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In a Pure Muslim Land

by Simon Wolfgang Fuchs The University of North Carolina Press (March 05, 2019)

Centering Pakistan in a story of transnational Islam stretching from South Asia to the Middle East, Simon Wolfgang Fuchs offers the first in-depth ethnographic history of the intellectual production of Shi&703;is...


Prescribing the Dharma

by Ira Helderman The University of North Carolina Press (February 08, 2019)

Interest in the psychotherapeutic capacity of Buddhist teachings and practices is widely evident in the popular imagination. News media routinely report on the neuropsychological study of Buddhist meditation...


Muslim Pilgrimage in the Modern World

by Babak Rahimi & Peyman Eshaghi The University of North Carolina Press (April 23, 2019)

Pilgrimage is one of the most significant ritual duties for Muslims, entailing the visitation and veneration of sites associated with the Prophet Muhammad or saintly figures. As demonstrated in this multidisciplinary...


Finding God through Yoga

by David J. Neumann The University of North Carolina Press (February 07, 2019)

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893–1952), a Hindu missionary to the United States, wrote one of the world's most highly acclaimed spiritual classics, Autobiography of a Yogi, which was first published in 1946 and...


The Regulation of Religion and the Making of Hinduism in Colonial Trinidad

by Alexander Rocklin The University of North Carolina Press (February 07, 2019)

How can religious freedom be granted to people who do not have a religion? While Indian indentured workers in colonial Trinidad practiced cherished rituals, "Hinduism" was not a widespread category in India...


A Saint of Our Own

by Kathleen Sprows Cummings The University of North Carolina Press (February 27, 2019)

What drove U.S. Catholics in their arduous quest, full of twists and turns over more than a century, to win an American saint? The absence of American names in the canon of the saints had left many of the faithful...


Religion on Campus

by Conrad Cherry, Betty A. DeBerg & Amanda Porterfield The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

The first intensive, close-up investigation of the practice and teaching of religion at American colleges and universities, Religion on Campus is an indispensable resource for all who want to understand what...


Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop

by Miriam Cooke & Bruce B. Lawrence The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

Crucial to understanding Islam is a recognition of the role of Muslim networks. The earliest networks were Mediterranean trade routes that quickly expanded into transregional paths for pilgrimage, scholarship,...


Popular Religion in Late Saxon England

by Karen Louise Jolly The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2015)

In tenth- and eleventh-century England, Anglo-Saxon Christians retained an old folk belief in elves as extremely dangerous creatures capable of harming unwary humans. To ward off the afflictions caused by these...


The Drama of Dissent

by Ritchie D. Kendall The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

This study examines the complex relationship between theological conviction and artistic expression among a diverse group of religious dissidents. Kendall argues that there existed a distinctly radical tradition...


Christian Pilgrimage in Modern Western Europe

by Mary Lee Nolan & Sidney Nolan The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

Christian Pilgrimage in Modern Western Europe is a commanding exploration of the importance of religious shrines in modern Roman Catholicism. By analyzing more than 6,000 active shrines and contemporary patterns...


The Jiangyin Mission Station

by Lawrence D. Kessler The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

Lawrence Kessler uses the Jiangyin mission station in the Shanghai region of China to explore Chinese-American cultural interaction in the first half of the twentieth century. He concludes that the Protestant...


Transfiguration

by Frank Burch Brown The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

Brown proposes a theory of poetic metaphor that attempts to account for literature's complex role in the discovery and creation of significant patterns within both language and life. He shows that while poetic...


God with Us

by Ansley L. Quiros The University of North Carolina Press (September 28, 2018)

For many, the struggle over civil rights was not just about lunch counters, waiting rooms, or even access to the vote; it was also about Christian theology. Since both activists and segregationists ardently...


Hashtag Islam

by Gary R. Bunt The University of North Carolina Press (September 25, 2018)

Gary R. Bunt is a twenty-year pioneer in the study of cyber-Islamic environments (CIEs). In this new book, he explores the diverse and surprising ways digital technology is shaping how Muslims across vast territories...


Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table

by James Hudnut-Beumler The University of North Carolina Press (March 19, 2018)

In this fresh and fascinating chronicle of Christianity in the contemporary South, historian and minister James Hudnut-Beumler draws on extensive interviews and his own personal journeys throughout the region...


