Articles tagged with religion

John R. Bowen

Food is becoming a target for anti-Islam politics.

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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd Nadia Marzouki

A proposed French bill says so. But, strictly speaking, there can be no such thing as blasphemy within the terms of secular public order.

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Ariella Aïsha Azoulay

A recent report neglects to mention how France forced Arab Jews to adopt the European persona of Jew as citizen and see Arabs and Muslims as others.

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Carlos Fraenkel

A new book suggests that modern readers can still follow the path of reason that Spinoza traced to true well-being, but they might not want to.

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Nargol Aran

On Ashura, Shi’a Muslims grieve the Prophet’s grandson. But with Iran crippled by COVID-19 and U.S. sanctions, it was also an occasion this year to mourn the country’s deaths from disease and despair.

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David Konstan

Anger’s history—along with the very fact that it has one—can shed light on the hypertrophied emotional climate of today.

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John Merrick

Pestilence and plague have often prompted waves of apocalyptic thinking, calling into question the steady march of progress in human history.

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Etan Nechin

Unlike most places in the world where people get buried where they lived, for over two millennia people have traveled from far and wide to die in Jerusalem. But now the city is running out of graves, and against the backdrop of the Israel–Palestine conflict, burial is often a political matter.

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Nicky Nodjoumi is one of Iran’s greatest artists, but his politics have kept him in exile since 1980.

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Liz Theoharis

The Trump administration’s sanctions against Iran and cuts to SNAP benefits are two sides of the same war that the rich are waging against the global poor.