Monographs and Edited Volumes


Karsten Lehmann: Talking Dialogue. Eleven Episodes in the History of the Modern Interreligious Dialogue Movement.

Throughout the last two decades, the modern dialogue movement has gained worldwide significance. The knowledge about its origins is, however, still very limited. This book presents a wide range of insights from eleven case studies into the early history of several important international interreligious/interfaith dialogue organizations that have shaped the modern development of interreligious dialogue from the late nineteenth century up to the present. Based on new archival research, they describe, on the one hand, how these actors put their ideals into practice and, on the other, how they faced many challenges as pioneers in the establishment of new interreligious/interfaith organizational structures. This book concludes with a comparison of those case studies, bringing to light new and broader historico-sociological understanding of the beginnings of international and multi-religious interreligious/interfaith dialogue organizations over more than one century.


Sieglinde Rosenberger, Oliver Gruber: Integration erwünscht? Österreichs Integrationspolitik zwischen Fördern, Fordern und Verhindern

For a long time, Austria was considered an immigration country against its own will, before the institutionalisation of integration politics went ahead. However, until today, the political field remains highly controversial. Beneficial measures exist next to demanding measures and are increasingly superseded by disintegrating ones. 

Against this background, this book analyses and interprets the developments of Austrian integration politics with its different steps and eras, actors, interests and measures. Special focus is placed on the period between 2013 and 2019 and the transition of the "big coalition" to a right-wing populist government constellation.

The analysis thus also contributes to the better understanding of the basic social and political image of right-wing populism - since the images of the "self" become especially visible in the political dealing with the "other".

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Rüdiger Lohlker: Saudi Arabia in the Mirror of Saudi Cables.


One of the best resources for a thorough understanding of Saudi foreign policy is the Saudi Ca- bles database at Wikileaks. This study is the first exploration into this rich trove of information almost ignored until now. The material selected for this volume provides e. g., evidence-based insight into the ways Wahhabi Islam is propagated all around the world.




Rüdiger Lohlker, Tamara Abu-Hamdeh (Hg.): Arabische Miszellen. Studien zur arabischen Welt, Hamburg 2019

Gibt es sudanesische Fußballfans? Was denken arabische AtheistInnen? Oder gibt es libanesische LGBT-AktivistInnen? Was machen die Gewerkschaften in Bahrain? Und was macht die Erinnerung an den Arabischen Frühling in Ägypten? Welche Veränderungen gibt es für Frauen in Saudi-Arabien? Was tut sich im Oman? Kann man auch reflektiert über den Dschihadismus reden? Was denken AraberInnen über Game of Thrones?
Bei der Antwort auf all diese Fragen helfen die Beiträge in diesem Band. Er zeigt Facetten der arabischen Welt, die vielen nicht bekannt sind. Die Beiträge sind aus Originalquellen geschöpft und unterscheiden sich dadurch von dem üblichen Medienlärm, der durch Unkenntnis der arabischen Sprache geprägt ist.

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Jakob Deibl: Abschied und Offenbarung, Stuttgart 2019.


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Marianne Grohmann, Angelika Berlejung (Ed.), Foreign Women – Women in Foreign Lands Studies on Foreignness and Gender in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East in the First Millennium BCE, Tübingen 2019.

The volume presents a collection of papers read during three workshops held in Leipzig (2016), Jerusalem (2017), and Vienna (2018). International scholars from different disciplines and methodological approaches explored gender-specific constructions of foreignness/strangeness in the Old Testament, Egypt, and Mesopotamia from their particular perspectives. They showed that when combined, strangeness/foreignness and gender can take on very different forms. Various processes of the »othering« of women are of importance, which differ from the »othering« of men. The contributions investigate specific questions, individual female figures and individual phenomena as model cases. The basic question was when, where, how and for what purpose the categories of foreignness and gender were connected and activated in literary tradition. The collection is a preliminary and basic work for further study of gender-specific concepts of foreignness/strangeness in the ancient Mediterranean cultures of the first millennium BCE.

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Lars Allolio-Näcke: How to Become an Alien (Woman)? – Sara Japhet: Marriage with Foreign Women: Yes or No? – Nili Wazana: Rahab, the Unlikely Foreign Woman of Jericho (Joshua 2) – Marianne Grohmann: The Philistine Woman from Timnah in Judges 14:1–15:8 – Angelika Berlejung: Solomon's Soulmate: The Queen of Sheba as Foreign Woman – Daniel Bodi: When Yhwh's Wife, Jerusalem, Became a Strange Woman: Inversion of Values in Ezekiel 16 in Light of Ištar Cult – From Spouse to Brothel Boss (ʾiššâ zônâ šallāṭet) – Stefan Fischer: Foreign Women in the Book of Proverbs – Jan Dietrich: The Image of the Foreign Woman in Proverbs 1–9 – Hans-Peter Mathys: Phoenicians and Money Bags. Observations on Prov 7 – Hans-Peter Mathys: The Valiant Housewife of Prov 31:10–31: A Phoenician Businesswoman – Jutta Hausmann: Pharaoh's Daughter and Ruth – Cornerstones in the History of Israel – Agnethe Siquans: A Moabite Woman as the 'Right Son': Ruth as Naomi's and Boaz's Daughter – Kristin Joachimsen: Esther in Shushan: Narrative Constructions of Otherness related to Gender, Ethnicity and Social Status within the Persian Empire – Franziska Naether: Ancient Expats? Wise Women and Witches in Egyptian Literary Sources – Angelika Berlejung: Forever Foreign? Marriage Rules in Urban Babylonia and their Impact on the Exiles and Returnees

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Marianne Grohmann, Hyun Chul Paul Kim (Ed.): Second Wave Intertextuality and the Hebrew Bible, London 2019.

