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Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

religious fields in which we find Buddhist traditions and the varying weight that they carry in these fields, not to mention beyond, we might actually prefer either to avoid the designation ‘Buddhist societies’ altogether or to use it only sparingly, in a

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‘At least I am married’

Muslim–Christian marriage and gender in southwest Nigeria

Insa Nolte

This article explores religious coexistence among the Yoruba of southwest Nigeria. It focuses on interfaith marriages, frequent especially between Muslim men and Christian women, as a practice that brings Islam and Christianity into a mutually productive relationship. The article explores the tension between the general understanding that interfaith marriage is a positive anchor of Muslim–Christian relations and the widespread individual scepticism towards such marriages. Rooted in distinct discourses, Muslim and Christian attitudes to interfaith marriage have undergone changes along different trajectories since the 1980s. At the same time, they share a ‘family resemblance’ because members of both religions emphasise the importance of marriage and its unequally gendered nature. The unequal and asymmetric relationships between the two religions constitute part of a wider religious field, where the shared belief in the importance of conjugality is central to the gendered social order. Thus, even though Muslim–Christian marriages are often understood as problematic, they are still seen as less problematic than the failure to marry.

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The Greek Catholic Community and its Collective Memories

Religious Orders, Monasteries and Confessional Dynamics in Lebanon

Rodrigo Ayupe Bueno da Cruz

Catholic Community and the Lebanese Political-Religious Field The Greek Catholic community in Lebanon has as its ecclesiastical base the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, or simply Melkite Church. This Church is a Byzantine tradition institution which

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Ritual Tattooing and the Creation of New Buddhist Identities

An Inquiry into the Initiation Process in a Burmese Organization of Exorcists

Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière

’ congregation accomplishes in the overall religious field ( Bourdieu 1971 ). Generally speaking, rituals have not been the focus of much interest among scholars of Burmese religion; it could be said that ritual as a domain of research in itself remains

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The Multiple Agencies of Afro-Brazilian Religions

Roger Sansi and Luis Nicolau Parés

The debates on identity politics and the invention of tradition led the study of Afro-Brazilian religions to a certain impasse in the 1990s. However, in the last several years, the field has been totally renewed, although in different directions. In this article we will consider some of these new trends, from a wider historical engagement with the Atlantic world, through the religious field and the public sphere, to new approaches to spirit possession and cosmology. Our objective is to assess the extent to which these new debates have managed to overcome this impasse.

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Governing Religious Multiplicity

The Ambivalence of Christian-Muslim Public Presences in Post-colonial Tanzania

Hansjörg Dilger

of a wide range of Christian and Muslim im/materialities beyond the two religions’ historically established strands. At the same time, these dynamics also instigated tension and conflict across the two religious fields ( Wijsen and Mfumbusa 2004 ) and

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Afterword

Comparison in the Anthropological Study of Plural Religious Environments

Birgit Meyer

horizon of the specific and unequal positions of these groups in the plural religious environments in the Netherlands and Germany. The role of the state in accommodating and regulating religion and ordering a plural religious field is explicitly

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Rethinking Anthropological Models of Spirit Possession and Theravada Buddhism

Erick White

. 2011 . “ The Genesis and Demarcation of the Religious Field: Monasteries, State Schools, and the Secular Sphere in Lao Buddhism (1893–1975) .” Sojourn 26 ( 2 ): 196 – 223 . 10.1355/sj26-2c Lambek , Michael . 2010 . “ Possession .” In The

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Contextualizing the Religious Survey

Possibilities and Limitations

Astrid Krabbe Trolle

in the aftermath of this event, religious registration comes with long shadows in the religious field. In short, it is easy to find examples of damaging registration that could only benefit the state, and these examples are inscribed in powerful

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Reviews

Eliseu Carbonell, Laurent Sébastien Fournier, Lara Houston, Maarja Kaaristo, Agnieszka Pasieka, and Markéta Slavková

been developing in Poland, it is surprising not to find essays focusing on broadly understood economy, class/social identities, religious field, absence/presence of Jews, migrations in and from the country, to mention but some. These are the topics no