• “Dynamics, Stability & Tradition: The Role of the Religions of Iranian Speakers in Central and Eastern Asia”
    Vol. 11 No. 6

    Guest Editor: Yukiyo Kasai

    Iranian speakers had their homeland in Central Asia, some of them are known as the dominating traders on the Silk Road up to China. Through their trade activities they came in contact with various religions—Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Buddhism and Christianity. Because of their religious diversity, they often played a major role as the cultural intermediaries in Central and Eastern Asia and the contact with them often triggered dynamic change for several ethnic groups. Iranian speakers were also impacted by others in their religious orientation.

    Since their activities covered wide geographical regions and periods, this special issue aims to offer a platform for discussion between scholars from Europe and Asia from various fields. The exchange of new sources will shed new light on Iranian speaker’s activities and their religious situation.

    This special issue is based on a workshop at Ruhr-University Bochum March 2019.

    Note: The contributions are being published successively between December 2020 and spring 2021. Please return then for the full spectrum of contributions.

  • Sea of Encounters, Lands of Religions: the Indian Ocean and its Periphery
    Vol. 11 No. 5

    Special Issue Editor: Alexandra Cuffel

    Note: The contributions are being published successively between November 2020 and summer 2021. Please return then for the full spectrum of contributions.

  • Behaving Like Heathens. Polemical Comparisons and Pre-Modern Discourses of Religious Diversity from an Interdisciplinary Perspective
    Vol. 11 No. 4

    Guest Editors: Sita Steckel and Christina Brauner

    The special issue "Behaving Like Heathens. Polemical Comparisons and Pre-Modern Discourses of Religious Diversity from an Interdisciplinary Perspective," edited by Sita Steckel and Christina Brauner, takes a historical view on the ongoing debate about comparison and religion. Offering a cross-cultural perspective on pre-modern histories, it seeks to rehabilitate the full explanatory potential of 'polemical' comparisons: rather than 'disqualifying' such asymmetrical and pejorative comparisons from the study of comparative practices, we can understand them as important tools in the construction of cultural hierarchies. On this basis, the contributions to the issue thus explore how practices of comparing in polemical exchanges relate to the negotiation of intra- and inter-religious boundaries and to varying conceptualizations of “religion” and the “religious” itself. Bringing together contributions from Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic studies, within a broad temporal framework from Late Antiquity to the nineteenth century, it also contributes to the re-assessment of comparisons beyond Western modernity and seeks to link a historicization of comparisons with a reflective perspective on comparative methodology in our own disciplines. Most contributions go back to a conference held at Bielefeld University in 2018 (

    Note: The contributions are being published successively between October 2020 and spring 2021. Please return then for the full spectrum of contributions.

    Image: De duivel beschiet de katholieke kerk met ongeloof, anoniem, 1550–1599. Licence: CC 0 Universal. 

  • Religion, Media, and Materiality
    Vol. 11 No. 3

    Guest Editors: Giulia Evolvi and Jessie Pons

    Religious practice necessarily involves the use of media to bridge the gap between immanence and transcendence. Scholarship has been increasingly interested in the relationship between religion and media and how material and immaterial objects become entangled in religious belief-systems and practices. In this respect, the issue of authority emerges as paramount. The special issue aims at exploring the interplay of authority, religion, and media. It includes scholars from different disciplines–religious studies, media studies, art history, philology–presenting a wide range of case studies from different geographical and historical contexts, focusing both on authority as discussed within specific religious communities and as negotiated between different religious groups. 

  • Formative Exchanges between the Sasanid Empire and Late Antique Rome: Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and Christianity in Contact
    Vol. 11 No. 2

    Guest Editors: Eduard Iricinschi and Kianoosh Rezania

    The special issue “Formative Exchanges between the Sasanid Empire and Late Antique Rome: Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and Christianity in Contact”, edited by Kianoosh Rezania and Eduard Iricinschi, publishes the contributions of a two-days workshop of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe" hold on first and second of June 2017 at the Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum. It explores formative dynamics of contacts, interactions, and exchanges that took place in the Sasanian and Roman Empires between Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and Christianity at multiple levels. The contributions investigate the cognitive, ritual, and material scope of religions represented as “minorities” within larger ethnic and ideological landscapes, such as Christians and Manichaeans in the Persian Empire, or Manichaeans in the Roman Empire. Also, they enquire into how the subsequent reactions from the political, ethnic, and religious “majority” of the Persian and Roman Empires led not only to various manners of accommodation or rejection of religious minorities by the religious establishment, but also to the transformation of these majorities themselves as a result of religious contacts, influences, and borrowings.

  • Vol. 11 No. 1 (2020)

    This is our continuous issue of Entangled Religions and therefore still work-in-progress. Individual Articles, Reviews and other contributions will be added gradually. Be sure to check back regularly or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be notified for any updates on this issue.

    If you are interested in contributing to this issue or our journal in general, check out our Author Guidelines. We don't have specific deadlines, so authors are welcome to contact us anytime.

  • Senses, Religion and Religious Encounter
    Vol. 10

    Guest Editors: Alexandra Cuffel, Licia Di Giacinto, Volkhard Krech

    This special issue is the outcome of the conference "Religion and the Senses", held at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg in September 2016.

    After having been disregarded in favour of doctrines and dogmas for a long time, the sensory dimension of religions has recently attracted a large scholarly attention in religious studies. In tune with the surrounding academic landscape, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe" has devoted the academic year 2015-2016 to the scrutiny of the role of the theme "senses" from the perspective of interreligious, intrareligious and intersocietal contact. The conference summarized the main results of this work. 

