Monday, March 16, 2020

Open Access Journal: Entangled Religions: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Religious Contact and Transfer

Entangled Religions: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Religious Contact and Transfer
ISSN: 2363-6696
Entangled Religions is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal. It deals with encounters between different religious traditions and concomitant processes of transfer in past and present times.
Contributions to Entangled Religions discuss occasions, themes, modes, conditions, and consequences of contacts between religious groups and the way religious thought and practice developed in and through such contact phenomena. Such phenomena, we assume, eventually brought about both the larger and smaller religious traditions of today and the religious field as a social entity distinct from other fields such as politics, economics, and art.

The journal aims at overcoming the historically established disciplinary cleavages in religious studies by providing a common point of departure. Inter- and intra-religious processes initiated by religious encounter are a focal point of research on religion, enabling researchers from various academic backgrounds to share their respective research. Presenting research on dynamics resulting from the interaction of distinct religious traditions and their manifestations in the self-imagination of these traditions, Entangled Religions creates systematic reference points which allow for the integration of diachronically and synchronically compared material into a general history of religions.
Entangled Religions focuses on case studies of original research, with each case study focusing on a particular geographical region, a particular moment in or period of time, and a particular constellation of two or more religious traditions encountering each other. Each case study extrapolates the occasions as well as the historical and social contexts of such encounters and, most importantly, sheds light on the issues, notions, themes and practices addressed in the particular contact situation.

While individual case studies and the particularities of the presented material are crucial, the broader objective of Entangled Religions is to enable larger-scale comparisons. Comparing diverse cases beyond individual particularities, time periods, and cultural contexts requires abstracting from the material at hand and making broader generalizations. We believe this is best done by using theoretical concepts that function as tertia comparationis, making every case study in Entangled Religions a case of something. For example, a case study about transformations of Jewish rituals in ancient Palestine due to contact with Christian communities is comparable with another case study about polemics on Catholic food prohibitions among contemporary Lebanese Sunnis only if both case studies refer to and draw from a common theoretical concept, such as “purity”.

Authors are thus expected to use analytical concepts to substantiate their case studies. Examples include the analytical concepts discussed on our website. Authors are strongly encouraged to engage with and present their material in light of these, or to introduce other analytical concepts as long as comparability of their case studies is ensured.

Entangled Religions is published by the Center for Religious Studies and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe" at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The website is hosted by the University Library of Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
  • Religion, Media, and Materiality
    Vol. 11 No. 3
    Guest Editors: Giulia Evolvi and Jessie Pons
    Religious practice necessarily involves the use of media to bridge the gap between immanence and transcendence. Scholarship has bee nincreasingly interested in the relationship between religion and media and how material and immaterial objects become entangled in religious belief-systems and practices. In this respect, the issue of authority emerges as paramount. The special issue aims at exploring the interplay of authority, religion, and media. It includes scholars from different disciplines –religious studies, media studies, art history, philology – presenting a wide range of case
    studies from different geographical and historical contexts, focusing both on authority as discussed within specific religious communities and as negotiated between different religious groups.
  • Formative Exchanges between the Sasanid Empire and Late Antique Rome: Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and Christianity in Contact
    Vol. 11 No. 2
    Guest Editors: Eduard Iricinschi and Kianoosh Rezania
    The special issue “Formative Exchanges between the Sasanid Empire and Late Antique Rome: Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and Christianity in Contact”, edited by Kianoosh Rezania and Eduard Iricinschi, publishes the contributions of a two-days workshop of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe" hold on first and second of June 2017 at the Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum. It explores formative dynamics of contacts, interactions, and exchanges that took place in the Sasanian and Roman Empires between Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and Christianity at multiple levels. The contributions investigate the cognitive, ritual, and material scope of religions represented as “minorities” within larger ethnic and ideological landscapes, such as Christians and Manichaeans in the Persian Empire, or Manichaeans in the Roman Empire. Also, they enquire into how the subsequent reactions from the political, ethnic, and religious “majority” of the Persian and Roman Empires led not only to various manners of accommodation or rejection of religious minorities by the religious establishment, but also to the transformation of these majorities themselves as a result of religious contacts, influences, and borrowings.
  • Senses, Religion and Religious Encounter
    Vol. 10
    This special issue is the outcome of the conference "Religion and the Senses", held at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg in September 2016.
    After having been disregarded in favour of doctrines and dogmas for a long time, the sensory dimension of religions has recently attracted a large scholarly attention in religious studies. In tune with the surrounding academic landscape, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe" has devoted the academic year 2015-2016 to the scrutiny of the role of the theme "senses" from the perspective of interreligious, intrareligious and intersocietal contact. The conference summarized the main results of this work.
  • The Changing Landscapes of Cross-Faith Places and Practices
    Vol. 9 (2019)
    The present special issue of Entangled Religions has emerged from a conference about “Shared Sacred Places and Multi-Religious Space” that took place at the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz in September 2016. As the title of the conference indicates, a main interest was to re-think the relation between place and space and between different religions. The conference took place in the framework of the IEG focus topic “Europe from the Margins,” which also included a lecture series on processes of marginalization and exclusion with regard to social and religious minorities within and beyond Europe. This background explains the range of topics in this special issue to a certain degree, because the conference had the aim to de-centre established notions of Europe and religion and understand them in their multi-dimensionality. While cross-faith practices are a worldwide phenomenon, the main geographical focus of the following articles is on southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean with their spatial extensions to Asia. Proceeding from here, the contributions in this volume understand multi-faith practices as embedded in local arrangements as well as in larger multi-religious landscapes, thus taking account of the interconnection between the local and the global and paying attention to the micro and macro levels of analysis.
  • Between the Altar and the Pulpit: The (New?) Materiality of the Spiritual
    Vol. 7 (2018)
    The special issue is based on papers presented at the international conference “Zwischen Kanzel und Altar. Die (neue) Materialität des Spirituellen” held at the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Emden in April 2016. Continuity and change in church interiors were key concepts addressed at the conference. The studies presented here analyse the impact of confessional change on church interiors and intentionally move away from the cathedrals and parish churches in the political and religious centres of early modern Europe.
  • Historical Engagements and Interreligious Encounters - Jews and Christians in Premodern and Early Modern Asia and Africa
    Vol. 6 (2018)
    The essays in this special issue are based on the proceedings of the workshop Eastern Jews and Christians in Interaction and Exchange in the Islamic World and Beyond: A Comparative View held in Jerusalem and Raʿanana in June 2016. Accordingly, the essays address interreligious encounters in the Islamic world and beyond, examining social and religious attitudes towards religious Others in a wide range of disciplinary approaches. What binds these essays together is an attempt to shed light on a little-known history of Jewish-Christian relations in premodern Asia and Africa, a subject that stands at the heart of the research project Jews and Christians in the East: Strategies and Interactions between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.

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