Handbook of Leaving Religion introduces a neglected field of research with the aim to outline previous and contemporary research, and suggest how the topic of leaving religion should be studied in the future. The handbook consists of three sections: 1) Major debates about leaving religion; 2) Case studies and empirical insights; and 3) Theoretical and methodological approaches. Section one provides the reader with an introduction to key terms, historical developments, major controversies and significant cases. Section two includes case studies that illustrate various processes of leaving religion from different perspectives, and each chapter provides new empirical insights. Section three discusses, presents and encourages new approaches to the study of leaving religion.
Daniel Enstedt, Ph.D. (2011), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at that university. His research focus is mainly on contemporary religion and the sociology of religion, especially in the field of lived religion. He has studied apostasy and Islam in Sweden, religion and digital media, sexuality and Christianity, and new expressions of spirituality in Sweden.
Göran Larsson, Ph.D. (2000), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), is Professor of Religious Studies/History of Religions at that university. He has published extensively on Islam and Muslims in Europe in both past and present. Besides the study of Islam and Muslims, Larsson has also published on religion and media, migration, global conflicts and theoretical and methodological issues.
Teemu T. Mantsinen/, Ph.D. (2014), University of Turku (Finland), is Researcher of the Study of Religion at that university. His previous works include studies on Pentecostalism, social class, social transformations, migration, and Orthodox pilgrimage.
Contributors are: David Belfon, Clemens Cavallin, David McConnell, Ryan T. Cragun, Carole Cusack, Daniel Enstedt, Monica Lindberg Falk, Miguel Farias, Niklas Foxeus, Philip Francis, Amorette Hinderaker, Isabella Kasselstrand, Lily Kong, Göran Larsson, Erica Li Lundqvist, Jörgen Magnusson, Teemu T. Mantsinen, Kyle Messick, Masoumeh Rahmani, Lena Roos, Caleb Schaffner, Christine Schirrmacher, Michael Stausberg, Nora Stene, Peter G. Stromberg, Ryan Szpiech, Teemu Taira, Kati Tervo-Niemelä, Hugh Turpin, Orlando Woods.
Notes on Contributors
1 Leaving Religion: Introducing the Field
Daniel Enstedt, Göran Larsson and Teemu T. Mantsinen
Part 1: Historical and Major Debates
2 Leaving Hinduism
Clemens Cavallin 3 Leaving Buddhism
Monica Lindberg Falk 4 Leaving Religion in Antiquity
Jörgen Magnusson 5 Leaving Judaism
Lena Roos 6 Leaving Christianity
Teemu T. Mantsinen and Kati Tervo-Niemelä
7 Leaving Islam
Part 2: Case Studies
8 Leaving Hinduism: Deconversion as Liberation
Michael Stausberg 9 Leaving Theravāda Buddhism in Myanmar
Niklas Foxeus 10 Leaving Vipassana Meditation
Masoumeh Rahmani 11 Leaving Orthodox Judaism
David Belfon 12 Leaving the Amish
David L. McConnell 13 Leaving Evangelicalism
Philip Salim Francis 14 Leaving Pentecostalism
Teemu T. Mantsinen 15 Leaving Roman Catholicism
Hugh Turpin 16 Leaving Mormonism
Amorette Hinderaker 17 Leaving Islam for Christianity: Asylum Seeker Converts
Nora Stene 18 Leaving Islam from a Queer Perspective
Erica Li Lundqvist 19 Leaving New Religions
Carole M. Cusack 20 Non-Religion and Atheism
Caleb Schaffner and Ryan T. Cragun
Part 3: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches
21 Historical Approaches to Leaving Religion
Ryan Szpiech 22 Geographical and Demographic Approaches to Leaving Religion
Lily Kong and Orlando Woods 23 Statistical Approaches to Leaving Religion
Isabella Kasselstrand 24 Sociological Approaches to Leaving Religion
Daniel Enstedt 25 Psychological Approaches to Leaving Religion
Kyle Messick and Miguel Farias 26 Narrative and Autobiographical Approaches to Leaving Religion
Peter G. Stromberg 27 Media and Communication Approaches to Leaving Religion
All interested in conversion, deconversion and apostasy processes, and anyone concerned with methodological and theoretical questions related to leaving or changing religion.