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Introduction

Narratives, Ontologies, Entanglements, and Iconoclasms

Sondra L. Hausner, Simon Coleman, and Ruy Llera Blanes

that both charts his own interest in the tangible or material ‘archives’ of Iraq and Syria and pointedly challenges the inconsistencies of militants who claim that idols cannot be represented—all the while participating in the art trade—as well as those

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Kosher Biotech

Between Religion, Regulation, and Globalization

Johan Fischer

properness’ play an essential role in negotiating the implementation and maintenance of kosher production standards. This is evident in the case of biotech production, where a tension between kosher principles and practices runs through production, trade

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Finbarr Barry Flood and Jaś Elsner

of shirk , beliefs or practices considered idolatrous or polytheistic by virtue of their deviation from the worship of one immaterial and unrepresentable God. In addition to the worship of idols, trading in idols or in the materials of idolatry is

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The Death Throes of Sacrificed Chicken

Triggering Critical Reflexive Stances on Ritual Action in Togo

Marie Daugey

the seventeenth century ( Gayibor 1997 ; Tcham 1990 ) and might be due to the fertility of the mountain soil as well as the region’s potential to serve as a refuge during the slave trade period ( Lucien-Brun and Pillet-Schwartz 1987 ). 5 European

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The Ethics of Collective Sponsorship

Virtuous Action and Obligation in Contemporary Tibet

Jane Caple

future have spurred an increase in donations and offerings. 8 However, it has also paralleled an increase in cash income and consumption levels for many individuals and communities, driven largely by the trade in medicinal ‘caterpillar fungus

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Portrait

Ann Grodzins Gold

Ann Grodzins Gold, Bhrigupati Singh, Farhana Ibrahim, Edward Simpson, and Kirin Narayan

postmodern. We believed that culture was more than a thing of shreds and patches ( Sahlins 1976 ; Schneider 1976 ). True, not a word about gender was breathed in any of my courses. Nevertheless, honestly, I would not trade my 1975–1984 Chicago education for