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Retsikas, Kostas (2018) 'Multiplication through Division: Time, Value, and Prosperity in Indonesia.' HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 8 (3). pp. 656-671.

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The paper explores contemporary practices of value multiplication amongst Muslims in Indonesia, paying particular attention to the rise to public prominence of 'the mathematics of alms giving'. 'The mathematics of alms giving' provides the faithful with a systematic method of achieving prosperity both in this world and the afterlife through encouraging them to divide their property up, spread it around and share it with others. Such practices are held to have the miraculous effect of ensuring the parted property's eventual return in multiplied form. Much of this effect is mediated by a literalist understanding of the Quran and the rendering of alms as an investment carrying the promise of divine increase.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
ISSN: 20491115
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 08:53
Related URLs: https://www.hau ... ticle/view/1321 (Publisher URL)

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