Category: Winter/Spring 2015

Islamic Education and the Body

Rudolph T. Ware III’s The Walking Qur’an: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa. By Ousmane Oumar Kane

The Conscious Heart

By making us present to ourselves, the practices of art and of prayer can cultivate awareness of our inmost being, waking us to love and compassion. By Mary Anderson

Red Flags for American Jews?

A 2013 Pew report points to ways Judaism can be made relevant for a growing number of nontraditional American Jews. By Robert Israel

Religious Law and the Visual Secular

What do we mean when we say a work of Western art, especially a representation of religious law, has both “secular” and “religious” significance? By Suzanne Smith

An Encounter with a Painting

My dialogue with An Encounter at a Well over the course of a couple of years ended up challenging, loosening, and undoing assumptions I didn’t realize I held. By Wendy McDowell

Why ‘Brain Death’ Is Contested Ground

The Jahi McMath case illustrates the disjunction between medical definitions of bodies and the ways we constitute meaningful relationships with our family members. By Jeffrey P. Bishop