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Intersections of Religion and Migration

Issues at the Global Crossroads

  • Jennifer B. Saunders
  • Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
  • Susanna Snyder

Part of the Religion and Global Migrations book series (RGM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Jennifer B. Saunders, Susanna Snyder, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
    Pages 1-46
  3. Religion and Experiences of Migration

  4. Approaches to the Study of Religion and Migration

  5. Religion and Responses to Migration

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 311-360

About this book


 This innovative volume introduces readers to a variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches used to examine the intersections of religion and migration. A range of leading figures in this field consider the roles of religion throughout various types of migration, including forced, voluntary, and economic. They discuss examples of migrations at all levels, from local to global, and critically examine case studies from various regional contexts across the globe. The book grapples with the linkages and feedback between religion and migration, exploring immigrant congregations, activism among and between religious groups, and innovations in religious thought in light of migration experiences, among other themes. The contributors demonstrate that religion is an important factor in migration studies and that attention to the intersection between religion and migration augments and enriches our understandings of religion. Ultimately, this volume provides a crucial survey of a burgeoning cross-disciplinary, interreligious, and global area of study. 


Migration Immigration Intersectionality Refugees forced migration Religion religious studies theology sociology of religion faith-based humanitarianism Diaspora transnationalism religious texts culture migration religion social science society sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Jennifer B. Saunders
    • 1
  • Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
    • 2
  • Susanna Snyder
    • 3
  1. 1.StamfordUSA
  2. 2.University College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.University of RoehamptonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Jennifer B. Saunders is an independent researcher studying transnational Hinduism.

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is Lecturer in Human Geography and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit, University College London, UK. 

Susanna Snyder is Assistant Director, Catherine of Siena College, and Tutor in Theology at the University of Roehampton, UK. 

Bibliographic information


“This book captures the emergence of an increasingly important interdisciplinary and multi-perspectival study of the role of religion in the migratory experience. The volume is a clarion call for the development of more sophisticated, humane, and attentive forms of migration theory, policy, and practice.” (Anna Rowlands, Lecturer in Contemporary Catholic Studies and Deputy Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies, University of Durham, UK)

“This volume presents a set of masterful essays blended into a coherent overview. The tone is that of an extended conversation that shows both a remarkable grasp of the dozens of major migrations going on and awareness that, for most migrants, a profound religious reflection is an important part of their trip.” (Paul Younger, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University, Canada)

“Analyzing migration as multi-layered and shaped by variables such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and xenophobia, contributors to this volume reveal how religious identities, practices, and understandings are inextricable from this mix. With case studies spanning the globe and religious traditions, we find here a critical corrective to our tendency to underestimate and oversimplify religion’s role in our current era of global displacement.” (Corinne G. Dempsey, Associate Professor and Rosemarie Beston Chair for International Studies, Nazareth College, USA)

“Readers of this book, including secular policy makers, interested citizens, and religious leaders, will encounter fresh insights that will help them understand and respond to new transnational realities.” (Raymond Brady Williams, LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities Emeritus, Wabash College, USA)