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Christian Suhr

-made supplications to a God I had never and did not want to believe in. Having been raised in the Danish countryside with a good deal of religious scepticism, I felt uncomfortable experiencing how suddenly invisible spiritual forces, evil eyes, and magic slipped into my world. Driven by a combination of disbelief and curiosity I decided to apply for a scholarship in order to explore the role that such invisible entities could play in the lives of the Muslims in my hometown of Aarhus, Denmark. My fieldwork for this book was slowly initiated in and around

in Descending with angels
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Machines of mass incineration in fact, fiction, and forensics
Robert Jan van Pelt

, the act of cremation became, in the words of religious scholar Adam S. Ferziger, ‘an especially potent boundary marker, in part because it was a relatively new deviation against which a broad-based Jewish consensus could be built’.8 One of the key reasons was the centrality of burial within the Jewish tradition. Ultimately, the community that existed in the Jewish burial ground represented the totality of a Jewish congregation at peace with itself. Cremation implied a wilful severance from the community. The concentration camp crematoria, therefore, can be

in Destruction and human remains
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Centralising emotions in football fandom
Mark Doidge, Radosław Kossakowski, and Svenja Mintert

, researchers of football should engage with the sociological literature on emotion to fully understand the collective character of fans. Marx (1970) argued that social praxis is a ‘sensuous human activity’, which infers an emotional and physical action, rather than being something overtly cognitive. Similarly, Durkheim (1964) identified that the emotional ‘collective effervescence’, which derives from periodic DOIDGE__9780719027624_Print.indd 44 08/01/2020 10:19 Centralising emotions 45 congregation, is instrumental in building solidarity among disparate individuals. As

in Ultras
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Mark Doidge, Radosław Kossakowski, and Svenja Mintert

their political leanings (Doidge, 2013). These various groups sustain significant solidarity. More than forty years since they first emerged, the ultras in particular have cemented themselves as a major football movement in Europe. The central feature of the ultras style of fandom is its unwavering support for the local club. The rituals of the game and supporters help generate significant collective solidarity. As Durkheim (1964) has demonstrated in relation to religion, regular congregation, such as the gathering of fans and ultras in the stadium, generates a

in Ultras