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Eve L. Mullen

Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion

E-mail address: elm67@ra.msstate.edu
Website: http://www.geocities.com/evemullenphd/

Dr. Eve Mullen served as Guest Lecturer for the Gustav Prietsch Foundation for Religious and Ideological Tolerance at Universitaet Hamburg, Germany (1999-2001). Awarded a grant from the U.S. State Department to teach world religions in an Islamic context, she also served as an instructor for the Center for Cross-Cultural and Religious Studies at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2003). Her research interests include Asian religious traditions in America, religions in transition, religion's role in identity construction and issues of teaching pedagogy in the religion classroom.

Dr. Mullen received a B.A. in Religion from Washington and Lee University in 1990 and a Master of Theological Studies from the Divinity School of Harvard University in 1992. In 1999 she received her Ph.D. in Religion from Temple University where she was a recipient of the Theology Fund Scholarship.

Dr. Mullen taught at Mississippi State University from 2001 to 2006.

Religion and the Political Imagination in a Changing South Africa

Mullen, Eve L.
Publisher: Waxmann
ISBN: 3830911483
Collaborators: Gordon Mitchell, editors
Series: Religion and Society in Transition

The essays in this collection explore the diverse and sometimes unexpected ways in which religion has shaped political imagination in South Africa over the past two decades. They provide an important contribution to an already vast body of scholarly explanation. With the exception of occasional reference to the role of the South African Council of Churches, studies focus upon either the "great actors" or economic or political processes.

The current study deliberately sets out to investigate some of the less obvious connections between religion and change. African Religion and the African Independent Churches are generally seen to have played no significant role: at best they helped their members to survive the dehumanising mill of apartheid, at worst they occupied an acquiescent role. By posing new questions of their oral history it becomes possible to appreciate how these marginalised communities were able to develop an alternative political vision. Other unexpected findings are the considerable contribution to civil society of very small religious minorities, and the subtle ways in which the Dutch Reformed Church's ideological legitimation of apartheid could be undermined from within. A final essay uses the religious geography of Cape Town to illustrate the interplay between continuity and innovation in the changing South African society.

The American Occupation of Tibetan Buddhism

Mullen, Eve L.
Publisher: Waxmann
ISBN: 3830910533
Series: Jugend-Religion-Unterricht

An exploration into the new Tibetan Buddhist religious community in New York City is an exploration into the community's involvement in the larger political environment. Eve Mullen openly and frankly analyses the ongoing adaptation by activist-oriented Tibetan Buddhist transnationals to North American society and recognizes a public "occupation" of a Buddhist tradition partly based on American, sometimes romatic, interests and conceptions. The study differentiates two major Tibetan Buddhist traditions in New York: one which tries to match the expectations of popular Buddhism and a second which expresses the needs of the Tibetan ethnic minority. Mullen outlines the validity of innovation to religious traditions and points to the necessity of change.

This study of religion is transition bears strong implications for the discussion, especially in Germany, on religious studies (Religionswissenschaft) and the teaching of religion (Religionspadagogik). Mullen's book has become a valuable key in answering the question of how Buddhist traditions and people who are Buddhist can be understood better. It provides a basis on which the teaching of religion in a multicultural and multireligious classroom must be conceptualized if it is to integrate Buddhism and the religious lives of Buddhist community practitioners.