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Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Arts and Humanities.

Many sociological and anthropological definitions exist, but most tend to privilege some combination of small-scale, relative boundedness, strong affective ties, traditionalism, and...

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Conversion and “Community” in Amazonia

Robert W. Hefner.

in Conversion to Christianity

February 1993; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 13864 words.

This chapter describes the new cosmology of comunidade, or “community,” in Amazonia. It also considers how the Culina Indians have responded to two different forms of missionization, one...

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Pilgrimages as Kenotic Communities Beyond the Walls of the Church

Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz.

in Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

May 2010; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 11330 words.

This chapter argues that Russian Orthodoxy provides an interesting context for examining the relationship between churchly religiosity and religion outside the church. The church is...

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The Russian Orthodox Church, the Provision of Social Welfare, and Changing Ethics of Benevolence

Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz.

in Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

May 2010; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 9947 words.

This chapter takes up the question of why the increasingly public role of the Orthodox Church has been accompanied by public dissatisfaction, and in particular why the church's efforts to...

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Kingdom and Christendom

Matthew Engelke.

in God's Agents

October 2013; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 14394 words.

This chapter follows the Bible Society’s parliamentary liaison, who spent his days working with members of Parliament, Lords, and others in and around the Palace of Westminster in an effort...

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Hermit in the Water of Life

Michael Jackson.

in Between One and One Another

January 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 11496 words.

This chapter presents the author's thoughts on the life story of Brijen Gupta, who, he says, contained multitudes. The individual elements did not always coexist easily within him. But he...

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Exorcising Demons in Post-Soviet Ukraine

Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz.

in Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

May 2010; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 10282 words.

This chapter explores the making and unmaking of a monastic community in post-Soviet Ukraine. The postsocialist revival of religion occurred within a ferment of unrest that saw the...

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Monasteries, Politics, and Social Memory

Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz.

in Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

May 2010; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 6964 words.

This chapter analyzes the present political position of the Greek Orthodox Church in the Syrian sociopolitical context, with particular attention to the monastic revival of the last thirty...

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Orthodox-muslim Interactions at “Mixed Shrines” in Macedonia

Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz.

in Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

May 2010; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 10273 words.

Throughout all but the first three centuries of its existence, Orthodox Christianity shared borders with Islam across immense stretches of territory extending at times from North Africa to...

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Background to the Shariʿa Councils

John R. Bowen.

in On British Islam

March 2016; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 8197 words.

This chapter provides the background to the shariʻa councils and explains why Islamic divorce has become the focus of shariʻa council practices. In 1982, a collection of Islamic scholars...

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Sufi Encompassments

John R. Bowen.

in On British Islam

March 2016; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 14253 words.

This chapter assesses what happens when one constructs a shariʻa council within an explicitly and visibly Sufi world. In the Hijaz community, the current leader and sheikh, Faiz ul-Aqtab...

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Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

Edited by Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz.

May 2010; p ublished online May 2012 .

Book. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 392 pages.

Sociocultural anthropologists have taken increasing interest in the global communities established by Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, but the many streams of Eastern Christianity...

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The Cloud Wanderers

David A. Palmer and Elijah Siegler.

in Dream Trippers

November 2017; p ublished online May 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 21314 words.

This chapter examines the Quanzhen Daoist monastic community at Huashan, presenting its daily routines and factional dynamics, and its historical and contemporary positioning in relation to...

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Epilogue

Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz.

in Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

May 2010; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 4267 words.

This epilogue synthesizes the main themes of this book and extracts a more general message. It draws attention again to the significance of long-term continuities (real as well as imagined)...

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Politics of Tradition

Yannick Fer.

in The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

October 2015; p ublished online May 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 5297 words.

This chapter shows how the histories of Polynesian island nations are very much bound up with Christianity. The growth of charismatic movements in Polynesia, against a backdrop of rapid...

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in Travels with Tooy

December 2007; p ublished online March 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 939 words.

This chapter describes the bright-pink concrete house of Kaluse, Tooy's assistant in healing. The house is located in one of the rougher neighborhoods of Cayenne, French Guiana and the...

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Excerpt from “St Besse: A Study of an Alpine Cult”

Robert Hertz.

in Anthropology of Catholicism

January 2017; p ublished online September 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 4607 words.

The works of French sociologist Robert Hertz (1881–1915) are now staple readings in general anthropology. This study of the cult of a saint in the Italian Alps is lesser known than Hertz’s...

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Moral Ambition

Omri Elisha.

July 2011; p ublished online May 2012 .

Book. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 276 pages.

This ethnography examines the hopes, frustrations, and activist strategies of American evangelical Christians as they engage socially with local communities. Focusing on two Tennessee...

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Conversion to Christianity

Edited by Robert Hefner.

February 1993; p ublished online May 2012 .

Book. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 345 pages.

Reaching beyond sensational headlines, this book offers a three-dimensional portrait of Afghan women. In a series of wide-ranging, deeply reflective chapters, scholars, humanitarian...

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Spirituality of the Inner Self

Robert Wuthnow.

in After Heaven

October 1998; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 11440 words.

This chapter discusses the connection between spirituality and the inner self. Interest in the inner self was renewed during the late 1980s and 1990s, as part of Americans' quest for...

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On the Work and Writing of Ethnography

Michael Jackson.

in Between One and One Another

January 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology of Religion. 9262 words.

Having explored several variations on the theme of human existence as a continual interplay between the hypothetical poles of being-in-oneself and being-with-others, this chapter now...

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