The Forgotten Schools: The Baha'is and Modern Education in by Soli Shahvar

By Soli Shahvar

By way of the top of the 19th century, it grew to become obtrusive to Iran's ruling Qajar elite that the state’s contribution to the promoting of contemporary schooling within the kingdom used to be not able to satisfy the starting to be expectancies set through Iranian society. Muzaffar al-Din Shah sought to therapy this example by way of allowing the access of the non-public area into the sphere of recent schooling and in 1899 the 1st Baha’i college used to be demonstrated in Tehran. by means of the Nineteen Thirties there have been dozens of Baha’i colleges. Their excessive criteria of schooling drew many non-Baha’i scholars, from all sections of society. the following Soli Shahvar assesses those "forgotten faculties" and investigates why they proved so well known not just with Baha’is, yet Zoroastrians, Jews and particularly Muslims. Shahvar explains why they have been closed via the reformist Reza Shah within the past due Nineteen Thirties and the next fragility of the Baha’is place in Iran.

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Nation Dance: Religion, Identity and Cultural Difference in by Patrick Taylor

By Patrick Taylor

Country DanceReligion, id, and Cultural distinction within the CaribbeanEdited via Patrick TaylorAddresses the interaction of numerous religious, non secular, and cultural traditions around the Caribbean.Dealing with the continuing interplay of wealthy and different cultural traditions from Cuba and Jamaica to Guyana and Surinam, kingdom Dance addresses a few of the significant modern matters within the research of Caribbean faith and identification. The book's 3 sections flow from a spotlight on spirituality and therapeutic, to theology in social and political context, and directly to questions of identification and diaspora. The booklet starts with the voices of lady practitioners after which deals a large, interdisciplinary exam of Caribbean faith and tradition. Afro-Caribbean religions, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are all addressed, with particular reflections on Santer?a, Palo Monte, Vodou, Winti, Obeah, Kali Mai, Orisha paintings, non secular Baptist religion, Spiritualism, Rastafari, Confucianism, Congregationalism, Pentecostalism, Catholicism, and liberation theology. a few essays are in response to fieldwork, archival examine, and textual or linguistic research, whereas others are taken with methodological or theoretical concerns. participants contain practitioners and students, a few very verified within the box, others with clean, new ways; them all come from the quarter or have performed broad fieldwork or study there. In those essays the poetic power of the practitioner's voice meets the attentive dedication of the postcolonial student in a dance of "nations" around the waters.Patrick Taylor, affiliate Professor within the department of Humanities and within the Graduate Programme in Social and Political concept at York collage, Toronto, is previous Deputy Director of the Centre for study on Latin the United States and the Caribbean and Editor-in-Chief of the Caribbean Religions venture. He is writer of The Narrative of Liberation: views on Afro-Caribbean Literature, pop culture and Politics and co-editor of Forging Identities and styles of improvement in Latin the United States and the Caribbean. His articles have seemed in Callaloo, reviews in faith, and different scholarly journals and books.May 2001224 pages, 1 b&w picture, 1 map, 6 1/8 x nine 1/4, bibl., indexcloth 0-253-33835-2 $39.95 L / ?30.50paper 0-253-21431-9 $18.95 s / ?14.50 books.ContentsAcknowledgmentsDancing the state: An Introduction,Patrick TaylorI. Spirituality, therapeutic and the DivineAcross the Waters: Practitioners communicate, Eva Fernandez, Yvonne B. Drakes, and Deloris SeiverightHow we could Sing the Lord's tune in a wierd Land? developing the Divine in Caribbean Contexts, Althea PrinceCommunicating with our Gods: The Language of Winti, Petronella BreinburgThe Intersemiotics of Obeah and Kali Mai in Guyana, Frederick Ivor CaseReligions of African beginning in Cuba: A Gender standpoint, Mar?a Margarita Castro FloresII. Theology, Society and PoliticsSheba's music: The Bible, the Kebra Nagast and the Rastafari, Patrick TaylorThemes from West Indian Church historical past in Colonial and Post-Colonial occasions, Arthur C. DayfootCongregationalism and Afro-Guyanese Autonomy, Juanita de BarrosEden after Eve: Christian Fundamentalism and ladies in Barbados, Judith SoaresCurrent Evolution of kinfolk among faith and Politics in Haiti, La?nnec HurbonIII. faith, id, and DiasporaJamaican Diasporic identification: The Metaphor of Yaad, Barry ChevannesIdentity, Personhood and faith in Caribbean Context, Abrahim H. KhanSanfanc?n: Orientalism, Self-Orientalization, and "Chinese faith" in Cuba, Frank F. SchererThe Diasporic Mo(ve)ment: Indentureship and Indo-Caribbean id, Sean Lokaisingh-MeighooCaribbean Religions: a particular Bibliography

