The transnational turn has generated new ways of thinking about borders and phenomena that cross them, including religion. Nevertheless, there is little agreement on what kinds of processes the terms “transnationalism” and “globalization” refer to and to what extent they represent something new. As the articles in this special issue examine, however, these terms refer not simply to actual changes in geographical scale but to distinct ways of imagining the world and specific claims about how the world should be. This introduction discusses the ways that the contributors to this issue attend to the role that the transnational imagination plays in religious discourse and practice.

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