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New Religious Movements in the Twenty-First Century examines the urgent issues facing new religions in their political, legal and religious contexts. New religious movements, from novel sects within larger global traditions such as Islam, Christianity, or Buddhism to the growth and spread of minority religions, are proliferating in nearly every region of the world and are increasingly coming into contact with social and institutional resistance that is far reaching in its implications. With essays from prominent scholars and usefully organized into four regional areas covering Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, Russia and Eastern Europe, and North and South America, as well as a concluding section on the major themes of globalization and terrorist violence, this book provides invaluable insight into the challenges facing religion in the twenty-first century.