World Religion day is celebrated on the third Sunday in January every year. Though initiated in the United States, World Religion Day has come to be celebrated internationally. Its purpose is to promote the idea that the spiritual principles underlying the world’s religions are harmonious, and to suggest that religions play a role in unifying humanity. We have picked a selection of our titles under the huge banner of religion.


Enlighrel-1tening Enthusiasm

Prophecy and religious experience in early eighteenth-century England

Lionel Laborie

In the early modern period, the term ‘enthusiasm’ was a smear word used to discredit the dissenters of the radical Reformation as dangerous religious fanatics. In England, the term gained prominence from the Civil War period and throughout the eighteenth century. Anglican ministers and the proponents of the Enlightenment used it more widely against Paracelsian chemists, experimental philosophers, religious dissenters and divines, astrologers or anyone claiming superior knowledge. But who exactly were these enthusiasts?

Manchester University Press

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10 Second Sermonsrel-2

…and even quicker illustrations

Milton Jones

‘Christianity is like a Cornish pastie. There’s something in it, but sometimes it’s difficult to find out what it is.’ Award-winning comedian Milton Jones dissects the great pastie of faith with some short, sharp one-liners about God, the Church and being a Christian – all designed to make us think about what we believe from a completely different perspective. Includes Milton’s own cartoons!

Darton Longman and Todd

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A Christian Samurai

William J. Farge

Through a close critical analysis of Baba Bunko’s often humorous, but always biting, satiric
al essays a new picture of the hidden world of Christianity in eighteenth-century Japan emerges – a picture that contradicts the generally-held belief among Western historians that the Catholic mission in Japan ended in failure. A Christian Samurai will surprise many readers when they discover that Christian moral teachings not only survived the long period of persecution but influenced Japanese society throughout the Tokugawa period.

Catholic University of America Press

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Understanding Hinduismrel-4

Frank Whaling

The Hindu tradition can claim to be the world’s oldest religion. It has evolved in India over the past three thousand years. It differs from monotheistic beliefs, such as Christianity, in that there is no identifiable founder, specific theological system, or single system of morality. Frank Whaling provides an overview of the history and development of the Hindu tradition. He takes account of recent scholarship and regards Hinduism as a world-view as well as a religious tradition. The book covers the core areas of Hindu religious organisation, rituals, ethics, social involvement and sacred texts as well as key concepts, aesthetics and spirituality. It illustrates these topics by personal example as well as by informed analysis.

Dunedin Academic Press

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rel-5Writing British Muslims

Religion, class and multiculturalism

Rehana Ahmed

The Rushdie affair, September 11 2001 and 7/7 pushed British Muslims into the forefront of increasingly fraught debate about multiculturalism. Stereotyping images have proliferated, reducing a heterogeneous minority group to a series of media soundbites. This book examines contemporary literary representations of Muslims by British writers of South Asian Muslim descent – including Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi, Monica Ali and Nadeem Aslam – to explore the contribution they make to urgent questions about multicultural politics and the place of Muslims within Britain. By focusing on class, and its intersection with faith, ‘race’ and gender in identity- and community-formation, it challenges the dichotomy of secular freedom versus religious oppression that constrains thinking about British Muslims, and offers a more nuanced perspective on multicultural debates and controversies.

Manchester University Press

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To Make the Hands Impure

Art, Ethical Adventure, the Difficult and the Holy

Adam Zachary Newton

How can cradling, handling, or rubbing a text be said, ethically, to have made something happen? What, as readers or interpreters, may come off in our hands in as we maculate or mark the books we read? For Adam Zachary Newton, reading is anembodied practice wherein “ethics” becomes a matter of tact—in the doubled sense of touch and regard. With the image of the book lying in the hands of its readers as insistent refrain, To Make the Hands Impure cuts a provocative cross-disciplinary swath through classical Jewish texts, modern Jewish philosophy, film and performance, literature, translation, and the material text

Fordham University Press

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