Deadline for papers, of between 4,000-5,000 words, is 31 July 2020.

Jeffrey Haynes, Eric Trinka and Tuomas Martikainen have founded a journal regarding the role of religion in global politics.

International Journal of Religion (IJOR) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal aiming to offer a venue for scholarly discussion on religion in reference to the social sciences and humanities. International Journal of Religion aims to fulfil the need for critical discussion on how religion affects economics, society, politics, international relations, geography, anthropology, education, business and management, health, and the arts. International Journal of Religion invites articles with rigorous analysis, reflecting theoretical insights or persuasive empirical evidence. The journal aims to bring into mutually beneficial dialogue, all those – including, policy makers, practitioners, educators, scholars, researchers, and students – interested in these crucial, controversial and topical conversations. The overall objective is to inform understanding of how religion impacts on many areas of human interaction. 

 Editorial Board

  • Nassef Manabilang Adiong, University of the Philippines, Philippines
  • Samim Akgonul, University of Strasbourg, France
  • Deina Abdelkader, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
  • Tuncay Bilecen, Regent’s University London, UK
  • Benjamin Bruce, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico
  • Jocelyne Cesari, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Sabine Dreher, York University, Canada
  • Jonathan Fox, Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • Mehmet Gurses, Florida Atlantic University, USA
  • Erhan Kurtarir, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
  • Tuomas Martikainen, Migration Institute of Finland, Finland
  • Raffaele Mauriello, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran 
  • Paulette K. Schuster, AMILAT, Israel
  • Chris Shannahan, Coventry University, UK
  • Hakan Yavuz, The University of Utah, USA

International Advisory Board:

  • Muqarrab Akbar, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan
  • Sariya Cheruvalil-Contractor, Coventry University, UK
  • Austin Cheyeka, University of Zambia, Zambia
  • Katarzyna Dośpiał-Borysiak, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Poland
  • Toyin Falola, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Petr Kratochvil, Institute of International Relations, Czech Republic
  • Vendulka Kubolkova, Miami University, USA
  • Sabrina Ramet, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • John Rees, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Pedro dos Santos, College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University, USA
  • Christine Schliesser, Zurich University, Switzerland
  • Ibrahim Sirkeci Regent’s University London, UK
  • Ignatius Swart, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • La Toya Waha, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Singapore

Call for papers: ‘The politics of religious dissent’

The first issue of International Journal of Religion is a special issue. It seeks to compare and contrast differing religious perspectives on the topic of politics and religious dissent. Its focus is on: key tenets of belief of a particular religious faith; examples of dissent from core beliefs; the elasticity of religious traditions; consequences of dissent; diversity within religious faiths; how religions manage or fail to manage dissent; ethical treatment of dissent in religious traditions; and whether religious faiths prescribe clear ways to manage dissent.

Three questions frame the topic in the special issue:

  • How do religious leaders respond to dissent within their faiths?
  • How does the state respond to religious dissent?
  • How do religions react to dissent from feminist and gay activists?

Examples may be drawn from the following: Judaism focuses more on belonging than believing and may consequently be relatively open to pluralism and tolerant of diversity. Christianity has a long history of violence in the context of dissent, suggesting a relatively high degree of intolerance. Nevertheless, Christianity developed into a relatively diverse religion, the default faith of Western modernity, linked to individuals’ right to be free, including their choice of faith. Islam is more heterogeneous, divided and intolerant of dissent, a situation aggravated by the consequences of colonialism. Hinduism developed via diverse traditions which existed long before ‘construction’ of Hinduism during colonialism, with the result that Hinduism is often thought of as both a tolerant and accommodative religious tradition. Sikhism is strongly linked to maintenance of identity, focused on both rigid boundaries and exclusiveness, a process linked to politics and power. Confucianism is a contested term used to describe a wide variety of rituals and convictions, sometimes adopted by those in power to justify national unity and stability via a ‘Confucian’ culture, sometimes employed by the powerful to stifle dissent. Buddhism is often said to both tolerant and able to adapt to an environment where it is practised, yet the faith also may exhibit intolerance in relation to expressions of dissent.

Interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome, as are those from political science, international relations, sociology, philosophy, history, and ethical and religious studies.

For details please contact with Jeffrey Haynes; tsjhayn1@londonmet.ac.uk or A. Erdi Ozturk e.ozturk@londonmet.ac.uk 

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