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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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Jeremy F. Walton and Piro Rexhepi

; Sullivan 2005 ). Furthermore, political projects of religious pluralism have achieved new inflection and focus in the post-9/11 era, as Muslims, particularly the minoritized residents of European and North American liberal democracies, have become targets

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Finbarr Barry Flood and Jaś Elsner

, Jason . 2015 . “ ‘There Is No Silver Bullet’: Isis, al-Qaida and the Myths of Terrorism .” Guardian , 19 August . http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/19/isis-al-qaida-myths-terrorism-war-mistakes-9-11 . Burke , Jason . 2016 . “ How the

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Jeanne Favret-Saada’s Minimal Ontology

Belief and Disbelief of Mystical Forces, Perilous Conditions, and the Opacity of Being

Theodoros Kyriakides

witchcraft to gain knowledge but to gain power” (ibid.: 9–11). According to what one says, and when he or she says it, one assumes the position of the victim, the witch, or the dewitcher within the triangle of witchcraft. Words do not simply represent 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

that dominate in post-9/11 Britain, such as Britain versus Islam or British liberalism versus ‘extreme’ Islam. It is to Giulia Liberatore's credit that she brings these subjects and issues to the foreground through her ethnography Somali, Muslim

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Religion through the Looking Glass

Fieldwork, Biography, and Authorship in Southwest China and Beyond

Katherine Swancutt

America . Seattle : University of Washington Press . Carrithers , Michael . 2008 . “ From Inchoate Pronouns to Proper Nouns: A Theory Fragment with 9/11, Gertrude Stein, and an East German Ethnography .” History and Anthropology 19 ( 2 ): 161