The Religious Roots of Contemporary European Identity
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Religious Roots of Contemporary European Identity by Melanie Jane Wright
Book DescriptionThe volume will provide a coherent critical examination of current issues related to the religious roots of contemporary, i.e. post-1990 European identity, by analyzing the components of contemporary European identity, the presence of religion in the development of national identities, manifestation of religious roots in secular society, and the role of religion in further European integration and social inclusion. The publication will involve a multi and interdisciplinary approach to the theme, by bringing together scholars in history, religious studies, sociology, cultural studies, European studies, and international relations. The rigorously edited volume will provide a coherent analysis of the religious roots of Europe's identity today, with particular attention to the secular context of religious communities. Europe is often perceived as secular by most of its citizens, regardless of their creed. Bearing this in mind, the authors will build upon their expertise in different fields of arts and humanities to identify some of the key elements of European religious heritage and its manifestation in Europe's identity, be it secular or otherwise perceived. The authors will also indicate the role that these elements play in further European integration. With the focused approach, the publication will identify a number of similarities across faiths and, more holistically, vis-a-vis Europe. This will serve the readers to perceive their own identity in a wider context of shared values, reaching beyond a particular faith or non-religious framework.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826494825
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Melanie Jane Wright
Studying Judaism, Paperback (March 2012)
A guide to the study of Jewish faith. It uses the dimensional approach to the study of religions as an interpretive framework, and focuses on matters perceived as problematic by insider and/or outsider commentators, such as gender, demography, geo-politics, the 'museumisation' of Jewish cultures and its impact on religion and identity.
Religious Roots of Contemporary European Identity, Paperback (February 2011)
Provides an examination of issues related to the religious roots of post-1990 European identity, by analyzing the components of European identity, the presence of religion in the development of national identities, manifestation of religious roots in secular society, and the role of religion in further European integration and social inclusion.
Moses in America, Hardback (July 2002)» View all books by Melanie Jane Wright
This title explores the retelling of the life of Moses in three 20th-century American narratives: "Moses in Red", by Lincoln Steffens; "Moses, Man of the Mountain", by Zora Neale Hurston; and Cecil B. DeMille's film, "The Ten Commandments".
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Author Biography - Melanie Jane Wright
Lucia Faltin: Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations; Director of International Programmers and Coordinator of a course on History of Jewish-Christian Relations in the Master of Studies programme, University of Cambridge, UK. Melanie J. Wright is Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Affiliated Lecturer in the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Divinity and a Fellow of Girton College. Her previous publications include Understanding Judaism (Orchard Academic) and Religion and Film: An Introduction (I. B. Tauris), UK.
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