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Spring/Summer 2019 (Vol. 47, Nos. 1&2)

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Flipping the Script by Wendy McDowell


The Interreligious Resilience of Varanasi by Kalpana Jain
Telling and passing down narratives of interreligious amity in cities like Varanasi can demonstrate the countervailing power of peace.

Wakanda and Black Queer Moral Imaginaries by Thelathia Nikki Young
Black Panther serves as a moral imaginary pointing to freedom, fugitivity, and black queer ethical action.

Reclaiming Egalitarian Jewish Wedding Customs by Jessica Rosenberg
Reclaiming medieval Jewish wedding processional customs to open up a liminal space for a woman to be seen in between her attachments to men.

Answering the Humble Knock by John Gifford
A grandmother’s confident compassion for drifters models how to nourish others.


The Study of Religion on the Other Side of Disgust by Robert A. Orsi
Disgust directs us toward the painful truth of religion in human life beyond the bourgeois pieties of “religion” as it is defined and policed in the modern era.

A View From the Minaret by Linda Dittmar
A day trip to Caesarea spurs memories of a childhood visit and reflections on how a disastrous past can go unseen even when it is in full view.

The Urgency of Now by Celene Ibrahim, Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, Matthew Blair Holt, Lauren Seganos Cohen, and Nora Zaki
Excerpts from the introduction and four essays in One Nation, Indivisible exemplify that “in order to build together, govern together, live together, we must make the effort to know one another.”

Turning Ghosts into Ancestors in Contemporary Urban China by Anna Sun
Understanding contemporary religious life in China requires a religious imagination freed from the preconceptions of monotheism.

In Review

C. E. Morgan Takes the Reins by Ingrid Norton
The Sport of Kings, by C. E. Morgan, is an ambitious interracial saga obsessed with the power of stories.

Fully Fleshed Out: Religion, Womanhood, and Blackness in Contemporary Media by LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant
Positive, complex representations of black women’s religious experience in Queen Sugar and Being Serena.

A Christian Pilgrim along the Buddhist Way by Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
S. Mark Heim’s Crucified Wisdom: Theological Reflection on Christ and the Bodhisattva.

How Khmer Buddhists Reconstructed Identity and Community in the U.S. by Chipamong Chowdhury
Carol A. Mortland’s Cambodian Buddhism in the United States.

Syllabus: Faith in the Fire—Religious Public Intellectuals
A selected reading list from Cornel West and Jonathan L. Walton’s course.


Tulip Fever by Adrie Kusserow

Two Poems by Nathan Spoon


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