Special Issues

Religions publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building 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 on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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The Bible within Ancient and Modern Cultures
edited by Jonathan M. Watt
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1247 | Submission Open
Keywords: biblical studies; historical & cultural relevance; theology; counseling; cross-disciplinary
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Transformations in Daoist Ritual Texts and Other Daoist Literature Since the Ming and Qing Dynasties
edited by , Bony Schachter and Jacopo Scarin
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 457 | Submission Open
Keywords: Daoist canonical texts; Daoist literature; Daoist ritual texts; religious writings; contemporary Daoist texts; transformation of texts; symbolism in writing; circulation of texts; Daoist community
Christian Leadership: Exploring the Theological, Biblical, and Social–Scientific Foundations and Applications
edited by Joshua D. Henson
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 274 | Submission Open
Keywords: Christian leadership; biblical leadership; theological studies; biblical studies; religious studies; ecclesiology; leadership; character; values; leader behavior; leadership styles
Spirituality in Religious Music
edited by Carl Petter Opsahl
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 209 | Submission Open
Keywords: music; spirituality; religion; musicking; ritual; theology; esthetic theory; community
Voices from the 'Periphery of Islam': Discourses of Authenticity, Rooting and Community-Building
edited by
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 168 | Submission Open
Keywords: Islam in Asia; Islam in Africa; Islam in Europe and USA; authenticity; contestive heterogenization; local rooting; Islam from the soil
Restoring Our Spirits with the New Testament: Spirituality in Biblical Research
edited by Les Hardin
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 136 | Submission Open
Keywords: spirituality; spiritual formation; spiritual disciplines; new testament; Christianity; prayer; scripture; restoration; renewal
Jainism and Narrative
edited by Eva De Clercq
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 120 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
The Concept of Hate in the Hebrew Bible
edited by Deena Grant
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 80 | Submission Open
Keywords: hate; Hebrew Bible; psychology; cognitive linguistics; anger; violence; love passion; crime; ancient Near East; cultural anthropology; metonymy/metaphor; relationships
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Augustine’s Concept of God and His Trinitarian Thought submission deadline 1 Sep 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7762 | Submission Open
Keywords: Augustine; Metaphysical foundation of His Thought; Trinitarian Theology; Concept of God; Christology; Pneumatology; Neoplatonism; Manichaeism; Pelagianism; Doctrine of Grace; Neo-Nicenism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Reassessing Religion and Social Movements: From Rebellious Clergy to Counter-Hegemonic Theology and Praxis
edited by and Anh Susann Pham Thi
submission deadline 1 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 932 | Submission Open
Keywords: new religious movements; progressive religious movements; emancipatory religion; progressive priests; progressive clerics; theology of liberation; religious change; religion and politics
Re-Imagining the Woman’s “Curse”: Redemptive Readings of Genesis 3:16
edited by
submission deadline 1 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 467 | Submission Open
Keywords: curse; woman; messianic; redemptive; genesis 3:16; desire; rule; punitive
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Engaged Buddhism for an Engulfed World: New Perspectives on Humanistic Buddhism
edited by and Jakub Zamorski
submission deadline 1 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 380 | Submission Open
Keywords: engaged or humanistic Buddhism (Renjian Fojiao; 人間佛教); modernization; globalization; Taixu; school-building on monastic properties (廟產興學); multiculturalism
Exploring the Origins of Religious Beliefs
edited by Peter Bedford
submission deadline 1 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 138 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion-theory and method; religion-origins
The Role of Religion in the World of Technologically Transformed Human Consciousness
edited by
submission deadline 10 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 217 | Submission Open
Keywords: transhumanism; religions; technology; social networks; AI; virtual reality; freedom; cyberspace; consciousness
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Ecclesiastical Tribunals and “Superstition” in Early Modern Europe (Fifteenth–Nineteenth Centuries)
edited by Guido Dall'Olio and Matteo Duni
submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1483 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; superstition; popular culture; witchcraft; magic; folklore; Catholic Church; Protestant Churches; inquisition; tribunals; ecclesiastical
The Ethics of the Body in Different Religious Traditions and Spiritual Discourses
edited by Gabriel Noje and Daniel Lemeni
submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 962 | Submission Open
Keywords: human corporeality; the ethics of the body; embodiment; desire; repentance; sin; emotions; asceticism; moral responsibility; spirituality of the heart; illness of body; sexuality; mind-body practices; relaxation techniques; transfigured body
Race, Religion, and Ethnicity: Critical Junctures submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 902 | Submission Open
Keywords: race; religion; ethnicity; governance; human; activism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
The Role of Theology and the Bible in Building Communities of Peace, Justice and Reconciliation
edited by Sharon L. Baker Putt
submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 185 | Submission Open
Keywords: theology; religion; ecology; peace; reconciliation; hospitality; community; Bible; love; politics
Postcolonial Religion and Theology in/as Practice
edited by Federico Settler and
submission deadline 20 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 526 | Submission Open
Keywords: postcolonialism; theology; religion; practice; praxis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Problems in Contemporary Islamic Philosophy of Religion
edited by Imran Aijaz
submission deadline 25 Sep 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3720 | Submission Open
Keywords: Islamic philosophy of religion; Islam and philosophy; philosophical issues in Islam; philosophical debates in Islam; contemporary philosophical problems in Islam
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Going Beyond Comparative Ethics: Post-Comparative Ethics in Philosophic and Religious Traditions
edited by and Daniel Sarafinas
submission deadline 25 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1030 | Submission Open
Keywords: ethics; good; meanings; choices; ethical standards and principles; contemporary moral problems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Whither Spirituality?
