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"Are those who know equal to those who do not know?": The Democratized Utopia of Scriptural Understanding

“Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” (Q 39:9)

Being a graduate student of the study of Religion, every day is an eye-opener for me – a stark reality check – about how much there is to learn and how negligible a proportion of it I have managed to know so far. 910 more words

Joselit, "Set in Stone"

In May, Oxford University Press will release Set in Stone: America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments by Jenna Weissman Joselit (George Washington University). The publisher’s description follows: 263 more words

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Being 'Black' Beimg What? Being Christian

Recently I re-read the story of Rachel Dolezal, the ‘white’ woman in the US who for a long time has ‘identified’ as ’black’. She became committed to the black cause, and rose to some prominence there. 981 more words

Ryrie, "Protestants"

In April, Penguin Random House will release Protestants: The Faith That Made The Modern World by Alec Ryrie (Durham University). The publisher’s description follows:

Protestant Christianity began with one stubborn monk in 1517. 337 more words

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"Kill them wherever you find them": Violence in the Quran? The wise speak only of what they know...

Following is the set of verses in Surah al-Baqarah, Chapter 2 of the Quran, that is often cited to highlight the so-called ‘controversial’ and potentially violent character of the Quran: 868 more words

Braunstein, "Prophets and Patriots"

In April, the University of California Press will release Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy Across the Political Divide by Ruth Braunstein (University of Connecticut). The publisher’s description follows: 134 more words

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