Onaje X Woodbine has been named to the longlist (https://pen.org/literature/2017-penespn-award-literary-sports-writing) for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing for a book he wrote based on his PhD Dissertation in the GDRS. Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion Hip-Hop, and Street Basketball, which was published by Columbia University Press in May 2016 is the only book on the longlist not published by a trade press. Onaje, who is now on the Philosophy & Religious Studies faculty at Phillips Academy Andover, also adapted the book for a stage play, which was produced at Andover in May and at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa in June.
Other books on the longlist include Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X and the New York Times bestseller American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise. The winner of the award, which honors books that are “of a biographical, investigative, historical, or analytical nature and of the strongest literary character,” will be announced in February.
More than 50 students gathered in Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences Monday afternoon for a conversation about the history of religion, sexuality and LGBT rights in America.
The talk, “Reforming Sex: Religion and Politics in Modern America,” was organized by BU professor Stephen Prothero, who teaches a class on religion and politics at BU. He opened the discussion with a disclaimer. read more….
“Male Authority in Islamic Jurisprudence: Qiwama and Wilaya”
What are قوامة and ولاية in Islam? and how are they applied in today’s world?
Professor Kecia Ali will give an overview of these two premodern Islamic legal concepts that were fundamental to the development of Muslim rules governing marriage and the mutual rights of spouses.
She will also discuss the ways contemporary Muslim women scholars and activists have sought to reinterpret and challenge the understanding and application of these concepts in vastly changed contexts.
Professor Ali is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University and the author of Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam (Harvard 2010) and Sexual Ethics and Islam (2nd edition, Oneworld 2016).
The U.S. is now part of a global pandemic that threatens religious pluralism and minority rights.
I went to a conference in Venice last month on the rise of strongmen, alt-right populists, and ethnic and religious nationalists in India, Turkey, Western Europe and the United States. An economist from Rome worried about the ways in which skyrocketing economic inequality was fueling these trends. A sociologist from Paris observed how rising Islamophobia was driving young women in France to take up arms with the Islamic State terrorist group. A former Italian ambassador fretted about the growing influence worldwide of “peddlers of reactionary utopias.” more….
President Trump: What Will He Do?
BU experts weigh in on portents of 2016 election
By BU Today staff
Donald Trump claimed victory Tuesday in the presidential election; BU experts offer their views on what his presidency might mean. Photo by Getty Images
Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion, College of Arts & Sciences
The election revealed on one level what we already knew—that the country is deeply divided over the culture wars question that has bedeviled us since the beginning of the republic: Who is and who is not a true American? Many white voters turned their back on a Democratic Party that for two decades has turned its back on the working class, staking claim to their Americanness by voting for a candidate who would exile Muslims, Mexicans, and African Americans from the American family. Read more…
Kecia Ali, Associate Professor of Religion, CAS; past president, Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics
Trump’s victory bodes extremely ill for American Muslims, not only for what damage he may do while in office, but also for what it says about the majority of white Americans. The conjoining of racism, sexism, and Islamophobia in his campaign rhetoric was unprecedented. By loudly and proudly espousing sentiments, policies, and acts that had previously been off-limits in polite political circles, he opens the way for government officials and private citizens to do the same, with increasing impunity. Read more…