Books of interest
1. Buddhism and International Aid: A Case Study from Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka; Elizabeth J Harris
2. Thai Buddhists’ Encounters with International Relief Work in Post-Tsunami Thailand; Monica Lindberg Falk
3. Buddhism and Relief in Myanmar: Reflections on Relief as a Practice of Dana; Carine Jaquet and Matthew Walton
4. Transnational Networks of Dharma and Development: International Aid by Japanese Buddhists and the Revival of Buddhism in Post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia; Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya
5. Implications of International Relief Work and Civil Society for Japanese Buddhists Affiliated with Traditional Denominations; Hiroko Kawanami
6. International Relief Work and Spirit Cultivation for Tzu Chi Members; Jung-Chang Wang
7. Buddhism and Relief Work in Mainland China and Hong Kong; Sik Faren
8. Constructing and Contesting Sacred Spaces: International Buddhist Assistance in Bodhgaya; Kory Goldberg
Afterword; Geoffrey Samuel
How can the irrational force of charisma co-exist within rationalized religious institutions? To answer this question, this book provides the first comparative anthropological explorations of charisma as it occurs among Charismatic Catholics, Evangelical Protestants, Sufis, Hassidic Jews, Buddhist cultists, and Native American shamans in locations ranging from Massachusetts to Syria; from Taiwan to the Dominican Republic; from Angola to the jungles of Paraguay, from Rome to Brooklyn. These cases reveal how various religious traditions incorporate ecstatic charismatic experiences within their overarching organizational systems, and so provide new insight into the nature of religion today.
Introduction: Charisma in Theory and Practice; Charles Lindholm
PART I: PERFORMING CHARISMA
1. Performing the Charismatic Ritual; Keping Wu
2. Knowledge and Miracles: Modes of Charisma in Syrian Sufism; Paulo G. Pinto
PART II: GENDERING CHARISMA
3. Female Sufis in Syria: Charismatic Authority and Bureaucratic Structure; Gisele Fonseca Chegas
4. The Gender of Charisma: Notes from a Taiwanese Buddhist Transnational NGO; C. Julia Huang-Lemmon
5. Residual Masculinity and the Cultivation of Negative-Charisma in a Caribbean Pentecostal Community; Brendan Jamal Thornton
PART III: CHARISMA AND POLITICS
6. Extraordinary Times: Charismatic Repertoires in Contemporary African Prophetism; Ruy Llera Blanes
7. The Routinization of Improvisation in Avá-Guaraní Shamanic Leadership; Eric Michael Kelley
PART IV: POSTHUMOUS CHARISMA
8. Unruly Miracles: Embodied Charisma and Modern Sainthood, from Padre Pio to “Papa Buono”; Sara M. Bergstresser
9. Habad, Messianism, and the Phantom Charisma of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Scheerson; Yoram Bilu
Halal : Arabic,literally “permissible” or “lawful.” Johan Fischer’s illuminating studyproves that in the modern world, halal is no longer an expression of esoteric forms of production, trade, and consumption, but part of a huge and expanding globalized market. Exploring contemporary forms of halal understanding and practice among Malay Muslims in London – that is, halal consumption by middle-class Malays on “the frontier” – evokes important and pressing questions onboth Islamic thought and how we live our lives today. The Halal Frontier gives us fresh insight into the religious dimensions of food consumption in an era of globalized mass production.
en, Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, USA”When Tesco, the second-largest retailer in the world, makes a major commitment to source halal products, you know something big is afoot in the landscapes of food politics, global consumption, and religious piety. Tracking the role and transformation of halal consumption between the Malaysian middle class and its Diasporas in London and beyond, Fischer has authored a compelling and highly readable account of science, sanitization, and the dilemmas of secularism for Muslim Malays and/as everyday consumers. A remarkable and unique book.” – Bill Maurer, Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, USA
Johan Fischer is Associate Professor of International Development Studies in the Department of Society and Globalization at Roskilde University. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at both the National University of Singapore and Goldsmiths College, University of London and has been a Teaching Fellow at the University of Copenhagen. He has spent years doing fieldwork in Malaysia and the UK and has worked with NGOs in Thailand and South Africa. Fischer is also the author of Proper Islamic Consumption (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press) and numerous articles and chapters.
Table of Contents
The Halal Frontier * Halal and Malay Middle-Class Mobility in Malaysia * Between Halal and the Secular in London * The Other Side of the Logo * Urban Halal Landscapes * Halal Sanitized
In this evocative ethnography, Omri Elisha examines the hopes, frustrations, and activist strategies of American evangelical Christians as they engage socially with local communities. Focusing on two Tennessee megachurches, Moral Ambition reaches beyond political controversies over issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and public prayer to highlight the ways that evangelicals at the grassroots of the Christian Right promote faith-based causes intended to improve the state of social welfare. The book shows how these ministries both help churchgoers embody religious virtues and create provocative new opportunities for evangelism on a public scale. Elisha challenges conventional views of U.S. evangelicalism as narrowly individualistic, elucidating instead the inherent contradictions that activists face in their efforts to reconcile religious conservatism with a renewed interest in compassion, poverty, racial justice, and urban revivalism.