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Albert I. Baumgarten

introduces and presents the English original of the preface Dame Mary Douglas (1921–2007) wrote for the Hebrew translation of Purity and Danger , which appeared in 2010 as part of the Libido (Sociology/Anthropology) Translation Series, published by Resling

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The Personal and the Political

Simon Coleman and Sondra L. Hausner

through the relationships between religion, the body, and scripture. In 2005, toward the end of her life, Mary Douglas wrote a Preface to the Hebrew translation of Purity and Danger , and we republish that Preface here, alongside Albert I. Baumgarten

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Wrestling with Tradition

Reconstructing Jewish Community through Negotiating Shared Purpose

Chantal Tetreault

starting an informal Hebrew school for their children, decided to create a lay-led independent synagogue. Founded by academics who moved from communities with larger Jewish populations to the small Midwestern college town where BI is located, this synagogue

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Weapons for Witnessing

American Street Preaching and the Rhythms of War

Kyle Byron

copies of the War Cry , a Salvation Army publication ( Winston 2000: 76–85 ). Two decades later, amid the intellectual ferment of the Harlem Renaissance, Ethiopian Hebrews took to the avenues of Harlem to preach that Black Americans should embrace their

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How the Bible Works

Russian Baptist Faith as Text

Igor Mikeshin

or tolerating same-sex relationships. This view puts Russian Baptists on the map as a post-secular evangelical community with an active literalist stance. In other words, in their lives “the word of God is alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12), and this

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Kosher Biotech

Between Religion, Regulation, and Globalization

Johan Fischer


The Hebrew term ‘kosher’ means ‘fit’ or ‘proper’ and signifies foods conforming to Jewish dietary law (kashrut). Kosher biotechnical production is subject to elaborate rules that have warranted regulation over the last two decades. This article shows how kosher regulation works in biotech production. I argue that while existing studies of kosher production and regulation have emerged mostly from within business studies and the food sciences, the broader institutional picture and the personal relationships between certifiers and businesses that frame these procedures are not yet well understood. Based on empirical research and interaction with biotech companies, I provide an ethnography of how transnational governmentality warrants a product as ‘kosher’ and thereby helps to format and standardize the market. This article builds mainly on fieldwork conducted at the world’s largest producer of enzymes, Novozymes, based in Denmark, which is certified by the leading global kosher certifier, the Orthodox Union.

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Gilad Ben-Nun

-related migrants in terms of their merit for refugee hospitality are certainly not new and date back millennia. I opt to show that this distinction between both categories of forced migrants already existed both in the Hebrew Bible and within the ancient

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Mindfulness and Hasidic Modernism

Toward a Contemplative Ethnography

Don Seeman and Michael Karlin

), but continue to interact with each other as well as with less avowedly modernizing forms of their respective traditions. Introducing Hasidic Modernism ‘Chabad’ is a Hebrew acronym for chochmah (wisdom), binah (understanding), and da

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Sacred Welcomes

How Religious Reasons, Structures, and Interactions Shape Refugee Advocacy and Settlement

Benjamin Boudou, Hans Leaman, and Maximilian Miguel Scholz

for “welcoming the stranger” that maps paradigms of hospitality from their sacred texts appropriately onto the national polities of modern democracies ( Boudou 2020 ). The Hebrew Scriptures, with their stories of the desert hospitality both received

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Khaled Furani

generally bestowed. Douglas herself, raised in a convent, found use for various theological sources on Hebrew scriptures and medieval Christianity in her Purity and Danger , and her Thomas Aquinas Lecture serves as a foundation for her iconic work, Natural