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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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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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The Generative Power of Political Emotions

Mette-Louise Johansen, Therese Sandrup, and Nerina Weiss

has argued, through a critical perspective on the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York and the following War on Terror, “moral outrage is pleasurable enough, because it is an assumption of superiority” (2001: 3587). Tone Sommerfelt’s study

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The Many Layers of Moral Outrage

Kurdish Activists and Diaspora Politics

Nerina Weiss

an armed struggle against the Turkish state since the early 1980s. The war between the PKK and the Turkish state officially ended with the capture of the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan in 1999. The conflict, however, continues. As a direct result of 9/11

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Sam Jackson, Áron Bakos, Birgitte Refslund Sørensen, and Matti Weisdorf

of Righteousness: Idaho Christian Patriotism . Seattle : University of Washington Press . Olmsted , Kathryn S. 2010 . Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 . New York : Oxford University Press

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Space of Hope for Lebanon’s Missing

Promoting Transitional Justice through a Digital Memorial

Erik Van Ommering and Reem el Soussi

instance, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the New York mayor allowed families to request a presumed death certificate, while religious leaders allowed families to have funerals in the absence of the remains of their loved ones

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Navigating the Politics of Anxiety

Moral Outrage, Responsiveness, and State Accountability in Denmark

Mette-Louise Johansen

Surveillance Legacies of 9/11: Recalling, Reflecting on, and Rethinking Surveillance in the Security Era .” Canadian Journal of Law and Society / Revue Canadienne Droit et Socitd 27 ( 3 ): 291 – 300 . 10.1017/S0829320100010516 Maguire , Mark , and Pete