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  Refugees and religion: Ethnographic studies of global trajectories

Meyer, B., & van der Veer, P. (Eds.). (2021). Refugees and religion: Ethnographic studies of global trajectories. London: Bloomsbury. doi:10.5040/9781350167162.

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Meyer, Birgit, Editor
van der Veer, Peter1, Editor           
1Religious Diversity, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society, ou_1116554              


Free keywords: Anthropology of Religion (Rel Studies), Politics and Religion (Politics), Religion and Politics (Rel Studies), Religious Studies
 Abstract: Understanding religion from a material and corporeal angle, this book addresses the ways in which refugees practice their religions and convert or develop new faiths. It also evaluates how secular institutions in Europe frame and determine what is classified as religion according to the law, and delineate the limits of religious authority, religious practice, and religious speech.

The question of nationalism and migration has been shaping the political landscape in Europe for more than a decade, resulting in a nationalist upsurge. This volume places the current trajectories of people from Asia and Africa who flee from conditions such as oppression and conflict, and who are seeking refuge in Europe in a broader historical and comparative perspective. In so doing, it addresses past experiences in Europe with the role of religion in both producing and accommodating refugees, in the aftermath of the Peace of Westphalia, World War II, and in the context of the Cold War.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-03-222021-04-22
 Publication Status: Issued
 Pages: 352
 Publishing info: London : Bloomsbury
 Table of Contents: 1. Introduction Peter van der Veer (Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany)
Part I: Politics of Religious Plurality in Europe
2. War, Migration, and the Politics of Religious Diversity, Wayne te Brake (Purchase College, State University of New York, USA)
3. German Refugees and Refugees in Germany, Peter van der Veer (Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany)
Part II: People on the Move from Vietnam
4. Victims of Atheist Persecution.Transnational Catholic Solidarity and Refugee Protection in Cold War Asia, Phi Vân Nguyen (University of Saint-Boniface, Canada)
5. The Virgin Mary Became Asian: Diasporic Nationalism among Vietnamese Catholic Refugees in the US and Germany, Thien-Huong Ninh (Cosumnes River College, USA)
6. Refugees in the Land of Awes: Vietnamese Arrivals and Departures, Janet Hoskins (University of Southern California, USA)
7. In Search of a Vietnamese Buddhist Space in Germany, Tam Ngo (Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany & Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Nga Mai (Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany)
Part III: People on the Move in and from Africa
8. Are We an Elected People? Religion and the Everyday Experience of Young Congolese Refugees in Kampala, Alessandro Gusman (University of Turin, Italy)
9. The 'Conquering New Territory for Jesus?': The Transience and Local Presence of African Pentecostal Migrants in Morocco, Johara Berriane (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)
10. Ritual Space and Religious Practice: Young West African Muslims in Berlin, Germany, Abdoulaye Sounaye (Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, Germany)
Part IV: Political Spaces of Reception
11. Texts, Language and Religion in the Making of the Syriac Orthodox Communities in Europe, Heleen Murre van den Berg (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
12. Between Hope and Fear: Migrant 'Illegality' and Camp Life in Assam, India, Salah Punathil (Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany)
13. Accommodating Religious Diversity: Micro-Politics of Spatial Separation in German Refugees Accommodation Centres, Alexander Kenneth-Nagel (University of Göttingen, Germany)
14. Conversion through Destitution: Religion, Law and Doubt in the UK Asylum System, William Wheeler (University of Manchester, UK)
16. Afterword, Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
 Rev. Type: -
 Identifiers: ISBN: 978-1-350-16713-1
DOI: 10.5040/9781350167162
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