On the Theologico-Theatrical: Explaining the Convergence of Pentecostalism and Popular Culture in Nigeria
Assurances of salvation may no longer be enough for Nigerian Pentecostalism, where the propulsive energy of Fuji music and commercial imperatives contribute to entangling religion and entertainment.Read More →
The Modernity of Witchcraft Asylum Claims
It’s hard to understand why vodou remains so alien a concept to refugee adjudicators, particularly as the religious observance is so well documented by ethnographers and anthropologists.Read More →
Modernity, Women, and War: Struggles for Peace and Democracy in the Middle East
While the discourse of spreading democracy to the Middle East goes hand in hand with “saving” women victims of Islamic fundamentalism, current wars create a destabilizing terrain for existing modern gender discourses.Read More →
On Crossroads: Learnings from Modernity, Feminisms, and Transrational Peace
Scholars and practitioners of feminist, gender, and critical race theory have long questioned the self-righteousness, rigid categorizations, and violence of dominant modern discourse.Read More →
Modernities and Religious Identity and Difference
Modernity is not simply a political and economic project, but more deeply a cultural one, in some ways a sacred or quasi-religious project.Read More →
Understanding Religion in Light of Shifting Practice
“Religion” calls for rethinking the familiar models used to think of religion and public life: control, capitulation, co-optation, or rejection.Read More →
2018 World Cup and Multicultural Belgium
It is precisely this absence of a unified national project that allows for a triumphant recuperation of national symbols by ethnic minorities.Read More →
The 2018 Fashion Exhibit at New York’s Met: Revealing Catholics to Themselves
The collection offers Catholics a chance to see themselves anew in a contemporary context of spiritual, sexual, and gender fluidity.Read More →
Modernity as Theater of the Absurd
The embassy ceremony in Jerusalem embodied the merging of the cynical, ideological, and eschatological as well as Islamophobia (orientalism), Zionism, and antisemitism.Read More →
Muslim HumanitiesThe humanities since the nineteenth century have investigated language, music, art, literature, theology, and poetry. Muslims have long been participants in these rich intellectual traditions, as majorities or minorities in the past and present.
Science and the Human PersonRapid advances in science and technology are raising fundamental questions about human life, flourishing, suffering, and death. These and other ethical questions at the intersection of science and the human person have a global character, encompassing all of humanity.
Global Migration and the New CosmopolitanismThe global expansion of migration over the past two generations has ushered in major social and economic changes, as well as profound ethical challenges concerning how citizens are to coexist in pluralistic societies.