Bibliography: Belief, identity and modernity: global religion since 1918

The following are preliminary reading suggestions for those interested in taking this course. A fuller bibliography will follow.

Introductory Reading

Talal Asad, Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam (2008)

Charles Taylor, A Secular Age (2007)

Hugh McLeod (ed.), World Christianities, c.1914-2000, Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 9 (2006) – electronic version on OLIS

1. Modernism

Peter Gay, Modernism: the lure of heresy from Baudelaire to Beckett and beyond (2007).

Jurgen Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity (1985).

Charles Taylor, Varieties of Religion Today: William James revisited (2002).

2. Nationalism and Transnationalism

Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (1983)

Anthony D Smith, Chosen Peoples: Sacred Sources of National Identity (2003)

Emanuel Sivan and Menachem Freedman (eds.), Religious Radicalism and Politics in the Middle East (1993).

Steven Vertovec, Transnationalism (2009)  -  [see also his Religion and Diaspora (2001) and R. Cohen and S. Vertovec, Conceiving Cosmopolitanism (2002)]

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph & James Piscatori, Transnational Religion and Fading States (1997)

3. Fundamentalism 

Harriet A. Harris, Fundamentalism and Evangelicals (2008).

Malise Ruthven, Fundamentalism: the search for meaning (2004).

Lawrence J. Silberstein (ed.), Jewish Fundamentalism in comparative perspective (1993)

4. Consumerism

John Drane, The McDonaldization of the Church: spirituality, creativity, and the future of the church (2000).

R. Lawrence Moore, Selling God: American religion in the marketplace (1994).

5.  Gender, Generation, and Sexuality

Danièle Hervieu-Léger, Religion as a Chain of Memory (2000).

Hugh McLeod, The Religious Crisis of the 1960s (2007).

Wade Clark Roof, Jackson W. Carroll, and David A. Roosen (eds.),  The Post-war Generation and Established Religion: cross-cultural perspectives (1996).

6. Contesting Religious Authority

Peter J. Bowler, Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: evolution and Christianity from Darwin to intelligent design (2007).

Paul Heelas, Scott Lash, and Paul Morris (eds.), Detraditionalization: critical reflections on authority and identity (1996).


7. Postmodernity

Zygmunt Bauman, Liquid Times: living in an age of uncertainty (2007)

David R. Carrette, Foucault and Religion: spiritual corporeality and political spirituality (2000).

Paul Hellas, David Martin, and Paul Morris (eds.), Religion, Modernity, and Postmodernity (1998).

David Lyon, Jesus in Disneyland: religion in postmodern times (2000).


8. Declines and Revivals

José Casanova, Public Religions in the Modern World (1994).

David Martin, Pentecostalism: the world their parish (2002).

Tariq Ramadan, Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation (2009)