Q&A with Caroline Starkey about her new book, Women in British Buddhism

Dr Caroline Starkey is Associate Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Leeds, and a member of the Centre for Religion and Public Life. Her new book, Women in British Buddhism: Commitment, Connection, Community, has just been published by  Routledge, in the series Critical Studies in Buddhism. For the readers of Religion in Public, she... Continue Reading →

First independent report into UK Hajj industry

By Prue Griffiths  The first independent report into the UK Hajj industry reveals a sector that is rapidly expanding and changing – and becoming increasingly expensive for British Muslims. Written in partnership with the Council of British Hajjis, the University of Leeds report recommends measures to protect pilgrims from conflicting information – including about Hajj travel... Continue Reading →

Preach It: Understanding African Caribbean Preaching – a book launch report

In this piece, S Kay Oliver covers the launch of Rev Dr Carol Tomlin's new book, entitled Preach It: Understanding African Caribbean Preaching, reflecting on its key themes and questions raised by the audience, alongside 'take-away' messages that could help develop homiletic practices. Dr Tomlin is a visiting fellow in the Centre for Religion and... Continue Reading →

Adriaan van Klinken about his new book, Religions in Contemporary Africa

Dr Adriaan van klinken – Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds – is co-author of the recently published book, Religions in Contemporary Africa: An Introduction. Here he answers some questions to introduce the book to the readers of Religion in Public. How has this book come about? When I joined the University of... Continue Reading →

New book by Adriaan van Klinken: Christianity, Sexuality and Citizenship in Africa

CRPL member Adriaan van Klinken recently had a new book, Christianity, Sexuality and Citizenship in Africa, published by Routledge. The volume, which was co-edited with Ebenezer Obadare, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas, is the outcome of an international research workshop about Pentecostalism and sexual citizenship in Africa that took place at the University... Continue Reading →

Report on Same-Sex Marriage and Places of Worship in England and Wales

CRPL member Professor Robert Vanderbeck was involved in a research project on the solemnization of same-sex marriage in places of worship in England and Wales. The report with the research findings was recently released. The report highlights the disadvantage faced by same-sex couples seeking a religious marriage ceremony. It shows that same-sex couples are prohibited... Continue Reading →

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