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Janice Boddy is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her books include Wombs and Alien Spirits: Women, Men and the Zar Cult in Northern Sudan (1989); Aman: The Story of a Somali Girl (1994); and Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan (2007).
Michael Lambek is Professor of Anthropology and Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His books include Human Spirits (1981, 2009); Knowledge and Practice in Mayotte: Local Discourses of Islam, Sorcery, and Spirit Possession (1993); The Weight of the Past (2002); and Ordinary Ethics (2010). He is also the editor of A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).
Preface and Acknowledgements
Janice Boddy and Michael Lambek
What Is ‘Religion’ for Anthropology?
I. Worlds and Intersections
1. Presence, Attachment, Origin: Ontologies of ‘Incarnates’
2. The Dynamic Reproduction of Hunter-Gatherers’ Ontologies and Values
3. Cohabiting an Interreligious Milieu: Reflections on Religious Diversity
4. Religious and Legal Particularism and Universality
5. Are Ancestors Dead?
Rita Astuti and Maurice Bloch
6. Coping with Religious Diversity: Incommensurability and other Perspectives
7. Varieties of Semiotic Ideology in the Interpretation of Religion
8. Religion and the Truth of Being
III. Time and Ethics
10. The Social and Political Theory of the Soul
11. Ghosts and Ancestors in the Modern West
12. The Work of Memory: Ritual Laments of the Dead, and Korea’s Cheju Massacre
13. The Globalization of Pentecostalism and the Limits of Globalization
IV. Practices and Mediations
14. Food, Life, and Material Religion in Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
15. Trading with God: Islam, Calculation, Abundance
16. Ritual Remains: Studying Contemporary Pilgrimage
17. Mediation and Immediacy: Sensational Forms, Semiotic Ideologies and the
Question of the Medium
V. Languages and Conversions
19. Translating God’s Words
20. Christianity as a Polemical Concept
21. Reconfiguring Humanity in Amazonia: Christianity and Change
22. Language in Christian Conversion
VI. Persons and Histories
23. Canonizing Soviet pasts in Contemporary Russia: The Case of Saint Matrona of Moscow
24. Reflections on Death, Religion, Identity and the Anthropology of Religion
25. Spirits and Selves Revisited
26. The Political Landscape of Early State Religions
27. A Syariah Judiciary as a Global Assemblage: Islamization and Beyond in a Southeast Asian Context
28. The Catholicization of Neoliberalism
29. The Sacred in the City: Modernity, Religion and the Urban Form in Central Africa
Filip de Boeck