CESNUR - Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni diretto da Massimo Introvigne

The 2012 International Conference

Religion in a Globalized Context: The Mediterranean and the World

torinoThe 2012 CESNUR Conference, co-organized with Intercultural Studies and Research Laboratory (URAC 57) and Moroccan Culture Research Group (MCRG) at Chouaîb Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco, and the International Society for the Study of New Religions

El Jadida, Morocco, 20-22 September 2012
Chouaîb Doukkali University

Thursday September 20, 2012

9-10 Opening Ceremony

10-13 / Session 1 – Plenary

Religion in a Globalized Context

Important Notice: Although all the sessions will take place at the Faculté de Lettres, the Opening Ceremony and Session 1 will take place at the Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion (ENCG)

Welcome by Academic Authorities

Presiding and Introducing: Massimo INTROVIGNE

Globalization, Localization and Glocalization: Can We Tell Them Apart?
Eileen BARKER (London School of Economics)

The Changing Face of Spiritualism in the Contemporary World
J. Gordon MELTON (Institute for the Study of American Religion, Woodway, Texas)

The Changing Face of American Eastern Religions
Constance A. JONES (California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco)

Coffee Break

Think of the Children – Cults, Brainwashing and Children in Swedish Consciousness
Peter ÅKERBÄCK (Stockholm University)

The Meditating Dala Horse: A Local Study of Contemporary Religiosity in Sweden
Liselotte FRISK (Dalarna University, Falun)

13-15 / Lunch (on your own)

15-17,45 / Parallel Sessions

[Each session will have a coffee break between 16,15 and 16,30]

15-17,30 / Session 2

Trends and Movements Within Islam – I

Chair: Mohammed MAAROUF

The Proliferation of Islamic Spiritual Movements in Nigeria: A Case Study of Tariqa al-Ikhlasiyya
Sulaiman Sheu ADUA (Kwara State University, Malete)

Faith and Religious Freedom in the Practice of Religion: The Nigerian Experience of Boko Haram
Patrick U. NWOSU (University of Ilorin)

Pursuit of the Truth. Islamic Sufism and the Disparity of Roots: The Case of Divane Hafiz-Shirazi
Azim FAZLIPOUR (Sorbonne University, Paris)

New Religious Movements in Iran: The Problem of Definition
Shirin GHOLAMIZADEH BEHBAHANI (University of Strasbourg)

15-17,30 / Session 3

Religious Pluralism in Korea

Chair: Eileen BARKER

A Search for Dialogue between Christianity and Islam by Making Use of Confucianism and Buddhism
Won-Hyuk CHOI (Daejin University)

A New View of the Afterlife and the New Heaven: Some Thoughts on the Predictions of Holy Scriptures in the World
Gang-Yen HAN (Deokseon Women College, Seoul)

A Comparative Study on Three Minority Religions in Korea: Mission Strategies of Islam, the Baha’i Faith, and Su Wun Gyo
Shin AHN (Pai Chai University, Daejeon)

Dialectical Understanding of "Ultimate Reality" in Religious Pluralism: Focused on Theism in Comparison of Christianity, Donghak and Daesun Thoughts
Jae-Hyun PARK (Daejin University)

New Religious Innovation in Contemporary Korea: Inter-Religious Clash
Kim CHONGSUH (Seoul National University)

Religious Pluralism in Korean New Religions
Namsik KO (Daejin University)

The Types of Chanting Mantra and Religious Experience in Korean New Religions
Gyung-Won LEE (Daejin University)

15-17,30 / Session 4

Religious Movements, Mainline Religion, and Society: Perspectives and Controversies

Chair: Alain BOUCHARD

State-Church Relationships Regulation Systems: Between National Identities and Minority Religions Rights
Alessandro AMICARELLI (University of Urbino)

New Religious Movements: Challenges to Christians World Wide
Adeola Kehinde ADEDAYO (University of Abuja)

Sects in the Teaching of John Paul II
Luis SANTAMARIA (Red Iberoamericana de Estudio de las Sectas, Zamora)

Mediating to Settle Conflicts in Cultic Groups: Some Useful Methodologies
Raffaella DI MARZIO (Italian Society for the Psychology of Religion [SIPR], Rome)

A Rationalistic Redefinition of Christianity: The Fundamentalist Debate in the USA
Melouka ARABI (Hassiba Ben Bouali University, Chlef)

15-17,30 / Session 5

Globalized Buddhism and Globalized African Religions

Chair: J. Gordon MELTON

Buddhist Perspective to Pluralism in the Globalized World
Anita SHARMA (University of Delhi)

