Joel Robbins


In this afterword, I consider the important contributions this special section makes to the study of the relations between immanence, transcendence, and mediation in the study of Islam and religion more generally, and the dialogue it opens up with the anthropology of Christianity. I go on to suggest that one way to reframe transcendence in relation to these articles is as a phenomenon related to human passivity rather than agency. I also consider the issues these authors raise about how the study of ontologies can shape anthropological studies of transcendence and the nature of anthropology as a way of life.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/730117