Religion Compass

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Edited By: Tamara Sonn

Online ISSN: 1749-8171

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Youngh Buddhist Monks - Steve Evans, Atlanta GA unique in range and approach. The journal covers the entire discipline of religious studies and publishes original, peer-reviewed, state-of-the-art surveys of current research. It helps you to navigate the field by laying out the territory and identifying the major issues.

  • A new kind of core content: state-of-the-art surveys of current research discuss the major topics, issues, viewpoints, and controversies within each area of the discipline
  • Coverage of the entire field: highlights connections across sub-disciplines within religious studies
  • Reference-linked bibliographies: for each article, providing the ideal entry point into specialist literature

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All scholars of religion will benefit from Religion Compass, from junior teaching faculty and postgraduates, through to experienced and eminent researchers. The journals is for anyone who needs reliable, accessible and state-of-the-art articles, giving them access to any part of the field of religious studies.

Special Issue: Myth, Theory and Area Studies

Nuwa, Chinese creator goddess

Myth, Theory and Area Studies By Daniela Merolla and Mineke Schipper, Leiden University, the Netherlands
(Vol. 4, January 2009)

Myth and Science: Their Varying Relationships By Robert A. Segal, University of Aberdeen
(Vol. 4, February 2009)

Myth in China: The Case of Ancient Goddess Studies By Ye Shuxian, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing
(Vol. 4, February 2009)

Rupture and Fusion in the Approach to Myth: Situating Myth Analysis Between Philosophy, Poetics and Long-Range Historical Reconstruction By Wim van Binsbergen, Erasmus University Rotterdam/African Studies Centre Leiden
(Vol. 4, March 2009)




NEWSThe Graeco-Roman Religions section is an exciting new addition to our coverage of the field. Be sure to read the Editors’ vision statement for this new section!

NEWSWe now have a NEW Religion Compass homepage, hosted on the innovative WordPress network. Click here to see articles subdivided by section, plus an exciting associated forum, Exchanges.

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His Master's Voice

The Pax Islamica: Totalitarianism, Islamism and ‘Islamo-fascism’

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In this frank and relevant interview, Matthew Feldman, one of the editors of the Political Religions section of Religion Compass talks with Ana Belén Soage, of the University of Granada. They candidly discuss the nature of contemporary and modern politicised Islam.

Islamic Fundamentalism and Political Islam

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This free podcast offers a discussion between Yoav Di-Capua, co-editor of the Middle & Near East section of History Compass, and Tamara Sonn, Editor-in-Chief of Religion Compass and History Compass author. Here they skillfully examine Tamara’s article: Islamic Fundamentalism and Political Islam

Selected supplementary material

This video accompanies the following article: Fassler, M. (2009). Filming the Nuns of Regina Laudis: Old and New Evidence for Monastic Studies, Religion Compass Vol 3.

Many thanks to the Yale Institute of Sacred Music for allowing the use of clips from "Work and Pray: Living the Psalms with the Nuns of Regina Laudis [DVD],", New Haven, Yale Institute of Sacred Music. More details on the film can be found here. The film was produced with the support of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and will be distributed by WWNorton beginning in Fall, 2009.