Spiritual Economies

Spiritual Economies reveals how capitalism and religion are converging in Indonesia and other parts of the developing and developed world.

Author: Daromir Rudnyckyj

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801462313

Category: Social Science

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In Europe and North America Muslims are often represented in conflict with modernity—but what could be more modern than motivational programs that represent Islamic practice as conducive to business success and personal growth? Daromir Rudnyckyj's innovative and surprising book challenges widespread assumptions about contemporary Islam by showing how moderate Muslims in Southeast Asia are reinterpreting Islam not to reject modernity but to create a "spiritual economy" consisting of practices conducive to globalization. Drawing on more than two years of research in Indonesia, most of which took place at state-owned Krakatau Steel, Rudnyckyj shows how self-styled "spiritual reformers" seek to enhance the Islamic piety of workers across Southeast Asia and beyond. Deploying vivid description and a keen ethnographic sensibility, Rudnyckyj depicts a program called Emotional and Spiritual Quotient (ESQ) training that reconfigures Islamic practice and history to make the religion compatible with principles for corporate success found in Euro-American management texts, self-help manuals, and life-coaching sessions. The prophet Muhammad is represented as a model for a corporate CEO and the five pillars of Islam as directives for self-discipline, personal responsibility, and achieving "win-win" solutions. Spiritual Economies reveals how capitalism and religion are converging in Indonesia and other parts of the developing and developed world. Rudnyckyj offers an alternative to the commonly held view that religious practice serves as a refuge from or means of resistance against modernization and neoliberalism. Moreover, his innovative approach charts new avenues for future research on globalization, religion, and the predicaments of modern life.

Spiritual Economies

The afterlife of development is neoliberal because it entails the introduction of economic rationality and ... In Indonesia, proponents of developing faith sought to bring about this change by creating a spiritual economy and governing ...

Author: Daromir Rudnyckyj

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801462304

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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In Europe and North America Muslims are often represented in conflict with modernity—but what could be more modern than motivational programs that represent Islamic practice as conducive to business success and personal growth? Daromir Rudnyckyj's innovative and surprising book challenges widespread assumptions about contemporary Islam by showing how moderate Muslims in Southeast Asia are reinterpreting Islam not to reject modernity but to create a "spiritual economy" consisting of practices conducive to globalization. Drawing on more than two years of research in Indonesia, most of which took place at state-owned Krakatau Steel, Rudnyckyj shows how self-styled "spiritual reformers" seek to enhance the Islamic piety of workers across Southeast Asia and beyond. Deploying vivid description and a keen ethnographic sensibility, Rudnyckyj depicts a program called Emotional and Spiritual Quotient (ESQ) training that reconfigures Islamic practice and history to make the religion compatible with principles for corporate success found in Euro-American management texts, self-help manuals, and life-coaching sessions. The prophet Muhammad is represented as a model for a corporate CEO and the five pillars of Islam as directives for self-discipline, personal responsibility, and achieving "win-win" solutions. Spiritual Economies reveals how capitalism and religion are converging in Indonesia and other parts of the developing and developed world. Rudnyckyj offers an alternative to the commonly held view that religious practice serves as a refuge from or means of resistance against modernization and neoliberalism. Moreover, his innovative approach charts new avenues for future research on globalization, religion, and the predicaments of modern life.

Spiritual Economies

8“ Such parallels help elucidate the dangers female spirituality could, when not properly contained, ... Joans judges then bring her purported improper participation in the spiritual economy into the equation, accusing her of trading on ...

