Claire Ma

Claire Ma is an intern for the SSRC program on Religion and the Public Sphere. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 2013 with a B.A. cum laude in Government and a minor in Economics.

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Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Religious Pluralism and Islamic Law: Dhimmis and Others in the Empire of Law

In his new book, Religious Pluralism and Islamic LawAnver Emon discusses Islamic legal doctrines and their implications for religious diversity and tolerance in Islamic lands.

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

CFP: Working with A Secular Age

On March 6-8, 2014, the University of Bern will host an international conference entitled “Working with A Secular Age: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Charles Taylor’s Conception of the Secular.”

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

Law’s fragile state

Mark Fathi Massoud, Assistant Professor of Politics and Legal Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, examines the trials and tribulations of law in Sudan in his new book, Law’s Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan. In an interview with Jadaliyya, Massoud speaks about his motivation to uncover the essence of how law—and lawlessness—operate in the context of fragile states. Massoud also elaborates on his topic in a blog post at the Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa Blog.

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Friday, September 27th, 2013

Treating religions (un)equally

Earlier this summer, The Immanent Frame published an off the cuff exchange about the State Department’s new initiative to engage religious communities in US diplomacy. Conversation and critiques are still going strong; Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, an original contributor to “Engaging religion at the Department of State,” has penned a commentary for Al Jazeera America in which she critiques US faith-based engagement abroad as a violation of the separation of church and state.

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Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The Invention of Religion in Japan

In the book The Invention of Religion in Japan, Jason Ananda Josephson traces the roots and history of religion in Japan.

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Friday, September 20th, 2013

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship opening at Williams College

Williams College has posted an opportunity in the Department of Religion. The college seeks a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islam in Context, a position that begins in the fall of 2014.

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

CFP: Remixing Religion

The University of Texas at Austin has announced a call for papers for the upcoming interdisciplinary graduate student conference, “Remixing Religion,” to be held at UT Austin on April 4, 2014. Please send paper titles and abstracts (300 words or less) to by November 27, 2013.

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The civil religion of “I have a dream”

This Wednesday will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s landmark “I have a dream” speech and the 1963 March on Washington. In commemoration of the great moment in American civil rights history, scholars and commentators have dedicated much of this past month to recognizing Dr. King’s legacy. At Religion News Service, Yonat Shimron and Adelle M. Banks offer insights from academics of religion and discuss the speech’s continued relevance.

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Ascetic faith in a modern world

Jainism, a religion from India that emphasizes a disciplined adherence to non-violence, is one of the oldest religions in the world. Modern-day Jains, including those born in the United States, are learning to adapt and reinterpret their faith in a modern world.

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Friday, August 16th, 2013

Engaging whose religion?

In late July, The Immanent Frame published a set of reflections on the Department of State’s plans for a new office dedicated to engaging religion. Following an official announcement by Secretary Kerry on August 7th, scholars and policy commentators have continued to weigh in on the implications, challenges, and potential of the new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives.

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