Essays from a diverse group of scholars offer new approaches to biblical intertextuality that examine the relationship between the Hebrew Bible, art, literature, sociology, and postcolonialism. These essays showcase how, why, and what intertextuality has been and present possible potential directions for future research and application.

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Christian Danz, Michael Murrmann-Kahl (Ed.): Verlust des Ichs in der Moderne? Erkundungen aus literarischer und theologischer Perspektive, Tübingen 2019.

Published in German.
Notions of the self and its identity are subject to constant change. This volume looks at how self-image and religion is depicted in nineteenth century novels, tracing how concepts of the ego and religious self-images changed throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and continue to do so today. Substantialist ideas of the self (soul) or the unit or core of the individual (personality) are replaced by reflective conceptions and descriptions. Different I-concepts vie with one another in the reflective modern age where the ego has often already been declared dead and is subject to diverse metamorphoses.

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Christian Danz: Gottes Geist. Eine Pneumatologie, Tübingen 2019.

Published in German.
The Holy Spirit reminds us of Jesus Christ. Based on this main theme, Christian Danz has developed a new understanding of pneumatology against the backdrop of the history of the doctrine and of a modern approach. In the Holy Spirit, the Christian religion exemplifies in itself its dependence on a specific religious tradition as well as the necessity of its transformative adoption of religious tradition. Christian religious communication takes place in the spirit, which is bound to media and is at the same time a medium of the Christian religion. Its identity and continuity originate in the continuous reinterpretation of the remembrance of Jesus Christ.

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Christian Danz, Georg Essen (Ed.): Dogmatische Christologie in der Moderne. Problemkonstellationen gegenwärtiger Forschung, Regensburg 2019.


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Christian Danz, Michael Hackl (Ed.): Transformationen der Christologie. Herausforderungen, Krisen und Umformungen . Göttingen 2019 (Wiener Forum für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft, Bd. 17)

Since Immanuel Kant’s religious writings of 1793 philosophical Christology has been consistently redeveloped. In the 19th century, Hegel and Schelling presented prominent conceptions. During the debates of the 20th century, this subject became less important in Philosophy although it never really disappeared. What is the difference between a philosophical Christology and a theological Christology and what answers can be found in a philosophical Christology? There is no Christian Dogmatics and Christian Religion without Christology. Both only exist through their reference to Jesus Christ. All contributors to this volume prove that there is no unified conception of Christology. The contributions refer to Christology in a historical, systematic, but also practical, philosophical, and gender theoretical sense.

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Enes Karic, Richard Potz, Denise Quistorp (Eds.): State and Religions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. A Legal Framework for Islam in a European Context. Wien 2019.

Legal framework for islam: two european "role model" states?

European societies are, and will become even more so increasingly diverse. Human mobility, to varying degrees and for different reasons, will be an inherent feature of the 21st century, on a European as well as a global scale. States are called upon organising diverse societies to guarantee peace and full enjoyment of individual rights for all citizens. Inclusive societies need to be built on the basis of fundamental values including democracy, the rule of law, and the respect for fundamental rights. Freedom of religion and belief, as well as the right to equality and non-discrimination are important elements to this end. Education is pivotal in this context.

Which legal frameworks and structures have proven useful for intercultural and interreligious harmony? Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria share a history of secular neutrality of the State vis-à-vis religion, while maintaining equally good relations with all religions present in the State.

Within the European Union, important questions pertaining to values and cultural and religious diversity are currently being discussed; an exchange on best practises is explicitly encouraged. This publication aims at contributing to this European conversation, drawing on the shared history of our two countries. Can Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria serve as models of a legal framework for Islam in a European context?

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Kurt Appel, Tempo e Dio. Aperture contemporanee a partire da Hegel e Schelling, Brescia 2018.

