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Desiring Conversion: Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth

B. Diane Lipsett

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199754519
eISBN:
9780199827213
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754519.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Self-restraint or self-mastery may appear to be the opposite of erotic desire. But in three ancient tales of conversion—The Shepherd of Hermas, the Acts of Paul and Thecla, and Joseph and Aseneth—the ... More


British and Muslim? British Converts and Their Apologetics for Islam in the Interwar Period

Umar Ryad

in Defending the Faith: Global Histories of Apologetics and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780197266915
eISBN:
9780191938177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266915.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Religion

The chapter investigates the new religious life of a few well-known British converts to Islam in the interwar period; and how they practiced and defended their new faith in their colonial ... More


Atheism as a Vocation: Soviet Communism and Its Atheist Apologists

Victoria Smolkin

in Defending the Faith: Global Histories of Apologetics and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780197266915
eISBN:
9780191938177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266915.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Religion

In the Soviet Union, the figure of the “atheist apologist”—a propagandist charged with publicly denouncing religion and spreading atheism—emerged during Nikita Khrushchev’s antireligious campaign ... More


New Christians

Jeffrey S. Sposato

in The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195149746
eISBN:
9780199870783
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149746.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter explores the situation of Jews in early 19th-century Germany, and situates the Mendelssohn family within this context. With the defeat of Napoleon and the treaties of the Congress of ... More


The Marriage and Conversion of Aseneth

Lawrence M. Wills (ed.)

in Ancient Jewish Novels: An Anthology

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151428
eISBN:
9780199870516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151429.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

An introduction and translation of The Marriage and Conversion of Aseneth (or Asenath), usually entitled Joseph and Aseneth. This novel fills in the story of Joseph from Genesis and his marriage to ... More


Ghost Stories

Robert DeCaroli

in Haunting the Buddha: Indian Popular Religion and the Formation of Buddhism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195168389
eISBN:
9780199835133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168380.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines the relationship between local deities and the ancestral dead. There are a vast number of tales in the early Buddhist literature that detail situations in which a dangerous ... More


Believe and be Baptized

Philip N. Mulder

in A Controversial Spirit: Evangelical Awakenings in the South

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195131635
eISBN:
9780199834525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195131630.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

A distinct Baptist piety grew through the efforts of aggressive Calvinists who compromised the various interests of Particular, Regular, General, and Separate Baptists invading the South. Individual ... More


Appalachian Folklore

Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd (eds)

in Writing Appalachia: An Anthology

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780813178790
eISBN:
9780813178806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.003.0705
Subject:
Society and Culture, Social Groups

The terms “folklore,” “folklife,” and “folkways” refer to cultural practices transmitted orally among members of a group. The literature represented in this anthology is an example of verbal ... More


The Maldives

Kenneth R. Ross and Todd M. Johnson

in Christianity in South and Central Asia

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474439824
eISBN:
9781474465366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439824.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The Maldives comprises 1,190 coral atolls lying in the India Ocean to the south-west of India and Sri Lanka. the overwhelming majority of the population is Muslim, with Islam dating back to the ... More


Witness to the Apocalypse

Amy Johnson Frykholm

in Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195159837
eISBN:
9780199835614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195159837.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The primary work that readers ascribe to Left Behind is evangelistic. This chapter describes how readers speak of that evangelistic work and the urgency that they believe the rapture narrative gives ... More


Christianity, Mass Society, and Cold War, 1945–72

Robert Tobin

in The Minority Voice: Hubert Butler and Southern Irish Protestantism, 1900-1991

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199641567
eISBN:
9780191738418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641567.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter focuses on Butler's writings after the Second World War and his efforts to confront the impact of totalitarian thought on Western society. It offers close readings of some of his most ... More


Global Patterns of Ruler Conversion to Islam and the Logic of Empirical Religiosity

Alan Strathern

in Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474417129
eISBN:
9781474434980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Islam

The first great expansion of Islam owed little to the conversion of rulers but instead followed, albeit slowly, in the footsteps of strikingly rapid military conquest. Yet, in the second millennium, ... More


Conversion out of Personal Principle: ʿAli b. Rabban al-Tabari (d. c. 860) and ʿAbdallah al-Tarjuman (D. C. 1430), Two Converts from Christianity to Islam

David Thomas

in Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474417129
eISBN:
9781474434980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Among the glittering intellects of ninth-century Baghdad, few surpassed the Nestorian Christian Hunayn b. Ishaq. He was known for his scientifi c accomplishments, among them for his scholarship on ... More


The Conversion Curve Revisited

Richard W. Bulliet

in Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474417129
eISBN:
9781474434980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Islam

In 1970, I published ‘A Quantitative Approach to Medieval Muslim Biographical Dictionaries’ in the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient.1 Originally a part of my doctoral thesis, ... More


What Did Conversion to Islam Mean in Seventh-Century Arabia?

Harry Munt

in Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474417129
eISBN:
9781474434980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Islam

In a late seventh- or very early eighth-century Coptic homily anachronistically attributed to the church father Athanasius of Alexandria (d. 373), it is lamented that, following the Arab conquest of ... More


Islamisation in Medieval Anatolia

A. C. S. Peacock

in Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474417129
eISBN:
9781474434980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Islam penetrated Anatolia rather later than the rest of the Middle East. Indeed, Anatolia had been the Byzantine Empire’s bulwark against the Arabs over the seventh to tenth centuries, withstanding ... More


Conversion of the Berbers to Islam/Islamisation of the Berbers

Michael Brett

in Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474417129
eISBN:
9781474434980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Islam

The title of this chapter begs some three or four questions to be addressed before we get down to the details: Who are, and who were, the Berbers for the purpose of this exercise? Why single out the ... More


From Shahāda to ʿAqīda: Conversion to Islam, Catechisation and Sunnitisation in Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Rumeli

Tijana Krstić

in Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474417129
eISBN:
9781474434980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Islam

In a recent article, Derin Terzioğlu introduced a heretofore unknown seventeenth-century catechetical work in Ottoman Turkish by a certain Nushi al-Nasıhi. Hailing most probably from the Ottoman ... More


The Role of the Domestic Sphere in the Islamisation of the Mongols

Bruno De Nicola

in Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474417129
eISBN:
9781474434980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, Islam

The Islamisation of the Mongols in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries exhibits some distinctive features compared with the adoption of Islam by other groups. Unlike the cases of the Christian ... More


Reconsidering ‘Conversion to Islam’ in Indian History

Richard M. Eaton

in Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474417129
eISBN:
9781474434980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Inasmuch as about a third of the world’s Muslims reside in South Asia, the question of how and why this came about should be high on our collective agenda. To explain this, however, we need to clear ... More


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