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The Presence of the Name: Reading Scripture in an Indonesian Village

Jonathan Boyarin

in The Ethnography of Reading

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780520079557
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520913431 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520079557.003.0006
The Presence of the Name: Reading Scripture in an Indonesian Village

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The principal text considered in this chapter is the Koran, and those reading from it are people of eastern Indonesia who do not speak Arabic, the language in which the Koran is written. The people living in a village in Tidore are devoted Muslims who regularly demonstrate their faith by adhering to adopted Islamic traditions, but they also claim a commitment to their own ancestral traditions. This chapter argues that these are brought together as social practices into a common ground of ritually reproduced experience, and makes use of Charles Peirce's phenomenological categories to specify the nature of these opposing vectors of knowledge.

Keywords: Koran; eastern Indonesia; Arabic; Islam; Charles Peirce

Chapter.  20354 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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