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Journal Cover Critical Research on Religion
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     ISSN (Print) 2050-3032 - ISSN (Online) 2050-3040
     Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [743 journals]
  • Approaches to reading intercultural communication in the Qur'an and the
           politics of interpretation
    • Authors: Ibrahim; H.
      Pages: 99 - 115
      Abstract: The Qur'an depicts fluctuating relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. While at times such relations can be conciliatory and harmonious, at others they are inimical, uneasy, or distant. Still, the Qur'an acknowledges the necessary ontological reality of the human difference. This is evidenced in many verses. Thus, I will argue that an "attentive" and "worldly" reading of the Qur'an is crucial to curb misunderstanding of the way ‘difference’ is perceived in Islam by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. A close reading is primarily a multiple form of communication. It is needed to resist the networked systems of power and control dominated by images and mass media in the Arab world and Western. It is exceptionally important to free the interpretation of Qur'an from the grip of Muslim and non-Muslim extremists and Islamophobes who read some of its verses as evidence of essentialized enmity harbored by Muslims towards all non-Muslims.
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214535001|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/99
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • The Vivekananda Kendra in India: Its ideological translations and a
           critique of its social service
    • Authors: Pandya; S. P.
      Pages: 116 - 133
      Abstract: This article is based on field work with the Vivekananda Kendra in Kanyakumari, India. The Vivekananda Kendra ("the Kendra") is a Hindu spiritual organization founded in 1972, based on principles promoted by Swami Vivekananda. The organization’s members translate Vivekananda’s Vedanta and Yoga ideals into national reconstruction. The efforts of Eknath Ranade as the key transmitter of Vivekananda’s ideals, the way he effectively wove austerity, renunciation, and service to realize them, and the Kendra’s strategy of social service and its effects are discussed. In particular, the Kendra’s social service is analyzed on the basis of its social consciousness, its views on social issues and gender, its Hindu nationalist stance, and its relationship with the establishment and the global political economy. This critical discourse highlights the Kendra’s emphasis on Vedantic socialism as opposed to traditional socialism. The lenses by which the Kendra views society are gendered and ethnonationalist. It deals with matters of justice, equity, and state relations from a benevolent patriarchal vantage point.
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214534999|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/116
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Meat abstinence and its positive environmental effect: Examining the
           fasting etiquettes of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
    • Authors: Zellelew; T. B.
      Pages: 134 - 146
      Abstract: Meat abstinence, as is practiced in some religions, has a positive impact on reducing the damages that the process of meat production inflicts on the environment. The Ethiopian Orthodox Christians observe fasting by abstaining from meat for more than half a year, and this seems to do the environment and economy some good. Religion has been playing a regulatory role between ever-increasing meat demands and the country’s fast-growing meat and live animal exports. The article concludes that individuals' tendency to drift from religious life practices, coupled with a growing middle class that can afford to buy meat regularly, and the country’s need to maximize foreign currency through meat and livestock exportation, is likely to see Ethiopia introduce intensive livestock production in the not too distant future, to meet domestic meat demands and increase livestock export earnings.
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214535002|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/134
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Homo profanus: The Christian martyr and the violence of meaning-making
    • Authors: Recla; M.
      Pages: 147 - 164
      Abstract: The martyr is a potent symbol of sacrifice in Western cultural discourse. Understanding martyrdom as sacrifice, however, blunts the potency of the martyr's action. It obscures the violence by which the martyr's death becomes, paradoxically, a means to define institutional life. In this article, I propose an analogous relationship between the early Christian martyr and Giorgio Agamben's enigmatic homo sacer. Like homo sacer, the Christian martyr provides an "other" against which to organize institutional life. Read as a sacrifice, the martyr also exemplifies the threat of biopolitics that Agamben describes, where mere existence can be isolated from political life and made subject to sovereign violence. Distinguishing the martyr from their institutional appropriation is a step toward exposing the modes of violence inherent in sovereign power. It provides the possibility of reconceptualizing the martyr as an autonomous figure of resistance, not as homo sacer but as homo profanus.
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214534998|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/147
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Jewish identification and critical theory: The political significance of
           conceptual categories
    • Authors: Glauz-Todrank, A. E; Boyarin, J, Silverblatt, I, Geller, J, Gross, A, Imhoff, S, Sippy, S.
      Pages: 165 - 194
      Abstract: This symposium examines how various discursive frameworks inform Jewish and non-Jewish interpretations of Jewishness. Although the specific characteristics of these frameworks are context-dependent, the underlying themes remain the same: Jewish identification entails identifying "difference," and this process of drawing distinctions between Jews and non-Jews gets developed in discursive frameworks of temporality, "race thinking," nationalism, and genetics, among others. In the broader contexts within which Jewish identification is formulated, these frameworks serve to: (i) delineate categories of people on the basis of socially salient qualities associated with human and other bodies; (ii) evaluate these categorical "types" in regard to their determined "desirable" and "undesirable" qualities; (iii) implement institutionally sanctioned measures that facilitate the privileging of the people who apparently embody desired qualities; and (iv) enforce structural constraints within which people may choose to contest, re-inscribe, re-appropriate, and/or attempt to transform components of the other three networks mentioned above. It also emphasizes the significance of who mobilizes these discourses, with what objectives in mind, and how both factors instantiate discursive and discursively informed concretized outcomes.
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214535009|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/165
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
    • Authors: Horsley; R.
      Pages: 195 - 205
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214535006|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/195
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Elliot Wolfson, A Dream Interpreted Within a Dream: Oneiropoiesis and the
           Prism of Imagination
    • Authors: Fisher; C.
      Pages: 205 - 209
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214535004|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/205
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Courtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt and David Smilde, Religion on
           the Edge: De-Centering and Re-Centering the Sociology of Religion
    • Authors: McKinnon; A.
      Pages: 209 - 211
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214535007|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/209
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • James E Fleming and Linda C McClain, Ordered Liberty: Rights,
           Responsibilities, and Virtues
    • Authors: Green; M. C.
      Pages: 211 - 214
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214535003|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/211
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • David Morgan, The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social
           Life of Feeling
    • Authors: Stimson; B.
      Pages: 215 - 218
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214535005|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/215
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Michael Lowy, La cage d'acier: Max Weber et le marxisme weberien
    • Authors: Sayre; R.
      Pages: 218 - 221
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214535008|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/218
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Massimo Rosati (1969-2014)
    • Authors: Stoeckl; K.
      Pages: 222 - 223
      PubDate: 2014-07-09T07:33:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214535320|hwp:resource-id:spcrr;2/2/222
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
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