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Prize winners are selected by members of the Board Members of the Association for the Academic Study of New Religions from each published volume of the journal.

Twelfth Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 17

First place winner: Bernard Doherty, "Sensational Scientology! The Church of Scientology and Australian Tabloid Television," in vol. 17, no. 3 (February 2014): 38-63.

Second place winner: Benjamin Gatling, "The Guide after Rumi: Tradition and Its Foil in Tajik Sufism," in vo. 17, no. 1 (August 2013): 5-23.

Eleventh Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 16

First place winner: 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: 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.

Tenth Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 15

First place winner: Karline McLain, "Be United, Be Virtuous: Composite Culture and the Growth of Shirdi Sai Baba Devotion," in vol. 15, no. 2 (November 2011): 20-49.

Second place winner: Joseph P. Laycock, "'We Are Spirits of Another Sort': Ontological Rebellion and Religious Dimensions of the Otherkin Community," in vol. 15, no. 3 (February 2012): 65-90.

Ninth Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 14

First prize of $500 to Paul Brian Thomast, "Revisionism in ET-inspired Religions," in vol. 14, no. 2 (November 2010): 61-83

Second prize of $250 to Benjamin E. Zeller, "Extraterrestrial Biblical Hermeneutics and the Making of Heaven's Gate," in vol. 14, no. 2 (November 2010): 34-60

Eighth Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 13

First prize of $500 to Martin Lindhardt, "More Than Just Money: The Faith Gospel and Occult Economics in Contemporary Tanzania," in vol. 13, no. 1 (August 2009): 41-67

Second prize of $250 to Matthew Kustenbauder, "Believing in the Black Messiah: The Legio Maria Church in an African Christian Landscape," in vol. 13, no. 1 (August 2009): 11-40

Seventh Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 12

First prize of $500 to Jon R. Stone, "Prophecy and Dissonance: A Reassessment of Research Testing the Festinger Theory," in vol. 12, no. 4 (May 2009): 72-90.

Second prize of $250 to Moojan Momen, "Millennialism and Violence: The Attempted Assassination of Nasir al-Din Shah of Iran by the Babis in 1852," in vol. 12, no. 1 (August 2008): 57-82.

Sixth Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 11

Co-First Place Winners of $375 each are:

Mark Sedgwick, "Jihad, Modernity, and Sectarianism," in vol. 11, no. 2 (November 2007): 6-27; and

Peter Staudenmaier, "Race and Redemption: Ethnic and Racial Evolution in Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy," in vol. 11, no. 3 (February 2008): 4-36.

Fifth Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 10

First prize of $500 to Jolyon Baraka Thomas, "Shûkyô Asobi and Miyazaki Hayao's Anime," in Nova Religio 10, no. 3 (February 2007): 73-95.

Second prize of $250 to Lynn P. Eldershaw, "Collective Identity and the Postcharismatic Fate of Shambhala International," in Nova Religio 10, no. 4 (May 2007): 72-102.

Fourth Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 9

First Prize of $500 to E. Burke Rochford, Jr. and Kendra Bailey, “Almost Heaven: Leadership, Decline and Transformation of New Vrindaban,” Nova Religio 9, no. 3 (February 2006): 6-23.

Second Prize of $250 to Gary Shepherd and Gordon Shepherd, “Accommodation and Reformation in The Family/Children of God,” Nova Religio 9, no. 1 (August 2005): 67-92.

Third Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 8

First Prize of $500 to Adrian Ivakhiv, “In Search of Deeper Identities: Neopaganism and ‘Native Faith’ in Contemporary Ukraine,” Nova Religio 8, no. 3 (March 2005): 7-38.

Second Prize of $250 to Martha Bradley, “Cultural Configurations of Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamous Communities,” Nova Religio 8, no. 1 (July 2004): 5-38.

Second Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 7

First Prize of $500 to Hugh B. Urban, “The Beast with Two Backs: Aleister Crowley, Sex Magic and the Exhaustion of Modernity,” Nova Religio 7, no. 3 (March 2004): 7-25.

Second Prize of $250 to Anne Hallum, “Ecotheology and Environmental Praxis in Guatemala,” Nova Religio 7, no. 2 (November 2003): 55-70.

First Annual Awards for Articles Appearing in Vol. 6

First Prize of $500 to David Cook, “Suicide Attacks or ‘Martyrdom Operations’ in Contemporary Jihad Literature,” Nova Religio 6, no. 1 (October 2002): 7-44.

Second Prize of $250 to David Ownby, “A History for Falun Gong: Popular Religion and the Chinese State since the Ming Dynasty,” Nova Religio 6, no. 2 (April 2003): 223-43.


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

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