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Varieties of American Sufism
Varieties of American Sufism (May 2020)
Islam, Sufi Orders, and Authority in a Time of Transition
Elliott Bazzano - Editor
Marcia Hermansen - Editor

Participant-observation-based studies that explore a range of Sufi movements operating across the contemporary American religious landscape.

From Rumi poetry and Sufi dancing or whirling, to expressions of Africanicity and the forging of transnational bonds to remote locations in Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Turkey, Varieties of American Sufism immerses the reader in diverse expressions of contemporary Sufi religiosity in the...(Read More)
 
 
From Situated Selves to the Self
From Situated Selves to the Self (April 2020)
Conversion and Personhood among Roman Catholics in Tokyo
Hisako Omori - Author

Argues for an important transformation in the construction of the self among Japanese converts to Roman Catholicism.

In many parts of the world, the Roman Catholic Church in the twenty-first century finds itself mired in scandal, and its future prospects appear fairly dim in the eyes of many social critics. In From Situated Selves to the Self, however, Hisako Omori finds a radically different situation, with jubilant...(Read More)
 
 
Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray
Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray (April 2020)
Language, Origin, Art, Love
Gail M. Schwab - Editor

A broad exploration of Irigaray’s philosophy of life and living.

Featuring a highly accessible essay from Irigaray herself, this volume explores her philosophy of life and living. Life-thinking, an important contemporary trend in philosophy and in women’s and gender studies, stands in contrast to philosophy’s traditional grounding in death, exemplified in the work of philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Sc...(Read More)
 
 
A Permanent Beginning
A Permanent Beginning (March 2020)
R. Nachman of Braslav and Jewish Literary Modernity
Yitzhak Lewis - Author

Situates a Hasidic master in the context of his time, demonstrating his formative influence on Jewish literary modernity.

The Hasidic leader R. Nachman of Braslav (1772–1810) has held a place in the Jewish popular imagination for more than two centuries. Some see him as the (self-proclaimed) Messiah, others as the forerunner of modern Jewish literature. Existing studies struggle between these dueling readings, largely ign...(Read More)
 
 
Off the Derech
Off the Derech (February 2020)
Leaving Orthodox Judaism
Ezra Cappell - Editor
Jessica Lang - Editor

Combines powerful first-person accounts with incisive scholarly analysis to understand the phenomenon of ultra-Orthodox Jews who leave their insular communities and venture into the wider world.

In recent years, many formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews have documented leaving their communities in published stories, films, and memoirs. This movement is often identified as “off the derech” (OTD), or off the path, with ...(Read More)
 
 
Waste Not
Waste Not (December 2019)
A Jewish Environmental Ethic
Tanhum S. Yoreh - Author

Traces the development of bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, from its biblical origins to the contemporary environmental movement.

Bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, is considered to be an ecological ethical principle by contemporary Jewish environmentalists. Waste Not provides a comprehensive intellectual history of t...(Read More)
 
 
Genealogies of the Secular
Genealogies of the Secular (November 2019)
The Making of Modern German Thought
Willem Styfhals - Editor
Stéphane Symons - Editor

Presents a historical and philosophical overview of the twentieth-century German debates on secularization, and their significance for contemporary discussions about the relationship between theology and modernity.

While the concept of secularization is traditionally used to define the nature of modern culture, and sometimes to uncover the theological origins of secular modernity, its validity is being questioned ever more radi...(Read More)
 
 
The Lily's Tongue
The Lily's Tongue (October 2019)
Figure and Authority in Kierkegaard's Lily Discourses
Frances Maughan-Brown - Author

Examines four discourses by Kierkegaard, arguing that they play a critical and surprising role in his oeuvre and contribute to the philosophy of figural language.

How do texts speak with authority? That is the question at the heart of Kierkegaard’s theory and practice of “indirect communication.” None of Kierkegaard’s texts respond to this question more concisely and powerfully than the four discourses he...(Read More)
 
 
Levinas and the Torah
Levinas and the Torah (September 2019)
A Phenomenological Approach
Richard I. Sugarman - Author

A Levinasian commentary on the Torah.

The French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas (1906–95) was one of the most original Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. This book interprets the Hebrew Bible through the lens of Levinas’s religious philosophy. Richard I. Sugarman examines the Pentateuch using a phenomenological approach, drawing on both Levinas’s philosophical and Jewish writings. Sugarman puts Levinas in...(Read More)
 
 
Power and Progress
Power and Progress (September 2019)
Joseph Ibn Kaspi and the Meaning of History
Alexander Green - Author

Study of a fascinating medieval Jewish philosopher, focusing on his twin conceptions of history.

The philosopher and biblical commentator Joseph Ibn Kaspi (1280–1345) was a provocative Jewish thinker of the medieval era whose works have generally been overlooked by modern scholars. Power and Progress is the first book in English to focus on a central aspect of his work: Ibn Kaspi’s philosophy of history. Alex...(Read More)
 
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