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Alternative Voices

A Plurality Approach for Religious Studies. Essays in Honor of Ulrich Berner

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Oliver Freiberger(Hg.), Magnus Echtler(Hg.), Afe Adogame(Hg.), Alternative Voices (2018), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 37073 Göttingen, ISBN: 9783647540177

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Contributions by modern scholars inspired by Ulrich Berner's plurality Approach


When scholarship presents the histories, belief systems, and ritual patterns of specific religious groups, it often privileges victori­ous and élite fractions of those communities to the detriment and neglect of alternative, dissonant, and resurgent voices. The contri­butions in this volume, which include case studies on various religious and academic contexts, illustrate the importance of liste­ning to those alternative voices for the study of religion.


  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Table of Contents
  • Body
  • Afe Adogame, Magnus Echtler, Oliver Freiberger Introduction
  • Part One: “Religion” as a Contested Category
  • Gregory D. Alles: Do Ādivāsīs Have Religion? Contesting “Religion” and “Culture” in Eastern Gujarat
  • Dirk Johannsen: Erschriebene Religion Die Vielfalt der Stimmen in den Religionserzählungen des modernen Durchbruchs
  • Johannes Quack: Aufgabe und Gegenstand der Religionswissenschaft: Von Religion über das religiöse Feld zu Arten der Religiosität
  • Part Two: The Plurality of Voices in Religious, Cultural, and Ethnic Encounters
  • Jacob K. Olupona: The Slaves of Allah Ifa Divination Portrayal of Islamic Tradition – An Intertextual Encounter
  • Michael Pye: Syncretistic Positions in Chinese Temples
  • Luther H. Martin: The (Surprising Absence of a) Mithras Cult in Roman Egypt
  • Lukas Bormann: Griechen und Juden – Skythen und Barbaren Ethnizität, kulturelle Dominanz und Marginalität im Neuen Testament
  • Asonzeh Ukah: Prophets for Profit: Pentecostal Authority and Fiscal Accountability among Nigerian Churches in South Africa
  • Part Three: Alternative Voices within Religious Traditions
  • David Westerlund: Diverging Muslim Views on Health Care in Sweden: An Outline of a New Research Field
  • Gabriele Cappai: Contested Shari’ah One Law, Many Interpretations, Diverging Interests
  • Ezra Chitando: Re-opening the Canon: The Transformation of Shona Indigenous Religion in the Face of HIV and AIDS in Rural Zimbabwe
  • Jörg Rüpke: Was ist ein Heiligtum? Pluralität als Gegenstand der Religionswissenschaft
  • Wotsuna Khamalwa: Ritual Murders and Wealth Inequality in Modern Uganda
  • Katharina Wilkens: Drinking the Quran, Swallowing the Madonna Embodied Aesthetics of Popular Healing Practices
  • Umar Habila Dadem Danfulani, Theophilus John Angbashim: Neo-Primal Anti-Witchcraft Movements and DMR A Comparative Study of the Moavu-Embaga of the Eggon and Adzov of the Tiv of Central Nigeria
  • Part Four: Plurality in the Study of Religion
  • Christoph Bochinger: Ist religiöse Vielfalt etwas Gutes? Pluralismus und Pluralität in der Religionswissenschaft
  • James L Cox: The Transmission of an Authoritative Tradition. That without which Religion Is Not Religion
  • James V. Spickard: My Liberation Needs Yours. Ethics, Truth, and Inclusion in Academic Life
  • The Contributors
  • Back Cover

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