Irving Hexham (April 14, 1943) is a Canadian academic and writer who has published twenty-three books and numerous articles, chapters, and book reviews in respected academic journals. Currently, he is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, married to Dr. Karla Poewe who is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Calgary, and the father of two children, Jeremy and Janet. He holds dual British and Canadian citizenship.
Hexham qualified for university matriculation by correspondence study and entered the University of Lancaster in 1967 where he majored in Religious Studies with minors in History and Philosophy. He graduated with a B.A.(Hons) in 1970. He then proceeded to post-graduate studies, obtaining his M.A. "with commendation" in religious studies and theology from the Bristol University in 1972. His M.A. was based on anthropological methods and theories and involved a short dissertation on Glastonbury. He obtained a Ph.D. in History from the University of Bristol in 1975. His Ph.D. thesis was on Afrikaner Calvinism and the origins of apartheid as an ideology. In the course of his studies he lived in the Republic of South Africa and studied the languages of German and Afrikaans. His M.A. supervisor was F.B. Welbourn; his Ph.D. supervisor was Kenneth Ingham. When he was in South Africa Elaine Botha at Potchefstroom University was appointed his local supervisor by the University of Bristol.
Hexham is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and has been a member of various professional organizations including the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, American Academy of Religion, Association for the Sociology of Religion, South African Institute of Race Relations, South African Society for Mission Studies, and the Berliner Gesellschaft fuer Missionsgeschichte of which he was a founding member with Ulrich van der Heyden. Recently he was elected a Fellow of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.
Hexham has lectured in undergraduate and post-graduate programs covering topics such as cults, sects and new religious movements, history of religion, sociology of religion, African history and religions, religion and society in South Africa, millenarian movements, theology and politics, Christianity and culture, missions and society, religion and ethics, fundamentalism and charismatic religion, methods in the study of religion, and the philosophy of religion.
His academic interests are listed as Political Religions; Nationalism and Religion; Afrikaner Nationalism; National Socialism; New Religious Movements, World Religions in Modern Society; World Christianity and Christian Missions, African Initiated/Independent Churches; Modern Religious Thought; while his research interests are said to be Ancestral neo-Paganism, the New Right, and political religions in Germany.
He served as a contributing editor to the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa (1981-93), and is on the Editorial Board for the journals Studies in Religion and Koers.
Hexham has written or co-edited a number of works treating various facets of religion in South Africa including African independent churches, Afrikaner Calvinism, and Zulu religion. He has compiled reference works such as the Concise Dictionary of Religion and Pocket Dictionary of New Religious Movements. He has co-written two analytic works on the phenomenon of new religions and cults, and co-edited a pioneering work on the development of Christian contextual missions and new religious movements. Currently, as can be seen from his recent publications, Hexham is working on issues related to Germany.
Among his graduate students are Dr. Douglas Cowan of the University of Waterloo, Professor Mark Mullins of Sophia University in Tokyo, and Kurt Widmar of the University of Lethbridge.
http://www.unhcr.ch/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/rsd/rsddocview.pdf?CATEGORY=RSDCOI&id=3daec69d4. Accessed October 2002.
Refereed Academic Articles:
“Verfassungsfeindlich: Church, State and New Religions in Germany”, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. Vol. 2, No. 2, 1999, pp. 208-227.
A full list of Hexham's publications can be found at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/%7Ehexham/personal/fullpubs.html
The Story of Isaiah Shembe, Vol. I: History and Traditions Centered on EkuphaKameni and Mount NhlangaKazi/ The Story of Isaiah Shembe, Vol. II: Early Regional Traditions of the Acts of the Nazarites/ The Story of Isaiah Shembe, Vol. III: The Continuing Story of the Sun and the Moon. Oral Testimony and the Sacred History of the AMA-Nazarites under the Leadership of Bishop Johannes Galilee Shembe and Amos Shembe/ The Catechism of the Nazarites and Related Writings
Jan 01, 2004; The Story of Isaiah Shembe, Vol. I: History and Traditions Centered on EkuphaKameni and Mount NhlangaKazi. Translated by...
For travel, a novel perspective; A Calgary professor produces a series of guides designed for Christian tourists. (book review)
Apr 30, 2001; THE CHRISTIAN TRAVELERS GUIDES General editor Irving Hexham Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids, Michigan Average 250 pages;...