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While social scientists, beginning with Weber, envisioned a secularized world, religion today is forthrightly becoming a defining feature of life all around the globe. The complex connections between religion and politics, and the ways in which globalization shapes these processes, are central themes explored in this volume by leading scholars in the field of religion. Does the holism of numerous past and present day cosmologies mean that religions with their holistic orientations are integral to human existence? What happens when political ideologies and projects are framed as transcendental truths and justified by Divine authority? How are individual and collective identities shaped by religious rhetoric, and what are the consequences? Can mass murder, deemed terrorism, be understood as a form of ritual sacrifice, and if so, what are the implications for our sensibilities and practices as scholars and citizens? Using empirical material, from historical analyses of established religions to the everyday strife of marginalized groups such as migrants and dissident movements, this volume deepens the understanding of processes that shape the contemporary world.
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About the Author
Galina Lindquist† (1955–2008) was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. She received her Ph.D. in 1998, and did fieldwork among neo-shamans in Sweden, among alternative healing practitioners and patients in Moscow, and among shamans and lamas in Tyva, in southern Siberia. She authored Conjuring Hope: Healing and Magic in Contemporary Russia (2006), The Quest for the Authentic Shaman: Multiple Meanings of Shamanism on a Siberian Journey (2006), coedited four volumes, and published numerous articles in professional journals.
Don Handelman is Shaine Professor Emeritus at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He has authored Models and Mirrors: Towards an Anthropology of Public Events (1998) and Nationalism and the Israeli State (2004), and co-authored (with David Shulman) God Inside Out: Siva's Game of Dice (1997) and Siva in the Forest of Pines: An Essay on Sorcery and Self-Knowledge (2004).
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Chapter 1. After Understanding: A Memoir of Galina Lindquist
Chapter 2. Religion, Politics, and Globalization: The Long Past Foregrounding the Short Present - Prologue and Introduction
Don Handelman and Galina Lindquist
SECTION I: SHAPING RELIGION THROUGH POLITICS
Chapter 3. Ethnic Identity and Religious Competition: Buddhism and Shamanism in Southern Siberia
Chapter 4. The Global Constitution of Religious Competition: Hindutva and Globalization
SECTION II: OPEN CONFLICTS OF RELIGION AND POLITICS
Chapter 5. Church Confronts State: The 2004 Manifestasaun in Timor-Leste
Chapter 6. Religion, Secularism, Secularism, and Politics in Contemporary Spain: The Case of the Imam of Fuengirola
Eva Evers Rosander
SECTION III: THE TIGHT EMBRACE OF RELIGION AND POLITICS
Chapter 7. Actors of History? Religion, Politics and 'Reality' Within the Protestant Right in America
Chapter 8. The Ambiguities of Islamism and a Century of Iranian Opposition
SECTION IV: OPENING NEW SPACE FOR RELIGION
Chapter 9. Amazighite, Arab/Islamic Hegemony, and the Christian Evangelical Challenge
Chapter 10. Self-Exploders, Self-Sacrifice, and the Rhizomic Organization of Terrorism
Chapter 11. Afterword: Fixation of Belief and the Dilemmas of Fallibility
Notes on Contributors