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Svensson, J. (2019). Computing Qur'ans: A Suggestion for a Digital Humanities Approach to the Question of Interrelations between English Qur'an Translations. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 30(2), 211-229
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Computing Qur'ans: A Suggestion for a Digital Humanities Approach to the Question of Interrelations between English Qur'an Translations
2019 (English)In: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, ISSN 0959-6410, E-ISSN 1469-9311, Vol. 30, no 2, p. 211-229Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present article is primarily intended as a methodological contribution to Islamic Studies providing an example of how the power of computer-aided text analysis can benefit the field. The data consists of a set of 51 lexicons created out of translations of the Qur'an into English. The analysis applies simple programming to calculate the lexical overlap between translations and uses the results in a preliminary discussion of possible influence of earlier on later translations. The results are compared with conclusions arrived at in previous research on the interrelationship between translations and are also used to identify and suggest new areas for in-depth studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Keywords
English Qur'an translations, lexical influence, digital humanities, computer-aided text analysis
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-84525 (URN)10.1080/09596410.2019.1603414 (DOI)000467940300002 ()2-s2.0-85065797808 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-06-05 Created: 2019-06-05 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2018). Islamic education in East Africa. In: Holger Daun, Reza Arjmand (Ed.), Handbook of Islamic Education: (pp. 651-672). Cham: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Islamic education in East Africa
2018 (English)In: Handbook of Islamic Education / [ed] Holger Daun, Reza Arjmand, Cham: Springer, 2018, p. 651-672Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During its prosperous phase, Islam spread to North Africa, where a total Islamization and Arabization took place, and the coastal areas of East Africa, where a new synthesis of the Perso-Arabic and Bantu languages and cultures emerged. East Africa has considerably higher rate of enrolment in primary and secondary education, and therefore Qur’ānic schools have tended to be relegated to complementary nonformal education or preschool institutions. In the former case, a deterioration has sometimes taken place so that the teaching and learning processes consist of rituals including a large proportion of pre-Islamic elements. Also, a prolongation of schooling has occurred in some places, a fact implying that children first attend Qur’ānic education for a couple of years and then primary (and secondary) education or vice versa. Most of the Qur’ānic teachers do not have any other income than the produce supplied by the pupils in their fields and the gifts they receive from the parents of the pupils. Qur’ānic schools are sustained by and continue to operate and expand due to the help of the community and parents.

A few, more sophisticated or developed institutions of Islamic education may be found in East Africa; the dirāsahs in Tanzania and some Qur’ānic schools in Uganda may be mentioned as examples. Islamic education in a district of Kenya will serve as an example illustrating the nature of such education in East Africa.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2018
Series
International Handbooks of Religion and Education, ISSN 1874-0049 ; 7
Keywords
Islam, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Education, IRE
National Category
Religious Studies History of Religions Educational Sciences
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions; Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69020 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-53620-0_39-1 (DOI)978-3-319-53620-0 (ISBN)
Projects
Islamic education and social development in Kisumu, Kenya
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2018). Shaykher, sayyider och Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Prestigebaserad auktoritet, karisma och socialt lärande. In: Mats Trondman, Malin Lennartsson (Ed.), Auktoritet: (pp. 215-238). Göteborg: Daidalos
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Shaykher, sayyider och Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Prestigebaserad auktoritet, karisma och socialt lärande
2018 (Swedish)In: Auktoritet / [ed] Mats Trondman, Malin Lennartsson, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2018, p. 215-238Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Daidalos, 2018
Keywords
Karisma, auktoritet, socialt lärande, islam, evolutionspsykologi
National Category
Religious Studies History of Religions
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77211 (URN)9789171735386 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-08-21 Created: 2018-08-21 Last updated: 2018-11-16Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2018). Vi har hämnats Profeten!: Kognitionsvetenskaplig religionsforskning i analys av reaktioner på Muhammedkarikatyrer. DIN: tidsskrift for religion og kultur (1), 158-183
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vi har hämnats Profeten!: Kognitionsvetenskaplig religionsforskning i analys av reaktioner på Muhammedkarikatyrer
2018 (Swedish)In: DIN: tidsskrift for religion og kultur, ISSN 1501-9934, E-ISSN 2387-6735, no 1, p. 158-183Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present article takes on a challenge posed by Håkan Rydving in acritique of the cognitive science of religion, published in Temenos vol44, 2008. Here, Rydving questions the usefulness of the cognitivescience of religion for analysing certain phenomena, among them”different Muslim reactions to the drawings of the Prophet Muhammadin the Danish newspaper Jyllandsposten”. Using diverse Muslimreactions to caricatures of the Prophet as a starting point, the presentarticle places these reactions in a theoretical framework ofcontemporary research on sacred values, devoted actors and identityfusion, as parts of ordinary human social cognition. The argument isthat models of how the human mind works, contrary to Rydving’ssuggestion, are highly relevant for the study of religions and form animportant contribution to a collective academic endeavour to understandand explain human cultural phenomena on multiple levels of analysis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bergen: Novus Forlag, 2018
