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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Narrating the Divine: Exploring Biblical Hebrew Poetry and Narratives
edited by Sung Jin Park
submission deadline 18 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 438 | Submission Open
Keywords: biblical narratives; biblical poetry; biblical law; wisdom literature; prophetic literature; the Book of Job; divine narratives
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Post-Holocaust Theologies of Jews and Judaism
edited by
submission deadline 20 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1497 | Submission Open
Keywords: anti-Judaism; antisemitism; church history; Vatican II; inter-religious dialogue; Jewish– Christian relations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Contemporary Changes and Transformations in the Islamic World
edited by
submission deadline 25 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2447 | Submission Open
Keywords: Islamic Studies; decolonization; tradition; reform; feminism; gender; leadership; authority; Shari'a
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Disclosing God in Action: Contemporary British Evangelical Practices
edited by Andrew Rogers, Helen Collins and Israel Olofinjana
submission deadline 25 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 284 | Submission Open
Keywords: evangelicalism; contemporary; British; practices; divine action; theological reflection
Minds as Creaturely and Divine
edited by , Benedikt Paul Göcke and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 14093 | Submission Open
Keywords: divine minds; human minds; neuroscientific theology; minds and liturgy; deified minds
Mystical Theology and Muslim-Christian Dialogue: Volume II
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 12184 | Submission Open
Keywords: mysticism; Sufism; Islam; Christianity; Christology; hermeneutics; religious experience; interreligious dialogue; Muslim– Christian dialogue; mystical theology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Chinese Christianity: From Society to Culture
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3869 | Submission Open
Keywords: jesuits; protestant missionaries’ activities; christian communities; nativization; contextualization of theology; rite; architecture; arts; customs
Interfaith Encounters: Religious Polemics from the Middle Ages to the Modern Period
edited by Golda Akhiezer
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2321 | Submission Open
Keywords: religious polemics; public disputations; polemical literature; theology; methodology; typology; comparative religions
Pilgrimage Routes, Sacred Places, and Contribution to Territories’ Sustainable Development submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2181 | Submission Open
Keywords: religious places and regional planning; sacred sites and sustainability; universal accessibility in religious places; universal accessibility in routes and trails; religious routes and trails and sustainability; pilgrims and sustainability; religions and cultural heritage; resilience pilgrimage and motivations; sacred sites and evolution ecumenic; places of worship and religious tourism; cultural and religious routes and trails; the transformational potential of visiting holy sites; inner/outer experiences; secular/non-confessional trails; religion and commerce; religion and museums; religion and historical art
Religious Nationalism in Global Perspective
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 1571 | Submission Open
Keywords: religious nationalism; religion; nationalism; political impact; Islamic nationalism; Christian nationalism; Hindu nationalism
Mysticism Reloaded: Innovative Approaches, Methods, and Theories to Study Mysticism
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1214 | Submission Open
Keywords: mysticism; methods in religion; comparative research; interdisciplinary theories of religion
Geopolitics and Religion(s): Neglected Topics in the Current World Crisis
edited by Vendulka Kubalkova and Renat Shaykhutdinov
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 327 | Submission Open
Keywords: beyond religion as soft power only; religion(s) and geopolitics; against west-and Euro-centrism; international political theology and geopolitics; the ‘ holy’ and ‘ mundane’ in world politics; competing and complementary narratives in religion and geopolitics; strategic narratives in international relations (IR) sharp and smart power in IR; BRICS
Adolescent Religious Development submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 154 | Submission Open
Keywords: adolescent religiosity; religion; education; values; spirituality; adolescence; sociology of religion; religious beliefs and practices
Institutional Innovation and Tradition: Understanding Changes and Continuities in Religious Leadership, Communication, and Technology Ethics
edited by Pauline Cheong and Ilona Nord
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 63 | Submission Open
Keywords: religious organizations; innovation; leadership; communication; ethics; artificial intelligence; technology; agency; authority; community
Asceticism, Mysticism, and the Affirmation of the World in Christianity and Islam submission deadline 1 Nov 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4092 | Submission Open
Keywords: asceticism; mysticism; comparative theology; comparative religions; Christianity; Islam; Sufism
Pastoral Care in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities
edited by and Jody Clarke