In questo suo importante lavoro, Kurt Appel elabora una teoria teologica del tempo, mostrandone il ruo- lo centrale nella concezione di Dio da parte della filosofia speculativa - da Leibniz a Kant, da Hegel all'ul- timo Schelling. Il concetto di tempo si mostra così come una chiave de- cisiva per la comprensione di questi due complessi sistemi di pensiero, la filosofia e la teologia. Il tempo al quale noi normalmente pensiamo, quello lineare e mecca- nico dell'orologio, scorre uniforme e indefinito, sempre uguale. È un continuum senza qualità di sorta, neutrale e asettico, del tutto indif- ferente: e pretende di dettar legge. Indagando il rapporto esistente fra il tempo della rivelazione (nel para- digma biblico) e il tempo secolariz- zato (del paradigma post-moderno), Appel mette in scacco i presuppo- sti di quest'ultimo. Mostra come la concezione del tempo cronologico in eterna espansione sia del tutto insufficiente. E svela come il senso del tempo aperto dalla creazione di Dio e occupato dall'intimità di Dio risieda "nelle infinite costellazioni dell'affezione che fanno il mondo degno di essere vissuto e il regno di Dio ospitale per una creatura real- mente finita" (P. Sequeri). L'eternità, in questo scenario, risulta momen- to di un tempo intrinsecamente li- turgico, nel cui passato - aperto e sempre da riscrivere - ci perviene il nome di Dio, e la cui dignità risiede nella vulnerabilità, nell'indisponibili- tà e nell'apertura dell'essere. Una sorprendente teoria teologica del tempo. Un modo inaspettato di guardare al Dio cristiano che si dona come nostro ospite nel tempo.

“Time and God. A Philosophical Eschatology Departing from Hegel and Schelling” is an attempt at presenting a theological theory of time as well as a theory of history that focuses on history’s eschatological dimension. The book shows that the concept of time is crucial for the conception of God in Hegel's speculative philosophy and Schelling's late philosophy. The concept of time can become a key to understanding both of these complex systems of thought. By interpreting Hegel´s Phenomenology of Spirit, the book gives a completely new meaning to the thought of the so-called annulment of time (Tilgung der Zeit). The book shows that Hegel’s speculative proposition is a radical temporalisation of being which can no longer be conceived through direct representations. In contrast, it demonstrates that the speculative implies the disruption of all denotative representations.
Furthermore, the book wants to show that the contemporary secular concept of progressive and chronological time as well as the classical theological concept of time, in which time is merely a prelude to the timeless eternity of God, remain insufficient. Against these conceptions of time and by considering the implications of the seventh day in the genesis and the Gospel of John, eternity is understood as a moment of a time that is liturgically constituted to the core. The name of God, whose dignity lies in the vulnerability, inaccessibility and openness of being, approaches us in time’s open past, a past ought to be rewritten.

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Kurt Appel, Isabella Guanzini: Il neognosticismo, Brescia 2018.

Pope Francis persits to refer to the category of “New Gnosis” critically. In that course, neognosticism is often connected to another widespread tendency, which is neopelagianism. Pope Francis sees this as a problematic drift in contemporary religious life. Its characteristics are cold and merciless logics that aim for absolute control and a spirituality that refuses incarnation and tries to burnish the mystery of god and his grace.
The analysis of this category and its unavoidable consequences for anthropology and pastoral care can contribute to an understanding of the pope’s theological vision. This edited volume shows how he answers to the possible return of this ancient heresy: He inivites the church to be incarnated in its own time, to support a “revolution of tenderness”, to resist the ensnarement of mercilessly calculating logics and to embrace, as its “doctrine” in a deeper sense, the gospel of Jesus.

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Zeynep Arslan: Demokratisierung durch Selbstermächtigung. Zum Empowerment alevitischer Frauen* in der Türkei und in der Diaspora, Baden 2018 (Ulrike Bechmann, Wolfram Reiss (Ed.): Anwendungsorientierte Religionswissenschaft 12.)

The Alevi faith is propagating the principle of gender equality. While the Alevi women are visible in the community they do not have much decision making power to shape policy. This contribution makes the suggestion of the development of difference feminism to break with the socio-historically construction of equality of sex within the Alevi societies. Six expert interviews show the inexistence of any particular consciousness about demand of equality yet.
Through content and discourse analyses of literature, current social and geo-political developments in Turkey, Middle East and Europe and participatory observation within the Alevi associations, the strategic essentialism is discussed as a possible option to enable a development for real gender equality within the Alevi societies. After the establishment of difference feminism to force consciousness about the real situation of Alevi women, the strategic essentialism is suggested as an instrument to enable gender equality within the Alevi societies in three levels.
Accompanied with different Gender Theories, the main argument of the book is the empowerment of the Alevi women as the most disadvantaged ones with a perspective from the bottom-up to the complex power and hierarchy structures to enable democratization processes within the Alevi society. In that way an organized Alevi societies that manages to re-discover its principals of humanism, pluralism and pacifism, could be able to (co-)initiate democratization establishment or stabilization processes within the societies they live.
The book closes with the discussion that in the European Diaspora the Alevis do have better conditions to facilitate an Alevi re-construction process to develop consciousness about its main principals and its political role about dialogue maker in the societies they are part of. The minimum of a common denominator for pluralistic societies of the modern times today is to develop a pluralistic and empowered democracy, while this needs to be realized within the own rows first.

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Ednan Aslan, Evrim Erşan Akkılıç, Maximilian Hämmerle: Islamistische Radikalisierung. Biografische Verläufe im Kontext der religiösen Sozialisation und des radikalen Milieu. Wiesbaden 2018.

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Karl Baier, Philipp Maas, Karin Preisendanz (Eds.), Yoga in Transformation. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Göttingen 2018.

