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Nova Religio presents scholarly interpretations and examinations of emergent and alternative religious movements. Original research, perspectives on the study of new religions, literature reviews, and conference updates keep scholars well informed on a wide range of topics including:

  • New religions;
  • New movements within established religious traditions;
  • Neo-indigenous, neo-polytheistic and revival movements;
  • Ancient Wisdom and New Age groups;
  • Diasporic religious movements;
  • Marginalized and stigmatized religions.

The journal contributes to understanding unconventional religions in their particularities and in relation to the larger social contexts in which they are situated. Nova Religio is both multidisciplinary and international in its scope.

Submissions are welcome from across the academic disciplines concerning all parts of the world.

Subscription provides free access to all back issues.

Volume 17, Number 3, February 2014

Phillip Charles Lucas, Non-Traditional Modern Advaita Gurus in the West and Their Traditional Modern Advaita Critics

Bernard Doherty, Sensational Scientology! The Church of Scientology and Australian Tabloid Television

Dominic LaRochelle, Making the New Appear Old: The Daoist Spirituality of Chinese Martial Arts in Taiji Quan Manuals Published in North America

Craig R. Prentiss, "The Full Realization of This Desire": Garland Anderson, Race, and the Limits of New Thought in the Age of Jim Crow

John M. Bozeman, Conference Updates


11th Annual Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements

First Place Winner is:

Jennifer Scheper Hughes, "The Niño Jesús Doctor: Novelty and Innovation in Mexican Religion," in vol. 16, no. 2 (November 2012): 4-28

Second Place Winner is:

Kelly E. Hayes, "Intergalactic Space-Time Travelers: Envisioning Globalization in Brazil's Valley of the Dawn," in vol. 16, no. 4 (May 2013): 63-92. .

For previous Robbins Awards, click here.

2nd Annual Helen Crovetto Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements with Ties to South Asia

Andrea R. Jain, "The Dual-Ideal of the Ascetic and Healthy Body: The Jain Terāpanth and Modern Yoga in the Context of Late Capitalism," in 15, no. 3 (February 2012): 29-50.

For previous Crovetto Awards, click here.

Nova Religio :: ISSN: 1092-6690:: eISSN: 1541-8480 :: Frequency: Quarterly
Published: August, November, February, May