Syncretism/Anti-Syncretism: The Politics of Religious Synthesis

Syncretism/Anti-Syncretism: The Politics of Religious Synthesis

by Rosalind Shaw, Charles Stewart
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415111161

ISBN-13: 9780415111164

Pub. Date: 10/28/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415111164
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Series:
European Association of Social Anthropologists Series
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors: 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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