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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 18, Number 4, May 2015

Garry W. Trompf, guest editor, New Religious Movements in Oceania

Jaap Timmer, Heirs to Biblical Prophecy: The All Peoples Prayer Assembly in Solomon Islands

Anna-Karina Hermkens, Marian Movements and Secessionist Warfare in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

Scott Flower, Conversion to Islam in Papua New Guinea: Preserving Traditional Culture against Modernity's Cargo-Cult Mentality

Paul Morris, Polyesians and Mormonism: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the "Islands of the Sea"

John M. Bozeman, Conference Updates


12th Annual Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements

First Place Winner is:

Bernard Doherty, "Sensational Scientology! The Church of Scientology and Australian Tabloid Television," Nova Religio 17, no. 3 (February 2014): 38-63.

Second Place Winner is:

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

For previous Robbins Awards, click here.

3rd Annual Helen Crovetto Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements with Ties to South Asia

Phillip Charles Lucas, "Non-Traditional Modern Advaita Gurus in the West and Their Traditional Modern Advaita Critics," Nova Religio 17, no. 3 (February 2014): 6-37.

For previous Crovetto Awards, click here.

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