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The 2022 Call for Committee Nominations is now open. Each year, we invite American Academy of Religion members to nominate persons to fill open positions on AAR Standing Committees and Juries. AAR Members may nominate themselves or others. Nominations and required supporting materials must be received by 6:00 PM Eastern Time, Friday, July 9, 2022.

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BOOKS REVIEWED, 5/1/2022 to 5/31/2022

The Nicene Option: An Incarnational Phenomenology. By James K. A. Smith (Baylor University Press, 8/15/2021). Reviewed by Joel Mayward.
The Lonely Letters. By Ashon T. Crawley (Duke University Press, 4/10/2020). Reviewed by Biko Mandela Gray.
African Religions
Second-Generation African Pentecostals in the West. By Caleb Opoku Nyanni (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1/11/2021). Reviewed by Oluwakemi Adesina.
The Mindful Elite: Mobilizing from the Inside Out. By Jaime Kucinskas (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 11/27/2018). Reviewed by Ira Helderman.
Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception
The Gospel According to Eve: A History of Women's Interpretation. By Amanda W. Benckhuysen (InterVarsity Press, 10/29/2019). Reviewed by Isabelle Vowinkel.
Delivered Out of Empire: Pivotal Moments in the Book of Exodus, Part 1. By Walter Brueggemann, Brent A. Strawn (Westminster John Knox Press, 2/16/2021). Reviewed by Paul Eui-Hyun Chung.
Children's Bibles in America: A Reception History of the Story of Noah's Ark in US Children's Bibles . By Russell W. Dalton (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 8/23/2018). Reviewed by Dustin Burlet.
Christianity, contemporary
The Privilege of Being Banal: Art, Secularism, and Catholicism in Paris. By Elayne Oliphant (University of Chicago Press, 4/30/2021). Reviewed by A. Sophie Lauwers.
Autism and the Church: Bible, Theology, and Community. By Grant Macaskill (Baylor University Press, 11/1/2019). Reviewed by Sarah Sours.
Queering Wesley, Queering the Church. By Keegan Osinski (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 7/9/2021). Reviewed by Heejun Yang.
Christianity, ethics and social justice
The Ethics of Paul Tillich . By Ronald H. Stone (Mercer University Press, 10/1/2021). Reviewed by Regan Hardeman.
Christianity, not otherwise specified
The Congregation in a Secular Age. By Andrew Root (Baker Academic, 1/19/2021). Reviewed by Shaun Joynt.
Christianity, theology
The Kingdom and the Garden. By Giorgio Agamben, Adam Kotsko (Translator) (Seagull Books, 8/10/2020). Reviewed by Mark Brians.
Jesus in Jerusalem: The Last Days. By Eckhard Schnabel (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 7/1/2018). Reviewed by David Blackwell.
The Lonely Letters. By Ashon T. Crawley (Duke University Press, 4/10/2020). Reviewed by Biko Mandela Gray.
Divine Holiness and Divine Action. By Mark C. Murphy (Oxford University Press, 4/18/2021). Reviewed by Larissa Rosendale.
Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions
Margaret Mead: A Twentieth-Century Faith. By Elesha J. Coffman (Oxford, 1/14/2021). Reviewed by Ian Jones.
Individualized Religion: Practitioners and their Communities. By Claire Wanless (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 5/6/2021). Reviewed by Gert Jonathan Naberman.
Religious Responses to Modernity. By Yohanan Friedmann, Christoph Markschies (Editors) (Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2/22/2021). Reviewed by Kent Clarke.
Critical Theory, Methods/Theories in Religious Studies
Othering: The Original Sin of Humanity. By Charles K. Bellinger (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 12/28/2020). Reviewed by Margaret D. Kamitsuka.
East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books
Christian Women and Modern China: Recovering a Women's History of Chinese Protestantism. By Li Ma (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 1/28/2021). Reviewed by Shu-chen Hsuhsiung.
New Approaches to Islam in Film. By Kristian Petersen (Taylor & Francis Group, 4/27/2021). Reviewed by Matt K. Sheedy.
Words of Experience: Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst. By Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, Brannon M. Wheeler (Editors) (Equinox Publishing Limited, 10/1/2020). Reviewed by Adam Matvya.
In Exile: Geography, Philosophy and Judaic Thought. By Jessica Dubow (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 11/12/2020). Reviewed by Wytze Dijkstra.
Jewish Mysticism: From Ancient Times through Today. By Marvin A. Sweeney (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 3/26/2020). Reviewed by Tom Edmondson.
Converts in the Dead Sea Scrolls: The Gēr and Mutable Ethnicity. By Carmen Palmer (BRILL, 10/26/2018). Reviewed by Michael DeVries.
When Rabbis Bless Congress: The Great American Story of Jewish Prayers on Capitol Hill. By Howard Mortman (Academic Studies Press, 10/20/2020). Reviewed by Eric Mazur.
Philosophy of Religion
Hope in a Secular Age: Deconstruction, Negative Theology, and the Future of Faith. By David Newheiser (Cambridge University Press, 1/31/2020). Reviewed by Regan Hardeman.
Religious Language, Meaning and Use: The God Who Is Not There. By Robert K. Bolger, Robert C. Coburn (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 8/22/2019). Reviewed by Hermen Kroesbergen.
The Nicene Option: An Incarnational Phenomenology. By James K. A. Smith (Baylor University Press, 8/15/2021). Reviewed by Joel Mayward.
Religion & Literature
Christian Popular Culture from the Chronicles of Narnia to Duck Dynasty. By Eleanor Hersey Nickel (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 5/13/2021). Reviewed by Laura Yordy.
Religion & Politics
Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of the Religious Right. By Randall Herbert Balmer (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 8/10/2021). Reviewed by Allison P. Coudert.
Nonviolence Before King: The Politics of Being and the Black Freedom Struggle. By Anthony C. Siracusa (University of North Carolina Press, 6/28/2021). Reviewed by David C. Justice.
Representing God: Christian Legal Activism in Contemporary England. By Méadhbh McIvor (Princeton University Press, 10/6/2020). Reviewed by Luca Farrow.
Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War. By Micah Goodman, Eylon Levy (translator) (Yale University Press, 9/18/2018). Reviewed by Philip Hollander.
Religion in North America
The Course of God's Providence: Religion, Health, and the Body in Early America. By Philippa Koch (New York University Press, 4/13/2021). Reviewed by Charles Hambrick-Stowe.
Puritans Behaving Badly: Gender, Punishment, and Religion in Early America. By Monica D. Fitzgerald (Cambridge University Press, 5/31/2020). Reviewed by Jaimie Crumley.
Religion, Art, & Music
Dancing to Transform: How Concert Dance Becomes Religious in American Christianity. By Emily Wright (Intellect, Limited, 5/11/2021). Reviewed by Charles Conway.
Theology, Music, and Modernity: Struggles for Freedom. By Edited by Jeremy Begbie, Daniel K L Chua, and Markus Rathey (Oxford University Press, 3/28/2021). Reviewed by Bradley K. Broadhead.
Bollywood Horrors: Religion, Violence and Cinematic Fears in India. By Ellen Goldberg, Aditi Sen, Brian Collins (Editors) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 11/12/2020). Reviewed by Jackson Stephenson.
Consciousness and Being: From Being to Truth in the Thomistic Tradition. By Robert C. Trundle (Pickwick Publications, 1/9/2019). Reviewed by Harry Moore.
South Asian Religions, excluding Hinduism-only or Islam-only books
Modi's India: Hindu Nationalism and the Rise of Ethnic Democracy. By Christophe Jaffrelot (Princeton University Press, 8/3/2021). Reviewed by Knut Axel Jacobsen.

