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-====== Weekly plan and assigned readings ====== 
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-^08.03 ^ [[1|Why is religion interesting and problematic?​]] ^ 
-|  | We will discuss the unique weekly cycle this class follows, the assignments,​ and the research project. We will also share ideas about why religion is interesting and problematic. | 
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-^15.03 ^ [[2|Bring an example of a religious practice you would like to know more about.]] ^ 
-| Read: | Unit outline and assignments,​ Durkheim | 
-| Write:| Describe an example of a religious practice, and how you learned about it. | 
-| Research: | Tutorials will meet **as scheduled**. | 
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-^22.03 ^ [[3|Why do so many, perhaps all, cultures have religions?​]] ^ 
-|Read: | Douglas, Ortner | 
-|Write: | State your answer to the question of the week, and explain your position using examples and reasoning. | 
-|Research: | [[Possible topics]] assignment due this week on Blackboard. This is a good time to browse the stacks. Read widely in several topic areas, and find out what you are curious about. | 
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-^29.03 ^ [[4|Why would someone join a religious commune?]] ^ 
-| Read: | Palmer| 
-| Write:| State your answer to the week's question, and explain your position using examples and reasoning.| 
-| Research:| By now, it would be good to have found one or more [[starting points for your research|detailed ethnographies]] on your topic. Consult with Ryan if you want some ideas.| 
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-^ 05.04 ^ [[5|Can you learn to hear God?]] ^ 
-| Read:  | Luhrmann | 
-| Write: | Write one question you can ask in tutorial and one observation about '​hearing God' and other Vineyard practices. ​ |  
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-^ 12.04 ^ [[6|Do religions mix?]] ^ 
-| Read: | Romberg | 
-| Write: | Why does Romberg reject the concept of religious syncretism? Do you agree or disagree and why? | 
-| Research: | [[Progress report]] due this week on Blackboard. | 
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-^19.04 ^ Classes cancelled for syncretistic Judeo-Christian feasting ^ 
-| Research:| You should have one or more ethnographic works on a single topic that you can read over break. Pay attention to what surprises you, and start thinking about your research question.| 
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-^ 26.04 ^ [[7|Is African Christianity just '​African culture'?​]] ^ 
-| Read: | Meyer, Newell | 
-| Write: | Write one question you can ask in tutorial and one observation about '​spiritual warfare'​. | 
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-^ 03.05 ^ [[8|Is Christianity singular or plural?]] ^ 
-| Read: | Robbins, Cannell | 
-| Write: | Which has a stronger influence on the other: religion on culture, or culture on religion? |  
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-^ 10.05 ^ [[9|Can you buy salvation?​]] ^ 
-| Read: | Jones, Brenner\* | 
-| Write: | What would Suzanne Brenner say about Jones'​s argument? How would Jones respond? | 
-| Research: | [[Thesis statement and outline]] due this week on Blackboard. | 
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-^ 17.05 ^ [[10|Do all societies eventually become secular?]] ^ 
-| Read: | Mahmood, Deeb\* | 
-| Write: | Why do we see an apparent increase in '​public piety' in late modernity, both in the US and the Islamic world? | 
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-^ 24.05 ^ [[11|Do liberal societies need beliefs?]] ^ 
-| Read: | Mahmood, Keane\* |  
-| Write: | Do liberal democracies have a '​sacred'?​ Should they? | 
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-^ 31.05 ^ [[12|Can religion can change the world?]] ^ 
-| Read: | Gravers, Hertzberg\* | 
-| Write: | Take a stand on the claim that religious movements, political or not, produce greater social change than secular political activism. | 
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-^ 07.06 ^ [[13|To be revealed...]] ^ 
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-^ 15.06 ^ Final paper due on 8 June on Blackboard. ^ 
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-===== Unit readings (* indicates recommened readings) ===== 
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-*Brenner, Suzanne. 1996. “Reconstructing Self and Society: Javanese Muslim Women and ‘the Veil.’” American Ethnologist 23 (4): 673–97. doi:​10.1525/​ae.1996.23.4.02a00010. 
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-Cannell, Fenella. 2005. “The Christianity of Anthropology*.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 11 (2): 335–56. doi:​10.1111/​j.1467-9655.2005.00239.x. 
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-*Deeb, Lara. 2009. “Piety Politics and the Role of a Transnational Feminist Analysis.” The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 15 (January): S112–26. 
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-Douglas, Mary. 2002. “The Abominations of Leviticus.” In Purity and Danger:  An Analysis of the Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, 51–71. London: Routledge. 
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-Durkheim, Emile. 2008. “The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life.” In A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion, edited by Michael Lambek, 34–47. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing. 
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-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. 
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-*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. 
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-Jones, Carla. 2010. “Materializing Piety: Gendered Anxieties about Faithful Consumption in Contemporary Urban Indonesia.” American Ethnologist 37 (4): 617–37. doi:​10.1111/​j.1548-1425.2010.01275.x. 
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-*Keane, Webb. 2009. “Freedom and Blasphemy: On Indonesian Press Bans and Danish Cartoons.” Public Culture 21 (1): 47–76. doi:​10.1215/​08992363-2008-021. 
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-Luhrmann, Tanya M. 2004. “Metakinesis:​ How God Becomes Intimate in Contemporary U.S. Christianity.” American Anthropologist 106 (3): 518–28. doi:​10.1525/​aa.2004.106.3.518. 
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-Mahmood, Saba. 2009. “Religious Reason and Secular Affect: An Incommensurable Divide?” In Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech, edited by Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, and Saba Mahmood, 64–100. Berkeley, Calif.: Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California. 
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-Mahmood, Saba. 2001. “Rehearsed Spontaneity and the Conventionality of Ritual: Disciplines of Şalat.” American Ethnologist 28 (4): 827–53. doi:​10.1525/​ae.2001.28.4.827. 
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-Meyer, Birgit. 1998. “‘Make a Complete Break with the Past.’ Memory and Post-Colonial Modernity in Ghanaian Pentecostalist Discourse.” Journal of Religion in Africa 28 (3): 316–49. doi:​10.2307/​1581573. 
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-Newell, Sasha. 2007. “Pentecostal Witchcraft: Neoliberal Possession and Demonic Discourse in Ivoirian Pentecostal Churches.” Journal of Religion in Africa 37 (4): 461–90. doi:​10.1163/​157006607X230517. 
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-Ortner, Sherry B. 1973. “Sherpa Purity.” American Anthropologist 75 (1): 49–63. doi:​10.2307/​672339. 
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-Palmer, Susan J. 2010. “The Twelve Tribes: Preparing the Bride for Yahshua’s Return.” Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 13 (3): 59–80. doi:​10.1525/​nr.2010.13.3.59. 
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-Robbins, Joel. 2001. “God Is Nothing but Talk: Modernity, Language, and Prayer in a Papua New Guinea Society.” American Anthropologist,​ New Series, 103 (4): 901–12. 
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-Romberg, Raquel. 1998. “Whose Spirits Are They?: The Political Economy of Syncretism and Authenticity.” Journal of Folklore Research 35 (1): 69–82. 
  
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