By Denys Brylov and Tetiana Kalenychenko. With the beginning of its independent history, Ukrainian society experienced a religious renaissance, which also began to define identity. Identities did not always remain purely religious, but could also have a cultural and traditional character, such as the self-definition of a Ukrainian as a Christian, despite the country’s multi-religious and multicultural map. Since 2022, the problem of the transformation of religious identities is further exacerbated. Dramatic changes are taking place among the believers and clergy. This study explores precisely these transformations of religious identity taking place under the conditions of the Russian-Ukrainian war.
“Humanities and social sciences, as earlier, is the cornerstone for building a conception of the world, understanding and analyzing social changes” – 5in10 with Tetiana Kalenychenko and Denys Brylov
Tetiana Kalenychenko and Denys Brylov are both 2022/2023 non-resident Prisma Ukraïna Fellows at the Forum Transregionale Studien.
Foreword to the special issue of the European Journal of Jewish Studies 16, no. 1 (2022) Editors’ Note: As the History of Knowledge blog aims to facilitate scholarly exchange related to the field, the editors wish to highlight this recent special issue about “Kabbalah and Knowledge Transfers in Early Modernity” by reproducing the editors’ foreword … Continue reading Kabbalah and Knowledge Transfers in Early Modernity
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The Modern Arabic Bible. Translation, Dissemination and Literary Impact – an Interview with Rana Issa
Georges Khalil in conversation with Rana Issa on her new book “The Modern Arabic Bible. Translation, Dissemination and Literary Impact”. Rana Issa works at the balancing point between public humanities, activist engagements, and academic curiosity.
By Rana Issa. In this essay, Rana Issa proposes a look at the carnal as a libidial force that permeates Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s understanding of the literary. She argues that for al-Shidyaq the carnal is a method for a critical approach on literary history and literary composition.
African American Lucumí Devotees’ Adoption and Adaptation of African Diasporic Religious Knowledge in the U.S.
This short piece traces how the Black Power era affected the unfolding of the transmission of African diasporic religious knowledge and how it contributed to the evolution of specifically African American variations of Lucumí in the U.S. Most historical studies examining the influence of the Black Power movement on religious expression in the U.S. focus … Continue reading African American Lucumí Devotees’ Adoption and Adaptation of African Diasporic Religious Knowledge in the U.S.
By Zahiye Kundos. Above and beyond the heartache that recent events in Iran engender among Muslims and people who are in solidarity with us, it harms what we truly and communally care about: finding creative ways to reassert who we are and what we stand for.
By Alyssa Miller. In a 2012 essay published on the webzine Nawaat, sociologist Hela Yousfi alleged that the Ennahda party – then head of Tunisia’s transitional government and dominant partner in the ‘Troika’ coalition – was surreptitiously attacking the UGTT by dumping garbage in front of its regional branches.
By Regina Elsner. Since the end of the Soviet Union, dozens of theologians and scholars of religion elaborated on the complicated relationships within the church community of the so-called Holy Rus’. The Moscow Patriarchate defines its territory of spiritual responsibility as encompassing the former Soviet Union – except for the old churches of Armenia and Georgia.
By Regina Elsner. Russian Orthodoxy is often suspected to be pre or anti-modern because of its difficulties engaging with a plural and secular society – for example, when relating to democracy, human rights, or gender diversity. After the end of the Soviet Union, the Russian Orthodox Church associated increasingly with the agenda of the political elites in Russia and other successor states of the Soviet Union.
Montassir Sakhi, né en 1988 à Rabat, est membre fondateur du Mouvement 20 février. Il s’est engagé depuis longtemps dans les dynamiques militantes et la vie politique du Maroc. En Europe, sa recherche porte sur les mouvements sociaux, l’émergence des idéologies, l’Islam politique en particulier, ou encore sur la problématique de la radicalisation.
By Ulf Engel. Contemporary conflicts in Ethiopia are overshadowed by the ongoing war between the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on the one hand and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front on the other. Between 1991 and 2018 both parties were partners in a Tigray dominated coalition front which finally failed to impose its hegemonic nation-building project on the multi-ethnic country.
Gods and Outcasts: Ambivalent Attitudes towards Health Workers in India during the Coronavirus Pandemic
By Gautam Liu. The COVID-19 pandemic in India generated a strange phenomenon in how health workers were perceived. On the one hand officials were not tired in proclaiming doctors and nurses as gods, on the other hand health workers were ostracized by large parts of the general population.
By Khadija Mohamed Embaby and Amira Mittermaier. In times of profound uncertainty, what does God offer to believers? And how does uncertainty affect believers’ ideas about, and relations to, God?
Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab (Philosophie, Institut de Doha pour les Études Supérieures, Qatar). Si l’histoire intellectuelle moderne et contemporaine du monde arabe demeure un champ d’étude insuffisamment exploré, elle a néanmoins suscité un intérêt croissant au cours des deux dernières décennies.
In this conversation Michael Allan and Gauri Viswanathan discuss connections among philology, literary history, and religion, drawing from writers such as Edward Said, B.R. Ambedkar, Zora Neale Hurston, Louis Massignon, and Kumud Pawde.
Wissenschaft und Film, wie passt das zusammen? Wenn wir an Filme denken, dann meistens an einem gemütlichen Abend mit Netflix, oder vielleicht an einem Blockbuster im Kino. Entspannung und Unterhaltung stehen im Vordergrund. Der…