Keywords
kognitionsvetenskaplig religionsforskning, heliga värden, hängivna aktörer, identitetsfusion, Muhammedkarikatyrer
National Category
Religious Studies History of Religions
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79971 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-28 Created: 2019-01-28 Last updated: 2019-07-08Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2017). Hurting the Qur'an: Suggestions Concerning the Psychological Infrastructure of Desecration. Temenos, 53(2), 243-264
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hurting the Qur'an: Suggestions Concerning the Psychological Infrastructure of Desecration
2017 (English)In: Temenos, ISSN 0497-1817, E-ISSN 2342-7256, Vol. 53, no 2, p. 243-264Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent years have witnessed several examples of desecrations of copies of the Qur’an as a display of non-Muslim hostility against Muslims. The present article attempts to answer a fundamental question relating to this phenomenon: how do desecrators know what acts directed at the Qur’an are likely to offend Muslims? The suggestion put forward is that desecration is an act that can be understood across cultural and religious boundaries because it is based on shared, intuitive knowledge of what the sacredness of an object entails. This knowledge, in turn, rests upon certain mental operations involved in the process of sacralisation: i.e. when things are ‘set apart and forbidden’. When the mental processes of psychological essentialism and conceptual blending are combined, it results in a partial personification of the sacred object, providing inferences concerning which acts count as desecrations, i.e. acts that, had they been directed at a person, would cause harm, whether physical or psychological.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Finnish Soc Study Religion, 2017
Keywords
Islam, Qur'an, desecration, psychological essentialism, conceptual blending
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69581 (URN)000426143700004 ()2-s2.0-85048954044 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-01-05 Created: 2018-01-05 Last updated: 2019-05-28Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2017). Moralpsykologi och religion (4ed.). In: Antoon Geels, Owe Wikström (Ed.), Den religiösa människan: En introduktion till religionspsykologin (pp. 505-536). Stockholm: Natur och kultur
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Moralpsykologi och religion
2017 (Swedish)In: Den religiösa människan: En introduktion till religionspsykologin / [ed] Antoon Geels, Owe Wikström, Stockholm: Natur och kultur, 2017, 4, p. 505-536Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Natur och kultur, 2017 Edition: 4
Keywords
moralpsykologi, religion, moralgrundsteorin
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69019 (URN)978-91-27-81935-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Sorgenfrei, S. & Svensson, J. (2017). Religiösa begrepp och tolkningar. In: Lisa Kaati (Ed.), Det digitala kalifatet: En studie av Islamiska statens propaganda (pp. 22-37). Stockholm: FOI, Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religiösa begrepp och tolkningar
2017 (Swedish)In: Det digitala kalifatet: En studie av Islamiska statens propaganda / [ed] Lisa Kaati, Stockholm: FOI, Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut , 2017, p. 22-37Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: FOI, Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, 2017
Series
FOI-R, ISSN 1650-1942 ; 4429
Keywords
violent religious extremism, Islamic State, IS, propaganda, våldsbejakande religiös extremism, Islamiska staten, IS, propaganda
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-64889 (URN)
Available from: 2017-06-07 Created: 2017-06-07 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Lindenfors, P. & Svensson, J. (2017). Stora gudar, heliga kor och människans överlevenad: Evolutionära förklaringar på religion. In: Jenny Björkman, Arne Jarrick (Ed.), Religionen tur och retur: RJ:s årsbok 2017/2018 (pp. 19-36). Stockholm: Makadam Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stora gudar, heliga kor och människans överlevenad: Evolutionära förklaringar på religion
2017 (Swedish)In: Religionen tur och retur: RJ:s årsbok 2017/2018 / [ed] Jenny Björkman, Arne Jarrick, Stockholm: Makadam Förlag, 2017, p. 19-36Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Över hela världen, och genom historien, åter nns religiösa inslag i den mänskliga kulturen. Kan det ha något att göra med evolutionen? Är religiösa föreställningar kanske bara en biprodukt av Homo sapiens avancerade kognitiva förmågor? Eller kan allt detta till och med ha haft betydelse för vår evolutionära historia? 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Makadam Förlag, 2017
Series
RJ:s årsbok ; 2017/2018
Keywords
Evolutionsteori, religion, placebo, helighet
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67237 (URN)978-91-7061-745-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-08-14 Created: 2017-08-14 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2016). Kognitionsvetenskapliga svar. In: David Thurfjell (Ed.), Varför finns religion?: (pp. 44-69). Stockholm: Molin & Sorgenfrei
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kognitionsvetenskapliga svar
2016 (Swedish)In: Varför finns religion? / [ed] David Thurfjell, Stockholm: Molin & Sorgenfrei, 2016, p. 44-69Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Molin & Sorgenfrei, 2016
Keywords
kognitionsvetenskaplig religionsforskning, prestige, övermänskliga aktörer, moral
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58320 (URN)9789187515248 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-11-28 Created: 2016-11-28 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J. (2015). Att äta en religion: Halalkyckling, essentialism och äcklets psykologi. Chaos: skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier, 64(2), 29-51
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att äta en religion: Halalkyckling, essentialism och äcklets psykologi
2015 (Swedish)In: Chaos: skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier, ISSN 0108-4453, E-ISSN 1901-9106, Vol. 64, no 2, p. 29-51Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Islam, halalkött, äcklets psykologi, islamofobi, psykologisk essentialism
National Category
History of Religions Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51407 (URN)
Available from: 2016-03-26 Created: 2016-03-26 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
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