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Faces of the Wolf

Managing the Human, Non-human Boundary in Mongolia


Bernard Charlier

In his study of the human, non-human relationships in Mongolia, Bernard Charlier explores the role of the wolf in the ways nomadic herders relate to their natural environment and to themselves. The wolf, as the enemy of the herds and a prestigious prey, is at the core of two technical relationships, herding and hunting, endowed with particular cosmological ideas. The study of these relationships casts a new light on the ways herders perceive and relate to domestic and wild animals. It convincingly undermines any attempt to consider humans and non-humans as entities belonging a priori to autonomous spheres of existence, which would reify the nature-society boundary into a phenomenal order of things and so justify the identity of western epistemology.


Edited by Garrett L. Washington

This edited volume explores the complex roles that Christian ideas and institutions played in the construction of modern womanhood in East Asia. While contributing to gender dynamics that disprivileged women in China, Japan, and Korea, Christianity was also instrumental in women’s efforts to empower themselves and participate in the public sphere. Many literate East Asian women mobilized Christian beliefs, knowledge, institutions, and networks to raise the profile of “The Woman Question,” frame the contours of the related debate, and craft original responses. These chapters examine East Asian women who were markedly influenced by Christianity as students, trainees, educators, professionals, and activists. Using their increased visibility and resources, they addressed the dilemmas and promises of modernity for women in their countries.


Astrid Meier

be sold and bought as any other? 7 The answer might seem obvious when the question is put this bluntly. Nevertheless, it raises other questions regarding religious obligations, knowledge, and the articulations of subjectivity in Islamic contexts. If thawāb was a commodity, what would this mean for


Francesca Bellino

emergence of new intellectual groups and forms of subjectivities; 5 the change in approach towards knowledge and science; 6 the introduction of new teaching techniques at an academic level; 7 the rise in forms of ego-identity ; 8 the progressively more significant role of fictionality in storytelling

Fenggang Yang and J. E. E. Pettit

’s side and descend to earth, forgetting their divine origin. The evangelistic urgency in Yiguandao is the need to awaken the Eternal Mother’s Buddha children before the coming apocalypse. 1 Lee, The Subjective Truths in the Holy Scriptures , 58. 2 Chinese Christian Research Centre, China Prayer Letter

Gansten, Martin

While the high degree of selection necessary in an overview of notable modern Hindu astrologers can never entirely escape the charge of subjectivity, the writers and practitioners discussed below have been selected on the combined grounds of the quantity and quality of their output