BOOKS RECEIVED: Iain R. Edgar, “The Dream in Islam: From Qur’anic Tradition to Jihadist Inspiration” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Buy from University Press Books The war in the Middle East is marked by a lack of cultural knowledge on the part of the western forces, and this book deals with another, widely ignored element of Islam-the role of dreams… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Ron E. Hassner, “Religion on the Battlefield” (Cornell UP, 2016)
How does religion shape the modern battlefield? Ron E. Hassner proposes that religion acts as a force multiplier, both enabling and constraining military operations. This is true not only for religiously radicalized fighters but also for professional soldiers. In the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisabeth Goldwyn, “Reading Between the Lines: Form and Content in Levinas’s Talmudic Readings” (Duquesne UP, 2015)
Originally published in Hebrew, Reading between the Lines takes up philosopher Emmanuel Levinas’s fascinating contributions to Jewish thought, concentrating specifically on his talmudic readings in the context of “contemporary midrash.” Herself a scholar and teacher of the Talmud, Elisabeth Goldwyn… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Antonio Calcagno, “Lived Experience from the Inside Out: Social And Political Philosophy In Edith Stein” (Duquesne UP, 2014)
While most works devoted to Edith Steins philosophical legacy focus on her later, more explicitly Christian works, including Finite and Eternal Being, this comprehensive account offers readers a look into the early social and political philosophy of Stein before her… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Daniel D. Miller, “The Myth of Normative Secularism: Religion and Politics in the Democratic Homeworld” (Duquesne UP, 2016)
Modern political thought at least in the West has long presupposed that religion and politics constitute two distinct spheres with clearly demarcated boundaries. However, recent political developments, such as the rise of global Islamism and the American religious Right, have… Read More
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