Special Issues

Religions runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Innovations in Religious Material Culture Studies
edited by
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3171
Keywords: religious material culture; mass culture of religion; religion and commercialism; religion and modernity; religion and museums; religion and art
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Role of Religion and Religious Beliefs in the Provision of Care and Medical Education
edited by Aaron B. Franzen
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | Viewed by 484
Keywords: patient interactions; religious beliefs and values; professionalization; mental and physical health; medical education
Religious Beliefs, Journalism, and International Affairs
edited by Natalie Khazaal
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | Viewed by 338
Keywords: journalism; international affairs; religion; atheism; representations of the religious other; age of revolutions and pandemics; democracy & development; conflict & human rights; communicative & social strategies; digital spaces; fear & accountability
Globalization and East Asian Religions
edited by Ugo Dessì and Lukas Pokorny
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2006
Keywords: globalization; East Asian religions; glocalization; transnationalism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Humanity and Divinity in the Perspective of Phenomenology of Religions
edited by Xin Leng and Yinghui Ma
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | Viewed by 254
Keywords: phenomenology; humanity; divinity; transcendence; Husserl; Heidegger; Scheler; Derrida; Levinas; Marion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Epistemic Issues in Non-classical Religious Belief
edited by
submission deadline 25 May 2022 | Viewed by 126
Keywords: religious belief; religious epistemology; spirit belief; non-western religion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Religious Freedom in Multicultural Societies
edited by Giuseppe Giordan
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 941
Keywords: religious freedom; religious pluralism; religious diversity; multiculturalism; identity-building; human rights; social inclusion; equality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Race, Religion, and Sport in 2020
edited by Eric Bain-Selbo, Sean T. Coleman and Joseph C. Spears
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1311
Keywords: race; religion; sport; COVID-19; presidential election
Islamic Revivalism and Social Transformation in the Modern World
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 864
Keywords: Islamic revivalism; revivalist movements; Islamic ideology; modernity; modernity crisis; social problem; social change; theories and perspectives; renewal methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines: Impact on Asia and the World
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6439
Keywords: Christian world; evangelization; inculturation; culture; 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines
Sacramental and Liturgical Theology of Healing and Crisis Rites
edited by Kimberly Hope Belcher
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1184
Keywords: liturgy; sacrament; eschatology; crisis; healing; anointing; sickness; death; justice; reconciliation; genocide; memorial
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Mystical Theology and Muslim-Christian Dialogue
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2049
Keywords: Mysticism; Sufism; Islam; Christianity; Christology; Hermeneutics; Religious Experience; Dialogue; ‘ Attar; Rumi; Ibn ‘ Arabi; Augustine of Hippo; John of the Cross; André Scrima; Pierre Claverie; Chiara Lubich; Eschatology; Mission
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Religion, Ritual, and Political Leader Cults
edited by Xavier Marquez
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1445
Keywords: political leader cults; charisma; charismatic authority; ritual; communication
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Holy Grammars: The Linguistic Factor in the Transmission of Sacred Texts
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1337
Keywords: sacred texts; peoples of the Book; ancient and medieval grammars; linguistic purism; orthoepy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Autoethnographic Reflection on Spirituality, Mysticism and Consciousness: Transformations in the Academy and Beyond
edited by , and Gina Ratkovic
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1859
Keywords: autoethnography; mysticism; mystical experience; spirituality; connection experience; peak experience; flow experience; transcendence; pure consciousness event; plateau experience; autoethnography
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
In the Shadows of Religious Experience: Hostility, Violence, Revenge submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2223
Keywords: phenomenology; philosophy of religion; religious experience; religious violence; religious emotion; social imaginaries; cultures of violence; neoliberalism; exploitation; human condition; homo religiosus; secularism; first person authority; intersubjectivity; power
Religion–Existence–Death: Perspectives from Existentialism
edited by Achim Oberst and Susanne Claxton
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 664
