In four brief chapters, writes Clifford Geertz in his preface, “I have attempted both to lay out a general framework for the comparative analysis of religion and to apply it to a study of the development of a supposedly single creed, Islam, in two quite contrasting civilizations, the Indonesian and the Moroccan.”
Mr. Geertz begins his argument by outlining the problem conceptually and providing an overview of the two countries. He then traces the evolution of their classical religious styles which, with disparate settings and unique histories, produced strikingly different spiritual climates. So in Morocco, the Islamic conception of life came to mean activism, moralism, and intense individuality, while in Indonesia the same concept emphasized aestheticism, inwardness, and the radical dissolution of personality. In order to assess the significance of these interesting developments, Mr. Geertz sets forth a series of theoretical observations concerning the social role of religion.
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From an award-winning poet and scholar of Greek and Biblical Studies: the New Testament’s four gospels and Revelation, newly translated from the Greek and informed by Semitic sources. “Willis Barnstone has a problem: he’s too good. Everything he writes, from his invaluable The Other Bible, a compendium of holy texts no writer should be without, through his brilliant translations and beautiful poems, is a breathtaking achievement.” -Carolyn Kizer, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. This new literary translation of the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John, and the Apocalypse (Revelation) returns the bedrock of Christianity to its origins as an outgrowth of Judaism. In place of the Greek names we are accustomed to, he restores probable Hebrew or Aramaic names to New Testament figures, and as in the Hebrew Bible, he lineates poetry as poetry. In translating Apocalypse in blank verse, he reveals it as the great epic poem of the New Testament. Barnstone uses all his talents as a poet, translator, and scholar to reshape our understanding of these seminal books of the Bible and of our own long-held assumptions about our historical and religious heritage. In a hundred-page introduction that is itself a fully developed work of scholarship, Barnstone places the Christian Bible in new perspective, transporting us back to the pre-Hellenic world and the Jewish tradition from which the New Covenant emerged. ISBN: 1573221821 Publisher: RIVERHEAD BOOKS