This volume explores aspects of yoga over a period of about 2500 years. In its first part, it investigates facets of the South Asian and Tibetan traditions of yoga, such as the evolution of posture practice, the relationship between yoga and sex, yoga in the theistic context, the influence of Buddhism on early yoga, and the encounter of Islam with classical yoga. The second part addresses aspects of modern globalised yoga and its historical formation, as for example the emergence of yoga in Viennese occultism, the integration of yoga and nature cure in modern India, the eventisation of yoga in a global setting, and the development of Patañjali’s iconography. In keeping with the current trend in yoga studies, the emphasis of the volume is on the practice of yoga and its theoretical underpinnings.

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Christian Danz (Ed.): Paul Tillich. Rechtfertigung und Neues Sein. [Justification and New Being], Leipzig 2018.

Justification and New Being are two main concepts in Paul Tillich’s theology. The concept of justification on the one side shows Tillich’s theology against the background of the Lutheran theological tradition – the new being on the other side includes the horizon of problems in modernity. This book presents with the early article »Justification and Doubt« (1924) and the late essay »The Importance of New Being for Christian Theology« (1955) two main works from Tillich with a close interpretation. Both texts make clear how Tillich works on a modern interpretation of the Christian faith and a modern theology.

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Christian Danz et al. (Eds.): International Yearbook for Tillich Research, Berlin/Boston 2018.

The International Yearbook for Tillich Research provides a platform to present different ways of interpretation and reception of the works of Paul Tillich. The aim is to promote international research on Tillich by fostering the exchange of knowledge in this field. The 12th volume is dedicated to the "method of correlation". In addition, other contributions are included – the yearbook contains reviews of important publications on Tillich and a bibliography of current Tillich literature.

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Christian Danz, Werner Schüßler (Eds.): Das Dämonische. Kontextuelle Studien zu einer Schlüsselkategorie Paul Tillichs. Berlin/Boston 2018.

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Matthias Flatscher, Gerald Posselt:Sprachphilosophie. Eine Einführung. 2nd edition. Wien 2018.

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Andrea Lehner-Hartmann, Thomas Krobath, Karin Peter, Martin Jäggle (Eds.): Inklusion in/durch Bildung? Religionspädagogische Zugänge. Göttingen 2018.

The essays in this volume offer various international and regional explanations on the topic of inclusion. They encourage a problem and perspective-oriented understanding of inclusive practices. The different subjects focus on the significance of inclusive education and its practical challenges on the basis of an educational-scientific, theological, anthropological and religious educational point of view. They examine its consequences on school, religious education and religious didactics. These effects underline how much teachers require self-reflection and a modified formation and further training. Additionally, this volume depicts experiences of various practical fields such as the contact of students with refugee children and teenagers.

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Karsten Lehmann: Religiöse Vielfalt in Österreich erforschen. Religionswissenschaftliche Anregungen zum Begriff der Interreligiosität. Wien 2018 (Inaugural Lecture at KPH Wien/Krems).

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Sebastian Pittl: Geschichte Realität und Kreuz, Regensburg 2018.

The question of the relation of salvific history and world history is the most fundamental question for Liberation theologies. The theology of Ignacio Ellacuría is one of the most challenging and differenciated attempts of an answer that have been developed in this tradition. His work reconstructs the most important thoughts of his work “Filosofía de la Realidad Histórica” and develops the perspectives that his historical soteriology opens concerning the relation of christianity, politics and civil society. Pittls book analyses chances and borders of this attempt and the relevance it can have for the foundation of a political theology in global modernity.

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Sebastian Pittl (Ed.): Theologie und Postkolonialismus. Ansätze - Herausforderungen - Perspektiven. Regensburg 2018.

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Lukas Pokorny, Franz Winter (Ed.): Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements, Leiden 2018 (Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion, Volume 16).

A vibrant cauldron of new religious developments, East Asia (China/Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam) presents a fascinating arena of related research for scholars across disciplines. Edited by Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter, the “Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements” provides the first comprehensive and reliable guide to explore the vast East Asian new religious panorama. Penned by leading scholars in the field, the assembled contributions render the Handbook an invaluable resource for those interested in the crucial new religious actors and trajectories of the region.
Contributors: Erica Baffelli, Donald L. Baker, Paul Beirne, Sergei Blagov, Pascal Bourdeaux, Bongkil Chung, Philip Clart, Ugo Dessì, Emily Dunn, Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen, Esther-Maria Guggenmos, Marcus Günzel, Edward Irons, Jérémy Jammes, John Jorgensen, Hui-yeon Kim, Hideaki Matsuoka, Benjamin Penny, Victoria Rose Montrose, Barbara Rossetti Ambros, Monika Schrimpf, Timothy Smith, Birgit Staemmler, Nancy K. Stalker, Gregory Wilkinson, Yu-shuang Yao, Carl F. Young


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Regina Polak, Andrea Lehner-Hartmann, Viera Pirker, Katja Fraunbaum (Eds.): Migrationskompass. Von Angst bis Zuversicht, Wien 2018.