Author: Nancy Bradley Warren

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812204551

Category: History

Page: 280

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From its creation in the early fourteenth century to its dissolution in the sixteenth, the nunnery at Dartford was among the richest in England. Although obliged to support not only its own community but also a priory of Dominican friars at King's Langley, Dartford prospered. Records attest to the business skill of the Dartford nuns, as they managed the house's numerous holdings of land and property, together with the rents and services owed them. That the Dartford nuns were capable businesswomen is not surprising, since the house was also a center of female education. For Nancy Bradley Warren, the story of Dartford exemplifies the vibrancy of nuns' material and spiritual lives in later medieval England. Revising the long-held view that fourteenth- and fifteenth-century English nunneries were impoverished both financially and religiously, Warren clarifies that the women in female monastic communities like Dartford were not woefully incompetent at managing their affairs. Instead, she reveals the complex role of female monasticism in diverse systems of production and exchange. Like the nuns at Dartford, women religious in late medieval England were enmeshed in material, symbolic, political, and spiritual economies that were at times in harmony and at other times in conflict with each other. Building on emerging cross-disciplinary trends in feminist scholarship on medieval religion, Warren extends ongoing debates about textual and economic constructions of women's identities to the rarely considered evidence of monastic theory and practice. To this end, Spiritual Economies emphasizes that the cloister was not impermeable. As worldly forces such as economic trends and political conflicts affected life in the nunneries, so too did religious practices have political impact. In breaking down the convent wall, Warren also succeeds in breaching the boundaries separating the material and the symbolic, the religious and the secular, the literary and the historical. She turns to a wide range of sources—from legislative texts, court records, and financial accounts to devotional treatises and political propaganda—to explore the centrality of female monasticism to the flowering of female spirituality and to the later Middle Ages at large.

A Spiritual Economy

Such “spiritual economies” are no less effective in facilitating material transmissions than economies in which all participants and goods are of evident material substance. Since the “goods” postulated to circulate within “spiritual ...

Author: Thomas R. Blanton

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300220407

Category: Bible

Page: 227

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Cover -- Half-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- ONE: Introduction -- TWO: Symbolic Goods as Media of Exchange in Paul's Gift Economy -- THREE: The Benefactor's Account Book: The Rhetoric of Gift Reciprocation According to Seneca and Paul -- FOUR: Gift or Commodity? On the Classification of Paul's Unremunerated Labor -- FIVE: Classification and Social Relations: The Dark Side of the Gift -- SIX: The Gift of Status -- SEVEEN: Spiritual Gifts and Status Inversion -- EIGHT: Summary and Conclusions -- Appendix: Letters and Events Significantly Shaping Paul's Relations with the Corinthian Assembly: A Relative Chronology -- List of Abbreviations -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index of Subjects -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- W -- Index of Modern Authors -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- V -- W -- Index of Biblical and Early Jewish Sources -- Index of Greek and Roman Sources

The Principle of Spiritual Economy in Connection with Questions of Reincarnation

" Contents: The Principle of Spiritual Economy in Connection with Questions of Reincarnation Christianity in Human Evolution, Leading Individualities, and Avatar Beings More Intimate Aspects of Reincarnation Results of Spiritual Scientific ...

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880101628

Category: Religion

Page: 164

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11 lectures, various cities, January-May, 1909 (CW 109) These talks reveal a particular aspect of how humankind have been guided spiritually throughout history--by the life forces and astral bodies of the great initiates and avatars that were preserved, duplicated, and interwoven with the leading personalities of history. Steiner gives numerous examples of this process, but he says that such inspired people are rare today. Nevertheless, we have the possibility of elevating ourselves in the future to the point where we can receive into ourselves the "I-being" of the Christ, which is indeed our greatest goal--"not I but Christ in me." Contents: The Principle of Spiritual Economy in Connection with Questions of Reincarnation Christianity in Human Evolution, Leading Individualities, and Avatar Beings More Intimate Aspects of Reincarnation Results of Spiritual Scientific Investigations of the Evolution of Humanity On the Occasion of the Dedication of the Francis of Assisi Branch The Macrocosmic and Microcosmic Fire: The Spiritualization of Breath and Blood The Event of Golgotha -- The Brotherhood of the Holy Grail Ancient Revelations and Learning: How to Ask Modern Questions The God of the Alpha and the God of the Omega From Buddha to Christ

The Embodied Word

Through her analyses of the variety of ways in which medieval spirituality was deliberately and actively carried ... and Arms: Female Spirituality and P0liW/'al Conflict, 1380-1600 and Spiritual Economies: Female Monasticism in Later ...

