Call for Chapters

Multiculturalism and the Convergence of Faith and Practical Wisdom in Modern Society

(IGI Global, 2017)


Ana-Maria Pascal

Senior Lecturer

Regent’s University London

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: November 30, 2015

Full Chapters Due: March 31, 2016

Submission Date: June 30, 2016


Multiculturalism and the Convergence of Faith and Practical Wisdom in Modern Society

The topic of this book will be specifically THE IMPACT of religion on society. Historically, this has been the subject of very different evaluations – from the most negative ones (“the opium of people”) to current, more positive views, which see religion as fundamental to harmony and prosperity in society. Exploring as many societal benefits of religious beliefs as possible, from as many cultural backgrounds as possible, can be particularly important nowadays, when the rise of extremist manifestations threatens both to distort perceptions of religion and seriously damage societies. The hope is that an in-depth exploration of concrete impact of religious practice on society will lead to an increased awareness of religion’s role and importance for society and better mechanisms (e.g. through understanding and debate) of dealing with anomalies, when they arise.


The book will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of the relationship between religion and society. The theoretical ones will explore models of wisdom in different spiritual traditions, accompanied by appropriate illustrations – if possible, in the context of multicultural contemporary societies. The practical ones will focus on examples of how religion impacts upon both personal life and societal challenges. This book aims to be a key reference publication in the field of religion studies and sociology. In particular, it aims to focus on the impact of different religious beliefs on contemporary society, thereby providing valuable insights for both individuals and policy makers/political and institutional representatives who are faced with the challenges that religious diversity poses in today’s multicultural societies.

Target Audience

This book is addressed to both theoreticians and practitioners. Researchers, policy makers, advanced-level students and sociologists will find the text useful in furthering their own reflection on the impact of religion on society. Valuable insights will be gained from case studies about the societal benefits of living by religious beliefs.

Recommended Topics

Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics:

Theoreticians’ views on the impact of religion on society – models of wisdom in practice

  • The issue of leading by example – ‘practice what you preach’, in the context of a multicultural society
  • Christianity and the common good
  • Judaism and the common good
  • Islam and the common good
  • Buddhism and the common good
  • Hinduism and the common good

Everyday life experiences that illustrate the impact of religion on society – personal accounts

  • Everyday lived Christianity
  • Everyday lived Islam
  • Everyday lived Judaism
  • Everyday lived Buddhism
  • Everyday lived Hinduism

Challenges of living religiously in a secular world – examples of issues with practical and policy relevance

  • Family issues (marriage, parenthood, divorce, commitment, adultery etc.)
  • Living with your neighbour – multiculturalism in practice
  • Religion, education, and personal development (benefits and challenges of religious education, and how religious practice can impact on educational attainment and personal development)
  • Money matters (e.g. Sharia law, Christian views on charging interest etc.)
  • Health issues (how religious practice affects personal health – both physical and mental)
  • Responses to crime (e.g. punishment v. assistance and rehabilitation)

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 30, 2015, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by December 15, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 31, 2016, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Multiculturalism and the Convergence of Faith and Practical Wisdom in Modern Society. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial Discovery online submission manager:


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2017.

Important Dates

  • November 30, 2015: Proposal Submission Deadline
  • December 15, 2015: Notification of Acceptance
  • March 31, 2016: Full Chapter Submission
  • May 31, 2016: Review Results Returned
  • June 15, 2016: Final Acceptance Notification
  • June 30, 2016: Final Chapter Submission
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    Dr Ana-Maria Pascal

    Senior Lecturer

    Regent’s University London


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