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A Special Issue has recently been published. The articles in this special joint issue of the Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions and the Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions were presented as papers at the joint BASR/JISASR conference Borders and Boundaries: ‘Religion’ on the Periphery held at Queen’s University Belfast from 3-5 September 2018. This edition opens with the two keynote lectures from the conference given by Naomi Goldenberg and Gladys Ganiel, which are listed as jointly published by both journals.


You can view the issue here:



NEW BOOK PUBLISHED BY JAMES A. KAPALÓ: Inochentism and Orthodox Christianity

Religious Dissent in the Russian and Romanian Borderlands, 1st Edition


This book explores the history and evolution of Inochentism, a controversial new religious movement that emerged in the Russian and Romanian borderlands of what is now Moldova and Ukraine in the context of the Russian revolutionary period. It centres around the charismatic preaching of Inochentie, a monk of the Orthodox Church, who inspired an apocalyptic movement that was soon labelled heretical by the Orthodox Church and persecuted as socially and politically subversive by Soviet and Romanian state authorities.

Inochentism and Orthodox Christianity charts the emergence and development of Inochentism through the twentieth century based on hagiographies, oral testimonies, press reports, state legislation and a wealth of previously unstudied police and secret police archival material. Focusing on the role that religious persecution and social marginalization played in the transformation of this understudied and much vilified group, the author explores a series of counter-narratives that challenge the mainstream historiography of the movement and highlight the significance of the concept of ‘liminality’ in relation to the study of new religious movements and Orthodoxy.

This book constitutes a systematic historical study of an Eastern European ‘home-grown’ religious movement taking a ‘grass-roots’ approach to the problem of minority religious identities in twentieth century Eastern Europe. Consequently, it will be of great interest to scholars of new religions movements, religious history and Russian and Eastern European studies.

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Peter Mulholland has just published a book about religious change and ‘religion-related’ child abuse in ‘Catholic’ Ireland.

The book’s short title is Love’s Betrayal and it proposes a synthesis of sociological, theological, anthropological and psychological theories and insights in explaining the decline of Catholicism and rise of new religious movements and New Age spirituality in this country.

Drawing heavily on the national media archives, the book traces the decline of traditional Irish Catholicism back through the decades-long campaign against corporal punishment and into the heart of the anthropology and theology that helped Christianity to become one of the world’s great civilizing forces and which saw the Catholic Church rise to a dominant position in Irish society.

The book’s full title is Love’s Betrayal: the Decline of Catholicism and Rise of New Religions in Ireland.

Anyone wishing to review the book should apply for a copy via the publisher’s website:

The book has just been made available on Amazon UK:



European Research Council-funded Project led by ISASR President Dr James Kapaló

Dr James Kapaló, President of the ISASR and Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religions Department, University College Cork, is featured on UCC’s Research Leaders section discussing his European Research Council-funded ‘Hidden Galleries‘ Project that investigates the Secret Police Archives.


Watch this video about the project:


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