International Journal for the Study of New Religions
Int J Stud New Religions
Published/Hosted by Equinox Publishing Ltd.
ISSN (printed): 2041-9511. ISSN (electronic): 2041-952X.
IJSNR is published in cooperation with The International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR). The term “New Religions” can be defined in several ways. ISSNR and IJSNR has chosen to adopt a broad definition. In the narrow sense, “New Religions” is a term applied especially to religious phenomena that emerged in the West after the mid-1900s. More widely understood, the term can also include older religious movements or organizations that are “new” in a specific historical context. The term encompasses organized groups as well as less organized movements or observable trends. Many of these groups and movements are international and can be found in numerous countries. There are also new religious movements that are specific to a particular country or to a particular area of the world. In recent decades, new religions or new religious movements outside of the Western context have attracted attention. Additionally, the concept of New Religions includes less organized phenomena, such as the so-called New Age and alternative spirituality, as well as new expressions within established religions.
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