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religious history



  • Faith made Harriet Tubman fearless as she rescued slaves

    by Robert Gudmestad

    Harriet Tubman worked as a slave, spy and eventually as an abolitionist. What I find most fascinating, as a historian of American slavery, is how belief in God helped Tubman remain fearless, even when she came face to face with many challenges.


  • How did November become the Mizrahi Heritage Month? And what’s Mizrahi anyhow?

    by Lior Sternfeld and Arie M. Dubnov

    The Mizrahi heritage month is not a local, grassroots initiative that emerged in response to experiences of discrimination or marginalization. Instead, it is a transatlantic importation of recent attempts by the Israeli government to commemorate the forced expulsion of Jews from the Arab and Muslim world in the wake of the establishment of Israel.


  • Bodhisattvas and Saints

    by Ed Simon

    St. Josaphat is a particularly remarkable Roman Catholic saint, for he’s normally known by a rather different title – the Buddha. 


  • Coexistence and Sectarianism in the Modern Arab World

    by Ussama Makdisi

    In the case of the Middle East, the need to demythologize communities and their ideological underpinnings needs to go hand in hand with evoking a dynamic history of coexistence that transcends communalism. 


  • Benjamin Franklin, Religious Revolutionary

    by J.D. Dickey

    Surprisingly, however, during America’s first major evangelical revival — the Great Awakening of the 1730s and ’40s — one of its most important figures had little use for religious conservatism. In fact, he wasn’t a preacher at all, but the reform-minded, freethinking Philadelphia printer Benjamin Franklin.



  • New research sheds light on largest-ever Anglo-Saxon treasure hoard

    The impressive find is now thought to include artifacts captured from kingdoms in East Anglia and Northumbria -- something researchers say "offers vivid confirmation of the widespread and brutal events" between warring English kingdoms, which have been described in near-contemporary sources from the period.


  • Climate Change and the Last Great Awakening

    by Douglas S. Harvey

    The Last Great Awakening, if it is to be massive and successful, must involve profoundly altering our personal behaviors and inner lives while seriously committing to living in a sustainable way.