During the last two years, the Department of Practical Theology worked within a transdisciplinary process to publish a handbook which serves for reflection and further education for living and learning from and with refugees as well as migrants in a migration society. It therefore accomplishes an important contribution to processes of inclusive integration. The topics and contents of the book were elaborated based on research on migration and refuge at the Department in cooperation with experts on refuge and integration in society, church and school, experts from research on local, national and EU-politics, economy, law and education and with people who experienced refuge and migration.

The handbook offers basic knowledge impulses for learning and suggestions for praxis that are applicable in manifold ways in processes of education and encourage reflection on personal experiences with refuge, migration and integration. 50 alphabetically sorted key terms (from “anxiety” to “foreign”, “dominant culture”, “value” to “confidence”), 10 visions of an inclusive society (literary texts by writer Ilja Trojanow) and further links and bibliographies allow for a rethinking of and continuing education in these controversial topics. The “Migrationskompass” (Migration-Compass) addresses everyone who wants to deal with these challenges, especially volunteering refugee companions and teachers. The “Migrationskompass” (Migration-Compass) was financed by the ERSTE-foundation and the Caritas.

The publication was presented on 10th of December 2018 on occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the ERSTE-campus in Vienna to 70 persons from all fields of integration work. The presentation was accompanied by a keynote talk by SORA-Director Günther Ogris and by a panel discussion with Rainald Tippow (Caritas), Andrea Lehner-Hartmann (Department of Practical Theology), Ruth Schöffl (UNHCR Austria), Franz Karl Prüller (ERSTE-Foundation), Kenan Güngör (Sociologist, Think.Difference), chaired by project leader Regina Polak (Department of Practical Theology).

“Migrationskompass” is available at the Department of Practical Theology for a price of 10 € respectively sent postal for 12 € (contact:

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Sieglinde Rosenberger, Verena Stern, Nina Merhaut (Eds.): Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation. Cham 2018.

This open access book deals with contestations “from below” of legal policies and implementation practices in asylum and deportation. Consequently, it covers three types of mobilization: solidarity protests against the deportation of refused asylum seekers, refugee activism campaigning for residence rights and inclusion, and restrictive protests against the reception of asylum seekers. By applying both a longitudinal analysis of protest events and a series of in-depth case studies in three immigration countries, this edited volume provides comparative insights into these three types of movement in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland over a time span of twenty-five years. Embedded in concepts of political change, limited state sovereignty, and migration control, the findings shed light on actors, repertoires, and the effects of protest activities. The contributions illustrate how local contexts, national political settings, issue specifics, and social ties lead to distinctly different forms of protest emergence, dynamics, and strategies. Additionally, they give a profound understanding of the mechanisms and constellations that contribute to protest success, both in terms of preventing deportations of individuals as well as changing policies. In sum, this book constitutes a major contribution to empirically informed theoretical reflections on collective contestation in the fields of refugee studies and social protest movements.

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Hans Schelkshorn (Ed.): Theorie der Achsenzeit? Polylog 38, Wien 2018.

With contributions by Franz Martin Wimmer, Jan Assmann, Anke Graneß, Heiner Roetz, Hans Schelkshorn, Johanna Maj Schmidt, Barbara Schellhammer, Cornelius Zehetner, Lisa Häberlein and Nausikaa Schirilla

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Hans Schelkshorn, Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel, Rita Perintfalvi (Eds.): Macht und Machtkritik. Beiträge aus feministisch-theologischer und befreiungstheologischer Perspektive. Aachen 2018.

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Michael Staudigl, Jason W. Alvis (Ed.): Phenomenology and the Post-Secular Turn, London 2018.

Are we living in a ‘post-secular age’, and can phenomenology help us better understand the discontents of secularism? From Habermas’ claim that the secular hypothesis has failed for democratic reasons to the fact that religion, far from its predicted dwindling, is as strong as ever (or even stronger than before), some have concluded that secularism as we know it is over. Others have questioned whether we have ever truly been secular, if the concept applies only to European societies, or whether the very notion of religiosity is merely a weapon of pacification in the hands of Western universalism. The post-secular notion thus lingers between sociological fact and philosophical theory, and it is the latter that we need to investigate if we want to confront the challenges that any ‘return of religion’ entails.

Although phenomenology has furnished manifold devices to rethink religious experience in a post-metaphysical way, its investigations often remain individualistic and beholden to unproductive dichotomies. This volume assembles investigations into secularism’s discontents by addressing religion’s role in forming the fabric of contemporary societies and unveiling new constellations of faith and reason beyond many beloved modernist dichotomies (e.g. theism/atheism, myth/Enlightenment, fundamentalism/tolerance) that often go under-investigated.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies.

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Georg Stenger, Sergej Seitz, Anke Graneß (Eds.): Facetten gegenwärtiger Bildtheorie. Interkulturelle und interdisziplinäre Perspektiven. Wiesbaden 2018.

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Jan-Heiner Tück: A Gift of Presence. The Theology and Poetry of the Eucharist in Thomas Aquinas, Washington 2018.

