50 research outputs found


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     The lack of research related to the potential for tourist attraction of Tunda Island from natural, artificial, cultural, and various other aspects based on existing conditions, is the urgency of this research. Tourist visits that are still fluctuating require special attention from the Serang Regency Government to optimize development. Therefore, this study's purpose is to identify the existing conditions and tourism potential of Tunda Island. Thus it can become a guideline for decision-making related to the tourism development in Tunda Island in the future. This research used qualitative research methods with a case study design. By purposive sampling, informants who are the community and tourism managers of Tunda Island were selected for in-depth interviews. The proportion of the results of this study was also more inclined to the field observations to achieve the research objectives. Secondary data came from literature studies related to previous research and also document studies from data to Tunda Island. The results showed that the potential of Tunda Island as a tourist attraction has the opportunity or the potential for natural or marine tourism. However, the potential cultural tourism attractions, both tangible and intangible, also need to be packaged and raised as a tourist attraction based on local potential. Also found in the potential for an artificial tourist attraction that can support tourism on Tunda Island. In the end, the results of this study expected to become input for the Serang Regency Government and other stakeholders to develop tourism activities that are relevant and able to integrate cultural, natural, and artificial tourism attractions.   &nbsp

    Hearing the Voice From the Veil. An Ethnographic Inquiry Into the Mourning For Lady Zainab By Toronto Shiites

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    The religious flux experienced by Indo-Pakistani Shiites in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) raises insightful questions about how and why their lamentation assemblies are modified. Although the martyrdom of Hussain and his companions at the siege of Karbala has an existential importance to Shiite mourning, a premium is also placed on the narrative of Lady Zaynab, the first granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad. I use the veneration of Zaynab as my guide into explaining ritual change within this Shiite diaspora. Zaynab was Hussain’s comrade in spirit and, in the absence of Zaynab, Hussain’s resistance was futile – her strength of mind, compassion and dedication make her the cornerstone of Shiite belief and the driving force behind the panorama of Shiite mourning rituals and assemblies. These mourning rituals are discussed through my participation in them during my formative years in Dubai, the strict formulae to our mourning and the socioeconomic, political circumstances within which our mourning transpired. Through the authoritative discourses that mediated our mourning, I highlight the ritual change I unexpectedly witnessed upon migrating to the Greater Toronto Area, how it is received by the elder members of the Shiite diaspora and the fluid interpretations of Shiite mourning within the context of ritual theory, identity and diaspora

    Phenomenon of dancing culture of the Uighur people

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    Abstract. In this article examines and studies the features of Uighur dancing art which at early stages of historical development represented the vast syncretic sight: shaman dancing, Buddhist temple performances. On the basis of historical, linguistic, ethnographic, and archaeological data we assume to conclude that the Uighur people are the composition of two ethnic substrates: the ancient settled population of East Turkestan and the nomadic OrhonYenisei Uighurs who have finally settled in this territory after fall of the Uighur khaganate. In this regard, the dancing traditions of two cultures are studied. The dancing culture of Uighurs in the period of Islamic ideology is presented. Interference of musical and dancing culture of the people of the East and Uighurs is investigated. Dances which could not live up to our days and that entered traditional heritage of dancing art are presented

    'Raise your voices and kill your animals': Islamic discourses on the Idd el-Hajj and Sacrifices in Tanga (Tanzania) ; authoritative texts, ritual practices and social identities

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    This research analyses how groups of people in Tanga discursively construct Islam by animal slaughter. Central to the project are the sometimes conflicting tendencies of grounding ritual practice in authoritative texts and constructing ethnic, social, and religious identity through ritual practices. The discourse on and the practice of daily animal slaughter at the abattoir, sacrifice as part of the annual hajj, the slaughter of sheep after the birth or death of a child, and the Swahili New Year sacrifice all reproduce assumptions of what Islam and Islamic behaviour should be

    The Virgin Mary across Cultures

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    This book examines women’s relationship to the Virgin Mary in two different cultural and religious contexts, and compares how these relationships have been analyzed and explained on a theological and a sociological level. The figure of the Virgin Mary is a divisive one in our modern culture. To some, she appears to be a symbol of religious oppression, while to others, she is a constant comfort and even an inspiration towards empowerment. Drawing on the author’s own ethnographic research among Catholic Costa Rican women and Orthodox Finnish women, this study relates their experiences with Mary to the folklore and popular religion materials present in each culture. The book combines not only different social and religious frameworks but also takes a critical look at ways in which feminists have (mis)interpreted the meaning of Mary for women. It therefore combines theological and ethnographic methods in order to create a feminist Marian theology that is particularly attentive to women’s lived religious practices and theological thinking. This study provides a unique ethnographically informed insight into women’s religious interactions with Mary. As such, it will be of great interest to those researching in religious studies and theology, gender studies, Latin American studies, anthropology of religion, and folklore studies

    Volume 6 Number 1 — Power, Authority, and Leadership: African and Christian

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    Politics, feasts, festivals

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    Scholastic Traditional Minimalism: A Critical Analysis of Intra-Sunni Sectarian Polemics

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    This thesis is an analytical exploration of the influence of medieval theology on contemporary scholastic traditionalist polemics within Sunni Islam. Intra-Sunni sectarian polemics as an emerging area of study is relatively untouched as opposed to sectarian violence. A detailed mapping of the theological terrain from the genesis of Sunni ‘orthodoxy’ and the perennial tensions within the classical theological tradition and how they have manifested parochially into the contemporary scholastic traditionalist trends of the Barelwi, Deobandi, Ahl-i-កadÄ«th and WahhābÄ« within the backdrop of the Sufi-Salafi contestation of Sunni authenticity is timely. Concern regarding growing extremism prompted Muslim Ulama, academics and political leaders to create unity initiatives such as the Amman Message and the Sunni Pledge in dealing with this problem and also delineating ‘orthodoxy’. The theological basis for these neo-credos can be explained as doctrinal ‘minimalism’. Minimalism is a growing social construction of scholastic traditionalists through which the warring factions are attempting to salvage the historical continuity with ‘orthodoxy’ and placate Sunni infighting. The thesis aims to examine the theological veracity of the minimalism project and explore its doctrinal, methodological and ethical facets. Polemicism and excommunication is the current state of affairs within Sunni theological discourse. Minimalism is deemed as the antidote to this problem