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Handbook of conspiracy theory and contemporary religion

Author: Asbjørn Dyrendal; David G Robertson; Egil Asprem
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
Series: Brill handbooks on contemporary religion, v.17.
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"Conspiracy theories are a ubiquitous feature of our times. The Handbook of Conspiracy Theories and Contemporary Religion is the first reference work to offer a comprehensive, transnational overview of this phenomenon along with in-depth discussions of how conspiracy theories relate to religion(s). Bringing together experts from a wide range of disciplines, from psychology and philosophy to political science and the  Read more...
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Handbook of conspiracy theory and contemporary religion
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
(DLC) 2018043564
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Asbjørn Dyrendal; David G Robertson; Egil Asprem
ISBN: 9789004381506 9004381503
OCLC Number: 1042107675
Description: xiii, 556 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introducing the field: conspiracy theory in, about, and as religion / David G. Robertson, Egil Asprem and Asbjørn Dyrendal --
Conspiracy theories and the study of religions: what we are talking about, and why it is important / Asbjørn Dyrendal, Egil Asprem and David G. Robertson --
Rational enchantments: conspiracy theory between secular scepticism and spiritual salvation / Stef Aupers and Jaron Harambam --
Is a belief in providence the same as a belief in conspiracy? / Brian L. Keeley --
Are conspiracy theories a surrogate for God? / Michael Wood and Karen Douglas --
A web of conspiracy: Internet and conspiracy theory / Joseph E. Uscinski, Darin DeWitt and Matthew D. Atkinson --
The Satanism scare in apartheid South Africa / Nicky Falkof --
"Trust me, you can't trust them": stigmatised knowledge in cults and conspiracies / Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist and Suzanne Newcombe --
Popular music, conspiracy culture, and the sacred / Christopher Partridge --
Close companions: esotericism and conspiracy theories / Egil Asprem and Asbjørn Dyrendal --
The counter-elite: strategies of authority in millennial conspiracism / David G. Robertson --
Buddhism endangered by hidden enemies: conspiracy narratives in Sri Lankan Buddhist present and past / Sven Bretfeld --
Buddhist Islamophobia: actors, tropes, contexts / Iselin Frydenlund --
Islamism and the instrumentalisation of conspiracism / Willow J. Berridge --
Anti-Jewish and Anti-Zionist conspiracism in the Arab world: historical and political roots / Barbara De Poli --
A fantastic people and its enemies: an analysis of an emerging Albanian mythology / Cecilie endresen --
Was Aristotle an anti-Semitic alien? conspiracy theory, ufology, and the colonisation of the past in contemporary Greece / Tao T. Makeeff --
The role of conspiracy theory in the Aum Shinrikyo incident / Tsuji Ryutaro --
Framing of a conspiracy theory: the Efendi series / Turkay Nefes --
The third Rome against the third temple: apocalypticism and conspiracism in post-Soviet Russia / Michael Hagemeister --
Alexander Dugin: between eschatology, esotericism, and conspiracy theory / Victor Shnirelman --
Conspiracy theories and neo-Nazism in the cultic milieu / Paul Jackson --
Evil cult or persecuted minority: conspiracy theories surrounding Falun Gong and the government of the People's Republic of China / Helen Farley --
The messiah is a salesman, yet consumerism is a con(spiracy): the Church of the Subgenius, work, and the pursuit of slack as a spiritual ideal / Carole M. Cusack --
Afterword: further reflections, future directions / Egil Asprem, David G. Robertson and Asbjørn Dyrendal.
Series Title: Brill handbooks on contemporary religion, v.17.
Responsibility: edited by Asbjørn Dyrendal, David G. Robertson, Egil Asprem.

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"Conspiracy theories are a ubiquitous feature of our times. The Handbook of Conspiracy Theories and Contemporary Religion is the first reference work to offer a comprehensive, transnational overview of this phenomenon along with in-depth discussions of how conspiracy theories relate to religion(s). Bringing together experts from a wide range of disciplines, from psychology and philosophy to political science and the history of religions, the book sets the standard for the interdisciplinary study of religion and conspiracy theories"--

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