The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe

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Publication Date 2021
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The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe offers a detailed overview of religious ideas, structures, and institutions in the making of Europe.

It examines the role of religion in fostering identity, survival, and tolerance in the empires and nation-states of Europe from Antiquity until today; the interplay between religion, politics and ideologies in the twentieth century; the dialogue between religious communities and European institutions in the construction of the European Union; and the engagement of Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism, and Eastern religions with the idea of Europe.

The collection closes with an overview of European nation states, focusing on history, demography, legal perspectives, political authorities, societal changes, and current trends. Written by leading scholars in the field, the Handbook is an authoritative and up-to-date volume which demonstrates the enduring presence of lived and institutionalized religion in the social networks of identity, policy, and power over two millennia of European history.

Table of Contents:

  • Religion and Europe: Methods, Theories and Approaches | Grace Davie & Lucian N. Leustean
  • Part I: Religion and the Making of Europe
    • Religion and Classical Europe, Twelfth Century BCE-600 CE | Christoph Auffarth
    • Religion and Latin Western Europe, 600-1500 | Geoffrey Koziol
    • Religion and Orthodox Eastern Europe, 600-1500 | Matthew C. Briel
    • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Medieval Europe | Ryan Szpiech
    • Reformation and Counter-Reformation in Europe | Jonathan Willis
    • The Enlightenment and Religion in Europe | Paschalis M. Kitromilides
    • Religion and Revolution in Europe | Bryan A. Banks & Erica Johnson Edwards
    • Religion and Nationality in Europe | Steven Grosby
  • Part II: Religion, Ideology, and Modernity in Europe
    • Religion and Dictatorship in Europe | Richard Steigmann-Gall
    • Christian Democracy and Europe | Kees van Kersbergen
    • Religion and the Cold War in Europe | Dianne Kirby
    • Religion and Europe after the Fall of the Iron Curtain | Lucian Turcescu & Lavinia Stan
    • Religion-State Relations in Europe | John T. S. Madeley
    • Religion, Secularity, and Secularization in Europe | Grace Davie
  • Part III: Religious Dialogue, Public Policy, and International Institutions in Europe
    • Religion and Politics in the European Union | Lucian N. Leustean
    • Religion and Law in the European Union | Norman Doe & Frank Cranmer
    • Religion and the European Parliament | François Foret
    • Religion and the European External Action Service | François Foret
    • The Conference of European Churches | Peter Pavlovic
    • The Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) | Frank Turner SJ
    • Religion and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe | W. Cole Durham, Jr.
    • Religion, Belief, and the European Court of Human Rights | Peter Cumper & Tom Lewis
    • Religion and the United Nations | Jeffrey Haynes
  • Part IV: Religious Diversity, World Religions, and the Idea of Europe
    • Roman Catholicism and Europe | Petr Kratochvíl
    • Protestantism and Europe | Brent F. Nelsen & James L. Guth
    • Eastern Orthodoxy and Europe | Effie Fokas
    • Islam and Europe | Jocelyne Cesari
    • Judaism and Europe | Miri Freud-Kandel
    • Eastern Religions and Europe | Martin Baumann
    • Non-religion and Europe | Josh Bullock & Stephen Bullivant
    • Managing Religious Diversity in Europe | Thomas Sealy, Tina Magazzini, Tariq Modood, & Anna Triandafyllidou
  • Part V: Religious Geography, Society, and Politics in Europe
    • The Baltic Countries | Sebastian Rimestad
    • Central Europe | Árpád von Klimó
    • France | Blandine Chelini-Pont
    • Germany | Michael Minkenberg
    • Ireland and the United Kingdom | Gladys Ganiel & Martin Steven
    • Italy | Claudio Ferlan & Marco Ventura
    • The Low Countries | Arie L. Molendijk
    • Nordic Europe | Inger Furseth
    • Southeast Europe | Vasilios N. Makrides
    • Spain and Portugal | Julio de la Cueva
    • Turkey | Ceren Özgül
    • Ukraine and Russia | Heather J. Coleman
    • Peripheries | Grace Davie, Ansgar Jödicke, & Vasilios N. Makrides
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Oxford University Press (OUP): Blog, 27/05/2022: The president and the Patriarch: the significance of religion in the Ukrainian crisis
London School of Economics (LSE): EUROPP Blog, 04/09/2022: Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe edited by Grace Davie and Lucian N. Leustean

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