edited by
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2631 | Submission Open
Keywords: spirituality; secular spirituality; spiritual but not religious; nones; spiritual; secularity; digital age; appropriation; public life; environmentalism; global spiritualities; spirituality and wellness
Infidels, Enemies or Humanists? The European–Italian “Renaissance” and the Fictional Imaginary of the Muslim–Ottoman Turk
edited by
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 1178 | Submission Open
Keywords: Italian “ Umanesimo” and the Renaissance; Ottoman pre-modern and modern history; otherness visio; European thought and influence; Islamic thought and influence; Christian “ Conciliarism” ; Ottoman history and thought; art and architectural history
Grief Care: Religion and Spiritual Support in Times of Loss
edited by Panagiotis Pentaris
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 1081 | Submission Open
Keywords: grief care; spiritual support; religious copying
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Christian Missions and the Environment
edited by David Onnekink, Richard Darr and Ben-Willie Kwaku Golo
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 789 | Submission Open
Keywords: Christianity; mission; ecology; environment; agriculture; colonialism; post-colonialism; RNGOs; global Christianity; creation care; earth-keeping
Management of Religious Diversity: Comparing and Contrasting Experiences across the World
edited by and Juan Cruz Esquivel
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 768 | Submission Open
Keywords: management of religious diversity; state; local level; comparative studies; integration; discrimination; religious minorities
Spirituality for Community in a Time of Fragmentation
edited by
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 671 | Submission Open
Keywords: spirituality; community; growth; decline; common good; justice; solidarity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Faith and Education: Contemporary and Global Issues in Historical Perspective
edited by
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 272 | Submission Open
Keywords: faith schools; religious education; theology of education; history of education; church and state; collective worship
Preaching in Multicultural Contexts
edited by Eunjoo Mary Kim and
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 253 | Submission Open
Keywords: culture; preaching; homiletics; multiculturalism; globalization; pluralism
Systematic Theology and Social Ethics: On the Unity of Theory and Praxis
edited by Miguel Escobar Torres and Matyas Szalay
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 229 | Submission Open
Keywords: systematic theology; community; society; ethics; practice; theory
Peoples Linking the Shores: The Indian Ocean as an Islamic Space
edited by
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 227 | Submission Open
Keywords: Islamic world; Indian Ocean; pre-modern networks; Islamic law; Sufism; geography; Hajj; Islamic texts
Examining Religion's Influence in Non-formal and Informal Educational Contexts: Beliefs, Practices and Narratives
edited by and Marco Guglielmi
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 212 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion and education; non-formal and informal educational contexts; learning society and religion; religious education; religious literacy; education and religious change; religious and secular narratives; interreligious dialogue and education
Non-dual Techniques of Body, Energy and Consciousness: The Philosophy and Practice of Meditation
edited by Naoki Kashio and Jørn Borup
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 210 | Submission Open
Keywords: practice; prayer; consciousness; body; energy; bio-force; mind; soul; spirituality; psychosomatic technique; body– mind transformation; non-duality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
The Sociological Study of Religion
edited by Juan Maria Sánchez-Prieto and
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 183 | Submission Open
Keywords: sociology of religion; religious pluralism; secularization; religious beliefs and practices; churches; religious conflicts; fundamentalisms; nationalisms; identities
Intersections of Religiousness/Spirituality and Forgiveness and Implications for Mental Health and Well-Being submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 165 | Submission Open
Keywords: forgiveness; mental health; well-being; self-forgiveness; personal resources; faith; religiosity; trauma
Reviving Ancient Wisdom on the Northern Silk Road: Research on Old Uyghur Buddhism and Buddhist Scriptures
edited by Abdurishid Yakup
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 147 | Submission Open
