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Journal of Religion and Violence



Associate Editor

    James R. Lewis
    School of Philosophy, Wuhan University

Review Editor

    John Soboslai
    Montclair University

Editorial Board

  • SCOTT ATRAN is Research Director in Anthropology at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institut Jean Nicod − Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris. He is a founding fellow of the Centre for Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Harris Manchester College, and Department of Politics and International Relations and School of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford. Scott also holds positions as Research Professor of Public Policy and Psychology, University of Michigan; and he is Director of Research, ARTIS International.

  • RA’ANAN BOUSTAN is Research Scholar in the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University. His research and teaching explore the dynamic intersections between Judaism and other Mediterranean religious traditions, with a special focus on the impact of Christianization on Jewish culture and society in late antiquity.

  • DAVID CARRASCO - Harvard University

  • LORNE L. DAWSON, Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo, has published three books, four edited books, and sixty-seven articles and chapters. His research focuses on new religious movements and the process of radicalization leading to terrorism. He is Director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.

  • KELLY DENTON-BORHAUG is Professor of Religion and Peace and Justice Studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. She is the author of U.S. War-culture, Sacrifice and Salvation (2014). Her work examines ethics, religion, violence, war and militarism in contemporary U.S. culture.

  • FAISAL DEVJI is University Reader in Modern South Asian History and Fellow of St. Antony's College at the University of Oxford. He is the author of four books, Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity (2005), The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics (2009), The Impossible Indian: Gandhi and the Temptation of Violence (2012) and Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea (2013).

  • REUVEN FIRESTONE is the Regenstein Professor in medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles and writes on phenomenology of religion and religious conflict and violence. His books include Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam (1999), Who are the Real Chosen People? (2010), and Holy War in Judaism: the Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea (2012).

  • ISELIN FRYDENLUND is Associate Professor at MF Norwegian School of Theology and is affiliated to the Peace Research Institute Oslo. She has published numerous book chapters and articles on Buddhism, politics and violence in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, most recently in Military Chaplaincy in a Pluralist Age (edd. Brekke and Thikonov, 2017), Buddhist Modernities (edd Havnevik, et al, 2017), the Nordic Journal of Human Rights (2017), and the Journal of Religion and Violence (2017).

  • JULI GITTINGER is a Lecturer of South Asian religions at Georgia College. She received her doctoral degree from McGill University in Montreal, with MAs from University of Colorado in Boulder and SOAS in London. Her primary field of expertise is contemporary issues in Hinduism (nationalism, secularism, gender, violence). Her research interests include Hindu nationalism, religion and media, and Islam in popular culture. Dr. Gittinger is currently working on a manuscript about Hindu nationalism and digital media.

  • ROSALIND I.J. HACKETT is Professor and Head of Religious Studies, the University of Tennessee, and adjunct in anthropology. She has received fellowships from Harvard University, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Pew Foundation. She has published extensively on religion in Africa, notably in the areas of new religious movements, art, gender, media, and conflict.

  • MOHAMMED M. HAFEZ is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. A specialist in Islamist movements and political violence, his books include Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World (2003); Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making of Palestinian Suicide Bombers (2006); and Suicide Bombers in Iraq: The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom (2007). Prof. Hafez is also the author of over 30 journal articles and book chapters on Islamist ideologies, radicalization, and violence. He earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000.

  • JOHN R. HALL is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of California – Davis and Santa Cruz. His scholarship includes the sociology of religion, especially apocalyptic social movements. Books include: Gone from the Promised Land: Jonestown in American Cultural History ([1987] 2004) and Apocalypse: From Antiquity to the Empire of Modernity (2009).

  • JULIE INGERSOLL - University of North Florida

  • MARK JUERGENSMEYER is Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies and the Kundan Kaur Kapany Professor of Global and Sikh Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He founded the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies. He has published more than three hundred articles and twenty books, including the revised and expanded fourth edition of Terror in the Mind of God (2017).

  • HANS G. KIPPENBERG taught theory and history of religions at the University of Groningen (NL) from 1977-1989 and the University of Bremen from 1989 to 2004. He edited together with Tilman Seidensticker The 9/11 Handbook. Annotated Translation and Interpretation of the Attackers’ Spiritual Manual (2006); he published Violence as Worship. Religious Wars in the Age of Globalization (2011).

  • MARGO KITTS is Professor and Coordinator of Religious Studies and East-West Classical Studies at Hawai’i Pacific University. She is the author or editor of six books and over 30 articles dealing with ancient literature and/or religion and violence. She edits the Journal of Religion and Violence and co-edits the series, Cambridge Elements of Religion and Violence.

  • SIV ELLEN KRAFT - University of Tromsø

  • JAMES R. LEWIS is professor of religious studies at the University of Tromsø (Norway). He currently edits or co-edits four book series, is general editor for the Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, and associate editor for the Journal of Religion and Violence. Publications include Violence and New Religious Movements (Oxford 2011), (with Carole Cusack), Sacred Suicide (Routledge 2014) (with Inga Bårdsen Tøllefsen), The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements (Oxford, 2nd edition, 2015) (with Asbjørn Dyrendal and Jesper Petersen), The Invention of Satanism (Oxford 2016), and the Cambridge Companion to Religion and Terrorism (Cambridge 2017).

  • JEAN-FRANÇOIS MAYER is a Swiss historian. He received his doctorate from the University of Lyon in 1984. He is the founder and editor of Religioscope (, a website offering news and analyses on the role and place of religion in the contemporary world. Additional details and list of publications:

  • PIETER NANNINGA is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He graduated in History and Religious Studies and earned his PhD with a thesis on al-Qaeda’s suicide attacks (2014). His current research focuses on jihadist violence and the representations thereof in jihadist media releases and on social media.

  • REIKO OHNUMA is Professor of Religion, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dartmouth College. She is a specialist in the Buddhist traditions of South Asia, with a particular focus on narrative literature preserved in Sanskrit and Pali.

  • KIMBERLY B. STRATTON is Associate Professor of Humanities and Religion at Carleton University, specializing in the comparative study of ancient Mediterranean religions. Her current work interrogates the intersection of violence, collective identity, and cultural story in early Judaism and Christianity. She has also published extensively on ancient magic and gender.

  • PHILIP TITE - University of Washington