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Sharedness as Belonging

Hospitality, Inclusion, and Equality among the Layene of Senegal

Emily Jenan Riley

regarded as the symbol of an urban national Wolof identity in Senegal. Senegal is home to numerous ethnic and linguistic communities; however, in urban centers, such as the former colonial capital Saint-Louis and the current capital Dakar, the preeminence

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Communities Reimagining Sharedness in Belief and Practice

Sarah Hillewaert and Chantal Tetreault

's “Sharedness as Belonging: Hospitality, Inclusion, and Equality among the Layene of Senegal,” is based upon in-depth ethnographic research with the Layene, a little-studied Sufi Muslim community based in Dakar, the present-day Senegalese capital. Riley

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Julián Antonio Moraga Riquelme, Leslie E. Sponsel, Katrien Pype, Diana Riboli, Ellen Lewin, Marina Pignatelli, Katherine Swancutt, Alejandra Carreño Calderón, Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, Sergio González Varela, Eugenia Roussou, Juan Javier Rivera Andía, Miho Ishii, Markus Balkenhol, and Marcelo González Gálvez

observations are made in Soothill's chapter on power and agency in charismatic churches in Accra (Ghana). The social and spiritual capital of the ‘pastor's wife’ depends on her husband. And converted women in Accra, who endure(d) abuse, violence, and marital

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Weapons for Witnessing

American Street Preaching and the Rhythms of War

Kyle Byron

infrastructures as “built forms around which publics thicken.” Because of this association between roads and publics, streets are often implicitly coded and explicitly regulated as secular spaces, designed for the circulation of bodies and capital, not the

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Critical Thin

Haunting Sufis and the Also-Here of Migration in Berlin

Omar Kasmani

hands of saintly masters ( Dilger et al. 2018: 102 ; Selim 2015 ). But for a city described as the atheistic capital of Europe, saints are unlikely figures of occurrence. 11 Followers know that saints do not simply roam around Berlin, nor is saintly

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Speaking in Celestial Signs

The Language of Western Astrology and the (Tenuous) Bonds of Occult Sociality

Omri Elisha

. Postcolonial Astrology: Reading the Planets through Capital, Power, and Labor . Berkeley, CA : North Atlantic Books . Keane , Webb . 2007 . Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter . Berkeley : University of California Press

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Amira Mittermaier

of resistance ( Abu-Lughod 1990 ; Boddy 1994 ). For Harding, too, the issue comes down to politics—a ghost did not bring up her secular defenses the way a god did, especially a god in the singular with a capital G that comes with a whole apparatus of

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Diana L. Eck

Diana L. Eck, John Stratton Hawley, Rahul Mehrotra, and Sondra L. Hausner

with an orientation of life and heart. Even in Middle English belief was ‘belove’. Gradually, the term came to have the more propositional meaning common today that contains a sense of uncertainty or error, such as “I believe Chicago is the capital of

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Marla Frederick, Yunus Doğan Telliel, and Heather Mellquist Lehto

(2015), I argued that American religious broadcasting—with its emphasis on individualism, capital accumulation, and spiritual blessing—was no longer primarily the purview of white evangelical and charismatic preachers like Billy Graham, Oral Roberts