Vol. 12 No. 3: Religion and Pandemic: Shifts in Interpretations, Popular Lore, and Practices

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Guest editors of the special issue: Alexander Agadjanian, Center of Religious Studies, Russian State University of the Humanities; Konrad Siekierski, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London.

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In contrast to our usual procedure that includes a double-blind peer review before publication, this volume will undergo an open peer review process, meaning that each contribution is first published as a pre-print alongside its two peer reviews. Both the pre-print article and the reviews will later be replaced with the final, revised version of the article. During the open peer review process, readers are also encouraged to send their comments to the managing editor at er-contact@rub.de. The comments will then be forwarded to the author and considered in his or her revision.


Religions worldwide have been strongly affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The very fact of the pandemic, its emotional perception, as well as its medical, social, and political implications, required instant reactions from religious institutions and individual believers. These reactions related to changes in rituals, daily practices, and forms of communication; they caused the emergence of new myths, phobias, and protective strategies, and generated theological interpretations as well as new ethical choices.

In this special issue, the authors, using methods of various disciplines, address both intra-confessional and inter-religious dynamics with a special focus on interconnected, “entangled” responses to the crisis, in line with the focus of Entangled Religions.