Contemporary Anthropology of Religion

The Anthropology of Religious Charisma

Ecstasies and Institutions

Editors: Lindholm, C. (Ed.)

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About this book

According to Max Weber, charisma is opposed to bureaucratic order. This collection reveals the limits of that formula. The contributors show how charisma is a part of cultural frameworks while retaining its ecstatic character among American and Italian Catholics, Syrian Sufis, Taiwanese Buddhists, Hassidic Jews, and Amazonian shamans, among others.

About the authors

Sara M. Bergstresser, Boston University, USA Yoram Bilu, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Ruy Llera Blanes, University of Bergen, Norway Gisele Fonseca Chagas, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil C. Julia Huang-Lemmon, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan Eric Michael Kelley , Boston University, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Wheaton College, USA Paulo G. Pinto, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil Brendon Jamal Thornton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA Keping Wu, National University of Singapore

Reviews

"This edited volume makes a significant contribution to scholarship in the fields of anthropology, anthropology of religion, and sociology of religion, among other areas. Charisma is intriguing as a thematic focus because by its very nature it inspires and goes beyond rationality." Rebecca Sachs Norris, Professor of Religious and Theological Studies, Merrimack College, USA

"We owe Charles Lindholm a great debt for extending charisma's empirical reach and conceptual subtlety. This brilliant collection of anthropological essays explores the tensions between charismatic persons and social institutions in diverse settings from Paraguay to Taiwan. Timely, lucid and engaging, it is an anthropological gem." - Bryan S. Turner, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, USA

"No anthropologist has made as sustained a contribution to the study of charisma in the Weberian tradition as Charles Lindholm, and this collection of ethnographic studies by his students and colleagues consolidate his leadership in this area. These chapters penetratingly examine charisma not only as the personal attribute of a leader but also as a feature of ritual performance across a wide range of religious traditions. They offer a compelling vision of charisma as a radical spiritual force." - Thomas J. Csordas, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, USA, and author of Language, Charisma, and Creativity: Ritual Life in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal

"A major contribution on a topic of ever-growing importance. This volume changes the face of the social scientific study of charisma, hitherto focused primarily on Western religious and historical settings. The contributors examine charismatic processes from around the world and across the religious spectrum, revealing both a wealth of variation and a surprisingly recognizable experiential core." - Andrew Buckser, Professor of Anthropology and Dean of Arts and Science, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, USA


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Charisma in Theory and Practice

    Lindholm, Charles

    Pages 1-30

  • Performing the Charismatic Ritual

    Wu, Keping

    Pages 33-57

  • Knowledge and Miracles: Modes of Charisma in Syrian Sufism

    Pinto, Paulo G.

    Pages 59-77

  • Female Sufis in Syria: Charismatic Authority and Bureaucratic Structure

    Chagas, Gisele Fonseca

    Pages 81-100

  • The Gender of Charisma: Notes from a Taiwanese Buddhist Transnational NGO

    Huang-Lemmon, C. Julia

    Pages 101-116

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Anthropology of Religious Charisma
Book Subtitle
Ecstasies and Institutions
Editors
  • C. Lindholm
Series Title
Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37763-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137377630
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37762-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47800-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 248
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