Book — 263 pages : 40 illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm.
Three Approaches to the Political Involvement of Migrants.- Migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa in Berlin and Paris.- Religion as an Organisational Resource: Religious Self-Organisation of Migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa in Berlin and Paris.- "Jesus was a Revolutionary": Religion as Structural and Symbolic Political Resource.
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Miriam Schader shows that migrants can use religion as a resource for political involvement in their (new) country of residence - but under certain circumstances only. The author analyses the role religious networks and symbols play for the politicization and participation of Muslim and Christian migrants from sub-Saharan Africa in Berlin and Paris. Against the widely held belief that Islam is a 'political religion' in itself, this study demonstrates that Christian migrants draw on their religion for political action more easily than their Muslim counterparts. It also highlights that it is not religion in general which helps migrants get politically active, but particular forms of religious organisations and particular theological elements. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Contents: Interpreting RastafarI identity - The East: Locating Ethiopia - The link between Rastas and the Ethiopian Christians: The Monophysite doctrine in RastafarI - Rasta Talk: A linguistic and metaphysical resistance - Afrocentricity in RastafarI: The origins of the RastafarI movement - Relocating Xaymaca: Cultural stereotypes in confrontation - A woman in RastafarI: Liberation and ethnic-religious creativity - The Bible and the Ethiopian literary sources.
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This book is an invitation to reflect on how a minority culture emerged from within Third World liberation movements. It considers not only the historical and cultural journey between Ethiopia and Jamaica, but also the psychological dynamics of subalterns between the East and the West.<BR> In this work, the author discusses the various beliefs and ideologies of the RastafarI movement in relation to Ethiopia, and challenges the RastafarI misogynistic attitude by rehabilitating the position of women within the movement through the figure of the Queen of Sheba. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — xii, 228 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Bruce Lincoln is one of the most prominent advocates within religious studies for an uncompromisingly critical approach to the phenomenon of religion-historians of religions, he believes, should resist the preferred narratives and self-understanding of religions themselves, especially when their stories are endowed with sacred origins and authority. In "Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars", Lincoln assembles a collection of essays that both illustrates and reveals the benefits of his methodology, making a case for a critical religious studies that starts with skepticism but is neither cynical nor crude. The book begins with Lincoln's "Theses on Method" and ends with "The (Un)discipline of Religious Studies, " in which he unsparingly considers the failings of uncritical and nonhistorical approaches to the study of religions. In between, Lincoln presents new examinations of problems in ancient religions and relates these cases to larger comparative themes. While bringing to light important features of the formation of pantheons and the constructions of demons, chaos, and the dead, Lincoln demonstrates that historians of religions should take religious things-inspired scriptures, sacred centers, salvific rites, communities graced by divine favor-as the theories of interested humans that shape perception, community, and experiences. As he shows, it is for their terrestrial influence, and not their sacred origins, that religious phenomena merit consideration by the historian. Tackling many questions central to religious study, "Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars" will be a touchstone for the history of religions in the twenty-first century. (source: Nielsen Book Data)