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The Ethnography of Reading$
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Jonathan Boyarin

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520079557

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520079557.001.0001

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The Presence of the Name: Reading Scripture in an Indonesian Village

The Presence of the Name: Reading Scripture in an Indonesian Village

(p.98) Six The Presence of the Name: Reading Scripture in an Indonesian Village
The Ethnography of Reading

Jonathan Boyarin

University of California Press

The principal text considered in this chapter is the Koran, and those reading from it are people of eastern Indonesia who do not speak Arabic, the language in which the Koran is written. The people living in a village in Tidore are devoted Muslims who regularly demonstrate their faith by adhering to adopted Islamic traditions, but they also claim a commitment to their own ancestral traditions. This chapter argues that these are brought together as social practices into a common ground of ritually reproduced experience, and makes use of Charles Peirce's phenomenological categories to specify the nature of these opposing vectors of knowledge.

Keywords:   Koran, eastern Indonesia, Arabic, Islam, Charles Peirce

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