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Adams Bodomo and Enyu Ma

many factors that help shape community formation, but in this paper we focus on the role of food and food-making places in this process of community formation in the context of the African Diaspora in China. We focus on two settlements, Guangzhou in Guangdong province and Yiwu in Zhejiang province, two

Ron Geaves

RELIGION AND ETHNICITY: COMMUNITY FORMATION IN THE BRITISH ALEVI COMMUNITY R ON G EAVES Summary The article explores the Alevi community, a little-studied Muslim-in uenced heterogeneous religious tradition whose roots are in Eastern Turkey, and provides recent Ž eldwork of the Alevi presence

Henk de Roest

congregations would have strengthened the research. It would also have opened up venues for participatory and action research when it came to ecclesial community formation. 3.3 Questioning Methods in Practical Ecclesiology So then, should not we question methods in practical ecclesiology? Can we

Eithne B. Carlin

Overview of the Trio language. Brings together both extralinguistic factors, such as historical, economic, sociological and cultural factors that have and still contribute to the present-day status of the Trio Amerindians and their language and internal sociolinguistic factors, that is, factors that influence the choice of what the Trio speak to whom, how, and when. Shows that Trio sociolinguistically-speaking is in a strong position.

From Qumran to the Yaḥad

A New Paradigm of Textual Development for The Community Rule


Alison Schofield

Since the discovery of the Cave 4 versions of The Community Rule (Serekh ha-Yaḥad or S), scholars have been perplexed about its complex textual history. This important charter material for the Dead Sea Scrolls’ authors appears in alternate versions—ones with contradictory legal prescriptions and opposing self-references—but exhibits no clear order of chronological development. Benefitting from the entire Qumran library now available to us, this book offers a new, broader model for reading S that better accounts for the long and diverse history behind the text. The resulting paradigm challenges the Qumrancentric lens through which many read the “sectarian texts” and offers a fresh way of thinking about sectarian community formation among the authors of the Scrolls.


Edited by Jonathan Strom

Pietist movements challenged traditional forms of religious community, group formation, and ecclesiology. Where many older accounts have emphasized the individual and subjective nature of Pietists to the exclusion of community, one of the hallmarks of Pietism has been the creation of groups and experimentation with new forms of religious association and sociality. The essays presented here reflect the diverse ways in which Pietists struggled with the tension between the separation from the “world” and the formation of new communities from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century in Europe and North America. Presenting a range of methodological perspectives, the authors explore the processes of community formation, the function of communicative networks, and the diversity of Pietist communities within the context of early modern religious and cultural history.

Religious History and Culture Series – Volume 4

Subseries Editors: Joris van Eijnatten & Fred van Lieburg

Myth in History, History in Myth

Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the Society for Netherlandic History (New York: June 5-6, 2006)


Edited by Laura Cruz and Willem Frijhoff

In 1975, a group of Dutch and British scholars published a conference volume of collected essays entitled Some Political Mythologies. That conference sought to examine the political myth as an object of historical study, particularly in the context of the tumultuous and exceptional history of the Low Countries. Thirty years later, a more diverse group of scholars gathered to re-examine the history of Dutch myth-making in light of developments in theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the role of myths in national identity, moral geography, and community formation. The results of their efforts appear in this volume, Myth in History: History in Myth. The essays cover developments in history, anthropology, cartography, philosophy, art history, and literature as they pertain to how the Dutch historically perceived these myths and how the myths have been treated by previous generations of historians.