BOOKS RECEIVED, 5/1/2022 to 5/31/2022

The Racial Muslim: When Racism Quashes Religious Freedom. By Sahar F. Aziz (University of California Press, 1/30/2021).
The Psychology of Christian Nationalism: Why People Are Drawn In and How to Talk Across the Divide. By Pamela Cooper-White (Fortress Press, 5/31/2022).
BOOKS RECEIVED, 5/1/2022 to 5/31/2022
Ancient Religions
The Samaritans: A Biblical People. By Steven Fine (Editor) (BRILL, 03/23/2022).
Gongga Laoren (1903-1997): Her Role in the Spread of Tibetan Buddhism in Taiwan. By Fabienne Jagou (BRILL, 07/19/2021).
Rethinking 'Classical Yoga' and Buddhism: Meditation, Metaphors and Materiality. By Karen O'Brien-Kop (Bloomsbury Academic, 10/7/2021).
Tibetan Nun Mingyur Peldrön: A Woman of Power and Privilege. By Alison Melnick Dyer (University of Washington Press, 8/2/2022).
Losing Ourselves: Learning to Live without a Self. By Jay L. Garfield (Princeton University Press, 05/24/2022).
Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception
John and Anti-Judaism: Reading the Gospel in Light of Greco-Roman Culture. By Jonathan Numada (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 6/1/2021).
John 14:6 in Light of Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Sharing Truth on the Way to Life. By Laura Tack (Mohr Siebeck, 9/1/2021).
Abraham's Silence: The Binding of Isaac, the Suffering of Job, and How to Talk Back to God. By J. Richard Middleton (Baker Academic, 11/16/2021).
The Apocryphal Gospels. By Simon Gathercole (Penguin Classics, 5/10/2022).
Christianity, contemporary
Christianity in Brazil: An Introduction from a Global Perspective. By Sílvia Fernandes (Bloomsbury Academic, 10/7/2021).
Christianity, ethics and social justice
Two Martyrs in a Godless World: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Alexander Men. By Michel Evdokimov, Jeremy N. Ingpen (Translator) (New City Press, 5/17/2021).
Christianity, theology
Karl Barth's Ontology of Divine Grace: God's Decision is God's Being. By Tyler J. Frick (Mohr Siebeck, 9/1/2021).
Nature as Guide: Wittgenstein and the Renewal of Moral Theology. By David Goodill (Catholic University of America Press, 4/1/2022).
The Body of the Cross: Holy Victims and the Invention of the Atonement. By Travis E. Ables (Fordham University Press, 12/7/2021).
The Eucharistic Form of God: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Sacramental Theology. By Jonathan Martin Ciraulo (University of Notre Dame Press, 3/15/2022).
George Lindbeck and the Israel of God: Scripture, Ecclesiology, and Ecumenism. By Shaun C. Brown (Palgrave Macmillan, 07/03/2021).
Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions
Recycled Lives: A History of Reincarnation in Blavatsky’s Theosophy. By Julie Chajes (Oxford University Press, 2/19/2019).
Initiating the Millennium: The Avignon Society and Illuminism in Europe. By Robert Collis, Natalie Bayer (Oxford University Press, 1/22/2020).
Young Muslims and Christians in a Secular Europe: Pursuing Religious Commitment in the Netherlands. By Daan Beekers (Bloomsbury Academic, 01/14/2021).
Liquid Light: Ayahuasca Spirituality and the Santo Daime Tradition. By G. William Barnard (Columbia University Press, 06/07/2022).
Critical Theory, Methods/Theories in Religious Studies
Sacrifice: Themes, Theories, and Controversies. By Margo Kitts (Cambridge University Press, 7/21/2022).
East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books
Imagining the East: The Early Theosophical Society. By Tim Rudbog, Erik Sand (Editors) (Oxford University Press, 1/29/2020).
Shared Devotion, Shared Food: Equality and the Bhakti-Caste Question in Western India. By Jon Keune (Oxford University Press, 04/26/2021).
