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ANT356- Week 5 Lecture 5- Spiritual Economies, Economic Theologies • With today’s reading we can see the topics of neoliberal capitalist economies • Islam becomes and extremely important source • Background info on key contacts being discussed and timeframe, the earliest example is from Turkey and how Turkey will become like Iran • Navaro-Yashin is a Turkish Jew who left turkey to come to the states Themes and Questions Explored today • What is the relationship between economy and religion?  Religion is being commodified and used in a consumer context  Imposes fear in a sense  Modern religions adapt to changes in the economy, articles talk about how religion sort of adapts to privatization and individualizing of the economy by providing a subjective experience which allows people to answer the question of who am I in this world  One can talk about economy and religion in separate ways however they do tend to intersect on some level  Religion prevents some economic developments  Economy or material relationships are tainting or polluting certain religious ideas • What is the relationship between Islam and modernity?  Modernity is a complex and multidimensional phenomenon rather than a unified and coherent phenomenon. It has historically had different schools of thought moving in many directions • What is the anthropology of Islam and what is the object of investigation?  The idea of pluralism in Islam centers on three main issues: syncretism in religious practice, the intrinsic ability of Islam to adapt to the various cultures it comes in contact with, and religious freedom for religious minorities in
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