Keywords: A/temporality/eternity; Anxiety/despair/dread/fear; Body; Death/dying/perishing; Finitude; Im/mortality; Nothing(ness); Im/perfection; Redemption/salvation/bliss; Resurrection/survival
Titles, Paratexts, and Manuscript Communication: Jewish and Christian Literature in Material Context submission deadline 1 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1214
Keywords: manuscripts; history of interpretation; paratexts; titular traditions; textual transmission; reception history
Original Sin: Wesleyan/Methodist Insights for Women
edited by Sarah Heaner Lancaster
submission deadline 1 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 342
Keywords: Methodism/Methodist; Holiness; Eve; Original sin; Original righteousness; Moral image of God; Sin; Desire; John Wesley
The Materiality of Religion in Ancient Near Eastern Art and Culture
edited by Beate Pongratz-Leisten
submission deadline 1 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 232
Keywords: materiality; context; agency; cognition; experience; mental framework; memory; meaning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Religious Thought and Tragedy
edited by
submission deadline 5 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 238
Keywords: Greek tragedy; religion; Aeschylus; Sophocles; Euripides; Shakespeare; gods; destiny; myth; ritual; freedom; free will
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Religious Communities in Exile and Diaspora
edited by Ellen Posman
submission deadline 5 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1502
Keywords: exile; diaspora; transnational; migration; homeland; displacement
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Religion, Conflict Transformation, and Peacebuilding: New Perspectives
edited by and
submission deadline 10 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1052
Keywords: religion; actors; peacebuilding; conflict transformation; reconciliation; conflict prevention
Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism in Post-pandemic
edited by
submission deadline 10 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 520
Keywords: COVID-19; pilgrimage; pilgrimage route; pilgrimage space; post-pandemic; religion; religious tourism; relay pilgrimages; spiritual health; spiritual pilgrimages; surrogate pilgrimage; virtual pilgrimage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
COVID-19, Mental Health, and Religious–Spiritual Coping Research in East Asia
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 627
Keywords: COVID-19; mental health; religion; spirituality; East Asia
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
New Approaches to Qur'anic Hermeneutics in the Muslim World submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 7450
Keywords: the Qur’ an; Qur’ anic hermeneutics; exegesis; historicism; semantic; semiotic; Muslim feminism; Salafism; literalist; universalism; localism; scientific exegesis; contemporary; classical
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Representations and Interpretations of the Passion and Death of Christ: Global Perspectives
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3385
Keywords: passion of Christ; crucifixion; crucifix; the Cross; patristics; passion relics; passion play; passion poetry; apocryphal literature; pilgrimage; Holy Land; Jerusalem; preaching; exempla; medieval drama; folk art; arma Christi; lived religion; holy cards; religious folklore
Are Muslim-Jewish Relations Improving in the 21st Century?
edited by Gunther Jikeli
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 7632
Keywords: Muslims; Jews; interfaith; Abrahamic Accords
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Buddhist Wizards and Magic
edited by Thomas Patton
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 371
Keywords: Buddhism; magic; comparative religion; wizards; shamans; sorcerers; material and visual culture; ritual; hagiography
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Health and Mindfulness: A Christian Approach submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3281
Keywords: mindfulness; Christian research; health outcomes; behavioral health
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Religions and Intercultural Education
edited by Geir Skeie and Øystein Lund Johannessen
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 199
Keywords: intercultural education; religious education; teaching; learning; inclusion; diversity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Faith, Religion, and Global Higher Education
edited by Katherine Marshall and Sudipta Roy
submission deadline 20 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 1013
Keywords: religion; student affairs; religious institutions; religious identity; religion and state; religious freedom; international and comparative education; globalization; academic freedom; religious equality; radicalization; religious literacy
Myth-Making in the Hebrew Bible submission deadline 25 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2540
Keywords: Hebrew Bible; myth; myth theory; myth-making; ancient storytelling; cosmogony; anthropology; ancient religion; ancient literature
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Spirituality, Religion and Consumer Behavior submission deadline 25 Jun 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2342
Keywords: religion; spirituality; consumer behavior; marketing; tourism; brand management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Gender, Religion and Migration: Translocalities and Pandemics submission deadline 25 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2646
