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Religion and Borders
Traditional borders and boundaries are challenged, tested, defended, and redefined in unprecedented ways. Our current crises can be seen as a consequence of conflicting interpretations of the meaning and purpose of borders and boundaries—racial, tribal, political, national, theological, religious, social, familial, sexual, gender, and psychological, among others. The crises of racism, immigration, refugees, famine, disease, poverty, wars, misogyny, sexism, and the environment originate from reified misunderstandings of borders and boundaries. Borders and boundaries define who we are and are not; they divide those who suffer and perish from those who flourish and survive. Religion, itself based on “holiness,” or separateness, plays a vital role—both as object and subject—in better understanding borders and boundaries.
Religion and Borders
interrogates and reconceptualizes the nature and function of borders and and the role that religion plays in enforcing or overturning barriers. This series welcomes different scholarly approaches that examine the connection between religion and borders/boundaries, broadly defined. It aims to illuminate how religion—as a socio-cultural phenomenon and a discipline—constitutes itself on the premise of borders, while containing within itself the resources, instincts, and practices to resist boundaries and enclosures.
Volumes in the series explore the methodological and theoretical dimensions of the discipline and engage with salient social and political issues, particularly the various crises that are deeply embedded in religious discourse. Projects that engage and draw upon comparative theology, comparative religion, multi-religious sources, interreligious engagement, and interdisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome.
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Multireligious Reflections on Friendship: Becoming Ourselves in Community
ANNE-MARIE ELLITHORPE; LAURA DUHAN-KAPLAN AND HUSSAM S. TIMANI -
RAYMOND C. ALDRED; ...
Lexington Books • May 2023 • Monograph
Moved by the Spirit: Religion and the Movement for Black Lives
CHRISTOPHE D. RINGER; TERESA L. SMALLWOOD AND EMILIE M. TOWNES -
EMILIE M. TOWNES -
Lexington Books • March 2023 • Monograph
Indigenous and Christian Perspectives in Dialogue: Kairotic Place and Borders
ALLEN G. JORGENSON
Lexington Books • August 2022 • Monograph
Process Thought and Roman Catholicism: Challenges and Promises
MARC A. PUGLIESE AND JOHN BECKER -
JOHN BECKER; JOSEPH A. BRACKEN, S.J.; DAVID B. BU...
Lexington Books • March 2022 • Monograph