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Tschacher, Torsten:


Race, religion, and the "Indian Muslim" predicament in Singapore / Torsten Tschacher. - First published. - London and New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. - xi, 242 Seiten : Illustrationen, Diagramme (Routledge studies on Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia ; 3) Includes bibliographical references and index.


INHALT: "Indian Muslims form the largest ethnic minority within Singapore's otherwise largely Malay Muslim community. Despite its size and historic importance, however, Singaporean Indian Muslims have received little attention by scholarship and have also felt side-lined by Singapore's Malay-dominated Muslim institutions. Since the 1980s, demands for a better representation of Indian Muslims and access to religious services have intensified, while there has been a concomitant debate over who has the right to speak for Indian Muslims. This book traces the negotiations and contestations over Indian Muslim difference in Singapore and examines the conditions that have given rise to these debates. Despite considerable differences existing within the putative Indian Muslim community, the way this community is imagined is surprisingly uniform. Through discussions of the importance of ethnic difference for social and religious divisions among Singaporean Indian Muslims, the role of 'culture' and 'race' in debates about popular religion, the invocation of language and history in negotiations with the wider Malay-Muslim context, and the institutional setting in which contestations of Indian Muslim difference take place, this book argues that these debates emerge from the structural tensions resulting from the intersection of race and religion in the public organization of Islam in Singapore"--.


ISBN 978-1-138-23590-8



Singapur / Tamilen / Muslim / Ethnizität East Indians / Singapore ; Tamil (Indic people) / Singapore ; Muslims / Singapore ; East Indians ; Muslims ; Race relations ; Religion ; Tamil (Indic people) ; Singapore / Race relations ; Singapore / Religion / Singapore (LoC Subject Headings)


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Veröffentlicht am 27 Feb 2018
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Langenberg, Amy Paris  

Birth in Buddhism : the suffering fetus and female freedom / Amy Paris Langenberg. - London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. - xii, 210 Seiten (Routledge critical studies in Buddhism) Includes bibliographical references and index.

Recent decades have seen a groundswell in the Buddhist world, a transnational agitation for better opportunities for Buddhist women. Many of the main players in the transnational nuns movement self-identify as feminists but other participants in this movement may not know or use the language of feminism. In fact, many ordained Buddhist women say they seek higher ordination so that they might be better Buddhist practitioners, not for the sake of gender equality. Eschewing the backward projection of secular liberal feminist categories, this book describes the basic features of the Buddhist discourse of the female body, held more or less in common across sectarian lines, and still pertinent to ordained Buddhist women today. The textual focus of the study is an early-first-millennium Sanskrit Buddhist work, "Descent into the Womb scripture" or Garbhavakranti-sutra. Drawing out the implications of this text, the author offers innovative arguments about the significance of childbirth and fertility in Buddhism, namely that birth is a master metaphor in Indian Buddhism; that Buddhist gender constructions are centrally shaped by Buddhist birth discourse; and that, by undermining the religious importance of female fertility, the Buddhist construction of an inauspicious, chronically impure, and disgusting femininity constituted a portal to a new, liberated, feminine life for Buddhist monastic women.
ISBN 978-1-138-20123-1


Mahajana / Befruchtung / Schwangerschaft / Geburt / Buddhismus / Geburt / Leid / Garbhavakrantisutra

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Veröffentlicht am 20 Feb 2018

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