Thinking Globally About Religion

Mark Juergensmeyer

in The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195137989
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Thinking Globally About Religion


Religion has always been global, in the sense that religious communities and traditions have always maintained permeable boundaries. They have moved, shifted, and interacted with one another around the globe. This book deals with three kinds of religious globalization: diasporas, transnational religion, and the religion of plural societies. It explores the variations of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other religious traditions, and how these traditions are shaped by their changing cultural contexts in various parts of the world. Scholars who are close to the religious communities they study describe how these communities have changed over time, how they have responded to the plural cultural contexts around them, and how they are shaped by the current forces of globalization and social change. The result is a series of essays that not only give an up-to-date insight into the diversity contained within the world's great religions but also provides a broad view of global religion in a new millennium.

Keywords: Islam; religion; religious globalization; diasporas; transnational religion; plural societies; religious traditions; social change; Christianity; Judaism

Article.  4337 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Interfaith Relations

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