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Unformatted text preview: Today’s Music Intro ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ by Bluegrass Brethren Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus going on before. Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; Forward into battle see His banners go! ‘Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho’ by LaTonya Peoples Joshua fit the battle of Jericho And the walls came tumbling down. 500 word essay due Friday, Aug 21 2 to 5 references max No lectures or tutorials next week! Colonial Religions ANTH1102, August 13, 2009 John Gordon 6488-2067 john.gordon@uwa.edu.au Islam & Christianity: origins in Middle East Similarity to Judaism: monotheistic, 10 commandments, stories of prophets Holy books: Torah, Bible, Koran (Qur’an) Buddhism, Christianity, Islam Founded by charismatic leaders Universal (world) religions Traditional (local) religions Characteristics of World Religions Rationalised not piecemeal Transcendental (a life more perfect beyond the human) Capacity to transform To remake the world More abstract & logically coherent Have holy texts Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ Charisma: in the eye of the beholder Christianity: rapid spread through Roman Empire after Constantine gave state patronage in 313 AD Spread beyond Europe, ME & No. Africa during colonial period Islam spread by military conquest From Spain to India Ummah (Islamic community) Became stronger after loss of political power Islam symbol of opposition to colonialism Conversion process Christianity: missionaries (convert chiefs) Following local leaders who had converted Islam: King converts (rajah -> sultan) Islam: hajji, pilgrimage to Mecca Syncretism Javanese wayang (shadow puppets) Dalang: puppet master Mel Tari & the Timor Miracle Religious revival Reaction to the modern & a form of opposition Islamic fundamentalism: purification, renewal & rejection of West Religion gives meaning to life ...
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