Approaching Religion is an academic open access journal published by the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History in Åbo, Finland. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within the field. The journal appears twice a year and consists of articles, book reviews and discussions. It addresses an international readership and, as the title suggests, approaches the field of religion from a broad perspective, engaging contributors from different theoretical and methodological traditions.

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  • Prayer practices among Palestinian Christians in Occupied Palestinian Territory 

    Parkkinen, Mari Johanna (01.12.2018)
    Arab Palestinian Christians face many challenges living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory; restrictions of movement, a poor employment situation and rising emigration. According to previous research, religion and prayer ...
  • Agency and the roles of Southern Jordanian Bedouin women on pilgrimage and visiting holy sites 

    Miettunen, Päivi (01.12.2018)
    In the Islamic world, numerous shrines shape and define its spiritual landscapes. While some of the shrines are tombs and memorials of major religious and historical figures, a majority of the sites are dedicated to ancestors ...
  • The early history of religion (dis)proving its truth 

    Seppälä, Serafim (The Donner Institute, 01.12.2018)
    The first Church father writing in Arabic, Theodore Abu Qurrah, and the first Muslim author to compose a systematic refutation of Christianity, ʿAbd al-Jabbar, both apply the historical argument in order to prove or refute ...
  • Singing of divine identities in a liturgical space? John Damascene's treatise on the Trisagion and his anti-heretical polemics 

    Olkinuora, Damaskinos (The Donner Institute, 01.12.2018)
    John Damascene, one of the most productive Greek theologians of the Middle Byzantine era, also composed a treatise on the Trisagion hymn, or how it should be sung correctly and why; a text that has been little discussed ...
  • Vicarious dissonance and the narrative of the Gospel of Matthew 

    Pisilä, Mikko (The Donner Institute, 01.12.2018)
    This article presents a novel social-scientific approach to the Gospel of Matthew, one of the most influential texts in the history of Christianity. This approach combines social-psychological and narrative-critical ...
  • Transformations of identity and space in the Middle East and North Africa 

    Illman, Ruth; Mattila, Raija (The Donner Institute, 01.12.2018)
    The current issue of Approaching Religion includes articles based on conference papers presented at the Fifth Finnish Colloquium on the Middle East and North Africa Studies, which was organised by the Finnish Institute in ...
  • Book review. The artist through a glass darkly 

    Swartz Larsson, Karen Inez (The Donner Institute, 21.04.2018)
    Review of Anna Laestadius Larsson's Hilma. En roman om gåtan Hilma af Klint (Stockholm, Piratförlaget, 2017).
  • Book review. A deconstructed guru 

    Taatila, Hippo (The Donner Institute, 21.04.2018)
    Review of Tobias Churton's Deconstructioning Gurdjieff: Biography of a Spiritual Magician (Rochester, Inner Traditions, 2017). Gurdjieff, Western Esotericism, Guru, Tobias Churton, Deconstructionism, Steven Sutcliffe
  • Book review. At the borders of knowledge 

    Järvenpää, Juuso (The Donner Institute, 21.04.2018)
    Review of Egil Asprem's The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse 1900–1939 (Brill 2014).
  • Book review. Esotericism throughout the centuries 

    Ramstedt, Tommy (The Donner Institute, 21.04.2018)
    Review of Wouter J. Hanegraaff's Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture (Cambridge University, 2012).
  • Esotericism in reverse 

    Mansikka, Tomas (The Donner Institute, 21.04.2018)
    Western esotericism appears to be a field most precarious in terms of positioning. This article will highlight the divide between ‘critics’ and ‘religionists’ from a pre-Enlightenment position by discussing René Descartes’ ...
  • A relation of Swedenborgianism and anthroposophy 

    Mahlamäki, Tiina (The Donner Institute, 21.04.2018)
    My article discusses the influence of Emanuel- Swedenborg on a Finnish female author, Kersti Bergroth (1886–1975) through one of Bergroth’s novels Eläviä ja kuolleita (‘The Living and the Dead’, 1945). Bergroth was a ...
  • Putting the spiritual into practice 

    Boguslawski, Julia von; Westerlund, Jasmine (The Donner Institute, 21.04.2018)
    The aim of this article is to examine how Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophical ideas were reflected and put into practice in the lives of the Finnish couple Olly (Olga) Donner (1881–1956, neé Sinebrychoff) and Uno Donner ...
  • The Symbolist aesthetic and the impact of occult and esoteric ideologies on modern art 

    Lahelma, Marja (The Donner Institute, 21.04.2018)
    Within the past couple of decades, art-historical scholarship has developed a more acute awareness of the need to reassess and re-evaluate its dominant narratives. It has become apparent that the value judgements that have ...
  • Vera Hjelt and the calling of theosophical universal work, 1894–1904 

    Kaartinen, Marjo (The Donner Institute, 21.04.2018)
    This article discusses the theosophy of Vera Hjelt (1857–1947), who was inspired by Annie Besant. Hjelt led an active life as a schoolteacher, factory owner, writer, occupational safety inspector and member of parliament. ...
  • 'The one and only true and salvational faith' 

    Harmainen, Antti (The Donner Institute, 21.04.2018)
    In the 1880s, the religious life in Finland was in the midst of a turbulent period which, for some, presented a threat to traditional moral values and social cohesion while for others it was the beginning of a new, more ...
  • Editorial. The history of modern Western esotericism 

    Mahlamäki, Tiina; Leskelä-Kärki, Maarit (The Donner Institute, 21.04.2018)
    The study of Western esoteric traditions and practices has been a growing research field since the 1990s. This thematic issue aims at opening this field particularly in the context of Finnish cultural history, although the ...
  • Book review. Finding beauty, goodness and truth in an ugly world 

    Illman, Ruth (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    Review of Kimberly Vrudny's Beauty’s Vineyard: A Theological Aesthetic of Anguish and Anticipation (Collegeville, MN, Liturgical Press, 2016).
  • Book review. Agency in image production 

    Cummins, Thomas (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    Review of The Technical Image: A History of Styles in Scientific Imagery, eds. Horst Bredekamp, Vera Dünkel and Birgit Schneider (The University of Chicago Press in associ-ation with the Bard Graduate Center, New York City, 2015).
  • Book review. Thermodynamics and theology 

    Russell, Cathriona (The Donner Institute, 04.12.2017)
    Review of Helge S. Kragh's Entropic Creation: Religious Contexts of Thermodynamics and Cosmology (London and New York, Routledge, 2016) (first published in 2008 by Ashgate).

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