Philosophy of Religion

The Religious Significance Of Miracles – Why Hume’s Critique Is Superfluous, Part 3 (Alberto Urquidez)

The Sense of “miracle” That Matters Surprisingly few commentators have advanced this basic criticism against Hume’s argument. One glaring exception is the Wittgensteinian philosopher of religion, D. Z. Phillips.[1] In The Problem of Evil and the Problem of God, Phillips puts things this way: “In the case of certain miracles, it is a necessary condition […]

Religion and Literature

“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” And The Inhospitable State – Abrahamic Hospitality And The Limits Of Multiculturalism, Part 2 (Emily McAvan)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. The Failure of Hospitality Yet even in the first bloom of his success in New York, it is clear that Changez’s acceptance is conditioned largely on his assimilation to the norms of the American ruling class. At Underwood Samson, “we […]

Religion and Literature

“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” And The Inhospitable State – Abrahamic Hospitality And The Limits Of Multiculturalism, Part 1 (Emily McAvan)

The following is the first of a two-part series. “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13 NIV) “he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should show hospitality to his guest” (Sahih Muslim hadith, Book 1 Hadith 75) In the immediate aftermath of September 11, conservative political scientist Samuel […]

World Religions

Transmodern Sufism, Or Stepping With Levinas On The Footprints Of A Speculative Sufism Not Re-Framed By 20th Century Orientalists, Part 2 (Philipp Valentini)

The following is the second installment of a three-part series.  The first can be found here. A non-Paulinian theology understands the Law not as a whole but as an indefinite set of rules where each rule is split between the conversations it opens on the meanings it expresses and the action it performs. The excess […]

Critical Theory Reviews

Review – French Perceptions of Muslim Sexuality (Trevor Wolff)

Mack, Mehammed Amadeus. Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture. New York City NY: Fordham University Press, 2017. ISBN-10: 0823274616. Hardcover, Paperback, E-book.   The title of Mehammed Amadeus Mack’s latest book Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture is a wordplay within a wordplay, referencing French slang for the country […]

Political Theory

Framing Religious Conflict and Violence – Insights from Historical Institutionalism, Part 2 (Vivek Swaroop Sharma)

The following is the second installment of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here. Religious Conflict and Violence Reframed There are two important qualifications to the following discussion that are required.  First, this discussion is not about religious violence per se.  Religious violence, as we have seen above, can be a normal […]

Reviews

Review – Aaron Hughes’ ‘Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity’ (Daniel Tutt)

Hughes, Aaron. Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity: An Inquiry into Disciplinary Apologetics and Self-Deception. London: Equinox Publishing, 2016. ISBN-10: 1781792178. Hardcover, paperback. 256 pages.  Introduction: It has never been exactly clear what apologetic scholarship achieves. Are apologetic scholars reinforcing a certain status quo that lies outside of academe, one that is located in the particular […]