Initial research and fieldwork in Leicester and London were carried out with the support of a three year grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Recent further research work has been funded by the Ford Foundation through the Social Science Research Council, USA (SSRC) and is part of a wider international and comparative research project on trans-national religion. The author would also like to thank colleagues at the EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists) Conference in Bristol, UK in September 2006 for their comments on an earlier draft of this paper, as well as the editors and readers of this essay for their suggestions and critical engagement with the text.
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