Jan-Heiner Tück presents a work that explores the sacramental theology, lived spirituality, and Eucharistic poetry of the Church's doctor communis, St. Thomas Aquinas. Although Aquinas' Eucharistic poetry has long occupied an important place in the Church's liturgical prayer and her repertoire of sacred music, the depth of these poems remains hidden until one grasps the rich sacramental theology underlying it. Consequently, Tück first offers a detailed but approachable primer of Aquinas' theology of the sacraments, before diving deeply into the Angelic Doctor's theology and poetry of the Eucharist. The Scriptural accounts stand at the heart of the systematic framework developed by Aquinas, and thus significant attention is devoted to showing the harmony between the accounts of Christ's passion and the detailed exposition of the Summa theologiae. Moreover, the Eucharistic controversies of the ninth and eleventh centuries provide the contrapuntal context in which Aquinas did his thinking, praying, and writing. Not surprisingly, therefore, the response he crafts to these controversies draws upon both speculative powers and contemplative prayer, brought together in the unity of Aquinas' theology and spirituality. The net result is a twofold treasure for the Church: a careful systematic presentation of Eucharistic theology and the lived devotional expression of the same in the carefully constructed—and now much beloved—stanzas of Pange lingua gloriosi, Lauda Sion, Adoro te devote, etc. By revealing the lively interplay of the saint's powerful speculative intellect and a heart steeped in love for the Eucharistic Lord, Tück offers a sophisticated exposition of Aquinas' Eucharistic poetry and the roots it sinks into a wider theological framework. Finally, the contemporary significance and power of Aquinas' work is drawn out, not only in the rarefied realm of intellectual inquiry but also in the everyday expanse of ordinary life.

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Jan-Heiner Tück (Ed.):„Der große Niemand“. Religiöse Motive im literarischen Werk von Thomas Hürlimann. Freiburg 2018.

With Contributions by Alfred Bodenheimer, Jakob Helmut Deibl, Christoph Gellner, Thomas Hürlimann, Helmuth Kiesel, Elke Pahud de Mortanges, Hans Rüdiger Schwab, Jan Juhani Steinmann, Jan-Heiner Tück

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Hans Gerald Hödl, Lukas Pokorny (Hg.): Religion in Austria 3. Praesens 2017.

Religion in Austria
fills a lacuna in the study of religions in Austria, providing detailed expert accounts on varied aspects of Austrian religious history and adjoining subjects, past and present. Based on original scholarship, this book series takes a Religious Studies perspective on the vast and largely uncharted domain of religion in Austria. 

Each volume brings together pioneering research by specialists in the field, rendering the series an invaluable resource for all those interested in religion in Austria. Religion in Austria is peer-reviewed (double blind) and—starting with Volume 3—published annually by Praesens.

"The third volume of Religion in Austria adds a more systematic dimension to the series. Along with the expanded review section, this definitely makes it the most significant and conclusive reference-tool for the study of present-day religions in Austria. Everyone working in this field should have access to this series."
Karsten Lehmann, Research Professor of Interreligiosity, Church University College of Teacher Education, Wien/Krems

Angelika Walser (Hg.): "Freundschaft" im interdisziplinären Dialog. Perspektiven aus Philosophie, Theologie, Sozialwissenschaften und Gender Studies (Salzburger Theologische Studien), Tyrolia 2017.

Freundschaft ist eine der wichtigsten sozialen Beziehungsformen und ein zentrales Thema der Gegenwart. In einer unüberschaubar gewordenen und oft als kalt erfahrenen Welt bietet sie Menschen Wärme und Halt. Dieser selbstverständlichen Alltagserfahrung steht die Tatsache gegenüber, dass Freundschaft in der Theologischen Ethik bislang wenig reflektiert worden ist. Der vorliegende interdisziplinäre Sammelband zielt darauf ab, die Bedeutung von Freundschaft für die individuelle moralische Entwicklung und für den sozialen Zusammenhalt der Gesellschaft auszuloten. Ausgehend von Aristotelesʼ Freundschaftsbegriff vereint er 16 Beiträge von AutorInnen aus Philosophie, Theologie, Sozialwissenschaften und Gender Studies, wobei der Schwerpunkt auf den theologischen Disziplinen liegt. Der Band spiegelt die Pluralität wider, die für die Beziehungsform Freundschaft charakteristisch ist, was zu einer spannenden bandinternen Auseinandersetzung führt: Aristoteles und Epikur treffen auf al Ghazzali, katholische Ehelehre stößt auf gleichgeschlechtliche Beziehungsethik, kritische Männerforschung begegnet der Politikwissenschaft.

Mit Beiträgen von Friedo Ricken, Patrick Schuchter, Martin Kellner, Marlis Gielen, Elżbieta Adamiak, Anton Bucher, Werner Wolbert, Andreas M. Weiß, Michael Rosenberger, Alexander Schmidl, Peter Siller, Martin Fischer, Alexandra Hartlieb, Angelika Walser, Elisabeth Hartlieb.

Regina Polak: Migration, Flucht und Religion. Praktisch-Theologische Beiträge. Band 2: Durchführungen und Konsequenzen, Grünewald, Ostfildern 2017. 

Hans Gerald Hödl, Johann Pock, Teresa Schweighofer (Hg.): Christliche Rituale im Wandel. Schlaglichter aus theologischer und religionswissenschaftlicher Sicht. Göttingen: Vienna University Press bei V&R unipress, 2017.

