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One Final Word on <i>Jew</i>: A Response

One Final Word on Jew: A Response

MRB July 4, 2017 0

Cynthia M. Baker reflects on the Jew Forum The introduction to my book, Jew, concludes as follows: One final word on Jew: there is, of course, no final word on Jew—much less is one

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Systematic Theology and Biblical Criticism

Systematic Theology and Biblical Criticism

MRB June 22, 2017 0

Brad East on Ephraim Radner’s Time and the Word Should the Bible be read like any other book? Such a question was not asked and could not have been asked until quite late in the

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Haunted Bodies: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Haunted Bodies: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

MRB June 21, 2017 0

Alexandra Barylski on Molly McCully Brown’s The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded What sin warrants a blown brain, a lame body? Where does it wait to be born?   Molly McCully Brown’s

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Identity and Commentary in the Sufi Tradition

Identity and Commentary in the Sufi Tradition

MRB June 20, 2017 0

The Life of Ibn al-Mubārak One of the more difficult tasks facing historians of early Sufism is to disentangle its development as an identifiable social movement from the dense thicket of other interrelated and

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Jewish Identity as a Psychic Wound?

Jewish Identity as a Psychic Wound?

MRB June 19, 2017 0

Naomi Seidman on Cynthia Baker’s Jew My starting point is the striking idea suggested by Cynthia Baker that the word Jew is or was received as a kind of blow, forming the subject not

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The Qur’an Illuminated

The Qur’an Illuminated

MRB June 8, 2017 0

Yael Rice on Islamic Book and Manuscript Arts in America In October 2016, during the final month of a fractious presidential election that saw the GOP contender (now President of the United States) campaign

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Between <i>Jew</i> and Muslim

Between Jew and Muslim

MRB June 6, 2017 0

Observations on Cynthia Baker’s Jew from the Perspective of Islamic Studies The questions raised by Cynthia Baker’s terse, sophisticated intervention in Jew resonate in, with, and for Islam in numerous complex ways. In the

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Beautiful and Meaningless

Beautiful and Meaningless

MRB June 6, 2017 0

Bosch and Bruegel Beyond Iconography In the tenth canto of the Inferno, the poet Dante and his guide Virgil make their way through the sixth circle of Hell: the place reserved for heretics. From

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Thinking with Samaritans and Cynthia Baker’s <i>Jew</i>

Thinking with Samaritans and Cynthia Baker’s Jew

MRB June 5, 2017 0

Matthew Chalmers on Cynthia Baker’s Jew Calling someone a Jew is not a neutral act. In her new book, Cynthia Baker explains with exemplary clarity how for much of their history the term Jew

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Violence in Islam

Violence in Islam

MRB May 25, 2017 0

Lamin Sanneh on Islam’s under-appreciated potential for peace What’s Wrong with Islam? The many attempts to explain what went wrong with the Muslim world, with its outbreaks of violent extremism against minorities, tend to

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