Changing the Rules of the Game: How African Christianity Defied Global Religious Understanding ... And What This Means
Dyron DAUGHRITY (Pepperdine University, Malibu)

Afrocentricity in African New Religious and Spiritual Movements
Marzia COLTRI (University of Birmingham)

Fragments choisis de récits de Propaganda Fide, de missionnaires capucins italiens dans le Royaume du Congo du XVIIe siècle [in French]
José SARZI AMADE (University of Provence, Aix-Marseille)

Friday September 21, 2012

9,15-11 / Parallel Sessions

9,15-11 / Session 6

Schism in the Unification Church?

Chair: George CHRYSSIDES

Schism in the Unification Church: A 2012 Update
James BEVERLEY (Tyndale Seminary, Toronto)

Schism in the Unification Movement: The Theological Dimensions (An Insider's View)
Dan FEFFERMAN (International Coalition for Religious Freedom, Washington DC)

9,15-11 / Session 7

Globalization and Religious Pluralism

Chair: Alessandro AMICARELLI

Religions in Italy: The CESNUR 2012 Survey

Chinese Christians in Globalized Christianity
Pierre VENDASSI (University of Bordeaux Segalen)

Religious Pluralism: Religious Minorities in Castilla y León (Spain)
Sergio MIRANDA - Jesus Alberto VALERO-MATAS - Maria Victoria MARTÍN ARRANZ (University of Valladolid)

9,15-11 / Session 8

Religious Roots, Religious History

Chair: Jean-Pierre LAURANT

"Thomasine Metamorphosis": Community, Text and Transformation from Greek to Coptic
David W. KIM (University of Edinburgh)

Christianity and Health Care in the Mediterranean Area
Marcello LA MATINA (University of Macerata)

Margaret Barker's Temple Theology and the Mormon Temple Doctrine: A Comparative Analogy
Cristina Maria Dos Santos PAULINO - Paulo Mendes PINTO (University of Lisbon)

American Muslim Women Convert's and the Reinterpretation of Islam: A Study of American Women Converts' Writings
Naoual ELKOUBAITI (Loyola Chicago University)


11-11,20 / Coffee Break

11,30-13 / Parallel Sessions

11,30-13 / Session 10

Cult Controversies in Japan and the U.S.

Chair: James BEVERLEY

Japan: Abduction and Deprivation of Freedom for the Purpose of Religious De-Conversion
Willy FAUTRÉ (Human Rights Without Frontiers, Brussels)

"Anti-Cult Measures" by Japanese Universities
Shunsuke UOTANI (Universal Peace Federation, Tokyo)

Religion, and Sedition – or Free Speech and the Right to Bear Arms? The Domestic Terrorism Trial of the Hutaree, a Michigan-Based Christian Millenarian Militia
Susan PALMER (Concordia University)

11,30-13 / Session 11

Global Esotericism, Global Imaginary

Chair: PierLuigi ZOCCATELLI

The Rose Croix Degree of Freemasonry in Its Relationships to Ancient Mysteries, Western Esotericism and Psychology
Michele AMICARELLI (The Early Light Institute, London)

Darryl Anka and "Bashar": Modern Channeling between Alien Narrative and Ancient Esotericism
Francesco BARONI (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Naples)

La Tradition selon René Guénon (1886-1951), du pensé au vécu [in French]
Jean-Pierre LAURANT (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)

Le grand roque du vampire: Twilight, mormonisme et imaginaire contemporain [in French]
Alain BOUCHARD (Laval University)

11,30-13 / Session 12

Case Studies of New Religious Movements

Chair: Liselotte FRISK

"A New Religion Is Born": How Media Influences Religion in Creation
Ringo RINGVEE (Department of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Republic of Estonia)

African Traditional Religion as a Catalyst for the Emergence of Pentecostal Churches in Yorubaland, South-Western Nigeria
Rotimi Williams OMOTOYE (University of Ilorin)


13-15 / Lunch (on your own)

15-17,45 / Parallel Sessions

[Each session will have a coffee break between 16,15 and 16,30]

15-17,45 / Session 13

Trends and Movements Within Islam – II


Effects of the Famous Book on Sufism, "Minhaj Al-Qasideen", in the Rectification of Society
Abdul Hai MADNI (NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi)

"New Age" Influence on the Nurcu Movement in Turkey
Martin RIEXINGER (Aarhus University)

