Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 33

New Vistas in the Study of Religious and Non-religious Belief


Volume 33 of Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion brings together an open section and two special sections that illuminate new vistas in the study of religious and non-religious belief. Special section 1 examines the historical roots of religious practice emerging from Greater Khurāsān – a historical ‘cross-road’ for many world religions. Special section 2 initiates a paradigm shift in study of religious and non-religious belief in relation to children, insisting upon foregrounding children’s narratives. Both special sections explore under-researched areas, underlining the significance of historical and contextual approaches. At an intrinsic level the volume interrogates the power dynamics that determine why particular voices and approaches are prioritised in the study of religious and non-religious belief, and why others remain under- or mis-heard.

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Ralph W. Hood Jr. is professor of Psychology Professorship at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and UT Alumni Association Distinguished Service Professor.
Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor is Associate Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University.
Morteza Daneshyar is Assistant professor in the Department of History and Civilization of Muslim Nations at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran.
Vali Abdi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Religions and Mysticism at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. Iran.
Abbas Aghdassi serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Civilization of Muslim Societies at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran.
Alison Halford is an early career academic and Sociologist of Religion. She is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Computational Science and Mathematical Modelling, Coventry University.
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Special Section 1: Open Section

Secularization and Religiosity: A Computational Psychological Perspective
Francesco Rigoli

Prosocial Behavior, Spirituality, Religiousness, and Purpose in Life: A Study among a National Sample of Argentinians
Daniel Travis, Hernán Furman and Hugo Simkin

A Qualitative Research on the Psycho-Socio-Spiritual Background of Joining and Leaving Radical Religious Groups
İbrahim Yıldırım and Sevde Düzgüner

The Psychological Type Profile of Humanists UK: Not Just the Mirror Image of Believers
Gareth Longden and Mandy Robbins

The Francis Burnout Inventory: Testing the Balanced Affect Model Among Methodist Circuit Ministers In Great Britain
Leslie J. Francis, Andrew Village and John M. Haley

Psychological Type Profile of Methodist Ministers in Britain: Contributing to the Atlas of Clergy Type Tables
Leslie J. Francis, John M. Haley and Ursula McKenna

Psychological Type and Images of God
Leslie J. Francis, Ursula McKenna, Gillian L. Hall and Douglas S. Hall

The Other Side of the Coin: Religious Fundamentalism and Positive Mental Health Outcomes
Russell E. Phillips III and Michael B. Kitchens

Special Section 2: The Socio-historical Study of Religion in Greater Khurāsān

Introduction: A Beginning to the Socio-Historical Study of Religion in Greater Khurāsān
Morteza Daneshyar, Vali Abdi and Abbas Aghdassi

Xwaršēd Nigerišn and Its Zoroastrian Burial Customs in Greater Khurāsān
Mehdi Mousavinia and Hassan Basafa

Jewish and Christian Diaspora in Greater Khurāsān during the First Three Centuries AH
Mohsen Sharfaei and Vali Abdi

Karrāmīyya Relations with Other Islamic Sects in the Third to Sixth Centuries AH: A Glance on Its Relationship with Sufism
Hamidreza Sanaei and Robabeh Jafarpour

Sufi’s Book-Washing in Abū Saʿīd Abū al-Khayr’s Ḥālāt va Sukhanān and Asrār al-Tawḥīd
Mahmood Zeraatpisheh and Atefeh Ranjbardarestani

Connecting “Liminal” Spaces – Jewish Trade Networks in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Khurāsān
Ariane Sadjed

Considerations on the Epistemological Approach of Mīrzā Mahdī Iṣfahānī in al-Abwāb al-Hudā
Atefeh Ranjbardarestani and Mohammad Fazlhashemi

The Local Roots of Dr. Shariati’s Opposition to Philosophy: A Historical Approach
Abdolrahim Ghanava

Between Greater Khurāsān and the Khurāsān Province: The Continuity of Greater Khurāsān in the Social Identity of Iranian Sunnīs in Khurāsān Province
Hessam Habibi Doroh

Religion or Belief and the Child

Introduction: Religion or Belief and the Child
Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor and Alison Halford

25 Years of Approval Seeking in the US: The IRB and Ethnographic Protocols for Religious Studies Work with Child Consultants
Susan B. Ridgely

Discovery, Construction, Disclosure: Some Factors in the Developing Religious Identity of Children and Young People from Diverse Faith Backgrounds
Eleanor Nesbitt and Elisabeth Arweck

Children, Religion and Social Capital: Bonding and Bridging in Multi-faith Urban Neighbourhoods
Greg Smith

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