Rescripting Religion in the City
Migration and Religious Identity in the Modern Metropolis
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- Edited by Jane Garnett, Wadham College, University of Oxford, UK and Alana Harris, King's College London, UK
- Rescripting Religion in the City explores the role of faith and religious practices as strategies for understanding and negotiating the migratory experience. Leading international scholars draw on case studies of urban settings in the global north and south. Presenting a nuanced understanding of the religious identities of migrants within the 'modern metropolis' this book makes a significant contribution to fields as diverse as twentieth-century immigration history, the sociology of religion and migration studies, as well as historical and urban geography and practical theology.
- Contents: Introduction, Jane Garnett and Alana Harris; Part I Conversations and Translations: ‘Language' across Boundaries: Theologies and ethics of migration: Muslim and Christian perspectives, Susanna Snyder, Zayn Kassam, Anna Rowlands and Narzanin Massoumi; Scholarly languages I: migration, faith, ethnicity and political subjectivity, Michael Keith; Scholarly languages II: anthropology, religion and migration, Simon Coleman; Performative languages I: sound, music and migration in Jerusalem’s Old City, Abigail Wood; Performative languages II: ‘Do what the Qur’an says and stay away from crack’: Mirpuri Muslims, rap music and the city, Thomas Hodgson; Performative languages III: Belleville bazaar, Liz Hingley and Alice Hertzog. Part II Place and Space: The contagion of the sacred and the right to the city: modalities of belonging, becoming and participating amongst diasporic religious communities and the growth of the post-secular city, Chris Baker; Making a good death: Muslim burial sites and practices in Britain from 1800 to the present, Nazneen Ahmed; Church without walls: mapping the sacred in east London, Jane Garnett and Alana Harris; Refugee camps and cities in conversation, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh. Part III Gender and Generation: Religious routes and routines: African migrants moving in and out of Paris, Catrien Notermans, Maya Turolla and Willy Jansen; Inter-generational negotiations of religious identity, belief and practice; child, youth and adult perspectives from three cities, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh; Transnational faith, families and belonging: Brazilians in London and ‘back home’, Olivia Sheringham; From bodies to souls: Jewish youth clubs in the East End of London and the transmission of tradition, Gil Toffell. Part IV Public Policy: The Church of England, race and multiculturalism 1962-2012, Matthew Grimley; Discovering faith? The hidden contours of political participation and devotional practice in contemporary east London, Michael Keith; Does Warsaw need a mosque? Debates on multi-culturalism and national identity in Poland, Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska; Hospitality as resistance: religious responses to the trend toward ‘local enforcement’ in the United States, Marie Friedmann Marquardt; Rescripting religion at UNESCO and in Australia: religions and social policy in two contexts, Gary D. Bouma; Conclusion, Jane Garnett and Alana Harris; Bibliography; Index.
- About the Editor: Jane Garnett is a Fellow and Tutor in History at Wadham College, Oxford and Alana Harris works in the History Department at King's College London where she teaches modern British history, specialising in social and cultural history and the history of London. They have previously successfully collaborated as co-authors/editors (with M. Grimley, W. Whyte and S. Williams) on Redefining Christian Britain: Post-1945 Perspectives (2007).
- Reviews: ‘This is a boundary-crossing book in every sense. Its rich and varied studies shake up our categories of migrant and host, crosser and dweller, home and away. It continually crosses back and forth across disciplinary lines. And it gathers together topics often sealed off from one another: religion and migration, space and place, multiculturalism and public policy.’
Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University, UK
‘Rescripting Religion in the City is a wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary exploration that offers novel and fruitful idioms to understand the diverse ways in which migrants draw from their religious traditions to construct identities, map out spaces of livelihood, and engage with the state and civil society in the late-modern city.’
Manuel A. Vasquez, University of Florida, USA
'… the book provides a rich mine of information and innovative analyses.'
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