Sufi Mysticism and Indian Religions
K.T.S. SARAO (University of Delhi)

Perceptions of Religious Pluralism and Interfaith Dialogue among Students of Religious Studies
Hssein KHTOU (Dar El Hadith El Hassania Institution for Higher Islamic Studies, Rabat)

15-17,45 / Session 14

Islam, Society, and Politics

Chair: Ringo RINGVEE

The Culture of Non-Violence in Islam and Violence Prevention
Nadia HALIM (Dar El Hadith El Hassania Institution for Higher Islamic Studies, Rabat)

Religion as a Social and Political Practice in Morocco
Abdelkader SABIL (Chouaîb Doukkali University, El Jadida)

From Islamism to Post-Islamism: Deconstructing PJD's Political Discourse
Abdelaziz EL AMRANI (Sidi Mohamed ben Abdellah University, Fez)

15-17,45 / Session 15

Pluralism and Dialogue

Chair: Peter ÅKERBÄCK

Ecumenical with the Truth? Jehovah's Witnesses and Dialogue
George CHRYSSIDES (University of Birmingham)

Beyond Narrative: The Question of Choice in Religion
Mohamed BENZIDAN (Hassan II University - Mohammedia, Casablanca)

Enjeux spirituels de la post-modernité [in French]
Patrick LAUDE (Georgetown University)


15-17,45 / Session 16

Some Psychology Contributions to the Cultic Studies Research

Chair: Raffaella DI MARZIO

Psychological Abuse in Group Contexts: Recent Contributions, Concept and Assessment
José Antonio CARROBLES (Autonomous University of Madrid)

Post-Involvement Attitudes after Leaving
Carmen ALMENDROS (Autonomous University of Madrid)

Conflict Resolution and Family Intervention
Juan F. GODOY (University of Granada)

20-23 / Banquet

Mohammed MAAROUF presides and introduces a program of religious chants and Moroccan music.

Typical Moroccan dishes with non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

Saturday September 22, 2012

9,30-11 / Session 17 – Plenary

Panel: The Mormon Moment in Historical Perspective. Mormon Candidates for National Office, the Use of Anti-Mormonism in Elections, and the Current Campaign of Obama versus Romney

Chair: Susan PALMER


Michael W. HOMER (Utah State Historical Society)

Will BAGLEY (Historian, Salt Lake City, Utah)

11-11,15 / Coffee Break

11,20-13 / Session 18 – Plenary

Islamic Movements, Society and Politics in Africa

Chair: J. Gordon MELTON

Presidents and Talibes: Islamic Brotherhoods and the 2012 Presidential Elections in Senegal

Saints and the Cultural Construction of Fear in Morocco: A Historical Perspective
Mohammed MAHANOUI (Chouaîb Doukkali University, El Jadida)

The Cultural Switch Gear in the Arab Spring of Morocco
Mohammed MAAROUF (Chouaîb Doukkali University, El Jadida) - Paul Willis (Princeton University)

13-14,30 / Lunch (on your own)

14,45-18 / Field trip

The Portuguese Fortified City of Mazagan and the Medina of Azemmour

Portugal controlled the city of El Jadida, called by the Portuguse "Mazagan", from 1502 to 1769, and gave to its monuments a truly unique character. A guided tour will take participants to the Portuguese Fortified City of Mazagan, a UNESCO World Heritage City and an outstanding example of cultural and artistic dialogue between European and Moroccan cultures. We will visit the famous Cistern – the location of several well-known movies – , the Fortress, and the Manueline Church of the Assumption. We will then proceed to Azemmour, where we will visit the Medina and the mausoleum of the Sufi saint Moulay Bouchaib Erredad (died 1176-7), founder of the Sufi team Shuaybiya. Buses will leave the University at 14,45.


El Jadida is a city visited by tourists both for its history and its beaches, and you will find several hotel offers through Booking.com or your travel agents. No hotel is at walking distance from the university, and beaches are not exactly close. Taxis are however easy to find and comparatively inexpensive.

El Jadida is reached most easily from Casablanca by train. The journey takes something less than one hour and a half. In turn, the station of Casa Voyageurs is easily reachable by shuttle bus or taxi from Casablanca airport. Trains to El Jadida leave daily from Casa Voyageurs (not to be confused with the other station of Casablanca, Casa Port) at 6:27, 8:27, 10:27, 12:27, 14:27, 17:27, and 19:27. Trains back from El Jadida to Casa Voyageurs leave at 6:30, 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 17:30, and 19:30.