Virtual Bookshelf

Browse through our virtual bookshelf, updated with academic staff's most recent publications

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Professor Rachel Muers, Ashley Cocksworth, David F. Ford (eds.) – Ford's The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology since 1918, 4th Edition

Published: March 2024

Captures the multiple voices of Christian theology in a diverse and interconnected world through in-depth studies of representative figures and overviews of key movements

Providing an unparalleled overview of the subject, The Modern Theologians provides an indispensable guide to the diverse approaches and perspectives within Christian theology from the early twentieth century to the present. Each chapter is written by a leading scholar and explores the development and trajectory of modern theology while presenting critical accounts of a broad range of relevant topics and representative thinkers.

The fourth edition of The Modern Theologians is fully updated to provide readers with a clear picture of the broad spectrum and core concerns of modern Christian theology worldwide. It offers new perspectives on key twentieth-century figures and movements from different geographical and ecclesial contexts. There are expanded sections on theological dialogue with non-Christian traditions, and on Christian theology's engagement with the arts and sciences. A new section explores theological responses to urgent global challenges - such as nationalism, racism, and the environmental crisis.

Providing the next generation of theologians with the tools needed to take theological conversations forward, The Modern Theologians:

  • Explores Christian theology's engagement with multiple ways of knowing across diverse approaches and traditions
  • Combines introductions to key modern theologians and coverage of the major movements within contemporary theology
  • Identifies common dynamics found across theologies to enable cross-contextual comparisons
  • Positions individual theologians in geographical regions, trans-local movements, and ecclesial contexts
  • Features new and revised chapters written by experts in particular movements, topics, and individuals

Providing in-depth critical evaluation and extensive references to further readings and research, Ford's The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology since 1918, Fourth Edition, remains an ideal textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in Theology and Religious Studies, such as Introduction to Christian Theology, Systematic Theology, Modern Theology, and Modern Theologians.

It is also an invaluable resource for researchers, those involved in various forms of Christian ministry, teachers of religious studies, and general readers engaged in independent study.

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Dr Joshua Ralston and Klaus von Stosch (eds.) – Beyond Binaries: Religious Diversity in Europe

Published: September 2023

In Europe religion and the secular are often depicted as inherently opposed to one another, with religions often considered to be only relevant to private affairs and personal beliefs. In contrast, the public sphere is understood as a secular and rational place where religious influence must be curtailed. In this binary perspective, Islam is viewed as misunderstanding the nature of religion and the secular because it seeks to enter the public space and does not properly accept the separation of religion and state. By contrast, Europe is associated with political secularism and it is presumed to be both secular and Judeo-Christian. This leaves other religious traditions, especially Islam and Muslims, as outside the dominant vision of Europe. The book brings authors together who share a vision of Europe beyond these binaries. It shows paths to a fruitful encounter of religion and secularities in Europe on the one hand and of Judaism, Christianity and Islam on the other.

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Dr Walaa Quisay – Neo-traditionalism in Islam in the West: Orthodoxy, Spirituality and Politics

Published: July 2023

Studies the impact neo-traditionalism has on the religious and political subjectivities of Muslims in the West

  • Shows the importance of neo-traditionalism in the changing conceptions of religious orthodoxy, religious authority and spirituality for young Muslims in the West

  • Studies primarily – although not exclusively – three neo-traditionalist shaykhs: Hamza Yusuf, Abdal Hakim Murad and Umar Faruq Abd-Allah
  • Analyses how neo-traditionalist shaykhs construct the notion of ‘tradition’ concerning what they perceive to have been lost in modernity
  • Examines the political implications to their critiques of modernity – as it pertains to political quietism, race and gender

Examining Muslim neo-traditionalist scholars in the West and their community of young seekers of sacred knowledge, Walaa Quisay explores the emerging trend within Anglo-American Islam that emphasises the importance of ‘tradition’. This book focuses on spiritual retreats hosted by three main shaykhs – Hamza Yusuf, Abdal Hakim Murad and Umar Faruq Abd-Allah – to examine how religious authority is formed and affirmed.

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