Books for Review

Book-Review-CartoonIf you are a publisher and would like us to review your book, please send a copy to the following address:  Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver, Sturm Hall 266, Denver CO 80208, Attention: Carl Raschke.

Book Review Editor: Rebekah Gordon, University of Denver



We are looking for reviews of the titles below.  If you would like to review one of them, please send an email to with the header “Request for Review.”  Please provide your name, email address, position, institutional affiliation, physical mailing address, and a 300-word bio.  If you have reviewed books for any other journal, list them as well.  Finally, please explain why you want to review that book and briefly state your interest or qualifications for doing so.  We will contact the publisher and ask them to send you the book.  We will expect your review within 10 weeks after receipt of the review copy.

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New Titles for Review

*Ackers, Helen Louise and James Ackers-Johnson. Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development: Killing Me Softly? New York, NY: Palgrave Pivot, 2017. 173 pages. ISBN-10: 1137558326.

Beliso-De Jesús, Aisha M.  Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.  ISBN-10: 0231173172.

*Boisvert, Donald L. (Editor), and Carly Daniel-Hughes (Editor). The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion, Sexuality, and Gender. UK: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2017. 288 pages. ISBN-10: 1474237789.

*Boyett, Jason. 12 Major World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity’s Most Influential Faiths. Berkeley, CA: Zephyros Press, 2016. 302 pages. ISBN-10: 1623156920.

*Brown, Clair. Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science. UK: Bloomsbury Press, 2017. 224 pages. ISBN-10: 1632863669.

Butler, Judith.  Notes Toward A Performative Theory of Assembly.  Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2015.  ISBN-10: 0674967755.

*Caird, John. Philosophy of Religion. Sai ePublications, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-54427-113-2.

*Colvin, Howard. History of Religion: Complete Guide to World Religions and Religion in America, Including the History of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Atheism, Mythology, Buddhism, Hinduism, and More. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017. 124 pages. ISBN-10: 1544272464.

*DeConick, April D. The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2016. 392 pages. ISBN-10: 0231170769.

*Dimitrova, Stefania. The Day of Brahma: The Myths of India—The Epics of Human Destiny (Psychology of Mythology). Amazon Digital Services LLC, 2017. ASIN: B06XQPRJP4.

Freedman, Harry. The Murderous History of Bible Translations: Power, Conflict, and the Quest for Meaning. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press, 2016. 213 pages. ISBN-10: 9781632866011.

Fortier, Mark. Theory/Theatre: An Introduction, 3rd Edition. London: Routledge, 2016.  ISBN 10: 9781315697628.

*Hollywood, Amy. Acute Melancholia and Other Essays: Mysticism, History, and the Study of Religion (Gender, Theory, and Religion). UK: Columbia University Press, 2016. 416 pages. ISBN-10: 0231156448.

*Kingsley, Mary Henrietta. West African Studies. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017. 478 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1544735993.

*Levinovitz, Alan Jay.  The Limits of Religious Tolerance.  Amherst MA: Amherst College Press, 2016.  ISBN-10: 1943208042.

*McElligot, Anthony (Editor), Jeffrey Herf (Editor). Antisemitism Before and Since the Holocaust: Altered Contexts and Recent Perspectives, 1st ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 390 pages. ISBN-13: 978-3319488653.

*Molendijk, Arie L.  Friedrich Max Muller and the Sacred Books of the East. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. 256 pages. ISBN-10: 0198784236.

Molloy, Sean. Kant’s International Relations: The Political Theology of Perpetual Peace, 2017. 175 pages. ISBN-10: 9780472130405.

*Nussbaum, Martha.  Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice.  336 pages. ISBN-10: 0199335877.

*Pritchard, Duncan.  Epistemic Angst: Radical Skepticism and the Groundlessness of Our Believing.  Princeton NJ: Princeto University Press, 2015.  ISBN-10: 0691167230.

Ramey, Joshua et. al.  Speculation, Heresy, and Gnosis in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion.  New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.  ISBN-10: 1786601419.

*Rendueles, Cesar. Sociophobia: Political Change in the Digital Utopia (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture). UK: Columbia University Press, 2017. 200 pages. ISBN-10: 0231175272.

Robbins, Jeffrey W. Radical Theology: A Vision for Change. Indiana University Press, 2016. 159 pages. ISBN-10: 9780253022028.

*Roudinesco, Élisabeth.  Freud: In His Time and Ours.  Trans. Catherine Porter.  Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2016.  ISBN-10: 0674659562.

*Rubin, Jared. Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not. UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 296 pages. ISBN-10: 1108400051.

*Ryrie, Alec. Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World. New York, NY: Viking Books, 2017. 528 pages. ISBN-10: 0670026166.

Tugendhat, Ernst. Egocentricity and Mysticism: And Anthropological Study. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. ISBN-10: 9780231169127.

