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Prayer and Politics

Edited by Peter van der Veer

© 2017 – Routledge

134 pages

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Hardback: 9781138289215
pub: 2017-02-21

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Prayer and politics: unlikely, but intimate bedfellows. This publication explores everything from the Pentecostal religious battle – where prayer is both sword and shield against the Satanic Other – to the exchange between Islam and Christianity, demonstrating the relationship between prayer and politics in a wide spectrum of religious traditions, from all across the globe. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Religious and Political Practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction Peter van der Veer

1. The politics of prayer books: Delegated intercession, names, and community boundaries in the Russian Orthodox Church Sonja Luehrmann

2. Prayer and pedagogy: Redefining education among Salafist Muslim women in France Z. Fareen Parvez

3. Creation of social space through prayers among Dalits in Kerala, India Sanal Mohan

4. Mimetic failure: Politics, prayer and possession Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

5. The Muslim response to the Pentecostal surge in Nigeria: Prayer and the rise of charismatic Islam Ebenezer Obadare

6. Destroying arguments and captivating thoughts: Spiritual warfare prayer as global praxis Ruth Marshall

7. The militarization of prayer in America: White and Native American spiritual warfare Elizabeth McAlister

About the Editor

Peter van der Veer is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany. He is also Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He has published widely about religion and nationalism in Asia and Europe. His latest book is The Value of Comparison (2016).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General