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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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José Casanova

Hubert Knoblauch, Grace Davie, Kim Knibbe, Manuel A. Vásquez, and José Casanova

José Casanova’s Public Religions in the Modern World (1994) has transformed the study of religion quite considerably. As I recall, the book was received relatively slowly in its first years. Casanova’s thesis gained momentum with the escalating focus on religion after 9/11 and the ensuing publicity for Huntington’s (1996) thesis of an imminent clash of civilizations. While many only then turned to the study of religion, Casanova had already prepared the ground for a global comparative approach with his path-breaking diagnosis of the state of religion in the different modes of modernity. The growing reception of Casanova’s thesis was accompanied by the increasing interest of political science (and politics in general) in religion. In fact, Casanova has shed new light specifically on the role of religion in politics. Furthermore, his thesis on ‘public religion’ has had profound impacts on the long-lasting debate on secularization in the humanities as well as in the public domain. In this respect, there is no doubt that Casanova has contributed a major, classic work to the social study of religion.

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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

divergence but from differing institutional and political histories and contexts. In a careful and fascinating account, one learns to see how the common post-9/11 pressure to express ‘local’, ‘European’ Islam (as opposed to ‘Arab’ or ‘Middle Eastern’ Islam

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Target Practice

The Algorithmics and Biopolitics of Race in Emerging Smart Border Practices and Technologies

Tamara Vukov

-tech computerized, military, and private security industries (e.g., Palantir, Boeing, Deloitte). The explosion in surveillance and border technologies emerged in a post-9/11 context of homeland securitization and neoliberal privatization of military and security

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The Ethics of Collective Sponsorship

Virtuous Action and Obligation in Contemporary Tibet

Jane Caple

Donations, Ritual Offerings, and Humanitarian Aid: Fields of Practice According to Forms of Giving in Burma .” Religion Compass 9 ( 11 ): 386 – 403 . 10.1111/rec3.12187 Caple , Jane . 2015 . “ Faith, Generosity, Knowledge and the Buddhist Gift: Moral

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Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

( 2 ): 185 – 210 . Brac de la Perrière , Bénédicte . 2015 . “ Religious Donations, Ritual Offerings, and Humanitarian Aid: Fields of Practice According to Forms of Giving in Burma .” Religion Compass 9 ( 11 ): 386 – 403 . Brac de la Perrière

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Governing Global Aeromobility

Canada and Airport Refugee Claimants in the 1980s

Bret Edwards

scrutiny before boarding a plane because of stricter airport security measures introduced worldwide after 9/11. 84 At the same time, despite a drop in annual landed asylum claims, the Conservative government under Stephen Harper aggressively targeted

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Mobile Disasters

Catastrophes in the Age of Manufactured Uncertainty

Steve Matthewman

, both of which contribute to global warming. 23 Disasters as mobile agents : Disasters can have impacts far beyond the original time and place of impact. For example, the effects of 9/11 are still felt in international air travel, global politics, and

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Heidi Morrison, James S. Finley, Daniel Owen Spence, Aaron Hatley, Rachael Squire, Michael Ra-shon Hall, Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin, Sibo Chen, Tawny Andersen, and Stéphanie Ponsavady

process, he questions the commonly accepted notion that Israel is not an aggressor state in the conflict. In chapter 5, the author argues that the 9/11 war memorial that he often passes on the trail is a tool to legitimize Israel’s war on terror. He

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Manuel Stoffers, Blake Morris, Alan Meyer, Younes Saramifar, Andrew Cobbing, Martin Emanuel, Rudi Volti, Caitlin Starr Cohn, Caitríona Leahy, and Sunny Stalter-Pace

11 September 2001. The fall of the twin towers of the World Trade Center on 9/11 seems to be a threshold and a turning point in their air traveling experiences. Authors discuss the ways that air travel and specifically airports changed since the