Spirituality: An Interdisciplinary View

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Spirituality: An Interdisciplinary View


Edited by Jennifer Mata-McMahon, Tihana Kovač and Grace Miller

Format: eBook (PDF)

Year: 2016

This volume comprises a compilation of chapters on spirituality viewed from various disciplines and perspectives. It offers a review of the research completed on the definition of spirituality, many different ways to understand and foster spirituality from an inclusive, interdisciplinary and multi-religious approach, as well as interpretations of literature and nature from a spiritual standpoint.

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Even though spirituality can be considered as an innate human potential, one which all are capable of experiencing and developing, it has proven quite difficult to define among scholars. This volume presents various takes and uses of spirituality, looking into describing what it means, together with considering applications of spirituality as a healing measure and practice. Also, spirituality’s presence in the world around us in the form of nature mandalas and world soul is presented in this volume. As well as, spiritual aspects of literary pieces, with rich analysis of story lines and characters, tied back to spiritual parallelism and connotations. This volume represents an interdisciplinary view on spirituality and the various uses this ephemeral term has in different fields of scholarship; it represents a synopsis of the current interesting views scholars, researchers, and practitioners have on spirituality and maters of the spiritual realm.

Introduction: An Interdisciplinary View on Spirituality
Jennifer Mata-McMahon

Spirituality in a Multi-Religious Workplace: Empirical Evidence from Convergence Work 2009-2014
Aminah Ahmad and Zoharah Omar

The Prime Option: Spiritual Islamic Healing for Female Infertility in Tamboul Town, Sudan
Abu Baker A. A. Al Hadi

Integrating Spiritual and Managerial Insights within Senior Executive Teams
Andre L. Delbecq

Accounting for Spiritual Well-Being: God Wins over Other Transcendents
John W. Fisher

Where Does It Come From? A Summary of Literature Related to Neonatal and the Possible Nature of the Ex-Utero Spiritual Journey
Phil Fitzsimmons and Edie Lanphar

Creating Meaning: Setting Foundations for Inclusive Spirituality
John L. Hochheimer

What Does the Word Spirituality Really Mean?
Nicole Holt

The Spiritual and Cultural-Ecological Potential of Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood
Tihana Kovac

Spiritual Hygiene in Modern Times: An Investigation of Media Coverage of Meditation from 1979-2014
Sharon Lauricella

Blessed Assurance? Postsecularism, Sacrament and Salvation in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead
Grace E. Miller

Survivor Spirituality versus Popular-Therapeutic Spirituality: Two Conflicting Approaches to Supporting Japanese Family Survivors of Suicide
Tomofumi Oka

Nature Mandalas: Performance Practice and Narrative Metaphor
Linda A. Shkreli

Spirituality and Video Games: Re-Inventing Initiation in the
Digital Age
Françoise Storey and Jeff Storey

Tending to the Errancy of the World’s Soul: A Contribution
to Re-Enchantment
Mire-ô B. Tremblay and Sylvie Lavoie

Pocket of Sound: An Audio Installation
Elżbieta Wysakowska-Walters

Jennifer Mata-McMahon – Assistant Professor at DePaul University. Received a EdD in early childhood education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2010, and has worked in that field since 1995. She is the author of Spiritual Experiences in Early Childhood Education, 2015. Her research interests focus on the social, emotional, moral, and spiritual domains of the child, in the context of education, as well as in the fields of teacher preparation and bilingual education.

Tihana Kovač – obtained a BA and an MA degree in English and German language and literature, as well as the AMES (Advanced Master of European Studies) title in Croatia before moving to Vienna, Austria to continue her education. Today she is a PhD student in English and American Studies at the University of Vienna working as an English and German language teacher and a translator for the online magazine café babel.

Grace Miller – PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota. She earned her MA in English from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010 and an MA in Theology from Catholic Distance University in 2013. Her research focuses on religious and spiritual topics in postsecular literature.