News

January 2016

January 4th 2016
The Religion and the Public Sphere program has released Religion, Media, and the Digital Turn, a report emerging from the Religion, Media, and Digitization project that documents the impact of digital scholarship on the study of religion →

December 2015

December 8th 2015
At Reverberations, David R. Blumenthal, Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies at Emory University, introduces a four-part portal on Jewish prayer, which ranges from reflections on texts from the classic Jewish liturgy to instructions on how to pray through mystical meditation →

November 2015

November 24th 2015
As a respondent in a ChinaFile Conversation that asks "Is China a Credible Partner in Fighting Terror?," Religion and the Public Sphere editorial and program associate Wei Zhu points out Chinese efforts to connect activities of Muslim Uighur militants in Xinjiang Province with the Western-led war on terror and extremism →
November 9th 2015
New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Anderson Blanton’s NDSP-supported work on prayer cloths and the materiality of prayer features prominently in Hittin' the Prayer Bones: Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South (University of North Carolina Press) →

September 2015

September 24th 2015
In Foreign Policy, Religion and the Public Sphere editorial and program associate Wei Zhu looks at how high-speed rail has become a point of unifying national pride in China →
September 17th 2015
"Cosmology and the Environment”: at The Immanent Frame, David Christian, director of the Big History Institute, and other respondents consider the impact of contemporary scientific cosmologies on established religious traditions and environment-related beliefs and practices →

August 2015

August 21st 2015
"A Machine for the Production of Gods": in an interview with Onnesha Roychoudhuri at Reverberations, New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Anderson Blanton discusses his research on the materiality of prayer, from Oral Roberts’s televised faith healings to the experience of visiting a doctor →
August 7th 2015
In a new piece at The Immanent Frame, Sindre Bangstad discusses his research on the public voice of Muslim women in Norway →

July 2015

July 23rd 2015
"Not Your Grandmother's Islam": in an interview with Jennifer L. Hahn at Reverberations, New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Ebenezer Obadare discusses his Nigeria-based research on Pentecostalism and “Charismatic Islam” →

June 2015

June 17th 2015
A new series at The Immanent Frame, Christian Human Rights, features responses to Samuel Moyn's work arguing that human rights as now understood only began to emerge in the 1970s →

May 2015

May 22nd 2015
In a new piece at The Immanent Frame, Religion and the Public Sphere editorial and program associate Wei Zhu looks at the legal history of religious exemptions for vaccines in the United States →
May 1st 2015
In an article at The Immanent FrameIDRF fellow Alexander John Thurston (2011) looks at three strands of the Islamic State's intellectual genealogy—global jihadism, Salafi “rejectionism,” and medieval thinkers—and offers English and Arabic sources for further reading →

April 2015

April 16th 2015
New at The Immanent Frame: "Blasphemous Cartoons: The Old Threat of Secularism and the New Threat of Islam," by Yvonne Sherwood →
April 1st 2015
"Is ISIS Islamic? Why It Matters for the Study of Islam": Islamic law scholar Anver M. Emon writes for The Immanent Frame

February 2015

February 19th 2015
Scholars reflect on the Charlie Hebdo attack and related issues of freedom of expression and religious practice in the latest Off the Cuff discussion at The Immanent Frame
February 17th 2015
At The Immanent Frame, journalist Tom Heneghan shares his experience interacting with online commenters while editing Reuters’ FaithWorld religion blog: "Comments Don't Replace the News" →
February 6th 2015
At PsychologyToday.com, New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Christine Wicker interviews fellow NDSP grantee Ebenezer Obadare about his research on the intermingling of Muslim and Christian prayer practices in Nigeria →
February 4th 2015
Religion and the Public Sphere presents: “Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer,” this Friday and Saturday at Columbia University in New York City (register to attend) →

January 2015

January 28th 2015
"A New Year at The Immanent Frame" highlights recent and forthcoming interdisciplinary perspectives on secularism, religion, and the public sphere →
January 14th 2015
New series at The Immanent Frame on Religion and Digital Culture launches with pieces on the effects of digitization on the study of religion and what exists at the crossroads of religion, “mediatization,” and gaming →