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Antagonistic Tolerance: Competitive Sharing of Religious by Robert M. Hayden, Aykan Erdemir, Tuğba Tanyeri-Erdemir,

By Robert M. Hayden, Aykan Erdemir, Tuğba Tanyeri-Erdemir, Timothy D. Walker, Devika Rangachari, Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, Enrique López-Hurtado, Milica Bakić-Hayden

 Antagonistic Tolerance examines styles of coexistence and clash among individuals of alternative non secular groups, utilizing multidisciplinary learn to investigate teams who've peacefully intermingled for generations, and who can have constructed features of syncretism of their spiritual practices, and but have became violently on one another. Such groups outline themselves as separate peoples, with diversified and infrequently competing pursuits, but their interplay is generally peaceful supplied the dominance of 1 workforce is apparent. the most important indicator of dominance is keep an eye on over important non secular websites, that may be tacitly shared for lengthy classes, yet later contested or even switched over as dominance alterations. via concentrating on those shared and contested websites, this quantity makes it possible for a much wider realizing of family among those groups.

Using more than a few ethnographic, old and archaeological info from the Balkans, India, Mexico, Peru, Portugal and Turkey, Antagonistic Tolerance develops a comparative version of the aggressive sharing and transformation of non secular websites. those reviews should not regarded as remoted instances, yet are as an alternative woven right into a unified analytical framework and is the reason how long term peaceable interactions among non secular groups can flip conflictual or even bring about ethnic cleansing.

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While we have obviously gained in breadth of comparisons, in terms of the wide range of cases that we have analyzed, what is much more important is that, by being so thoroughly interactive, we have been able to overcome the selflimiting aspects of our various disciplinary and area studies literatures. This does not mean that we have abandoned any of our fields of expertise; rather, in bringing new perspectives into them we have been able not only to make some original observations but also to see aspects of even previously well-studied field sites that are in plain sight yet have escaped scholarly notice.

In fact, much of our work is oriented towards analyzing how and when such extra-local ties are invoked. In our view, understanding shared sacred sites, or sacra, requires considering these connections between local practitioners of any religion and the wider communities of coreligionists linked to them. One group is composed of people, both local and non-local in origin, who regard this particular site or practice as sacred – although often they consider it sacred for different reasons, such as that the saint in the tomb is a Muslim, or that he is a Hindu, or a Christian.

At the same time, antagonistic relations are oppositional, and that is what we see in the kinds of intergroup relations we have analyzed. Still, we recognize that the term “antagonistic” has been often misread as indicating hatred or violence, and note with concern that one recent author, while endorsing the AT model as applicable to her own study of Muslim–Christian syncretism in contemporary Bulgaria, expressed a desire that we had used the term “agonistic” rather than “antagonistic” (Lubanska 2015).

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