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Interviews with scholars of religion about their new books.

Mahjabeen Dhala, "Feminist Theology and Social Justice in Islam: A Study on the Sermon of Fatima" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

July 17, 2024

Feminist Theology and Social Justice in Islam

Mahjabeen Dhala
Hosted by Shobhana Xavier

Fatima, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad, has an interesting legacy, one that is often shaped by sectarian differences and tensions. The sermon of Fat…

Rebecca Scharbach Wollenberg, "The Abrahamic Vernacular" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

July 16, 2024

The Abrahamic Vernacular

Rebecca Scharbach Wollenberg
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Contemporary thought typically places a strong emphasis on the exclusive and competitive nature of Abrahamic monotheisms. This instinct is certainly b…

Rory Lindsay, "Saving the Dead: Tibetan Funerary Rituals in the Tradition of the Sarvardurgatipariśodhana Tantra" (WSTB, 2024)

July 11, 2024

Saving the Dead

Rory Lindsay
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

Saving the Dead: Tibetan Funerary Rituals in the Tradition of the Sarvardurgatipariśodhana Tantra (WSTB, 2024) explores Tibetan funerary manuals based…

Rachel Z. Feldman, "Messianic Zionism in the Digital Age: Jews, Noahides, and the Third Temple Imaginary" (Rutgers UP, 2024)

July 9, 2024

Messianic Zionism in the Digital Age

Rachel Z. Feldman
Hosted by Zalman Newfield

Judaism in the twenty-first century has seen the rise of the messianic Third Temple movement, as religious activists based in Israel have worked to re…

Natasha L. Mikles, "Shattered Grief: How the Pandemic Transformed the Spirituality of Death in America" (Columbia UP, 2024)

July 8, 2024

Shattered Grief

Natasha L. Mikles
Hosted by Jue Liang

The COVID-19 pandemic left millions grieving their loved ones without the consolation of traditional ways of mourning. Patients were admitted to hospi…

Tabitha Stanmore, "Cunning Folk: Life in the Era of Practical Magic" (Bloombury, 2024)

July 7, 2024

Cunning Folk

Tabitha Stanmore

Imagine: it's the year 1600 and you've lost your precious silver spoons, or maybe they've been stolen. Perhaps your child has a fever. Or you're facin…

Jonathan Judaken, "Critical Theories of Anti-Semitism" (Columbia UP, 2024)

July 7, 2024

Critical Theories of Anti-Semitism

Jonathan Judaken
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Despite its persistence and viciousness, anti-Semitism remains undertheorized in comparison with other forms of racism and discrimination. How should …

Neena Mahadev, "Karma and Grace: Religious Difference in Millennial Sri Lanka" (Columbia UP, 2023)

July 6, 2024

Karma and Grace

Neena Mahadev
Hosted by Jessica Zu

Around the turn of the millennium, Pentecostal churches began to pepper majority-Buddhist Sri Lanka, setting off a sense of alarm among Buddhists who …

Ellen Gough, "Making a Mantra: Tantric Ritual and Renunciation on the Jain Path to Liberation" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

July 6, 2024

Making a Mantra

Ellen Gough
Hosted by Kshitij Jain

Jainism originated in India and shares some features with Buddhism and Hinduism, but it is a distinct tradition with its own key texts, art, rituals, …

Aaron Sherraden, "Śambūka's Death Toll: A History of Motives and Motifs in an Evolving Rāmāyaṇa Narrative" (Anthem Press, 2023)

July 4, 2024

Śambūka's Death Toll: a History of Motives and Motifs in an Evolving Rāmāyaṇa Narrative

Aaron Sherraden
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

According to Vālmīki's Sanskrit Rāmāyaṇa (early centuries CE), Śambūka was practicing severe acts of austerity to enter heaven. In engaging in these a…

Lance J. Sussman, "Portrait of an American Rabbi: In His Own Words" (Xlibris US, 2023)

July 2, 2024

Portrait of an American Rabbi

Rabbi Lance J Sussman, PH D
Hosted by Phil Cohen

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D., has been a leading rabbi and scholar of the American Jewish experience throughout his long career. Now Rabbi Emeritus o…

Denva Gallant, "Illuminating the Vitae Patrum: The Lives of Desert Saints in Fourteenth-Century Italy" (Penn State UP, 2024)

June 29, 2024

Illuminating the Vitae Patrum

Denva Gallant
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

During the fourteenth century in Western Europe, there was a growing interest in imitating the practices of a group of hermits known as the Desert Fat…

Frederick Klaits et al., "Pentecostal Insight in a Segregated US City: Designs for Vitality" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

June 26, 2024

Pentecostal Insight in a Segregated US City

Frederick Klaits with Lashekia Chatman and Michael Richbart
Hosted by Shu Wan

In Pentecostal Insight in a Segregated US City: Designs for Vitality (Bloomsbury, 2022), Frederick Klaits compares how members of one majority white a…

Peter Hill, "Prophet of Reason: Science, Religion and the Origins of the Modern Middle East" (Oneworld Academic, 2024)

June 26, 2024

Prophet of Reason

Peter Hill
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

Today I talked to Peter Hill about his new book Prophet of Reason: Science, Religion and the Origins of the Modern Middle East (Oneworld Academic, 202…

Post-Positivism Revisited: A Discussion with Salman Sayyid

June 24, 2024

Post-Positivism Revisited: A Discussion with Salman Sayyid

Salman Sayyid
Hosted by Radio Reorient

This episode is the first of three special episodes in this season of Radio ReOrient in which we look back on the first principles of Critical Muslim …

Adam B. Seligman and Robert P. Weller, "How Things Count as the Same: Memory, Mimesis, and Metaphor" (Oxford UP, 2019)

June 24, 2024

How Things Count as the Same

Adam B. Seligman and Robert Paul Weller
Hosted by Theo Stapleton

In How Things Count as the Same: Memory, Mimesis, and Metaphor (Oxford UP, 2019), Adam B. Seligman and Robert P. Weller address a seemingly simple que…

Hank Willenbrink, "Performing for the Don: Theatres of Faith in the Age of Trump" (Routledge, 2024)

June 23, 2024

Performing for the Don

Hank Willenbrink
Hosted by Rob Heaton

From his overwhelming embrace by evangelicals and other people of faith to his championing of policies and conservative judicial candidates long sough…

Pinky Hota, "The Violence of Recognition: Adivasi Indigeneity and Anti-Dalitness in India" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2023)

June 23, 2024

The Violence of Recognition

Pinky Hota
Hosted by Yash Sharma

The Violence of Recognition: Adivasi Indigeneity and Anti-Dalitness in India (U Pennsylvania Press, 2023) offers an unprecedented firsthand account of…

Cameron Bailey and Aleksandra Wenta, "Tibetan Magic: Past and Present" (Bloomsbury, 2024)

June 21, 2024

Tibetan Magic

Cameron Bailey and Aleksandra Wenta
Hosted by Jue Liang

Tibetan Magic: Past and Present (Bloomsbury, 2024) focuses on the theme of magic in Tibetan contexts, encompassing both pre-modern and modern text-cul…

The Religious Landscape of Taiwan: A Discussion with Yushuang Yao

June 21, 2024

The Religious Landscape of Taiwan

Yushuang Yao

How is Buddhism seen and practiced in Taiwan? And how do neighbouring countries influence Taiwanese Buddhism? In this episode we explore the religious…