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The Cambridge Companion to New Religious Movements

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Olav Hammer, Mikael Rothstein, David Bromley, Douglas Cowan, James Richardson, Garry Trompf, Catherine Wessinger, Graham Harvey, James Lewis, Sabina Magliocco, Susan J. Palmer, Bryan Sentes, Tulasi Srinivas, Mark Sedgwick, Asbjørn Dyrendal, Jesper Aagaard Pedersen, James Santucci, George Chryssides, Reuven Firestone, Marat Shterin, Peter Clarke
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  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521145657

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  • New religions emerge as distinct entities in the religious landscape when innovations are introduced by a charismatic leader or a schismatic group leaves its parent organization. New religious movements (NRMs) often present novel doctrines and advocate unfamiliar modes of behavior, and have therefore often been perceived as controversial. NRMs have, however, in recent years come to be treated in the same way as established religions, that is, as complex cultural phenomena involving myths, rituals and canonical texts. This Companion discusses key features of NRMs from a systematic, comparative perspective, summarizing results of forty years of research. The volume addresses NRMs that have caught media attention, including movements such as Scientology, New Age, the Neopagans, the Sai Baba movement and Jihadist movements active in a post-9/11 context. An essential resource for students of religious studies, the history of religion, sociology, anthropology and the psychology of religion.

    • Discusses recent approaches to NRMs treating them as movements analogous to more traditional religions, namely, comprising myths, scriptures and rituals
    • Offers a global perspective, taking examples from a wide range of new religions
    • Provides ethnographies of particular movements, references to additional resources and a systematic introduction
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    "Taken as a whole, the Companion complements more than duplicates existing reference works. IT will be a welcome addition to college and university library collections."
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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521145657
    • length: 341 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction to New Religious Movements Olav Hammer and Mikael Rothstein
    Part I. Social Science Perspectives:
    1. The sociology of New Religious Movements David Bromley
    2. Religion and the Internet Douglas Cowan
    3. Major controversies involving New Religious Movements: a comparative perspective James Richardson
    Part II. Themes:
    4. History and the end of time in New Religions Garry Trompf
    5. Charismatic leaders in New Religions Catherine Wessinger
    6. Rituals in New Religions Graham Harvey
    7. Canonical and extracanonical texts in New Religions Mikael Rothstein and Olav Hammer
    Part III. New Religions in the West and Beyond:
    8. Scientology: up stat, down stat James Lewis
    9. Neo-Paganism Sabina Magliocco
    10. The International Raelian Movement Susan J. Palmer and Bryan Sentes
    11. The Sathya Sai Baba Movement Tulasi Srinivas
    12. Neo-Sufism Mark Sedgwick
    13. Satanism Asbjørn Dyrendal and Jesper Aagaard Pedersen
    14. Theosophy James Santucci
    15. The New Age George Chryssides
    16. 'Jihadism' as a New Religious Movement Reuven Firestone
    17. New Religions in the New Russia Marat Shterin
    18. New Religious Movements in sub-Saharan Africa Peter Clarke.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Contemporary Religious Movements
    • Cults and Religious Freedom
  • Editors

    Olav Hammer, University of Southern Denmark
    Olav Hammer is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Southern Denmark. He is author of Claiming Knowledge: Strategies of Epistemology from Theosophy to the New Age (2001) and co-editor of Polemical Encounters: Esoteric Discourse and Its Others (with Kocku von Stuckrad, 2007), The Invention of Sacred Tradition (with James R. Lewis, 2007) and the Brill Handbook of the Theosophical Tradition (with Mikael Rothstein, 2012).

    Mikael Rothstein, University of Copenhagen
    Mikael Rothstein is Associate Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Copenhagen and Visiting Professor at the Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas. He is author of Belief Transformations (1996), editor of New Age and Globalization (2001) and co-editor (with Tim Jensen) of Secular Theories in the Study of Religion (2000).

    Contributors

    Olav Hammer, Mikael Rothstein, David Bromley, Douglas Cowan, James Richardson, Garry Trompf, Catherine Wessinger, Graham Harvey, James Lewis, Sabina Magliocco, Susan J. Palmer, Bryan Sentes, Tulasi Srinivas, Mark Sedgwick, Asbjørn Dyrendal, Jesper Aagaard Pedersen, James Santucci, George Chryssides, Reuven Firestone, Marat Shterin, Peter Clarke

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