submission deadline 1 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 214 | Submission Open
Keywords: pastoral care; pastoral counseling; spiritual accompaniment; systems care; spirituality; pastoral theology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Natural Sciences as a Contemporary Locus Theologicus
edited by Jacek Rodzeń and Paweł Polak
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2424 | Submission Open
Keywords: science and religion; natural sciences; theology; scientific rationality; science as a value; aim(s) of science; scientific worldview; theology of science
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Consciousness between Science and Religion
edited by Sibylle Trawöger
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 101 | Submission Open
Keywords: consciousness; soul; body; mind; awareness; dialogue between science and religion; theological anthropology
Resurrection and New Creation in Ephesians
edited by
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 85 | Submission Open
Keywords: resurrection; new creation; Ephesians; Paul; eschatology
Intellectual Crossroads: Religion, Knowledge, and Science in the Early Modern World
edited by Andrew Keitt and Ismael del Olmo
submission deadline 17 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 219 | Submission Open
Keywords: knowledge; science and religion; preternatural; superstition; astrology; cosmology; physico-theology; scientific revolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Clashing Civilizations and Civilizational Identities in Populist Discourses
edited by
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 27183 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Religion, Society, Politics and Digital Technologies
edited by
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 10822 | Submission Open
Keywords: religious authority; religious digital mobilization; digital reilgion(s); religious populism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Contemporary Practices and Issues in Religious Education
edited by
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1983 | Submission Open
Keywords: catechesis; the Church; confessional religious education in school; crisis of religious socialization and education; traditional educational institutions; theological– catechetical formation of teachers/educators
Religious Perspectives on Ecological, Political, and Cultural Grief
edited by
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 970 | Submission Open
Keywords: grief; ecological grief; political grief; religion; theology; ethics; politics
Sacred Experience and Aesthetic Connections in Religious Festivals
edited by Federico Aguirre, Wilson Muñoz and Lily Jimenez
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 280 | Submission Open
Keywords: art and the sacred; religious festivals; popular/lived religion; material religion studies; visual and performance studies
Images of the World in the Dialogue between Science and Religion
edited by Wojciech P. Grygiel, Krystian Kałuża and Grzegorz Chrzanowski
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 159 | Submission Open
Keywords: science and religion; image of the world; theology; evolution; cognitive science
Theological Reflections on Moral Theories
edited by
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 110 | Submission Open
Keywords: moral principles; normativity; theistic ethics; moral theology; value theory; well-being; rights; divine commands
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Post-Evangelical and Exvangelical Movements: New Religious Trends in the Americas submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 107 | Submission Open
Keywords: exvangelical; post-evangelicals; evangelicals; authoritarianism; Americas
Religion, Public Space and Society
edited by and Magda Mària Serrano
submission deadline 1 Dec 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1410 | Submission Open
Keywords: public space; urban liturgy; religious commemoration; religious architecture; urban backdrop; city scenario; religious enclaves; public celebration; church and city
The Role of Religion in the Public Sphere
edited by Grzegorz Ekiert and
submission deadline 1 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 662 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; public sphere; politics; secularization; modernization; culture wars; faith; identity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Contemporary Approaches to Buddhist Philosophy and Ethics submission deadline 10 Dec 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 908 | Submission Open
Keywords: Buddhist philosophy; Buddhist ethics; intercultural philosophy; philosophy of mind; intercultural ethics; engaged Buddhism; Buddhist feminism; Abhidharma; Yogācāra; Mādhyamaka; Pure Land
Exploring the Emotional Turn of Religious Studies
edited by Yvonne Thai, and Scott Dunbar
submission deadline 15 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 363 | Submission Open
Keywords: emotions; religious emotions; spirituality; religion; interreligious dialogue; self-transcendent emotions; spiritual experience; empirical theology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Islamic Social Studies: Gender, Sexuality, and Marriage
edited by Marziyeh Bakhshizadeh and Hora Zabarjadi Sar
submission deadline 15 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 244 | Submission Open
Keywords: Islamic feminism; gender fluidity; sexual ethics; marital dynamics; intersectionality; queer Muslim identities; religious authority; transnational intimacies; digital cultures; ethical consumption
