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December 7th, 2016

Obama, the Democratic Party, and Islamophobia

posted by Mohammad Fadel

Islam | Image via Flickr user FirasWhile reasonable people might disagree with him for his compromises on questions involving universal health care and his approach to the Great Recession—especially given the fact that he had to deal with a thoroughly intransigent Congress—it is much harder to let Obama off the hook for his failure to take a strong stand against Islamophobia. This is especially puzzling insofar as the facts that he bears a Muslim name and was born to a Muslim father were repeatedly used by his Republican enemies to delegitimize him. Yet, to my knowledge, he never once responded to these charges in a fashion that reinforced the equal citizenship of Muslims in the United States. While he ridiculed the claim that he was a Muslim, he did not, unlike Colin Powell, state the constitutionally appropriate answer: that whether or not he was a Muslim was not relevant to whether he could or should become president of the United States, much less did it disqualify him from being president of the United States.

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December 5th, 2016

The Virtues of Abandon

posted by Hannah Callaway

December 1st, 2016

The refugee crisis and religion: Beyond physical and conceptual boundaries

posted by Erin K. Wilson and Luca Mavelli

November 29th, 2016

Muslim Cool: An introduction

posted by Su'ad Abdul Khabeer

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November 23, 2016

Race, secularism, and the public intellectual

by Vincent Lloyd

Writing | Image via Flickr user Jonathan KimWho counts as a black Christian public intellectual? There are certainly public figures who are not intellectuals, and there are intellectuals whose primary audience is in the academy. Similarly, when adjectives are added, not all Christians who are public intellectuals are Christian public intellectuals, as they may not engage publicly or intellectually with Christianity. And not all black people are intellectuals, or Christians, or speak to a given public.

Is it possible for black public intellectuals, formed and surrounded by white, secular elites, to continue to occupy the role of intellectual given the constraints of our current cultural and economic regime?

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November 7, 2016

Trumping reality

by Kathryn LoftonThe Unblinking Eye | Image via Flickr user Darron Birgenheier

Why those who support Trump do so can be captured by perspectives on income, not income itself; by perspectives on race and immigration, not by racial identity; by a sense that everybody else is wrong for the job, even if he is not quite right for it. Consider: 63 percent of Trump voters favor revoking birthright citizenship (compared to the 51 percent in the overall Republican National Committee (GOP) electorate). Sixty-six percent of Trump supporters claim that President Barack Obama is a Muslim—twelve points higher than the overall GOP figure.

These perspectival shards press us to think about what organizes groups to adhere to ideas that seem senseless to those outside the group; to observe, as well, the fear of those groups. They press us to think, among other things, about religion.

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The politics of national identity

These essays show how groups in Western Europe and the United States draw on religious and secular symbols when determining belonging. Contributions from Phil Gorski, Rogers Brubaker, Geneviève Zubrzycki, Mucahit Bilici, and Peggy Levitt.

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The Virtues of Abandon

The Virtues of Abandon

“The core work of Virtues is to link Quietist ideas to key Enlightenment thinkers through analyses of their works.” This book explores the countercurrent of dispossession running through the language of self-possession in the eighteenth century.

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Colombia Paz | Image copywrite Government of Venezuela via AULA Blog

Underestimating the force of the New Evangelicals in the public sphere

Evangelical Christianity in Latin America has become a transnational moral majority that must be taken seriously, politically and in scholarly attention – Rebecca C. Bartel tells the story of its role in peace talks in Colombia.