Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 32

Lesser Heard Voices in Studies of Religion


The present volume brings together scholars from all over the world in an open section and three special sections that explore how lesser-heard and unheard voices may be studied. Special section 1, Religion in Higher Education interrogates lived experiences of religion in higher education contexts and how certain voices are marginalised and minoritised. Special section 2, Cultural Blindness in Psychology, explores how culture as a lived experience, especially in its religious dimension, is rendered invisible in psychological science. Finally, special section 3 entitled Religious Authority in Practice in Contemporary Evangelical, Charismatic, and Pentecostal Christianity outlines “evangelicalism” and introduces “authority” as a sociological concept from various theoretical perspectives.

Contributors are Kusha Anand, Amin Al-Astewani, Amarina Ashar Ariyanto, Ryan T. Cragun, Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, Abhijit Dasgupta, Al Dueck, Johan Eriksson, Maren Freudenber, Mathew Guest, Gagan Hartana Tupah Brama, Stephen Heap, Ralph W. Hood, Joevarian Hudiyana, Thomas Kern, Tomas Lindgren, Josefa Loebell, Nina Monowski, Jenny Morgans, Laraib Niaz, Insa Pruisken, Martin Radermacher, Asgar Halim Rajput, Victoria Redclift, Sebastian Schüler, Kundan Singh, Hannes Sonnenschein, Mohammad Soltani Renani, Louise Sundarajan, Nicole Lee-Thung Tan, Xiaoqi Tang, Thomas Teo, Amanda tho Seeth, Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting, Min-Min Tan, Nicole Wagner, Paul Weller, Chee-Khong Yap, and YueYun Aw Yong.

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Ralph W. Hood Jr., PhD (1968) is Professor of psychology and LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and UT Alumni Association Distinguished Professor. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Brill series, Psychology and Religion and a past president of division 36 of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of its William James award for research in the psychology of religion.
Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, PhD (2010) is Associate Professor and Research Group Lead for Faith and Peaceful Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. She is the elected Chair (2020-2023) of the Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN). As a feminist sociologist of religion, she explores inter-religious relations in Britain, women’s religion, digital religion and British Muslim studies.
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List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors

Open Section

Edited by Ralph W. Hood and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

1 Mothers in the Pulpit: A Study of the Sermons at a Bengali Protestant Church in Kolkata
Abhijit Dasgupta

2 Shiite Jurisprudence; between Textualist Tradition and Rationalist Justice: A Case Study of Criminal Judgements, Women’s Judgements
Mohammad Soltani Renani

3 The Three-Dimensional Structure of Secular Belief Systems: Exploratory Factor Analysis and Investigation of Its Psychological and Political Correlates
Joevarian Hudiyana, Novitasari Damanik, Gagan Hartana Tupah Brama and Amarina Ashar Ariyanto

4 Moderate and Radical Muslims, but for Whom and for What Purpose?
Tomas Lindgren, Hannes Sonnenschein and Johan Eriksson

Special Section 1: Religion or Belief in Higher Education

Edited by Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

5 Introduction to Special Section 1: The Politics of Religion or Belief on Campus
Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

6 Conceptualising Higher Education: Anglican Theological Reflections on Being a University
Stephen Heap

7 Historical Dissenting Christian Academies and Contemporary Muslim Educational Institutions: Contexts, Comparisons, Resonances and Contrasts
Paul Weller

8 Emerging Christian Women at Uni: Intersection of Gender and Faith Identities on Campus
Jenny Morgans

9 Experiences of British Bangladeshi Muslims in Higher Education Institutions in the United Kingdom
Kusha Anand and Victoria Redclift

10 Reconciling between Religious Obligations and Studies for Muslim Students in English Higher Education
Asgar Halim Rajput

11 Pedagogical Reflections on the Introduction of a ‘Law and Religion’ Module in the Traditional Legal Curricula of Law Schools in the UK
Amin Al-Astewani

12 Islamic Universities and Identity Politics during Democratization: Contrasting Indonesia and Tunisia
Amanda tho Seeth

13 Does Interfaith Programming on College Campuses Influence Attitudes toward Religious Minorities?: A Case Study
Ryan T. Cragun

14 Buddhist Monks Work as Academic Staff in Chinese Universities
Xiaoqi Tang

15 The Precarious State of Academic Freedom in Higher Education: The Case of India and Pakistan
Kusha Anand and Laraib Niaz

Special Section 2: Cultural Blindness in Psychology

Edited by Louise Sundararajan

Introduction to Special Section 2: Cultural Blindness in Psychology
Louise Sundararajan

16 Cultural Blindness: The Price We Pay for Theory Neglect in Psychology
Louise Sundararajan

17 Culture-Supremacy: Expressions, Sources, and Resistance to a Psychology of Motivated Ignorance
Thomas Teo

18 Blind Spots in Cultural Psychology of Religion: Neutrality, Normativity, and Ontology
Al Dueck

19 William James and the (Non) Replication Crisis in Psychology: Conjectures and Controversy in the Psychology of Religion
Ralph W. Hood

20 There Isn’t Only Cultural Blindness in Psychology; Psychology Is Culture Blind
Kundan Singh

21 Religion, Illness Perception and Coping in Pandemics: A Systematic Review
Chee-Khong Yap, Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting, Nicole Lee-Thung Tan, Yue-Yun AwYong and Min-Min Tan

Special Section 3: Religious Authority in Practice in Contemporary Evangelical, Charismatic, and Pentecostal Christianity

Edited by Maren Freudenberg, Martin Radermacher and Sebastian Schüler

22 Introduction to Special Section 3: Religious Authority in Practice in Contemporary Evangelical, Charismatic, and Pentecostal Christianity
Maren Freudenberg, Martin Radermacher and Sebastian Schüler

23 From Protestant Ethic to Neoliberal Logic: Evangelicals at the Interface of Culture and Politics
Mathew Guest

24 From Denominationalism to Market Standards: How Does the Religious Market Affect Authority Relations in Protestant Congregations?
Insa Pruisken, Josefa Loebell, Nina Monowski and Thomas Kern

25 Explaini0ng Glossolalia Instead of Speaking in Tongues: Emotional Energy and Authority Relations at a Midwestern Pentecostal Megachurch
Maren Freudenberg

26 When Authority Fails: Cognitive Dissonance, Storytelling, and Collective Sense-Making in Unanswered Prayers
Sebastian Schüler

27 Validating Prophethood: Audiovisual Media and Religious Authority in Kenyan Pentecostalism
Nicole Wagner and Dorothea Schulz

28 Religious Authority in Evangelical, Charismatic, and Pentecostal Christianities
 Reflections about Concepts, Methods, and the Role of Non-human Agency in Authority Relations
Martin Radermacher

Psychology of religion, indigenous psychology, cultural psychology, cross-cultural psychology, critical theory, sociology, anthropology sociology of religion, anthropology of religion, religious studies. Suitable for clinicians, researchers and graduate and post-graduate studies
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