*Watts, Fraser. Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality: Concepts and Applications. UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 234 pages. ISBN 978-1-107-04444-9.

*Weiss, Dov. Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. 304 pages. ISBN-13: 9780812248357.

*Wilber, Ken. The Religion of Tomorrow: A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions—More Inclusive, More Comprehensive, More Complete. Boulder, CO: Shambhala Publications, 2017. 816 pages. ISBN-10: 1611803004.

*Winterer, Caroline. American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016. 368 pages. ISBN-10: 0300192576.

*Wolfe, Patrick.  Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race.  New York: Verson, 2016.  306 pages.  ISBN-10: 1781689172.

Yadin-Israel, Azzan. The Grace of God and the Grace of Man: The Theologies of Bruce Springsteen.Highland Park: Lingua Press, 2016. ISBN-10: 9780692718513.

*Yandell, Keith E. Philosophy of Religion: A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Ed. UK: Routledge Company, 2016. 341 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0415963695.

* Just listed.

Outstanding Titles for Review

Acquisto, Joseph. The Fall Out of Redemption: Writing and Thinking Beyond Salvation in Baudelaire, Cioran, Fondane, Agamben, and Nancy. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. 232 pages. ISBN-10: 162892652X.

Ahmed, Shabab. What Is Islam?: The Importance of Being Islamic. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. 624 pages. ISBN-10: 0691164185.

Bargu, Banu. Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. 512 pages. ISBN-10: 0231163401.

Cisney, Vernon W. (Editor), Nicolae Morar (Editor). Biopower: Foucault and Beyond. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. 400 pages. ISBN-10: 022622662X.

Critchley, Simon. ABC of Impossibility. Minneapolis, MN: Univocal Publishing, 2015. 100 pages. ISBN-10: 1937561496.

Deuser, Hermann (Editor), Hans Joas (Editor), Matthias Jung (Editor), Magnus Schlette (Editor). The Varieties of Transcendence: Pragmatism and the Theory of Religion. NY: Fordham University Press, 2016. 272 pages. ISBN-10: 0823267571.

Foucault, Michel. About the Beginning of the Hermeneutics of the Self: Lectures at Dartmouth College, 1980. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. 160 pages. ISBN-10: 022618854X. Henri-Paul Fruchaud (Editor), Daniele Lorenzini (Editor, Contributor), Graham Burchell (Translator), Laura Cremonesi (Contributor), Arnold I. Davidson (Contributor), Orazio Irrera (Contributor), Martina Tazzioli (Contributor).

Gabriel, Mark. Islam and Terrorism (Revised and Updated Edition): The Truth About ISIS, the Middle East and Islamic Jihad. Lake Mary, FL: Frontline, 2015. 240 pages. ISBN-10: 1629986682.

González, George. Shape-Shifting Capital: Spiritual Management, Critical Theory, and the Ethnographic Project. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015. 412 pages. ISBN-10: 0739180851.

Grande, Sandy. Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015. 346 pages. ISBN-10: 1610489896.

Kautzer, Chad.  Radical Philosophy.  New York: Routledge, 2015.  230 pages.  ISBN: 10:  9781612057439.

Kundt, Radek. Contemporary Evolutionary Theories of Culture and the Study of Religion. New York.: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. 192 pages. ISBN-10: 1474232248.

Laos, Nicholas. The Metaphysics of World Order: A Synthesis of Philosophy, Theology, and Politics. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books., 2015. 244 Pages. ISBN-10: 1498201016.

Massad, Joseph. Islam in Liberalism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. 384 pages. ISBN-10: 022620622X.

Massumi, Brian. Ontopower: War, Powers, and the State of Perception. Durham, NC: Duke University Press Books, 2015. 320 pages. ISBN-10: 0822359952.

Meacham, Darian. Medicine and Society, New Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (Philosophy and Medicine). New York.: Springer Publishing Co., 2015. 323 pages. ISBN-10: 9401798699.

‪Sergeev, Mikhail. Theory of Religious Cycles: Tradition Modernity and the Bahá’í Faith. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Rodopi, 2015. 176 pages. ISBN-10: 9004300031.

Smith, David. Religious Persecution and Political Order in the United States. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 283 pages. ISBN-10: 1107539897.

Thomas, Jeffrey. Scapegoating Islam: Intolerance, Security, and the American Muslim. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2015. 272 pages. ISBN-10: 1440830991.

Tomsic, Samo. The Capitalist Unconscious: Marx and Lacan. Memphis: Verso, 2015. 256 pages. ISBN-10: 1784781088.

Trofimov, Yaroslav. Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu. NY: Picador, 2015. 352 pages. ISBN-10: 0312425112.

Virno, Paul. Deja Vu and the End of History. Memphis: Verso, 2015. 200 pages. ISBN-10: 1781686122. David Broder (Translator).

Zaretsky, Eli. Political Freud: A History. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. 248 pages. ISBN-10: 0231172443.