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Difference and Humanity Among Christians in Indian Slums

Difference and Humanity Among Christians in Indian Slums

MRB August 28, 2017 0

Liana Chua Reviews Nathaniel Roberts’ To Be Cared For Recently, a certain meme made the rounds on my (admittedly anthropologist-heavy) social media feed. The meme features a photo of the pioneering anthropologist Ruth Benedict,

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Landscapes of the Soul

Landscapes of the Soul

MRB August 17, 2017 0

A review of Angel Hill Victorian culture—permeated with spiritualists and séances—concerned itself with death on a personal and intimate level. The public readily welcomed death into their homes as the art of taxidermy provided

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The Alt-Right Apocalypse

The Alt-Right Apocalypse

MRB August 17, 2017 0

Hindu Eschatology and the Reactionary Mind The election of Trump heralds a “Dark Age” of ignorance and violence, warn standard-bearers of centrist liberal opinion like The New Republic and The Atlantic. The far right

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Shakespeare’s Bodies Onstage

Shakespeare’s Bodies Onstage

MRB August 15, 2017 0

A review of Early Modern Actors & Shakespeare’s Theatre: Thinking with the Body I think most of my students don’t find Shakespeare very funny when they read his plays, even after they’ve grown comfortable

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Is Islamist violence any worse?

Is Islamist violence any worse?

MRB August 4, 2017 0

On the morning of September 16th, 1920, a horse-drawn carriage pulled up in front JP Morgan Bank on 23 Wall Street, right at the heart of Manhattan’s financial district. Inside the wagon sat about

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Is There Racism in Heaven?

Is There Racism in Heaven?

MRB August 2, 2017 0

Nick Cave’s Until at MASS MoCA Until by Nick Cave, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, on view through September 4, 2017. Nick Cave has said that in Until, his massive, elaborate, and provocative installation

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Imagining Pakistan: Religion at the Origins of Nationalism

Imagining Pakistan: Religion at the Origins of Nationalism

MRB July 18, 2017 0

Sohaib I. Khan on Venkat Dhulipala’s Creating a New Medina Pakistan’s descent into violent forms of religious extremism has recently become the subject of best-selling books. Causal explanations for the country’s current state of crisis rely on

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Can the City Save Civic Life?

Can the City Save Civic Life?

MRB July 18, 2017 0

In 1995, Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam sounded the alarm. Americans were withdrawing from one another; the social and fraternal organizations that formed the bedrock of the American middle-class were slowly drying up. Americans had once prided

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Rethinking Sacred Space

Rethinking Sacred Space

MRB July 18, 2017 0

Laura Moffatt on Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria Sheherazade Guidici’s Rituals and Walls: The Architecture of Sacred Space I’m becoming increasingly convinced that architectural history is the most inclusive of studies. Far from simply interpreting bricks

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Israel, the Nation State of the Jewish People?

Israel, the Nation State of the Jewish People?

MRB July 5, 2017 0

Simon Rabinovitch and Ruth Calderon discuss identity, equality, and the Jewish nation-state bill Between December 2014 and October 2015 Marginalia ran the “Defining Israel” forum featuring documents and essays on Israel’s parliamentary struggle over

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