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Daniel Gallimore

The Japanese director Ninagawa Yukio, who directed all four of the Roman plays between 2004 and 2014, noted the challenge he faced in making Shakespeare’s Roman settings accessible for native audiences, his typical strategy being Japanisation. Ninagawa’s Brechtian strategy works two ways in offering audiences a helpful perspective on cultural difference while harnessing Shakespeare’s humanism to the anti-rational energies of his theatre that modernity had earlier suppressed. This article explores the mythopoeic aspect of Ninagawa’s project first in the context of comparative religion and then with an analysis of his Antony and Cleopatra (2011), which was innovative in casting a Japanese-Korean actress from the western Kansai region as Cleopatra against an established Tokyo actor. The polytheism that native Shinto has in common with ancient Roman religion is a significant subtext.

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Crossing borders

The case of NASFAT or ‘Pentecostal Islam’ in Southwest Nigeria

Marloes Janson

The Pentecostal movement in Nigeria, with its emphasis on this‐worldly blessings and healing, has become so vibrant that today even Muslim organisations appear to be increasingly ‘Pentecostalised’. Nasrul‐Lahi‐il Fathi Society of Nigeria or NASFAT is a case in point. In an effort to compete with Pentecostalism on Yorubaland‘s religious marketplace, NASFAT has copied Pentecostal prayer forms, such as the crusade and night vigil, while emphasising Muslim doctrine. As such, the case of NASFAT illustrates that religious borrowing does not imply that religious boundaries do not matter: indeed, NASFAT is a powerful example of the preservation of religious differences through the appropriation of Pentecostal styles and strategies. In this spirit, religiously plural movements such as NASFAT prompt us to unlock analytical space in the nearly hermetically sealed anthropologies of Islam and Christianity and to develop a comparative framework that overcomes essentialist notions of religious diversity.

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In Memoriam Rabbi Dr Lionel Blue OBE, 6 February 1930–19 December 2016

Rabbi Jonathan Magonet

Wright expresses the unusual nature of his class. My first memory of Lionel was sitting in a class he taught – a mixture of Prayer and Spirituality and Comparative Religion. For all other classes, the bibliography included Hebrew or Aramaic

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Rabbi Alexandra Wright

inspiration. My first memory of Lionel was sitting in a class he taught – a mixture of Prayer and Spirituality and Comparative Religion. For all other classes, the bibliographies included Hebrew or Aramaic dictionaries, Hebrew concordances, a Hebrew only

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Marcel Mauss

. Folklore in the Old Testament: Studies in Comparative Religion, Legend and Law , 3 vols. London : Macmillan . Frazer , J.G. 1924 . Le Folklore dans l’Ancien Testament , abridged. Trans. E. Andra . Paris : Paul Geuthner . Freedman , H. , and M

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Amy Cox Hall, Sergio González Varela, Jessica S.R. Robinson, Peter Weisensel, and David Wills

to leaving on his trip, including work by luminaries in the field like Bronislaw Malinowski and E. E. Evans Pritchard. When he mentioned that during his research he read The Golden Bough: A Study in Comparative Religion, written by James Frazier at

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Are “the Natives” Educable?

Dutch Schoolchildren Learn Ethical Colonial Policy (1890–1910)

Elisabeth Wesseling and Jacques Dane

, iconic ruin) suggests that the Buddhist aristocracy was already something of an anachronism at that time. As the three friends all worship different gods, the novel engages in comparative religion, assessing the relative merits of Buddhism, Islam, and

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Fern Thompsett

politics, computer programming and comparative religion, with an equally eclectic mix of pedagogical and organisational ideas. If, to some, this felt like the start of ‘Big Things’, no one would have been able to say what exactly those Things were – least

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Neil Amswych, Hillel Avidan, Sami Barth, Tony Bayfield, Francis Ronald Berry, Barbara Borts, Jeffrey Cohen, Bernard Davis, Michal Friedlander, Jeffrey Gale, Guy Hall, Richard Harries, Harry Jacobi, Laura Janner-Klausner, Deborah Kahn-Harris, Charles Middleburgh, Jonathan Magonet, Dow Marmur, Julia Neuberger, Phil Pegum, Danny Rich, Jonathan Romain, Walter Rothschild, Elli Tikvah Sarah, Victor Jeleniewski Seidler, Michael Shire, Judy Smith, Jackie Tabick, Charles Wallach, and Andrea Zanardo

my instructor in comparative religion and liturgy. What I learned from Lionel was less about academics and more about spirituality and functioning as a reform/liberal rabbi in a multicultural society. On 20 November 2016, I orchestrated a rather

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Jack Hunter, Annelin Eriksen, Jon Mitchell, Mattijs van de Port, Magnus Course, Nicolás Panotto, Ruth Barcan, David M. R. Orr, Girish Daswani, Piergiorgio Di Giminiani, Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Sofía Ugarte, Ryan J. Cook, Bettina E. Schmidt, and Mylene Mizrahi

anyone interested in shamanism, Amazonian ethnography, medical anthropology, consciousness studies, or comparative religion. Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen University of Helsinki LOUIS, Bertin M., Jr., My Soul Is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora