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Politicizing Elsewhere(s)

Negotiating Representations of Neo-Pentecostal Aesthetic Practice in Berlin

Dominik Mattes

group over an extended period of time? These questions became salient in relation to my negotiations with research participants about specific passages of academic texts growing out of my fieldwork with a diasporic religious group in Berlin. This

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Talal Asad

Talal Asad, Jonathan Boyarin, Nadia Fadil, Hussein Ali Agrama, Donovan O. Schaefer, and Ananda Abeysekara

-speaking world, the world from which my mother had come. But my initial criticism of the focus in anthropology on ‘fieldwork’ was motivated by a dissatisfaction with the notion that it was a direct and therefore reliable observational method (its empiricism

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Albert I. Baumgarten

argument. Spiro found Douglas's conclusions unconvincing. He insisted that they suffered from overgeneralization and lacked an adequate basis in fieldwork. He charged that the main conclusion of Purity and Danger was “supported neither by evidence nor

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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

Mayapuri (the city of illusion)—is considered not only the financial and commercial capital of the country, but also the heart of the entertainment and Bollywood industry. During his fieldwork, carried out mostly in 2002 and 2003, Elison embarked on a

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Learning the Elsewhere of ‘Inner Space’

The Affective Pedagogy of Post-Secular Sufi Healing in Germany

Nasima Selim

Ruhaniat was one of the three Sufi networks 3 that I mostly engaged with during my 15 months of fieldwork (2013–2015) in Berlin and connected sites in Germany and Turkey ( Selim 2015b , 2019 ). At that time, three different streams of the Inayati networks

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Amy Binning

my fieldwork with the TNMC, I joined the group's annual sacred flag-printing project. 2 A small group of us worked in an empty parking space behind one of the community buildings, using large custom-made screens to print hundreds of brightly colored

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The Elsewhere beyond Religious Concerns

Annalisa Butticci and Amira Mittermaier

. What Is and Where Is the Elsewhere? The Elsewhere is not a physical location in which we can do fieldwork in the classical sense of ‘participant observation’. It is the elusive, the invisible, the unknown that enfolds, disrupts, or reframes the

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From the Throes of Anguished Mourning

Shi‘i Ritual Lamentation and the Pious Publics of Lebanon

Fouad Gehad Marei

This article is part of a project that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (Grant agreement No. 724557). The fieldwork informing this research was funded

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Elsewhere Affects and the Politics of Engagement across Religious Life-Worlds

Omar Kasmani, Nasima Selim, Hansjörg Dilger, and Dominik Mattes

/Sensing in Comparative Fieldwork on Affective-Religious Experiences .” In Analyzing Affective Societies: Methods and Methodologies , ed. Antje Kahl , 65 – 78 . London : Routledge . McGuire , Meredith B. 2008 . Lived Religion: Faith and Practice

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Weapons for Witnessing

American Street Preaching and the Rhythms of War

Kyle Byron

responses. Notes 1 Much of the ethnographic research for this article was completed during a period of preparatory fieldwork. As a result, I focus exclusively on the public facing elements of street preaching. Examples of street preaching quoted at