Keywords: Old Uyghur Buddhism; Old Uyghur manuscript culture; transmission of religious knowledge; interaction of religions; translation technique of Buddhist scriptures; plurilingualism; Dunhuang; Turfan; the Northern Silk Road
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Modeling Lifeworlds on the Rhythms of Nature: Perspectives on Daoism and Ecology in East Asia
edited by Jihyun Kim and Daniel Burton-Rose
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 125 | Submission Open
Keywords: environmental humanities; Daoism; East Asian science and technology; ecology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
The Question of “Theodicy” in Contemporary Society: The Imagery of (after) Death in Religion and New Forms of Spirituality
edited by Antonio Camorrino
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 52 | Submission Open
Keywords: theodicy; religion; new forms of spirituality; ultimate meanings; suffering; death; after-life; imagery
Cancer and Theology: Personal and Pastoral Perspectives
edited by Brian C. Macallan and Ronald T. Michener
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 49 | Submission Open
Keywords: cancer and theology; suffering; disease; hope and cancer; healing
Situating Religious Cognition
edited by
submission deadline 1 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 1011 | Submission Open
Keywords: situated cognition; extended mind theory; 4e cognition; phenomenology of religion; media studies; pragmatist studies of religion; hermeneutics; deconstruction
Contemporary Worship Music and Intergenerational Formation
edited by Steve R. Guthrie and Adam A. Perez
submission deadline 1 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 813 | Submission Open
Keywords: worship; music; children; intergenerational; spirituality; contemporary worship; praise and worship; spiritual formation
Beyond the “Spice Routes”: Indic and Sinitic Religions across the Asian Maritime Realm
edited by Andrea Acri and Francesco Bianchini
submission deadline 1 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 312 | Submission Open
Keywords: Indian Ocean studies; maritime history; Hinduism; Buddhism; Confucianism; folk religions; maritime Asia; maritime silk roads
"What Does Theology Do, Actually?” Dialogue between Differing Theological Approaches
edited by and Matthew Ryan Robinson
submission deadline 1 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 157 | Submission Open
Keywords: theological method; global; intercultural; semantics; ecumenical; comparative; praxis; politics; postcoloniality
Un-glossing East Asian Buddhism: Gender, Sangha and the State in the Early-Modern Era
edited by Sung-Eun Thomas Kim and Nam Lin Hur
submission deadline 1 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 82 | Submission Open
Keywords: East Asian Buddhism; societal relevance; early-modern era; Buddhist practices and ritualism; the Great East Asian War; Buddhism for the masses
Vivere Sine Proprio: The Relevance of Franciscan Spirituality for Today’s Big Questions
edited by Willem Marie Speelman
submission deadline 4 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 125 | Submission Open
Keywords: Franciscan spirituality; wicked problems; problem/mystery; poverty; social exclusion; interreligious dialogue; healthcare; sustainability; leadership; conflict
The Hebrew Bible in American Literature
edited by
submission deadline 8 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 61 | Submission Open
Keywords: American; literature; theology; Hebrew Bible; Old Testament; poetry; novel; story; narrative
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
The Interplay between Religion and Culture submission deadline 15 Oct 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2700 | Submission Open
Keywords: architecture; art; belief; culture; landscape; myth; religion; ritual; symbol; value
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Inter-Religious Encounters in Architecture and Other Public Art
edited by Timothy Parker
submission deadline 15 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2126 | Submission Open
Religion and Social Transformation
edited by Robert D. Woodberry
submission deadline 15 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1739 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion and economic development; religion and violence; religion and political institutions; religion and inequality; religion and slavery/abolition; religion and printing; religion and the origins of cumulative science; religion and inequality; religion and tolerance/religious liberty; religion and women’ s rights; religion and environmental degradation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Sufism and Contemporary Islamic Studies
edited by
submission deadline 15 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 160 | Submission Open
Keywords: Sufism; Sufi thought; Islam; religion; Islamic mysticism; spiritualism
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