Martin Luther im Widerstreit der Konfessionen. Historische und systematische Perspektiven. Hrsg. v. C. Danz/J.-H. Tück, Freiburg i. Br./Basel/Wien 2017.

C. Danz (Hg): Paul Tillichs „Systematische Theologie". Ein werk- und problemgeschichtlicher Kommentar. Berlin/Boston 2017.

Ednan Aslan / Jonas Kolb / Erol Yildiz (2017): „Muslimische Diversität. Ein Kompass zur religiösen Alltagspraxis in Österreich“. Wiesbaden.

Ulrike Bechmann/Wolfram Reiss (Hg.): Antisemitismus in den Medien? Beschneidungsdebatte und Israelkritik in österreichischen Printmedien, Marburg: Tectum 2017

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In the year 2017 the following two volumes, edited by Wolfram Reiss and Ulrike Bechmann, were published in the series of application-oriented Religious Studies:

Bd. 9: Cornelis Hulsman (Hg.): From Ruling to Opposition. Islamist Movements and Non-Islamist Groups in Egypt 2011-2013, Marburg: Tectum 2017

Bd. 11: Matthias Gillé: Der koptische Papst Schenuda III. Beobachtungen zu Theologie und Biografie, Marburg: Tectum 2017.

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Poster to the series

Eva Synek, Das „Heilige und Große Konzil“ von Kreta (Kirche und Recht 29). Freistadt: Plöchl 2017.


Appel, Kurt / Deibl, Jakob (eds.): Barmherzigkeit und zärtliche Liebe. Das theologische Programm von Papst Franziskus. Herder 2016.

Appel, Kurt / Dirscherl, Erwin (eds.): Das Testament der Zeit. Die Apokalyptik und ihre gegenwärtige Rezeption (=QD 278). Herder 2016.

Deibl, Jakob H.: Poetica del congedo. Hölderlin e la nominazione del divino (PerConoscenza). Trans. by Mattia Coser. Bologna: Edizioni Dehoniane 2016.

Guanzini, Isabella: Anfang und Ursprung. Massimo Cacciari und Hans Urs von Balthasar (ratio fidei 58). Regensburg: Pustet 2016.

Hafez, Farid / Heinisch, Reinhard / Kneucker, Raoul / Polak, Regina (eds.): Jung, muslimisch, österreichisch. Einblicke in 20 Jahre Muslimische Jugend Österreich. Wien: new academic press 2016.

Langer, Gerhard: Midrasch (Lehrbuchreihe Jüdische Studien; UTB 4675). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2016.

Lohlker, Rüdiger (ed.): Der Buchstabe bāʾ – Texte zur Einsheit des Seins in der Tradition Ibn ʿArabīs (Licht der Weisheit. Inter­diszi­plinäre Schriften­reihe zur Islam­wissen­schaft 12). Hamburg: Verlag Dr. Kovač 2016.

Lohlker, Rüdiger: Theologie der Gewalt. Das Beispiel IS. Utb 2016.

Reiss, Wolfram / Behmann, Ulrike (eds.): Selbstbetrachtung hinter Gittern. Naikan im Strafvollzug in Deutschland und Österreich. Tectum 2016.

Rothgangel, Martin / Jäggle, Martin / Schlag, Thomas (eds.): Religious Education at Schools in Europe. Part 1: Central Europe (Wiener Forum für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft 10.1). Göttingen: V&R unipress 2016.

Tück, Jan-Heiner  / Langthaler, Rudolf (eds.): "Es strebe von euch jeder um die Wette". Lessings Ringparabel - Paradigma für die Verständigung der Religionen heute? Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder 2016.


Appel, Kurt: Apprezzare la morte. Cristianesimo e nuovo umanesimo (PerConoscenza 5). Bologna: EDB 2015.

Appel, Kurt (ed.): Preis der Sterblichkeit. Christentum und Neuer Humanismus.
Freiburg - Basel - Wien: Herder 2015.

Aslan, Ednan / Ersan-Akkilic, Evrim / Kolb, Jonas: Imame und Integration (Wiener Beiträge zur Islamforschung). Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2015

Aslan, Ednan / Hermansen, Marcia (eds.): Islam and Citizenship Education (Wiener Beiträge zur Islamforschung). Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2015.



Aslan, Ednan / Modler-El Abdaoui, Magdalena / Charkasi, Dana:
Islamische Seelsorge. Eine Empirische Studie am Beispiel Österreichs (Wiener Beiträge zur Islamforschung). Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2015.

Danz, Christian / Murrmann-Kahl, Michael (eds.): Spekulative Theologie und gelebte Religion. Falk Wagner und die Diskurse der Moderne. Mohr Siebeck 2015.

Langthaler, Rudolf: Warum Dawkins Unrecht hat. Eine Streitschrift. Freiburg: Verlag Karl Alber 2015.


Danz, Christian / Murrmann-Kahl, Michael (eds.): Falk Wagner. Zur Revolutionierung des Gottesgedankens. Texte zu einer modernen philosophischen Theologie. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2014.

Hödl, Hans Gerald / Pokorny, Lukas (eds.): Religion in Austria 2. Wien: Praesens Verlag 2014.

