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Who is María Lionza?

By Roger Canals, lecturer in the department of social anthropology at the University of Barcelona. The book A Goddess in Motion: Visual Creativity in the Cult of María Lionza finds its origins in my vivid interest in Afro-Latin American religions, art and visual anthropology. I understand the latter in a broad sense, that is, as […]

Jihadist Interpretation of Dreams

By Iain R. Edgar   Excerpted from The Dream in Islam: From Qur’anic Tradition to Jihadist Inspiration by Iain R. Edgar.     Research has shown that some jihadists take, or at least claim to take, dreams into consideration when they make decisions to join a group, become a foreign fighter, volunteer for operations, or […]

Željko Jokić: Researching Assault Sorcery

This post is the transcript of an electronic interview between D. S. Farrer and Željko Jokić. Farrer is the special issue editor for Social Analysis Volume 58, Issue 1, and Jokić is the author of the article “Shamanic Battleground: Magic, Sorcery, and Warrior Shamanism in Venezuela” appearing in that issue. Below, Jokić answers a series of questions related […]

Nationalism, Communal Violence, and Tamil Tiger Devotion

This post is the transcript of an electronic interview between D. S. Farrer and Michael Roberts. Farrer is the special issue editor for Social Analysis Volume 58, Issue 1, and Roberts is the author of the article “Encompassing Empowerment in Ritual, War, and Assassination: Tantric Principles in Tamil Tiger Instrumentalities” appearing in that issue. Below, Roberts answers a […]

Supernatural Powers and a “Discourse of Decline”

This post is the transcript of an electronic interview between D. S. Farrer and J. David Neidel. Farrer is the special issue editor for Social Analysis Volume 58, Issue 1, and Neidel is the author of the article “Discourse of Decline: Local Perspectives on Magic in Highland Jambi, Indonesia” appearing in that issue. Below, Neidel answers a series […]

James D. Sellmann: Thoughts on Magic-Religion

This post is the transcript of an electronic interview between D. S. Farrer and James D. Sellmann. Farrer is the special issue editor for Social Analysis Volume 58, Issue 1, and Sellmann is the co-author of the article “Chants of Re-enchantment: Chamorro Spiritual Resistance to Colonial Domination“ appearing in that issue. Below, Sellmann answers a series of questions […]

How does violence relate to belief?

This post is the transcript of an electronic interview between D. S. Farrer and Iain Sinclair. Farrer is the special issue editor for Social Analysis Volume 58, Issue 1, and Sinclair is the author of the article War Magic and Just War in Indian Tantric Buddhism appearing in that issue. Below, Sinclair answers a series of questions related […]

Association for the Study of Nationalities Conference

We are delighted to inform you that we will be attending the 20th Annual Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention (23-25 April 2015) at Columbia University in New York City. Berghahn will be exhibiting for one day only! Please stop by our stand on Friday April 24th, and don’t miss your chance to […]