Syncretism/Anti-Syncretism: The Politics of Religious Synthesisby Rosalind Shaw, Charles Stewart
Pub. Date: 10/28/1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
because saturated with indigenous content. Syncretic versions of Christianity do not conform to 'official' (read 'European') models. In other contexts
Syncretism - the synthesis of different religious - is a contentious word. Some regard it as a pejorative term, referring to local versions of notionally standard 'world religions' which are deemed 'inauthentic'
because saturated with indigenous content. Syncretic versions of Christianity do not conform to 'official' (read 'European') models. In other contexts however, the syncretic amalgamation of religions may be validated as a mode of resistance to colonial hegemony, a sign of cultural survival, or as a means of authorising political dominance in a multicultural state.
In Syncretism/Anti-Syncretism the contributors explore the issues of agency and power which are integral to the very process of syncretism and to the competing discourses surrounding the term.
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Table of ContentsContributors: Mariane Ferme, University of California, Berkeley; David Guss, Harvard University; Wolfgang Kempf, University of TUbingen; Jim Kiernan, University of Natal, South Africa; Klaus-Peter Koepping, University of Heidelberg, Birgit Meyer, University of Amsterdam; David Mosse, University of Wales; Rosalind Shaw, Tufts University, USA; Charles Stewart, University College London; Peter van der Veer, University of Amsterdam; Richard Werbner, University of Manchester; Lale Yalcin-Heckmann, University of Bamberg
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