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Tolerance as Tourism? Dual Developments in the Arab Gulf
Through the Abrahamic Family House, the UAE carefully curates the public sightseeing of what counts as true religion, what is tolerable and what is not, and what never reaches open discussion in the first place.
Public Education as Cultural Battleground
Attacks on public schools cannot be extricated today or historically from the use of religion as a unifying source of grievance and a particular vision of the nation fueled by an intense fear about cultural change.
Oedipus Then and Again ... And Again
Pasolini’s "Edipo Re" reminds us of the boldness at the heart of humanistic learning: the conviction that the texts we decide to study should matter not just for us but for anyone.
Banning Books; Banning Brains
Neglect of commitments to education has profound social and political implications.
What's So Special about the Asbury Revivals?
Even moments that seem most sacred, amid revival, have the potential to reinscribe the racially and politically profane.
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