Religion

Ethnicised Religion and Sacralised Ethnicity in the Past and the Present

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 23/02/2018 - 1:22am in

An expert panel discusses the phenomenon of ethnicisation of religious identifications focussing especially on the nexus of religious, ethnic and national identifications in colonial, anti-colonial and postcolonial settings from Ireland to South Asia. The commonly invoked phrase 'Islam is not a race' forms a ubiquitous racist trope that represents Islamophobia as a legitimate political critique of religious ideology, rather than a form of ethnic and religious prejudice. Yet in spite of such rhetorical acrobatics, it is clear that we are observing an ‘ethnicisation’ of Islam in 'the West' – the hegemonic transformation of hugely diverse 'Muslim' populations into an allegedly singular community, defined in essentialising racist terms. Hidden behind the language of a binary between 'Muslim' and 'British'/'European'/'Western' 'culture' and 'values' – viewing these as fixed communal essences, rather than endlessly variable phenomena reproduced in the material practices of everyday life – this ethnoreligious essentialism-come-racism has gained ever-increasing acceptance in mainstream political discourse. Islam forms a particularly salient example today, but the ethnicisation of religious identifications is a phenomenon with a much broader transtemporal and global history. So at this round table on 'Ethnicised Religion and Sacralised Ethnicity in the Past and the Present', we will discuss this phenomenon, focusing especially on the nexus of religious, ethnic and national identifications in colonial, anti-colonial and postcolonial settings from Ireland to South Asia.

The Character Gap

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 26/01/2018 - 2:14am in

Most of us, at the core, are a mix of good and evil. There is a gap, a character gap, between who we are and who we should be.

The Devil You Know

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 21/12/2017 - 1:56am in

Elicka Peterson-Sparks argues that there is a strong connection between certain forms of conservative Christianity in the United States and criminal behavior.

'End Times' Beliefs Are Extreme, and Extremely Influential

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 13/12/2017 - 5:39am in

Should public policy be shaped to appease those who eagerly await the End Times?

Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 28/11/2017 - 1:33am in

Book at Lunchtime held on 8th November 2017. Exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, this major exhibition will be the first to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents in the first millennium AD.

On display will be remarkable objects created when the iconography of each religion was still being developed. Art and imagery were central to the spread of these systems of belief, and the visual identity of each religion was formed by encounters and interactions between different faiths and other traditions.

Accompanying the exhibition will be the 'Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions' catalogue. Editor Georgi Parpulov and contributor Stefanie Lenk are joined by an expert panel to discuss the catalogue and the exhibition at Book at Lunchtime. They will be joined by:

Gervase Rosser (History, University of Oxford)

Kate Cooper (History, Royal Holloway, University of London)

This event will be chaired by Mallica Kumbera Landrus (Eastern Art, Ashmolean Museum)

Boy Scouts Still Shut the Door on Some Kids

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 16/10/2017 - 12:27am in

The Boy Scouts of America has gotten more inclusive in recent years, but this makes its exclusion of atheist children all the more conspicuous.

Why Have We Made Such Little Philosophical Progress?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/10/2017 - 1:31am in

Morality and love are states of mind which, nowadays, neither all human beings nor all religions recognize as the prime spiritual aspects of human conscious.

Just to Be Safe, Should You Believe in God?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 17/07/2017 - 12:05am in

Religious doctrines disagree about who gets eternal bliss. Could it be the atheists?

What Does Prayer Do? What Does Love Do?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 23/05/2017 - 6:10am in

The two aspects of human consciousness that must be experienced and their psychological significance personally understood if one is to become psychically whole.

Do You Realize How Far Trump's Religion Speech Went?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 14/05/2017 - 2:00pm in

The president's commencement speech to evangelical graduates should shock anyone paying attention. It defined American values in terms of Christian nationalism.

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