“These people are not destroying and killing each other because of their sectarian identities. They are killing each other because of a power struggle in the region and geopolitical issues in the region which have contributed to the problem many decades prior to this,” said Abdullah Antepli, Islamic Studies professor at Duke University in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Read More
GRUNDY COUNTY, Tenn. – Presentations from a character identified as “Bible Man” have been halted in a Tennessee school district following a complaint from a prominent atheist activist organization. Horace Turner has been presenting assemblies at Grundy County schools for approximately 40 years without issue. He sings songs, presents Bible lessons, distributes literature and erects Christian displays […] Read More
Clothing can prove to be a powerful communicator of inner convictions, said David Morgan, chair of the department of religious studies at Duke University.
“That is because it is a kind of second skin, the skin you opt for, display openly and use to fit into a social body, a collective reality, that matters to you,” he said. Read More
NASHVILLE – A proposed Tennessee bill to make the Bible the state book is generating mixed opinions from civil leaders, including the governor and lieutenant governor, who opine that the designation would “belittle” the value of the Holy Scriptures. As previously reported, Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) introduced HB 615 earlier this year to amend the Tennessee Code to make […] Read More
by MONIRA AL QADRI for IBRAAZ: CONTEMPORARY VISUAL CULTURE IN NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST (blog) on FEBRUARY 26, 2015: Who would have thought that the best translation ever to be conducted of the Qur’an was actually in Japanese? Many scholars agree that Toshihiko Izutsu’s 1958 version of the holy book is one of […] Read More
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