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The Politics of Islamic Death Rituals in the COVID-19 Era

The Case of Egypt

Nadeem Ahmed Moonakal and Matthew Ryan Sparks

.1177/014107689809100307 Venhorst , C. ( 2012 ), ‘ Islamic Death Rituals in a Small Town Context in The Netherlands: Explorations of a Common Praxis for Professionals ’, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying 65 , no. 1 : 1 – 10 , doi: 10.2190/om.65.1.a Wahidin , J. S. ( 2020

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Lipset, David and Eric K. Silverman (eds.) 2016. Mortuary dialogues: death ritual and the reproduction of moral community in Pacific modernities. New York: Berghahn Books. 262 pp. Hb.: US$110.00. ISBN: 9781785331718.

Pamidi Hagjer

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Textual Categories and Gender Images in a Women's Wailing Performance

Tova Gamliel

The wailing of Yemenite Jewish women, as preserved in the Yemenite Jewish community in Israel, is presented as a case study for analysis of and comparison with other existing wailing cultures. The article uses a model of identities to examine anthropological conventions that interpret death rituals as rites of transition and crisis. A well-known function of wailing—as a bridge between life and death—is decoded in view of the model. The gender dimension of wailing is examined by counterposing and juxtaposing feminine wailing to masculine wailing at death events. The article describes the relative contributions of men and women to the stability of their community and analyzes the unique characteristics of the psycho-social power of women's wailing.

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Godless People and Dead Bodies

Materiality and the Morality of Atheist Materialism

Jacob Copeman and Johannes Quack

Atheists are not the only people who donate their bodies, yet the practice is strikingly prevalent in a variety of atheist circles. We concentrate here on the Indian case, exploring body donation as a key instance of the material culture of atheism. Recent efforts to reinvigorate study of the material culture of religion are to be welcomed, but they should be extended to non-religion in order to address the irony that sees scholars representing materialism as an abstract doctrine and, hence, as immaterial. Body donation holds value for Indian atheists as a bridge between 'positive' and 'negative' modes of atheist thought and action. It also provides a ready-made solution for atheist activists keen to circumvent the cadaver-centered death rituals they find so redundant.

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The Algebra of Souls

Ontological Multiplicity and the Transformation of Animism in Southwest China

Mireille Mazard


In Nusu animism, the number and nature of a person’s ‘soul attributes’ change during his or her lifetime and after death. Drawing on Michael Scott’s study of Arosi poly-ontology, this article situates animistic personhood in a plural socio-cosmic order. Living and dead, human and non-human, Nusu and non-Nusu occupy separate, communicating domains. Meaningful exchanges across boundaries require the metamorphosis of persons and ideas. Nusu animism, continuously engaged in an ‘algebra of souls’, understands the self in terms of its multiplicity, its latent and emerging aspects. Through the ethnography of two death rituals—one ‘real’ and one staged for visiting researchers—this article shows that animism is being hyper-reflexively reinvented by Nusu animists themselves.

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Gendering Grief

Lamenting and Photographing the Dead in Serbia, 1914–1941

Melissa Bokovoy

This article is part of a larger research project on the political, cultural, and social implications of interwar Yugoslavia’s remembrance and mourning of its war dead. Es- chewing a focus on state-centered commemorative practices, this article focuses on two types of sources, laments of Serbian women and photographs by Serbian military photographers, as entry points into understanding the private, cultural, and religious arenas of Serbian wartime and interwar remembrances. Drawing on research examining the political uses of lament and grief, the article considers the role Serbian women played in controlling and directing the “passion of grief and anger” within their communities as they remembered the dead. The photographic evidence reveals that traditional death rituals and laments were performed and that these rituals were significant socio-political spaces where women, families, and communities of soldiers advanced claims for recognition of their wartime experiences and memories. However, the photographs themselves are sites of memory and this article examines how military photographers, acting on behalf of the state, sought to control the representation of grief and by doing so politicized and secularized the way grief was expressed. Placing these sources side by side illustrates the intermingling of forms of mourning and remembrance that existed not only in the Balkans, but also in many other communities throughout Europe, especially among its rural inhabitants.

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Religious Rituals’ Reflection of Current Social Conditions in the Middle East

Ingvild Flaskerud

the politics of Islamic death rituals in Egypt during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although academic research has been constrained by the pandemic, Nadeem Ahmed Moonakal and Matthew Ryan Sparks have been able to interview people in Egypt on this matter for

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Blood Follows Blood’

Dimensions of Life Plurality among the Luo of Western Kenya

Kennedy Opande, Washington Onyango-Ouma, and Wilfred Subbo

universal religions, such as the Anglican and Catholic faiths. However, a sizable number are followers of African-initiated churches. Both groups still offer sacrifices during naming ceremonies and death rituals. Moreover, they pray to ancestral spirits with

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Andrea García-González, Siobhan Magee, Bruce O'Neill, and Anja Zlatović

comes to death rituals in Serbia. Anja Zlatović 1 University of Belgrade Notes 1 The text is the result of work under the contract 451–03–9/2021–14/200163, signed in 2021. and completely financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and

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The Ethics of Collective Sponsorship

Virtuous Action and Obligation in Contemporary Tibet

Jane Caple

; Sulek 2011 ). 14 My thanks to an anonymous reviewer for highlighting this point. 15 Chaksham Tsering’s (2016) research on the sponsorship of pre-death rituals in a village in the same region as Dewa highlights similar concerns among villagers over the