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The Self Possessed: Deity and Spirit Possession in South by Frederick Smith

By Frederick Smith

The Self Possessed is a multifaceted, diachronic examine reconsidering the very nature of faith in South Asia, the end result of years of in depth study. Frederick M. Smith proposes that confident oracular or ecstatic ownership is the commonest type of non secular expression in India, and that it's been linguistically distinct from damaging, disease-producing ownership for hundreds of thousands of years.In South Asia ownership has continually been broader and extra assorted than within the West, the place it's been virtually fullyyt characterised as "demonic." At most sensible, spirit ownership has been considered as a medically treatable mental affliction and at worst, as a that calls for exorcism or punishment. In South (and East) Asia, ecstatic or oracular ownership has been extensively practiced all through historical past, occupying a place of admire in early and up to date Hinduism and in convinced types of Buddhism.Smith analyzes Indic literature from all ages-the earliest Vedic texts; the Mahabharata; Buddhist, Jain, Yogic, Ayurvedic, and Tantric texts; Hindu devotional literature; Sanskrit drama and narrative literature; and greater than 100 ethnographies. He identifies numerous types of ownership, together with pageant, initiatory, oracular, and devotional, and demonstrates their multivocality inside a variety of sects and non secular identities. ownership is usual between either women and men and is practiced by means of individuals of all social and caste strata. Smith theorizes on notions of embodiment, disembodiment, selfhood, own id, and different key concerns throughout the prism of ownership, redefining the connection among Sanskritic and vernacular tradition and among elite and renowned faith. Smith's research is usually comparative, introducing enormous fabric from Tibet, classical China, sleek the United States, and elsewhere.Brilliant and persuasive, The Self Possessed presents cautious new translations of infrequent fabric and is the main accomplished research in any language in this topic. (127.3)

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The Key to Solomon's Key: Secrets of Magic and Masonry by Lon Milo DuQuette

By Lon Milo DuQuette

Sketching out a desirable community of ancient figures, cults, and Christendom, this publication by way of an occult-studies professional and revered authority on magic and sorcery takes Western religious traditions seriously—but examines them with good judgment and self-effacing humor. operating backward from the Freemasons to 1 in their unique orders, the 14th-century Knights Templar, the account considers sorcery, heresy, and intrigues; explores the legend that the Knights possessed a strong mystery harmful to the Church of Rome; and reveals a vital clue to the order's practices of their connection to the biblical Solomon, king of Israel within the tenth century BC.

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Freemasons for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp

By Christopher Hodapp

Thinking about Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is the the world over bestselling creation to the Masons, the oldest and biggest «secret society» on the earth. This balanced, eye-opening consultant demystifies Freemasonry, explaining every little thing from its complicated rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings. With new and better content material, together with up-to-date examples and references all through, this re-creation of Freemasons For Dummies offers the most simple, non-intimidating advisor to the topic out there. - up to date specialist assurance of the fundamental ideals and philosophy at the back of Freemasonry - Revised info at the background of the society, together with updates bearing on its founding, recognized old individuals, and pivotal occasions - New insurance dedicated to the new inflow of more youthful club - the most recent and ongoing controversies and myths surrounding Freemasonry - The position of ladies in a Masonic association, together with possibilities for ladies to take part in Freemasonry - the consequences cultural and political adjustments and world wide occasions are having at the association If youre intrigued by means of the secret that surrounds the Masons, prepare to profit the proof approximately this old order in Freemasons For Dummies.

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