  • The Changing Landscapes of Cross-Faith Places and Practices
    Vol. 9 (2019)

    Guest Editor: Manfred Sing

    The present special issue of Entangled Religions has emerged from a conference about “Shared Sacred Places and Multi-Religious Space” that took place at the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz in September 2016. As the title of the conference indicates, a main interest was to re-think the relation between place and space and between different religions. The conference took place in the framework of the IEG focus topic “Europe from the Margins,” which also included a lecture series on processes of marginalization and exclusion with regard to social and religious minorities within and beyond Europe. This background explains the range of topics in this special issue to a certain degree, because the conference had the aim to de-centre established notions of Europe and religion and understand them in their multi-dimensionality. While cross-faith practices are a worldwide phenomenon, the main geographical focus of the following articles is on southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean with their spatial extensions to Asia. Proceeding from here, the contributions in this volume understand multi-faith practices as embedded in local arrangements as well as in larger multi-religious landscapes, thus taking account of the interconnection between the local and the global and paying attention to the micro and macro levels of analysis.

  • Vol. 8 (2019)

    In this volume you will find no less than 11 articles and one book review. The articles cover a wide range of topics, such as traditions, religious identities, tolerance, memory and more.

    Traditions can be dealt with in different ways, religious groups, and times: Islamic traditions can be understood as bodies of ideas or bodies of texts; the ‘Tangut ideology’ or ‘Tangut tradition’, although limited in its reconstruction, consists of multiple facets, one of which is examined here; traditions and roles of foundational religious texts change among Jews and Muslims in present-day London; how Buddhist tradition in Russian Trans-Baikal is constructed; the analysis of traditions of power and virtue and their dynamics in South Asia.

    Other contributions deal with specific events such as religious conversion during the refugee crisis in Germany or dynamics and stability in the expansion of the Vineyard movement.

  • Between the Altar and the Pulpit: The (New?) Materiality of the Spiritual
    Vol. 7 (2018)

    Guest Editors: Raingard Esser and Andrea Strübind

    The special issue is based on papers presented at the international conference “Zwischen Kanzel und Altar. Die (neue) Materialität des Spirituellen” held at the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Emden in April 2016. Continuity and change in church interiors were key concepts addressed at the conference. The studies presented here analyse the impact of confessional change on church interiors and intentionally move away from the cathedrals and parish churches in the political and religious centres of early modern Europe.

  • Historical Engagements and Interreligious Encounters - Jews and Christians in Premodern and Early Modern Asia and Africa
    Vol. 6 (2018)

    Guest Editors: Alexandra Cuffel and Ophira Gamliel

    The essays in this special issue are based on the proceedings of the workshop Eastern Jews and Christians in Interaction and Exchange in the Islamic World and Beyond: A Comparative View held in Jerusalem and Raʿanana in June 2016. Accordingly, the essays address interreligious encounters in the Islamic world and beyond, examining social and religious attitudes towards religious Others in a wide range of disciplinary approaches. What binds these essays together is an attempt to shed light on a little-known history of Jewish-Christian relations in premodern Asia and Africa, a subject that stands at the heart of the research project Jews and Christians in the East: Strategies and Interactions between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.

  • Vol. 5 (2018)

    In this full packed volume, we offer you seven diverse articles. Dealing with the topic of religious encounters and exchange, Stephen Berkwitz focuses on Asian Buddhists and European Christians in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Japan from the sixteenth century onwards, while Faris Zwirahn examines Christian-Muslim relations and religious dialogue in the early fourteenth century.

    Thomas Jurcyk and Christoph Anderl study the use and role of images and text in an Armenian letter from the seventeenth century and through Buddhist “Auspicious Statues” during the later Tang and Five Dynasties period.

    Other contributions of this volume investigate inter-religious encounters in modern societies: Evangelical encounters with Islam in Britain (Greg Smith), Buddhism in Russia’s politics and education in Buryatia (Ivan Sablin) and Christian Churches and Chapels in Japan (Beate Löffler).

  • Vol. 4 (2017)

    Along with five reviews of books on various subjects in the religious studies, this volume provides you with essays by Mattias Brand, Björn Bentlage and Gerold Necker.

    These deal with archaeological findings in the Dakhleh Oasis in the Egyptian desert and the insights into the local situation of Egyptian religion, Christianity, and Manichaeism in late antiquity, as well as the development of an entanglement perspective on piety in the Ayyubid age.

  • Vol. 3 (2016)

    The articles in this issue deal with various subjects such as pluralistic societies and intercultural translation as well as religious life-writing and autobiographies.

    Furthermore the four contributions to our miscellaneous section include essays on the concept of religious competition, Vedic religion, the religious practice of Bede Griffith in California and more.

    Our book review section contains no less than 26 reviews of the newest publications by established scholars.

  • Vol. 2 (2015)

    In our second volume, we introduce new sections for our readers: a new book review section as well as a new miscellaneous section.

    We offer you multiple book reviews with educated opinions on cutting-edge publications, not older than two years. Other publications include articles and miscellaneous on topics such as biblical metaschematism and religious transfer (Knut Martin Stünkel) and the history of religion with a triple analysis of Mircea Eliade and Moshe Idel’s work (Eduard Iricinschi). 

  • Vol. 1 (2014)

    After months of planning and working on the project of Entangled Religions, our journal launched in November 2014.

    This first volume includes two editorials and three thematically diverse articles by contributors established in the field. The subjects treated in these articles include Buddhist iconography of the Kushan era (Jessie Pons), postural yoga and haṭhayoga (Stuart Ray Sarbacker) as well as Muslim mainstream missions, the Ahmadiyya mission, to inter-war continental Europe (Gerdien Jonker).