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Politicizing Elsewhere(s)

Negotiating Representations of Neo-Pentecostal Aesthetic Practice in Berlin

Dominik Mattes

representations of his congregation. My explanation that in the social sciences the term usually denotes symbolically charged, habitualized, and rule-bound performative practices of believers of any religious tradition, including Christianity and other Abrahamic

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Introduction

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

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

responds to a recent call in the anthropology of religion to move beyond the compartmentalized study of religious traditions—common in the anthropology of Islam and the anthropology of Christianity—and to explore religious phenomena comparatively across

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Albert I. Baumgarten

Assaf , and Yosef Kaplan , 71 – 86 . Jerusalem : Shazar . Brown , Peter . 1970 . “ Sorcery, Demons, and the Rise of Christianity from Late Antiquity into the Middle Ages .” In Witchcraft Confessions and Accusations , ed. Mary Douglas

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Amy Binning

not so uncommon at all among the initial cohort of Tarthang Tulku's students: Californian youth of the 1960s and 1970s, deeply familiar with, and yet disenfranchised with, their parents’ Christianity and coming to terms with a world that seemed to them

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From the Throes of Anguished Mourning

Shi‘i Ritual Lamentation and the Pious Publics of Lebanon

Fouad Gehad Marei

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Ryan Goeckner, Sean M. Daley, Jordyn Gunville, and Christine M. Daley

of Euro-American interpretations of Lakota spirituality, including those of scholars who were/are heavily influenced (either personally or professionally) by Judeo-Christianity and Euro-American conceptions of religion, Lakota spirituality has often

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Eschatology, Ethics, and Ēthnos

Ressentiment and Christian Nationalism in the Anthropology of Christianity

Jon Bialecki

locate them, and—as developments in the anthropology of Christianity suggest—there are also many paths to get there. But one path starts at Virginia Beach, Virginia. While there are many fine lodging establishments in this city, if you are going to be

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Stacy M. K. George

the movement draws upon include libertarianism, apocalyptic Christianity, nativism, and white supremacy.” Parker and Barreto (2013: 158) remind us that the Tea Party’s reactionary politics have political consequences that result in the acceptance or

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Mariske Westendorp, Bruno Reinhardt, Reinaldo L. Román, Jon Bialecki, Alexander Agadjanian, Karen Lauterbach, Juan Javier Rivera Andía, Kate Yanina DeConinck, Jack Hunter, Ioannis Kyriakakis, Magdalena Crăciun, Roger Canals, Cristina Rocha, Khyati Tripathi, Dafne Accoroni, and George Wu Bayuga

another materialized. In an indirect way, it shows the global nature of Christianity. More information on these sites can be found in the section entitled “Tours.” Here, narrative descriptions of visits to different sites are presented, together with

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The Precarious Center

Religious Leadership among African Christians

Thomas G. Kirsch

This article addresses a long-standing conundrum in the anthropology of religion concerning the ambiguous status of religious leaders: they are subjects of power in that they are able to exert power over others, yet they are objects of power in that they rely on empowerment through others. Taking African-initiated Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity in Zambia as my example, I argue that church leaders' strategies to stabilize their authority have unintended consequences since these strategies can contribute to the precariousness of their positions. By drawing fundamental distinctions between themselves and members of the laity as regards their own extraordinariness, church leaders raise high expectations about their own capacities that may turn out to be impossible to fulfill. Yet even the opposite strategy of strengthening one's authority by embedding oneself in socio-religious networks can eventually lead to a destabilization of church leaders' authority because it increases their dependence on factors that are beyond their control.