Metaphors of Death and Resurrection in the Qur'an: An Intertextual Approach with Biblical and Rabbinic Literature. By Abdulla Galadari (Bloomsbury Academic, 10/7/2021).
Cyber Muslims: Mapping Islamic Digital Media in the Internet Age. By Robert Rozehnal (Editor) (Bloomsbury Academic, 5/19/2022).
Under Siege: Islamophobia and the 9/11 Generation. By Jasmin Zine (McGill-Queen's University Press, 04/05/2022).
Jewish Magic Before the Rise of Kabbalah. By Yuval Harari (Wayne State University Press, 10/1/2021).
The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton. By Andrew Porwancher (Princeton University Press, 8/17/2021).
The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Approaches to the Hebrew Bible. By Susanne Scholz (Editor) (Oxford University Press, 12/31/2020).
Philosophy of Religion
Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die. By Steven Nadler (Princeton University Press, 5/10/2022).
Sacred and Secular: Responses to Life in a Finite World. By Donald A. Crosby (State University of New York Press, 1/1/2022).
Religion & Law
The Racial Muslim: When Racism Quashes Religious Freedom. By Sahar F. Aziz (University of California Press, 1/30/2021).
Nothing Has to Make Sense: Upholding White Supremacy through Anti-Muslim Racism. By Sherene H. Razack (University of Minnesota Press, 04/19/2022).
Banning Black Gods: Law and Religions of the African Diaspora. By Danielle N. Boaz (Penn State University Press, 11/1/2022).
Religion & Literature
Reading Evangelicals: How Christian Fiction Shaped a Culture and a Faith. By Daniel Silliman (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 10/5/2021).
Religious Narratives in Contemporary Culture: Between Cultural Memory and Transmediality. By Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, Dragoş Manea (Editors) (BRILL, 4/26/2021).
Reading German for Theological Studies: A Grammar and Reader. By Carolyn Roberts Thompson (Baker Academic, 11/2/2021).
The Mask of Memnon: Meaning and the Novel. By Jean-Luc Beauchard (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 3/31/2022).
Religion & Politics
The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy. By Philip S. Gorski, Samuel L. Perry (Oxford University Press, 4/1/2022).
The Psychology of Christian Nationalism: Why People Are Drawn In and How to Talk Across the Divide. By Pamela Cooper-White (Fortress Press, 5/31/2022).
Religion & Science
Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. By Katharine Hayhoe (Atria Books, 09/21/2021).
Religion in North America
Melville's Wisdom: Religion, Skepticism, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century America. By Damien B. Schlarb (Oxford University Press, 7/2/2021).
Relation and Resistance: Racialized Women, Religion, and Diaspora. By Sailaja Krishnamurti, Becky R. Lee (Editors) (McGill-Queen's University Press, 9/30/2021).
American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country. By Jack Jenkins (HarperOne, 4/27/2021).
White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity. By Robert P. Jones (Simon & Schuster, 7/28/2020).
South Asian Religions, excluding Hinduism-only or Islam-only books
Making a Mantra: Tantric Ritual and Renunciation on the Jain Path to Liberation. By Ellen Gough (University of Chicago Press, 10/11/2021).
First Words, Last Words: New Theories for Reading Old Texts in Sixteenth-Century India. By Yigal Bronner, Lawrence McCrea (Oxford University Press, 08/20/2021).
Jain Rāmāyaṇa Narratives: Moral Vision and Literary Innovation. By Gregory M. Clines (Routledge, 5/6/2022).
A Genealogy of Devotion: Bhakti, Tantra, Yoga, and Sufism in North India. By Patton E. Burchett (Columbia University Press, 05/28/2019).
The Transformation of Tamil Religion: Ramalinga Swamigal (1823–1874) and Modern Dravidian Sainthood. By Srilata Raman (Routledge, 4/27/2022).
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