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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: ProQuest, UMI Dissertation Publishing (September 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1244043087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1244043084
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Editorial Reviews


"Religion Out Loud advances the study of the materiality of religions in a substantial way by showing how important the investigation of sound is for understanding the history of religions in the United States. . . . Fascinating, resourceful, and thoughtful from beginning to end. This book belongs in all kinds of courses because it demonstrates how to do cultural history, study the senses and modernity, and compare religious traditions in the concrete registers of daily life. We will never hear sacred noise in the same way again."- David Morgan,Duke University

"Offers a brilliantly researched and intellectually nuanced account of the sounds of religion in the United States and the legal standing of religious noise over time. . . . A fascinating and immensely valuable contribution to the scholarship of sensory studies, public religion, secularism, sonic technologies, and material practice. In sum:  a pleasure to read and to ponder."-Sally M. Promey,Yale University

"Each of these controversies is subjected to careful analysis, and Weiner concludes with a reaffirmation of the significance of sound in religion. This is a valuable study for everyone interested in understanding religion in the U.S." 

"Weiner remakes the religious history of the senses as legal history. The regulation of religious sounds has created a tangle in American jurisprudence, ensnaring everything from the pealing bells of Episcopalians to the loudspeakers of Jehovah’s Witnesses to the calls to prayer of immigrant Muslims. With deftness and discerning insight, Weiner reveals the politics involved in defining noisy religion as public nuisance."-Leigh Eric Schmidt,Washington University in St. Louis

"Investigates the ways in which American law sought to regulate the increasingly pluralistic religious soundscape of American cities."-Richard Kent Evans, LA Review of Books --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Isaac Weiner is Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture in the Department of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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