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Can religion change the world?

Can religion change the world

Ryan Schram

Mills 169 (A26)

ryan.schram@sydney.edu.au

25 May 2016

Available at http://anthro.rschram.org/2667/12

Readings

Gravers, Mikael. 2012. “Monks, Morality and Military: The Struggle for Moral Power in Burma—and Buddhism’s Uneasy Relation with Lay Power.” Contemporary Buddhism 13 (1): 1–33. doi:10.1080/14639947.2012.669278.

Hertzberg, Michael. 2014. “The March of the Monks: On the Political Repertoire of Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.” In The Great Diversity: Trajectories of Asian Development, edited by Christopher M. Dent and Camilla Brautaset, 103–16. Wageningen, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Other readings

Adams, Brad. Burma–Crackdown: Repression of the 2007 Popular Protests in Burma. Human Rights Watch. New York, December 2007. http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/burma1207web.pdf.

Bellah, Robert N. 1967. “Civil Religion in America.” Daedalus 96 (1): 1–21. http://www.robertbellah.com/articles_5.htm.

Hirschkind, Charles. 1997. “What Is Political Islam?” Middle East Report. http://www.merip.org/mer/mer205/what-political-islam.

Key points

From last week

  • Should societies prohibit proselytising, and if so, by who?
  • “Semiotic ideology,” a way of understanding how communication works, whether certain kinds of communication are more valuable or more effective than others.
  • “Western” semiotic ideology
  • There are always contradictions between communication and semiotic ideology.

Intersections of religion and politics

  • Abolitionism: In the UK and US, and possibly in Australia
  • Temperance
    • Women's Christian Temperance Union
    • Carrie Nation (see Nation 1909, 130)
  • “Political Islam” (see Hirschkind 1997).
  • Civil religion (see Bellah 1967)
  • Religion and social capital (Levitt 2001, 2007, Hertzberg 2014)
  • Spiritual politics as a radical critique of society (Badiou 2003).

References

Badiou, Alain. 2003. Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism. Translated by Ray Brassier. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.

Bellah, Robert N. 1967. “Civil Religion in America.” Daedalus 96 (1): 1-21. http://www.robertbellah.com/articles_5.htm

Hirschkind, Charles. 1997. “What Is Political Islam?” Middle East Report. http://www.merip.org/mer/mer205/what-political-islam.

Levitt, Peggy. 2001. The Transnational Villagers. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.

_. 2007. God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape. New Press.

Nation, Carry Amelia. 1909. The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation. Topeka: F. M. Steves & Sons. http://archive.org/details/useandneedoflife00natirich.

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