Langthaler, Rudolf: Geschichte, Ethik und Religion im Anschluss an Kant. Philosophische Perspektiven "zwischen skeptischer Hoffnungslosigkeit und dogmatischem Trotz" (Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Sonderband 19). 2 Bände. Berlin: De Gruyter 2014.

Gerosa, Libero / Müller, Ludger (eds.): Politik ohne Religion? Laizität des Staates, Religionszugehörigkeit und Rechtsordnung. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag 2014.
272 S. kart., ISBN 978-506-77262-6

Lohlker, Rüdiger / Abu-Hamdeh, Tamara (eds.): Jihadi Thought and Ideology. Berlin: Logos 2014.
ISBN 978-3-8325-3705-0
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Potz, Richard / Synek, Eva: Orthodoxes Kirchenrecht - Eine Einführung. Aktualisierte und erweiterte 2. Auflage unter Mithilfe von Troianos, Spyros und Klutschewsky, Alexej. Freistadt: Plöchl 2014 (Kirche und Recht, vol. 28).

Rothgangel, Martin / Jäggle, Martin / Jackson, Robert (eds.): Religious Education at Schools in Europe. Part 2: Western Europe (Wiener Forum für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft 10.2). Göttingen: V&R unipress 2014.

Rothgangel, Martin / Jäggle, Martin  / Skeie, Geir (eds.): Religious Education at Schools in Europe. Part 3: Northern Europe (Wiener Forum für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft 10.3). Göttingen: V&R unipress 2014.

Schinkele, Brigitte / Kuppe, René / Schima, Stefan / Synek, Eva u.a. (eds.): Recht - Religion - Kultur. Festschrift für Richard Potz zum 70. Geburtstag. Wien: Facultas 2014.


Guanzini, Isabella: Il giovane Hegel e Paolo. L'amore fra politica e messianismo. Milano: Vita e Pensiero 2013.

Hödl, Hans Gerald / Pokorny, Lukas (eds.): Religion in Austria 1. Wien: Praesens Verlag 2013.

Polak, Regina / Lehner-Hartmann, Andrea / Krobath, Thomas: Anerkennung in religiösen Bildungsprozessen. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven (Wiener Forum für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft 8). Göttingen: V&R unipress 2013.

Rothgangel, Martin / Jäggle, Martin / Schlag, Thomas (eds.): Religiöse Bildung an Schulen in Europa. Teil 1: Mitteleuropa (Wiener Forum für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft 5.1). Göttingen: V&R unipress 2013.

Weber, Hubert Philipp / Langthaler, Rudolf (eds.): Evolutionstheorie und Schöpfungsglaube. Neue Perspektiven der Debatte (Wiener Forum für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft, Band 1). V&R unipress 2013.




Ataç, Ilker / Rosenberger, Sieglinde (eds.): Politik der Inklusion und Exklusion. Göttingen: V&R unipress 2012.

Bettel, Florian / Mourão Permoser, Julia / Rosenberger, Siegline (eds.): living rooms - Politik der Zugehörigkeiten im Wiener Gemeindebau. Wien/New York:  Springer Verlag 2012.



Danz, Christian/Ritter, André (eds.): Zwischen Kruzifix und Minarett. Religion im Fokus der Öffentlichkeit (=Studien zum interreligiösen Dialog 11), Münster/NewYork/München/Berlin: Waxmann Verlag 2012.

Guanzini, Isabella: L'origine e l'inizio. Hans Urs von Balthasar e Massimo Caccari. Pisa 2012.

Heine, Susanne / Lohlker, Rüdiger / Potz, Richard: Muslime in Österreich. Geschichte-Lebenswelt-Religion. Grundlagen für den Dialog, Tyrolia Verlag 2012.

Kasiri, Hamid: Theologie des Herzens. Erfahrung der Anwesenheit Gottes im Islam (=Islam 21 Bd. I),  Wien: Peter Lang Verlag 2012.

Stoeckl, Kristina / Nautz, J. / Siebenrock, R. A. (eds.): Öffentliche Religionen in Österreich. Politikverständnis und zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement. Innsbruck: University Press 2012.


Lohlker, Rüdiger: Islamisches Recht (= Reihe Islamica Band 4), facultas wuv 2011.

Polak, Regina (ed.): Zukunft. Werte. Europa. Die europäische Wertestudie 1990-2010. Österreich im Vergleich, Böhlau 2011.

Rosenberger, Sieglinde / Sauer, Birgit: Politics, Religion and Gender. Framing and regulating the veil, London/New York: Routledge 2011.


Guanzini, Isabella: Lo spirito è un osso. Postmodernità, materialismo e teologie in Slavoj Zizek. Citadella, Assisi 2010.

Hödl, Hans Gerald / Futterknecht, Veronika (eds.): Religionen nach der Säkularisierung. Festschrift für Johann Figl zum 65. Geburtstag, Schriftenreihe der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Religionswissenschaft Bd. 4, LIT, Wien 2010.

Rosenberger, Sieglinde (ed.): Asylpolitik in Österreich. Wien: Facultas Verlag 2010.