Rudnyckyj awarded prestigious book prize


Spiritual Economies: Islam, Globalization, and the Afterlife of Development (Cornell University Press, 2010) by Dr. Daromir Rudnyckyj' (Pacific and Asian studies), was named co-winner of the 2011 Sharon Stephens Prize awarded by the American Ethnological Society, North America’s oldest association of professional anthropologists.The Stephens Prize is awarded biannually to a “work that speaks to contemporary social issues with relevance beyond the discipline of anthropology and beyond the academy.” Spiritual Economies deploys recent advances in ethnography to analyze moderate Islamic “spiritual reform” initiatives in Southeast Asia that reinterpret Islam to make it conducive to commercial success and business productivity. The prize committee wrote that Spiritual Economies “stood out for its commitment to excellence in ethnography, rich theory and compelling writing.” Rudnyckyj, a specialist on development and religion in Southeast Asia, received the award at the meetings of the American Anthropological Association in Montreal on Nov. 18. He is the second Canadian-based scholar to be awarded the prize.

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