance discussion of matters connected to ethics, values and public life; and to promote non-partisan, non-sectarian civic participation. This website informs viewers of the various programs on offer such as the Capps Forum on Ethics; internships; fellowships; courses; lectures; conferences; and special projects. Also provided are: a calendar of events; annotated links to relevant websites; and a number of videos that can be viewed from the site.
The Women in Islam web page presents a number of articles explaining the position of Muslim women in Islamic society. It attempts to correct many of the stereotypes and misconceptions that non-Muslims have about the attitudes towards women sanctioned by Islam, and to justify Islamic principles in relation to those held by 'The West'. The content of the site includes essays on: the ideal Muslimah (Muslim woman); the teachings regarding women in the Qur'an and Sunnah; women in society; women's status in marriage; and the Hijab (veil). Most of the articles are clear and reasonably objective. There is nevertheless the occasional over- generalisation as to what is considered acceptable by 'Western Society'. Nevertheless, this site should provide a useful introduction to non-Muslims seeking to understand this topical aspect of the Islamic faith.
The Woodstock Theological Center, founded by the Jesuit community in 1974, is a non-profit Catholic institute based at Georgetown University. It is dedicated to theological engagement with ethical issues in social, economic, cultural, scientific, political and religious spheres. The Center promotes research, holds conferences and publishes books and articles. The principal scholarly outlet of the Center is 'The Woodstock Report,' a quarterly publication freely available online. The site contains a list of publications produced by the Fellows of the Center, information on past and present projects of the Center, and links to other resources of relevance. The site is well presented and accessible.
'West-Islamic World Dialogue' is a Web page maintained by the World Economic Forum, a Geneva-based international organisation dedicated to improving the state of the world. This is the home page of an initiative the Forum is involved in to promote dialogue and cooperation between the West and the Islamic world. The work is jointly chaired by Princess Lolwah Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Lord Carey of Clifton of the UK, and is coordinated by Saman Ahsan. Resources available on the site include: background information about the project; official reports; press releases; video interviews; summaries of debates; and newsletters. Most of the documents are presented in PDF. Adobe Acrobat Reader is therefore required. A search engine is available.
World Faiths Development Dialogue was launched in 1998 to promote discussions on material poverty and human development among the adherents of different religions, and between them and organisations working on development issues. This home page displays information on the workshops they hosted and a selection of articles, talks and recent publications on faith and development. It also holds an interesting collection of case studies from around the world that illustrate how religion and spirituality can lead to different ways of perceiving, and working towards, development. In addition to these, there are annotated links to the websites of international interfaith institutions and faith-based development organisations.
This website contains a searchable database of images, which focuses on South Indian cultural and religious faiths. The database is the outcome of work undertaken by Revd Dr Paul M. Collins at the University of Chichester, who conducted research in South India into cultural and religious practices. In particular, the database is "offered as a resource for those interested in the inculturation of Christian worship and buildings. It will also be useful for any whose interest lies in understanding more fully the rich cultural context of South India both historic and contemporary." The database is searchable by keyword, as well as browsable by categories including: Hindu temples; Indian culture; inter-religious buildings; Jain temples; Jewish synagogues; Muslim mosques; orthodox Christian tradition; palaces; Protestant traditions; Roman Catholic Latin tradition; secular architecture; and St Thomas Christian tradition. The project was supported by a research grant from the British Academy.
This is the project homepage of 'Writing British Asian Cities', an initiative which was funded by the AHRC Diasporas, Migrations and Identities Programme. The project had sought to study the changing socio-religious dynamics of 5 British-Asian localities (namely Bradford, London, Manchester, Leicester and Birmingham) in the 60 years since post-war migration from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and East Africa began. The study, which took place between 2006 to 2008, was led by Drs Sean McLoughlin, William Gould, Ananya Kabir and Emma Tomalin from the University of Leeds. This website contains numerous materials related to the project like: interactive papers; audio recordings of presentations; reports; powerpoint slides; photographs; and bibliographies. There are links to relevant websites and a database which contains the names and contact details of scholars working in the areas of diasporas, migrations and identities. The website aims also to be a hub for relevant work on different genres of writing about South Asian diasporas in Britain.
This is the homepage of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Directed by Professor Miroslav Volf, the centre seeks to explore ways to assist people to practise their faith responsibly in all spheres of their lives. It is involved mainly in theological research and leadership development. This website informs visitors of the projects and programs they engage in (e.g. 'God and Human Flourishing'; 'Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace'; and 'The Reconciliation Program'). It contains information on news, events and recent publications as well as on how to join their mailing list. Particularly interesting for students of religion are free access to research papers written by the centre's staff and those presented in connection with events sponsored by the centre. There are also links to articles featured in the news, and access to relevant radio and video presentations. A search engine is available.
This is the homepage of a research network project funded by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Research Programme. 'Young People and the Cultural Performance of Belief' is jointly convened by Gordon Lynch of Birkbeck College, and Simon Coleman and Abby Day of the University of Sussex. The work aims to deepen understanding of the concept of 'belief' in the context of contemporary religion and young people. Between May 2009 to January 2011, it proposes to organise discussion events and conferences where ideas could be shared and sharpened. This website contains background information about the project and details of events; and allows access to podcasts of seminars. It is hosted by the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society at Birkbeck College, London.
This interesting website is maintained by Mohamed Zakariya, an Islamic calligrapher, artist and maker of custom instruments from the history of science. It describes what is meant by 'Islamic art' and features papers under the following titles: 'Music for the eyes: an introduction to Islamic and Ottoman calligraphy'; 'Becoming a calligrapher: memoirs of an American student of calligraphy'; 'Great Islamic calligraphers'; 'The Hilye (beautiful and significant description) of the Prophet Muhammad'; 'Selected Hadiths' (sayings of the prophet); 'Mahmud Yazir and the beauty of the pen'; and 'A note about content'. The site, which provides a good insight into the art, history and practice of Islamic calligraphy, also makes available the biography of the webmaster and information about his works; a glossary of terms; and links to relevant online resources.