New Religious Movements in the 21st Century: Legal, Political, and Social Challenges in Global Perspective / Edition 1

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New Religious Movements in the 21st Century is the first volume to examine the urgent and important issues facing new religions in their political, legal and religious contexts in global perspective. With essays from prominent NRM scholars and usefully organized into four regional areas covering Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, Russia and Eastern Europe, and North and South America, as well as a concluding section on the major themes of globalization and terrorist violence, this book provides invaluable insight into the challenges facing religion in the twenty-first century. An introduction by Tom Robbins provides an overview of the major issues and themes discussed in the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415965774
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Lucas is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Stetson University. He is the author The Oddyssey of a New Religion and Prime Time Religion, with J. Gordon Melton and Jon Stone. He is also the founding editor of the journal iNova Religion. Tom Robbins, an independent scholar, has authored and edited many volumes including Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem (Routledge, 1997).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Alternative Religions, the State, and the Globe 1
1 General Overview of the "Cult Scene" in Great Britain 27
2 Religious Minorities and New Religious Movements in Denmark 35
3 France's Obsession with the "Sectarian Threat" 49
4 The Secte Response to Religious Discrimination: Subversives, Martyrs, or Freedom Fighters in the French Sect Wars? 61
5 Italy's Surprisingly Favorable Environment for Religious Minorities 75
6 New Religions in Germany: The Publicity of the Public Square 85
7 New Religions in the New Russia 99
8 New Religious Minorities in the Baltic States 117
9 Crushing Wahhabi Fundamentalists in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Subplot to the Global Struggle against Al Qa'ida or Suppression of Legitimate Religious Opposition? 129
10 Prophets, "False Prophets," and the African State: Emergent Issues of Religious Freedom and Conflict 151
11 Religion on a Leash: NRMs and the Limits of Chinese Freedom 179
12 Consensus Shattered: Japanese Paradigm Shift and Moral Panic in the Post-Aum Era 191
13 New Religions in Australia: Public Menace or Societal Salvation? 203
14 The Mainstreaming of Alternative Spirituality in Brazil 213
15 The Fate of NRMs and their Detractors in Twenty-First Century America 229
16 New Religions and the Anticult Movement in Canada 241
17 New Religious Movements and Globalization 253
18 Apocalypse 9/11 265
19 Establishments and Sects in the Islamic World 283
20 Research on New Religious Movements in the Post-9/11 World 313
21 Cults, Porn, and Hate: Convergent Discourses on First Amendment Restriction 329
Conclusion: The Future of New and Minority Religions in the Twenty-First Century: Religious Freedom under Global Siege 341
Index 359
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