Islam without Europe

by Ahmad S. Dallal The University of North Carolina Press (April 20, 2018)

Replete with a cast of giants in Islamic thought and philosophy, Ahmad S. Dallal's pathbreaking intellectual history of the eighteenth-century Muslim world challenges stale views of this period as one of decline,...


Devotions and Desires

by Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton & Heather R. White The University of North Carolina Press (February 06, 2018)

At a moment when "freedom of religion" rhetoric fuels public debate, it is easy to assume that sex and religion have faced each other in pitched battle throughout modern U.S. history. Yet, by tracking the nation's...


Beyond Chrismukkah

by Samira K. Mehta The University of North Carolina Press (March 13, 2018)

The rate of interfaith marriage in the United States has risen so radically since the sixties that it is difficult to recall how taboo the practice once was. How is this development understood and regarded by...


Frederick Douglass

by D. H. Dilbeck The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2018)

From his enslavement to freedom, Frederick Douglass was one of America's most extraordinary champions of liberty and equality. Throughout his long life, Douglass was also a man of profound religious conviction....


Religion as Critique

by Irfan Ahmad The University of North Carolina Press (November 20, 2017)

Irfan Ahmad makes the far-reaching argument that potent systems and modes for self-critique as well as critique of others are inherent in Islam--indeed, critique is integral to its fundamental tenets and practices....


Reforming Sodom

by Heather R. White The University of North Carolina Press (July 24, 2015)

With a focus on mainline Protestants and gay rights activists in the twentieth century, Heather R. White challenges the usual picture of perennial adversaries with a new narrative about America's religious and...


The Long Shadow of Vatican II

by Lucas Van Rompay, Sam Miglarese & David Morgan The University of North Carolina Press (July 01, 2015)

With the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), the Roman Catholic Church for the first time took a positive stance on modernity. Its impact on the thought, worship, and actions of Catholics worldwide was enormous....


Migrating Faith

by Daniel Ramírez The University of North Carolina Press (September 14, 2015)

Daniel Ramirez's history of twentieth-century Pentecostalism in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands begins in Los Angeles in 1906 with the eruption of the Azusa Street Revival. The Pentecostal phenomenon--characterized...


Strangers Below

by Joshua Guthman The University of North Carolina Press (September 28, 2015)

Before the Bible Belt fastened itself across the South, competing factions of evangelicals fought over their faith's future, and a contrarian sect, self-named the Primitive Baptists, made its stand. Joshua Guthman...


Hittin' the Prayer Bones

by Anderson Blanton The University of North Carolina Press (July 29, 2015)

In this work, Anderson Blanton illuminates how prayer, faith, and healing are intertwined with technologies of sound reproduction and material culture in the charismatic Christian worship of southern Appalachia....


The Last Puritans

by Margaret Bendroth The University of North Carolina Press (August 12, 2015)

Congregationalists, the oldest group of American Protestants, are the heirs of New England's first founders. While they were key characters in the story of early American history, from Plymouth Rock and the...


St. Francis of America

by Patricia Appelbaum The University of North Carolina Press (July 28, 2015)

How did a thirteenth-century Italian friar become one of the best-loved saints in America? Around the nation today, St. Francis of Assisi is embraced as the patron saint of animals, beneficently presiding over...


Recreating Africa

by James H. Sweet The University of North Carolina Press (July 21, 2004)

Exploring the cultural lives of African slaves in the early colonial Portuguese world, with an emphasis on the more than one million Central Africans who survived the journey to Brazil, James Sweet lifts a curtain...


Stalin's Holy War

by Steven Merritt Miner The University of North Carolina Press (October 16, 2003)

Histories of the USSR during World War II generally portray the Kremlin's restoration of the Russian Orthodox Church as an attempt by an ideologically bankrupt regime to appeal to Russian nationalism in order...


Sufis and Saints' Bodies

by Scott A. Kugle The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2011)

Islam is often described as abstract, ascetic, and uniquely disengaged from the human body. Scott Kugle refutes this assertion in the first full study of Islamic mysticism as it relates to the human body. Examining...


Moral Reconstruction

by Gaines M. Foster The University of North Carolina Press (April 03, 2003)

Between 1865 and 1920, Congress passed laws to regulate obscenity, sexuality, divorce, gambling, and prizefighting. It forced Mormons to abandon polygamy, attacked interstate prostitution, made narcotics contraband,...


Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia

by Iftikhar Dadi The University of North Carolina Press (May 15, 2010)

This pioneering work traces the emergence of the modern and contemporary art of Muslim South Asia in relation to transnational modernism and in light of the region's intellectual, cultural, and political developments....


