Ron Geaves is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of History, Archaeology and Religion, based in the Centre of the Study of Muslims in Britain at Cardiff University, previously holding Chairs in Religious Studies at the University of Chester (2001-2007) and in the Comparative Study of Religion at Liverpool Hope University (2007-2013). Professor Geaves remains active in research. Usually, his research is contemporary in focus and involves ethnographic study, although recently he has embarked on the historical study of the Muslim presence in Britain. He has written and edited nineteen books and contributed to around twenty-five edited collections and numerous journal articles. His works include Sectarian Influences in Islam in Britain (1994), Sufis in Britain (2000), Islam and the West Post 9/11 (2004), Aspects of Islam (2005), Islam Today (2010), Islam in Victorian Britain: The Life and Times of Abdullah Quilliam (2010), Sufis of Britain (2014) and Islam and Britain: Muslim Mission in an Age of Empire (2017). He is currently working on Glastonbury and the Making of New Age Spirituality.
Carole M. Cusack is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Sydney. She researches and teaches on contemporary religious trends (including pilgrimage and tourism, modern Pagan religions, NRMs, and religion and popular culture). Her books include Invented Religions: Imagination, Fiction and Faith (Ashgate, 2010) and (with Katharine Buljan) Anime, Religion, and Spirituality: Profane and Sacred Worlds in Contemporary Japan (Equinox, 2015). In 2016 she became Editor of Fieldwork in Religion, and she is also Editor of Literature & Aesthetics (journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics).
Rachelle Scott studies the history of Theravada Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on contemporary Buddhism in Thailand. Her first book, Nirvana for Sale?: Buddhism, Wealth, and the Dhammakāya Temple, examined contemporary debates over monastic and lay wealth in Thailand. Her current research focuses on stories of powerful female ascetics and spirits, the impact of new media on religious authority and community, and the role of the Buddhist sangha in global Buddhism.
Book Reviews Editor
- George D. Chryssides, University of Birmingham and York St John University, United Kingdom
- Fiona Bowie, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
- Marion Bowman, Open University, United Kingdom
- Lorne Dawson, University of Waterloo, Canada
- Gavin Flood, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
- Paul Freston, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada, Brazil
- Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
- Andreas Gruenschloss, Goettingen University, Germany
- Mathew J. Guest, Durham University, United Kingdom
- Graham Harvey, Open University, United Kingdom
- Marcia Hermansen, Loyola University Chicago, United States
- Lynne Hume, University of Queensland, Australia
- James R. Lewis, University of Tromsø, Norway
- Eleanor Nesbitt, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
- Alan Gilbert Nixon, Western Sydney University, Australia
- Stefania Palmisano, University of Turin, Italy
- Mikael Rothstein, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
- Daniel Wojcik, University of Oregon, United States
- Linda Woodhead, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom
- Andrew Yip, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom