Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 25, Spring

A Christian Philosophical Perspective on Western Civilization
A CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVE ON WESTERN CIVILIZATION Emil Brunner, Christianity and Civilisation. Foundations and Specific Problems. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co. 2009.Key words: Christianity, civilization, man, humanism, crisis of modern...
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An Ethical Herstory of Giving Birth
AN ETHICAL HERSTORY OF GIVING BIRTH Mihaela Miroiu, Otilia Dragomir (eds.), Nasterea. Istorii traite (Giving Birth. Life-stories), Iasi: Polirom, 2010Key words: giving birth, life-stories, women, reproductive issues, feminism, ethicsOne can easily exaggerate...
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An Overview on W.S.F. Pickering's Study of Durkheim's Work
AN OVERVIEW ON W.S.F. PICKERING'S STUDY OF DURKHEIM'S WORK W.S.F. Pickering, Durkheim's Sociology of Religion. Themes and Theories, Cambridge: James Clarke & Co, 2009, 576 pagesKey Words: sociology, religion, the sacred, the profane, the social,...
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Arab Identity and Culture through Romanian Eyes
ARAB IDENTITY AND CULTURE THROUGH ROMANIAN EYES Nadia Anghelescu, Identitatea araba: istorie, limba, cultura. (Arab Identity: History, Language, Culture) Iasi: Polirom, 2009, 442 p.Keywords: Arab, Islam, culture, civilization, cultural identity, Bedouin,...
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Hermeneutics in Hasidism
Abstract: The present article argues that the Hasidic exegesis differs dramatically from most of the Kabbalistic schools that preceded it. Symbolic exegesis based upon the importance of a theosophical understanding of divinity was relegated to the margin....
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Holy Stigmata, Anorexia and Self-Mutilation: Parallels in Pain and Imagining
Abstract: This paper explores the comparative dynamics of self-mutilation among young, contemporary, female self-cutters, and the holy stigmatics of the Middle Ages. It addresses the types of personalities that engage in self-mutilation and how some...
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Mircea Eliade and the Quest for Religious Meaning
Abstract: As Mircea Eliade's translator and biographer Mac Linscott Ricketts states, Eliade involved the whole discipline of the history of religions in the quest for meaning. The paper examines Eliade's approach of religious documents, with benefits...
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Philosophy and the Labor Market in Romania
Abstract: One of the problems the institutional crisis of philosophy is facing in Romania is the difficulty of philosophy graduates to find a suitable place on the complex labor market. The article attempts to elucidate whether philosophy graduates subsequently...
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Quantitative Approaches to the Religious Phenomenon
QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES TO THE RELIGIOUS PHENOMENON Claudiu Herteliu, Metode cantitative În studiul fenomenului religios (Quantitative Methods in the Study of Religious Phenomena), (Cluj-Napoca: Ed. Napoca Star, 2009), 227 pKey words: quantitative methods...
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The Deterritorialization of Human Rights
Abstract: The jurisdiction of Human Rights finds itself in a paradoxical situation for, on the one hand, these rights are affirmed as universal and, on the other, they emerged from within the boundaries of certain determinate states. That is why Western...
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The Essential Trojan Horse
THE ESSENTIAL TROJAN HORSE Calin Lucaci, Spatiul-imagine. Ontologia spatiului În arta plastica, (Space-Image. The Ontology of Space in Fine Art) Cluj: Provopress, 2009.Key words: art, space, philosophy of art, image, ontology, Calin LucaciFollowing the...
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The New Challenge of Old Things
THE NEW CHALLENGE OF OLD THINGS Nicu Gavriluta, Antropologie sociala si culturala (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Iasi: Polirom, 2009 (282 p.)Key words: general anthropology, mythical structures, primitive culture, otherness, difference, multiculturalism,...
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Tribalism, Islamism, Leadership and the Assabiyyas
Abstract: This paper puts Assabiyya into its contextual paradigms related to leadership in the Islamic world. The different trajectories of elitist patterns of leadership in the Islamic world are elucidated, with their tendency to generate Islamist sentiments...
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Westernization as Cultural Trauma: Egyptian Radical Islamist Discourse on Religious Education
Abstract: In this article, the relation between the Westernization experience and the radical Islamists reaction in Egypt is examined. It is argued that it is necessary to focus on the historical imagination of Westernization to understand the Egyptian...
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Young Believers or Secular Citizens? an Exploratory Study of the Influence of Religion on Political Attitudes and Participation in Romanian High-School Students
Abstract: In this paper, I explore the effects of religious denomination and patterns of church-going on the construction of political values for high-school students. I argue that religion plays a role in the formation of political attitudes among teenagers...
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Yukio Mishima: Thymos between Aesthetics and Ideological Fanaticism
Abstract: This study attempts to explore the possible motivations, both obvious and problematic, behind the ritual suicide (seppuku) committed by the Japanese writer in the name of the Emperor at the Eastern Headquarters of Japan's Self-Defense Forces...
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