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Natalia Buitron and Hans Steinmüller

charismatic authority. 12 Regarding this ‘standing order’, it is interesting to note that the etymology of ‘state’ in English (as well as French état , German Staat , Italian stato , and Spanish estado ) goes back to Old French estat ‘position

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Michael Carrithers

Seriousness is achieved when a speaker effectively moves the audience according to his or her intentions. But seriousness is fragile and subject to countless vicissitudes, as illustrated in an encounter with the television evangelist Oral Roberts. I interrogate one of the means used to counter such vicissitudes-hyperbole. Hyperbole may include exaggeration and amplification of all kinds, and may be manifest in deeds as well as words. I first follow hyperbole through 9/11 and the competing ideologies of Salafi jihadists and the Bush administration to show how 'absolute metaphors' are enlisted hyperbolically. I examine too how epic narratives are created as a similar form of hyperbole. Finally, I show how sacredness, another allied form of hyperbole, is attributed to the Holocaust in present-day Germany. Throughout I argue, and illustrate, how anthropological writing is of necessity ironic, such that irony is better than 'cultural relativism' as an understanding of the anthropological enterprise.

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Finbarr Barry Flood and Jaś Elsner

northern Iraq for several months in 1986. It was crystallized by time spent in Syria in the years following, some of it working on a German-Syrian excavation in Raqqa, now the capital of the Islamic State. On the weekends in Iraq, I traveled from Tell Afar

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Beyond Economy and Religion

Resources and Socio-cosmic Fields in Odisha, India

Roland Hardenberg

separated cognitively or in respect to their underlying values. The Conflict over the Niamgiri Mountains: Bauxite and Sacred Places Some years ago, a student of anthropology at Tübingen University showed me a couple of pages from the German newspaper Die

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Jens Kreinath and Refika Sariönder

cem provides an opportunity for the Alevis to present themselves as a distinct religious community. While drinking tea, one Alevi woman visiting from Germany who had taken part in the ceremony told us that she had never participated in a cem before

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Khaled Furani

anthropology and theology. In 1926, Franz Boas, the secular-humanist German immigrant founder of American anthropology, writes: “Because I was a Jew … I found myself free of many prejudices which restrict others in the use of the intellect: as a Jew I was

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Kim Knibbe, Brenda Bartelink, Jelle Wiering, Karin B. Neutel, Marian Burchardt, and Joan Wallach Scott

US, Germany, and other Western societies, Scott cannot cite any document where the word ‘secular’ is deployed—for the simple reason that it was rarely used or even unknown. In effect, Scott is forced to make analytical uses of the term ‘secularism

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Erick White

discussion of the anthropological literature on Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, and spirit possession is restricted to English-language scholarship. To what degree my arguments accurately describe anthropological scholarship in French, German, Japanese, Thai

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Doing Ritual While Thinking about It?

Emma Gobin

. 2016 . “ Ritual Risk and Emergent Efficacy: Ethnographic Studies in Christian Ritual .” Journal of Contemporary Religion 31 ( 3 ): 323 – 334 . Kafka , Franz . 1969 . Parables and Paradoxes: In German and English . Trans. Clement Greenberg et

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Valentina Napolitano

its cognates would subsequently travel across Italy and northern Germany, as well as to England and Wales (see ANSA 2016 ; CAFOD 2016 ; Wir In 2015 ). In April 2015, the British Museum commissioned and acquired a Lampedusa cross from Tuccio. As