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Contemporary Anthropology of Religion

New Directions in Spiritual Kinship

Sacred Ties across the Abrahamic Religions

Editors: Thomas, Todne, Malik, Asiya, Wellman, Rose E (Eds.)

  • The first volume specifically dedicated to the comparative study of “spiritual” or “sacred” kinship
  • Ethnographically explores the diverse manifestations of sacred kinship and articulates the significance of these manifestations to increase our understanding of the architecture of human societies
  • Brings together recent advances in the anthropological study of kinship and the religious study of the sacred to produce a highly innovative, fruitful investigation of the dimensions of possible intersections between kinship and the sacred
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About this book

This volume examines the significance of spiritual kinship—or kinship reckoned in relation to the divine—in creating myriad forms of affiliations among Christians, Jews, and Muslims.  Rather than confining the study of spiritual kinship to Christian godparenthood or presuming its disappearance in light of secularism, the authors investigate how religious practitioners create and contest sacred solidarities through ritual, discursive, and ethical practices across social domains, networks, and transnational collectives.  This book’s theoretical conversations and rich case studies hold value for scholars of anthropology, kinship, and religion. 

About the authors

Todne Thomas is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Vermont, USA.

Asiya Malik is an anthropologist and independent researcher in Canada.

Rose Wellman is an anthropologist and postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, USA. 

Reviews

“This is an impressive collection that sets out a vital new approach to the study of the intersection between religion and kinship.  Moving far beyond longstanding discussions of godparenthood to consider the many diverse ways the sacred shapes notions of relatedness both between persons and between people and the divine across the Abrahamic traditions, the volume breaks new ground in several fields and will interest a wide range of scholars in the social sciences and humanities.” (Joel Robbins, Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK)

“This work is a fresh, timely, and original intervention; a series of rich essays which deftly show the intrinsic connections between kinship and religion. At the same time, it offers a productive framework for comparing the quarrelsome family of traditions descended from ‘father’ Abraham.” (Michael Lambek, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Re-sacralizing the Social: Spiritual Kinship at the Crossroads of the Abrahamic Religions

    Thomas, Todne (et al.)

    Pages 1-28

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  • Spiritual Kinship Between Formal Norms and Actual Practice: A Comparative Analysis in the Long Run (from the Early Middle Ages Until Today)

    Alfani, Guido

    Pages 29-49

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  • Spiritual Kinship in an Age of Dissent: Pigeon Fanciers in Darwin’s England

    Feeley-Harnik, Gillian

    Pages 51-83

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  • Kinship as Ethical Relation: A Critique of the Spiritual Kinship Paradigm

    Seeman, Don

    Pages 85-108

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  • Kinship in Historical Consciousness: A French Jewish Perspective

    Bahloul, Joëlle

    Pages 109-129

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eBook 76,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-48423-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-48422-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Directions in Spiritual Kinship
Book Subtitle
Sacred Ties across the Abrahamic Religions
Editors
  • Todne Thomas
  • Asiya Malik
  • Rose E Wellman
Series Title
Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-48423-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-48423-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-48422-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 273
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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