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Heinrich Blücher on Laozi (Mystic Weber)

02.05.2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

There is a strange and largely unnoticed return of Orientalism into the social-scientific debate. The anti-rationalist turn against what often is perceived to be a continued stranglehold of Cartesian mind-body dualism now often seeks to ally itself with ‘Eastern thought’. The most startling precedent of poststructuralist Orientalism of course is to be found in Gilles ...

Consumerism as Folk Religion?

06.07.2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

[presentation at the workshop “Critiques of Capitalism: Christian and Muslim Voices“, Exeter 2nd and 3rd June 2014] When talking about consumerism in the context of religion and critiques of capitalism, the standard approach is to portray it as some sort of adoration of a golden calf. Both theologians and critical social scientists are quick to ...

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emotional weber

12.02.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Max Weber has, again and again, been built up as main example for how modern sociology is rationalistic and works on a strict Cartesian mind/body dualism. And of course – if you seek to demonstrate how your new theory goes beyond the sociological tradition which from the start has ignored the body, non-human agency, emotions ...

Sufi Ethics and the Spirits of Consumerism – A Preliminary Suggestion

08.13.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

just out in Marketing Theory pre-published open access version pdf available here abstract In this speculative comment I will suggest that, in analogy with Colin Campbell’s argument regarding the Romantic Ethic and the spirit of modern consumerism, there is prima facie evidence that there is also an elective affinity between Sufi-infused Islamic religiosity and the emergent Muslim consumerisms, ...

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Le nez rouge de Durkheim

02.15.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

It’s Red Nose Day again soon  – which comes as a reminder of just how closely the quasi-religious culture of celebrity and consumer sainthood and the discourse of humanitarianism and human rights are interlinked (see Goodman 2009). In an earlier post I have suggested that we can see the discourse of human rights as quasi-theological ...

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Futuwwah and the value of a penny

02.04.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

When talking about a “Sufi ethics” which can be seen as impacting on more than just the committed practitioners, i.e. members of Sufi orders and individual wandering dervishes, one can’t get round Ibn al-Husayn as-Sulami’s collection of moral rules in what has been translated as The Book of Sufi Chivalry, (al Sulami 1983)the 312/1021 written ...

Names, Mystics, and Consumer Immortality

09.21.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

(updated 9th November 2012) Daniel Smith has an interesting piece on vlogging celebrity in which the issue of subjectivity fetishism and, related to this, how what’s in name is quite important in terms how we construct selfhood. I have already put down some of my thoughts about the implications of the subjectivity fetish, referring to ...

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Commerce of the Soul – a Mevlevi line

09.11.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

The following is a line from the small Turkish section of the Rebâbnâme of the sufi poet Sultan Veled (son of Mevlânâ), followed by my feeble attempt at transliteration and E. J. W. Gibb’s translation: كندوزندن يوز صورت بر جان الر *  شهر الر بازار الر دكان الر (Gibb 1909: 2) Kendüzinden yüz surat bir ...

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Is the Cult of Health our New Religion?

05.24.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Here’s my answer Health may well have become “our new salvation” (Williams 1998: 440), which we try to achieve through consumerist rituals that are imbued with magical powers. In this respect the healthy body has indeed become a major new religious territory. But there are important differences to traditional religiosity. The new consumerist self-religiosity of ...

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“Islamification” again…

01.10.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

The paranoid myth of the “Islamisation of Europe” is easy to debunk, but doesn’t seem to go away nonetheless. Normally being the anti-Muslim bigots’ favourite fixed idea, it’s the Independent’s turn to talk, rather unhelpfully, about the “Islamification of Britain” – and this time it’s not as usual about immigration and absurdly misrepresented Muslim birth ...

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