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Title: The Cambridge Companion to New Religious Movements
Author: Hammer, Olav Mikael Rothstein (eds)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2012
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521196505
Volumes: 1; Pages: 341
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New religions emerge as distinct entities in the religious landscape when innovations are introduced by a charismatic leader or a schismatic group leaves its parent organization. New religious movements (NRMs) often present novel doctrines and advocate unfamiliar modes of behavior, and have therefore often been perceived as controversial. NRMs have, however, in recent years come to be treated in the same way as established religions, that is, as complex cultural phenomena involving myths, rituals and canonical texts. This Companion discusses key features of NRMs from a systematic, comparative perspective, summarizing results of forty years of research. The volume addresses NRMs that have caught media attention, including movements such as Scientology, New Age, the Neopagans, the Sai Baba movement and Jihadist movements active in a post-9/11 context. An essential resource for students of religious studies, the history of religion, sociology, anthropology and the psychology of religion.Table of ContentsIntroduction to New Religious Movements, Olav Hammer and Mikael RothsteinPart I. Social Science Perspectives: 1. The sociology of New Religious Movements, David Bromley2. Religion and the Internet, Douglas Cowan3. Major controversies involving New Religious Movements: a comparative perspective, James RichardsonPart II. Themes: 4. History and the end of time in New Religions, Garry Trompf5. Charismatic leaders in New Religions, Catherine Wessinger6. Rituals in New Religions, Graham Harvey7. Canonical and extracanonical texts in New Religions, Mikael Rothstein and Olav HammerPart III. New Religions in the West and Beyond: 8. Scientology: up stat, down stat, James Lewis9. Neo-Paganism, Sabina Magliocco10. The International Raelian Movement, Susan J. Palmer and Bryan Sentes11. The Sathya Sai Baba Movement, Tulasi Srinivas12. Neo-Sufism, Mark Sedgwick13. Satanism, Asbjirn Dyrendal and Jesper Aagaard Pedersen14. Theosophy, James Santucci15. The New Age, George Chryssides16. 'Jihadism' as a New Religious Movement, Reuven Firestone17. New Religions in the New Russia, Marat Shterin18. New Religious Movements in sub-Saharan Africa, Peter Clarke.