The Religious History of American Women

by Catherine A. Brekus The University of North Carolina Press (November 13, 2009)

More than a generation after the rise of women's history alongside the feminist movement, it is still difficult, observes Catherine Brekus, to locate women in histories of American religion. Mary Dyer, a Quaker...


Religion and the Racist Right

by Michael Barkun The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2014)

According to Michael Barkun, many white supremacist groups of the radical right are deeply committed to the distinctive but little-recognized religious position known as Christian Identity. In Religion and the...


The Civil War as a Theological Crisis

by Mark A. Noll The University of North Carolina Press (December 08, 2006)

Viewing the Civil War as a major turning point in American religious thought, Mark A. Noll examines writings about slavery and race from Americans both white and black, northern and southern, and includes commentary...


In the Beginning

by Michael Lienesch The University of North Carolina Press (April 23, 2007)

The current controversy over teaching evolution in the public schools has grabbed front-page headlines and topped news broadcasts all across the United States. In the Beginning investigates the movement that...


Separatism and Subculture

by Paula M. Kane The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

Kane explores the role of religious identity in Boston in the years 1900-1920, arguing that Catholicism was a central integrating force among different class and ethnic groups. She traces the effect of changing...


In Pursuit of the Almighty's Dollar

by James Hudnut-Beumler The University of North Carolina Press (March 05, 2007)

Every day of the week in contemporary America (and especially on Sundays) people raise money for their religious enterprises--for clergy, educators, buildings, charity, youth-oriented work, and more. In a fascinating...


The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

by Samuel S. Hill The University of North Carolina Press (December 13, 2006)

Evangelical Protestant groups have dominated religious life in the South since the early nineteenth century. Even as the conservative Protestantism typically associated with the South has risen in social and...


Catholic and Feminist

by Mary Joanne Henold The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

In 1963, as Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique appeared and civil rights activists marched on Washington, a separate but related social movement emerged among American Catholics, says Mary Henold. Thousands of...


Jews, Turks, and Infidels

by Morton Borden The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

Borden reveals the ways in which many mainstream Protestants worked to maintain preferential treatment for Christians in common law, state constitutions, and federal practices, even attempting through interpretation...


Divine Hierarchies: Class in American Religion and Religious Studies

by Sean McCloud The University of North Carolina Press (January 05, 2009)

Placing the neglected issue of class back into the study and understanding of religion, Sean McCloud reconsiders the meaning of class in today's world. More than a status grounded in material conditions, says...


Making the American Religious Fringe

by Sean McCloud The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2005)

In an examination of religion coverage in Time, Newsweek, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, Ebony, Christianity Today, National Review, and other news and special interest magazines, Sean McCloud combines religious...


Native Americans, Christianity, and the Reshaping of the American Religious Landscape

by Joel W. Martin & Mark A. Nicholas The University of North Carolina Press (October 11, 2010)

In this interdisciplinary collection of essays, Joel W. Martin and Mark A. Nicholas gather emerging and leading voices in the study of Native American religion to reconsider the complex and often misunderstood...


Redeeming America

by Michael Lienesch The University of North Carolina Press (April 15, 2014)

This balanced and comprehensive study of Christian conservative thinking focuses on the 1980s, when the New Christian Right appeared suddenly as an influential force on the American political scene, only to...


The Religious Investigations of William James

by Henry Samuel Levinson The University of North Carolina Press (August 01, 2016)

In this first detailed examination of Varieties of Religious Experience, Levinson locates James securely in the academic study of religion, demonstrates James's debts to Darwin, and reconstructs the case for...


Religion and Political Conflict in Latin America

by Daniel H. Levine The University of North Carolina Press (August 01, 2016)

The authors examine popular religion as a vital source of new values and experiences as well as a source of pressure for change in the church, political life, and the social order as a whole and deal with the...


Exiles in a Land of Liberty

by Kenneth H. Winn The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Using the concept of "classical republicanism" in his analysis, Kenneth Winn argues against the common view that the Mormon religion was an exceptional phenomenon representing a countercultural ideology fundamentally...


Bringing God to Men

by Jacqueline E. Whitt The University of North Carolina Press (February 17, 2014)

During the second half of the twentieth century, the American military chaplaincy underwent a profound transformation. Broad-based and ecumenical in the World War II era, the chaplaincy emerged from the Vietnam...