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Neurology and Religion

Neurology and Religion

Alasdair Coles, Joanna Collicutt, Stuart Judge, Warren Brown, Ian Kidd, Daniel de Haan, Sophie Grace Chappell, Neil Agarawak, Clare Refern, Roger Baker, Gordon Pennycook, Daniel Tranel, Kelsey Warner, Erik W. Asp, Ashraf El-Mitwalli, Kelly Clark, Ingela Visuri, Julian Hughes, Nicolas Block, Bruce Miller, Giles Yeates, Aron Buchman, Michael Marsh
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  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107082601

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  • This intriguing and innovative book examines what can be learnt about the brain mechanisms underlying religious practice from studying people with neurological disorders, such as strokes, epilepsy, and Parkinson's disease. Using a clinical case-study approach, the book analyses the interaction of social influences, religious upbringing, and neurological disorders on beliefs in a number of different religions. The interdisciplinary angle of the book ensures a variety of perspectives to help understand how religious beliefs are affected when cognitive function is impaired. Real examples are used throughout the book, enabling readers to view people's religious experience in context as opposed to simulated scenarios. Examples include people whose beliefs change due to neurological conditions, as well as how faith can help people in coping with these disorders.

    • The first book of its kind to explore the relationship between neurological disorders and belief systems and practices
    • A multidisciplinary text that will appeal to neuroscientists, psychologists, theologians and pastors
    • Uses an approach based on clinical case studies, making results more true-to-life
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    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107082601
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's introduction
    Part I. Basic Issues in the Neurological Study of Religion:
    1. The discipline of neurology Alasdair Coles
    2. The scientific study of religion Joanna Collicutt
    3. Methodological hazards in the neuroscientific study of religion Stuart Judge
    4. Embodied cognition and the neurology of religion Warren Brown
    5. Phenomenology, neurology, psychiatry, and religious commitment Ian Kidd
    6. Philosophical hazards in the neuroscientific study of religion Daniel de Haan
    7. The glass onion and the mereological fallacy Sophie Grace Chappell
    8. Toward an Islamic neuropsychiatry: a classification of the diseases of the head in Abul-Hasan 'Alibn Sahl At-Tabari's paradise of women Neil Agarawak
    Part II. Neurology and Religion:
    9. Temporal lobe epilepsy, Dostoyevsky and irrational significance Alasdair Coles
    10. Parkinson's disease, religious belief and spirituality Clare Refern and Roger Baker
    11. Beyond reasonable doubt: cognitive and neuropsychological implications for religious disbelief Gordon Pennycook, Daniel Tranel, Kelsey Warner and Erik W. Asp
    12. Ramadam fasting and neurological disorders Ashraf El-Mitwalli
    13. Autism and the panoply of religious belief, disbelief and experience Kelly Clark and Ingela Visuri
    14. Personhood and religion in people with dementia Julian Hughes
    15. Religion and frontotemporal dementia Nicolas Block and Bruce Miller
    16. Religion and spirituality in neuro-rehabilitation: a case study Joanna Collicutt
    17. Eastern spirituality, mind-body practices and neuro-rehabilitation Giles Yeates
    18. Examining the continuum of life to determine death: a Jewish perspective Aron Buchman
    19. Near death and out of body experience: a case for dialogue between scientist and theologian? Michael Marsh.

  • Editors

    Alasdair Coles, University of Cambridge
    Alasdair Coles is a professor of Neuroimmunology at the University of Cambridge and has been researching novel treatments for multiple sclerosis for over twenty years. He now works on drugs to repair damaged brains to treat autoimmune forms of psychosis. Professor Coles is also an ordained priest in the Church of England.

    Joanna Collicutt, University of Oxford
    Joanna Collicutt is a Karl Jaspers lecturer in psychology of religion at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and a supernumerary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. She is a clinical neuropsychologist and Anglican priest, and was for many years head of the Oxfordshire neuropsychological rehabilitation service.

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    Alasdair Coles, Joanna Collicutt, Stuart Judge, Warren Brown, Ian Kidd, Daniel de Haan, Sophie Grace Chappell, Neil Agarawak, Clare Refern, Roger Baker, Gordon Pennycook, Daniel Tranel, Kelsey Warner, Erik W. Asp, Ashraf El-Mitwalli, Kelly Clark, Ingela Visuri, Julian Hughes, Nicolas Block, Bruce Miller, Giles Yeates, Aron Buchman, Michael Marsh

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