Author: Nancy Bradley Warren

Publisher:

ISBN: NWU:35556041230301

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

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In The Embodied Word, Nancy Bradley Warren expands on the topic of female spirituality, first explored in her book Women of God and Arms, to encompass broad issues of religion, gender, and historical periodization. Through her analyses of the variety of ways in which medieval spirituality was deliberately and actively carried forward to the early modern period, Warren underscores both continuities and revisions that challenge conventional distinctions between medieval and early modern culture. Drawing on the philosophical writings of Stanley Cavell and Karl Morrison, Warren illuminates a number of medieval and early modern texts, including St. Birgitta of Sweden's Revelations, St. Catherine of Siena's Dialogue, Julian of Norwich's Showings, devotional anthologies created by early modern English nuns in exile, the prophetic and autobiographical texts of Anna Trapnel, and the writings of Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza.

Colonial Habits

Burns's important and highly readable work takes a fresh look at the key economic, social, and cultural relationships that created and sustained a densely woven urban-centered colonial society in the Andes.

Author: Kathryn Burns

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822322919

Category: Religion

Page: 307

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A social and economic history of Peru that reflects the influence of the convents on colonial and post-colonial society.

Principle of Spiritual Economy

" Contents: The Principle of Spiritual Economy in Connection with Questions of Reincarnation Christianity in Human Evolution, Leading Individualities, and Avatar Beings More Intimate Aspects of Reincarnation Results of Spiritual Scientific ...

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Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9781621510413

Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Page: 164

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Interdependent Economy

" -Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776. In Interdependent Economy, author Liem Giok In investigates the causes of today's imbalanced world economy.

Author: Liem Giok In

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595331529

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 120

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"No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable." -Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776. In Interdependent Economy, author Liem Giok In investigates the causes of today's imbalanced world economy. In her analysis, she frees macro-economic thinking from the straitjacket of the micro-logic of growth, opening up a whole new space where policy proposals can unfold. Furthermore, she does not hold up any one economic system as the ideal, but proves that people of various cultures and lifestyles can thrive by defining their own unique economies. Interdependent Economy is not ideology; it is mere logic followed to the end. This logic is rooted in a basic need felt by all people of this world-to live and to survive. The result: economic policy that accomplishes self-empowerment for individuals and world peace for all.

The Price of Redemption

This book offers a new alternative to the prevailing narrative, which has been frequently criticized but heretofore never adequately replaced. The author_s argument follows two main strands.

Author: Mark A. Peterson

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804729123

Category: History

Page: 325

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Beginning with the first colonists and continuing down to the present, the dominant narrative of New England Puritanism has maintained that piety and prosperity were enemies, that the rise of commerce delivered a mortal blow to the fervor of the founders, and that later generations of Puritans fell away from their religious heritage as they moved out across the New England landscape. This book offers a new alternative to the prevailing narrative, which has been frequently criticized but heretofore never adequately replaced. The author’s argument follows two main strands. First, he shows that commercial development, rather than being detrimental to religion, was necessary to sustain Puritan religious culture. It was costly to establish and maintain a vital Puritan church, for the needs were many, including educated ministers who commanded substantial salaries; public education so that the laity could be immersed in the Bible and devotional literature (substantial expenses in themselves); the building of meeting houses; and the furnishing of communion tables--all and more were required for the maintenance of Puritan piety. Second, the author analyzes how the Puritans gradually developed the evangelical impulse to broadcast the seeds of grace as widely as possible. The spread of Puritan churches throughout most of New England was fostered by the steady devotion of material resources to the maintenance of an intense and demanding religion, a devotion made possible by the belief that money sown to the spirit would reap divine rewards. In 1651, about 20,000 English colonists were settled in some 30 New England towns, each with a newly formed Puritan church. A century later, the population had grown to 350,000, and there were 500 meetinghouses for Puritan churches. This book tells the story of this remarkable century of growth and adaptation through intertwined histories of two Massachusetts churches, one in Boston and one in Westfield, a village on the remote western frontier, from their foundings in the 1660’s to the religious revivals of the 1740’s. In conclusion, the author argues that the Great Awakening was a product of the continuous cultivation of traditional religion, a cultural achievement built on New England’s economic development, rather than an indictment and rejection of its Puritan heritage.