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Religions 2014, 5(1), 22-75; doi:10.3390/rel5010022

Global Halal: Meat, Money, and Religion

Maître de conférences, L'Institut d'études politiques de Paris, 27 rue St. Guillaume, Paris 75007, France
Received: 28 October 2013 / Revised: 30 December 2013 / Accepted: 6 January 2014 / Published: 29 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion & Globalization)
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The following article deconstructs (and demystifies) Halal with a view to unraveling how the religious, racial, economic, and ethico-political are articulated in and around material technologies of meat production and bodily techniques of religious consumption/the consumption of religion. It, thus, attempts to rethink the nexus of food, politics, and contesting visions of the sacred and the profane, from within the folds of the global and global Islam. Halal emerges as a terrain replete with paradigmatic juridical and political questions about the impasses of social and culinary conviviality and cosmopolitanism. Although there is certainly nothing new about religious taboos on food on the body, Halal is far from being a personal or strictly communal set of strictures and practices. On the contrary, global Halal emerges as a new agonistic field typified by charged debates concerning the place of secularism, recognition, and “food diversity” in the global marketplace. This paper offers a cartography, both phenomenological and social scientific, of this multi-tiered site of meat, power, and belief.
Keywords: meat; Islam; the sacred; consumption; taboo meat; Islam; the sacred; consumption; taboo
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