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
The Bible and Ancient Mesopotamia
edited by Robin Baker
submission deadline 15 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 134 | Submission Open
Keywords: Sumer; Babylon; Assyria; Hebrew Bible; New Testament; Apocrypha; Pseudepigrapha; Dead Sea Scrolls; comparative religion; religious transmission in the ancient Near East
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Studies on the Psychology of Religion: Christian Spirituality and Personal/Social Well-Being
edited by Mario Aletti
submission deadline 15 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 133 | Submission Open
Keywords: Christian spirituality; subjective well-being; positive emotions; health-promoting; pro-sociality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Topography of Mind
edited by Eugene Y. Wang
submission deadline 20 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 410 | Submission Open
Keywords: Buddhist art; landscapes of the psyche; tangible edifices; sacred space; intangible states of consciousness
Materiality and Private Rituals in Tibetan and Himalayan Cultures
edited by Aleksandra Wenta and Amanda Brown
submission deadline 20 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 335 | Submission Open
Keywords: Tibetan Buddhism; Bon; Buddhism; Chinese Buddhism; new religions; folk religions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
On the Problem of Hell: Comparative Historical and Philosophical Perspectives
edited by Ethan Leong Yee and
submission deadline 30 Dec 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2440 | Submission Open
Keywords: Hell; evil; suffering; afterlife; punishment; justice
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
The Diversity and Harmony of Taoism: Ideas, Behaviors and Influences
edited by
submission deadline 30 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 214 | Submission Open
Keywords: Taoism; diversity; harmony; ideas; behaviors; contemporary value
Religions, Cultural Memory and Heritage in the City: Reassembling a Plural Scenario
edited by Angelica Federici and
submission deadline 30 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 190 | Submission Open
Keywords: history of religions; memory studies; urban religion; spatial turn
Bible Translation and Biblical Hermeneutics: Exploring the Nexus of Language and Interpretation
edited by
submission deadline 30 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 119 | Submission Open
Christian Prayer: Social Sciences Perspective
edited by and Konrad Janowski
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 13 articles | Viewed by 12708 | Submission Open
Keywords: specificity of prayer; types of prayer; prayer development; conditions for prayer; functions of prayer; prayer crisis; health dimension of prayer
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Localization, Globalization and Glocalization: Paradigm Shifts in the Study of Transmission and Transformation of Buddhism in Asia and Beyond
edited by Jinhua Chen and Ru Zhan
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1864 | Submission Open
Keywords: localization; globalization; glocalization; world history; Buddhism’ s transborder transmission; sinification of Buddhism
Reimagining Catholic Ethics Today submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 1858 | Submission Open
Keywords: common good; colonialities and decoloniality; ethics; environmental ethics; ethical imagination; existentialism; gender and sexuality; hermeneutics and politics of language; humanism; posthumanism; religious ethics; social ethics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Monastic Identities: Comparative and Historical Perspectives
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 963 | Submission Open
Keywords: monasticism; monks; nuns; Catholic; Orthodox; Buddhist; Jain; Sufi; Essene; Hindu; religious communities; gender and sexuality; comparative religions; cloister; religious identities
Gender, Violence and Islam submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 810 | Submission Open
Nature, Functions and Contexts of Christian Doctrine
edited by and Dianne Rayson
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 612 | Submission Open
Keywords: doctrine; truth; context; doctrinal change; bible; imagination; sexuality; climate; race
Religion and Politics: Historical Developments and Contemporary Transformations
edited by Andre P. Audette, Christopher Weaver and Mark Brockway
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 490 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion and politics; secularism; religious identities; law and public policy; political theology; nationalism; culture wars; religious demography
Old Texts, New Insights: Exploring Buddhist Manuscripts
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 487 | Submission Open
Keywords: Buddhist manuscripts; Sanskrit manuscripts; Chinese manuscripts; Dunhuang manuscripts; philological research; codicology; paleography; iconography; manuscript preservation; digitalizing manuscripts
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Theological Traditions of Politics: Tracing History and Its Continuity
edited by Nikolaos Asproulis
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 333 | Submission Open
Keywords: political theology; religious traditions; state; human rights; nationalism; fundamentalism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
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