Keywords: Translocalities; Pandemic; Transformations; Religiosity/religion; Gender/gender expressions/gender roles/equity; State control; Resilience/coping; Migration; Ethnicities; Generations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Sufism in the Modern World submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1072
Keywords: Sufism; Islamic mysticism; modern period; dynamics of religion; Sufism in the West; history of ideas; Islamic reform; spirituality
Śākta Purāṇas in Hindu Religious Practice, Text, and History
edited by Patricia Dold
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 178
Keywords: Śākta Purāṇas; Devī Purāṇa; Devī Bhagavata Purāṇa; Kālikā Purāṇa; Mahābhāgavata Purāṇa; Upapurāṇas; Śākta texts; Śākta narrative; Śāktism; Hindu Goddesses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
The Development of Christian Heavy Metal: From the Cold War through the War on Terror
edited by and Shawn David Young
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 455
Keywords: Christian Heavy Metal; Politics of War; Atheism; Agnosticism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Meditation and Spiritual Practice
edited by
submission deadline 1 Jul 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 11250
Keywords: meditation; spirituality; awakening; liberation; hindrances; meditation challenges; stages of spiritual experience; Buddhism; Hinduism; Christianity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Global Laozegetics: Engaging the Multiplicity of Laozi Interpretations and Translations
edited by
submission deadline 1 Jul 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 2684
Keywords: Laozi; Daodejing; Daoism; global philosophy; translation; commentary; hermeneutics; history of ideas; textual reception; interpretive lineage
Intercultural Theology vis-à-vis Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue submission deadline 1 Jul 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2567
Keywords: Intercultural dialogue; inculturation; acculturation; interreligious dialogue; ecumenical dialogue; contextual theology; religious universalism; cosmotheandric wellbeing
Spirituality and Existential Issues in Health
edited by Suvi-Maria Saarelainen and
submission deadline 1 Jul 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1164
Keywords: spirituality in nursing; spirituality in care; existential issues in care; spiritually/existentially competent care; spiritual/existential needs in care; care policy; spiritually/existentially competent Education
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Contemporary Continental Philosophy and Jewish Thought
edited by Richard A. Cohen
submission deadline 1 Jul 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 4453
Keywords: philosophy; reason; revelation; redemption; God; monotheism; Bible Criticism; ethics; orthodoxy; law; Talmud; enlightenment; phenomenology; mitzvah; commandments; ritual; Bible; prayer; Torah; Halakah
Spirituality and Positive Psychology submission deadline 1 Jul 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4077
Keywords: positive psychology; well-being; spirituality; growth; mindfulness; meaning in life; wholeness; spiritual development; character strengths; PTG; hope; resilience; awe; elevation; self-transcendence; wholeness
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Ritualizing Materials and Materializing Rituals in Medieval Chinese Buddhism
edited by Huaiyu Chen
submission deadline 10 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 139
Keywords: ritual; material culture; manuscripts; inscriptions; Dunhuang; murals; scriptures; worship; cult
Philosophical Concepts in the Hindu Tradition: Global Impact
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2621
Keywords: the Hindu tradition; different schools of philosophy; Advaita; Samkhya; Yoga; Paninian grammar; Kalidasa; Gandhi; Aurobindo
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Exploring the Cognitive & Psychological Foundations of Religion
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1100
Keywords: cognitive science; religion; psychology; evolution; humanities; social sciences
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Women Still Run This Thing: Hip Hop, Womanism, Sexuality, and Religion
edited by Daniel White Hodge and
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3042
Keywords: Hip Hop studies; Hip Hop and religion; religion in Hip Hop; Womanism; Black Theology; Hip Hop culture; Black Feminism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Discourses on Growth of Indigenous Churches in Africa
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 196
Keywords: indigenous African churches; growth of African religions; globalization impacts on indigenous African religions and cultures; health and wellness in contemporary African religions and cultures; indigenous people and relationships to African churches
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
The Qur’an in History. The History of the Qur’an. From Canonization to Critique and Semantic Hermeneutics
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 6842
Keywords: Islamic-contextual History; Qur’ an; Muhammad; Canonization; sura/suwar; created-uncreated; critical approach; literalism; metaphoric language; Meccans-Medinas; semantics
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