Hajj

Islam | pilgrimage | Saudi Arabia | Coronavirus

Halting the Hajj

Exploring the social, political, economic, and religious fallout of this year’s (all but) canceled pilgrimage

July 2, 2020
IMAN

Islam | Religious Left | political religion

Seeing a Religious Left

Exploring the vibrancy of the religious left and how secularism has hindered our ability to “sight” it

June 29, 2020

Ahok | blasphemy | free speech | Indonesia | Islam | politics | sharia

Rethinking Blasphemy in Indonesia and the Fiqh Tradition

World media have reported on the blasphemy conviction of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Christian governor of Jakarta known as Ahok, with familiar oppositions of liberal-democratic norms and hardline Islam. Fears of the sharīʿa transgressing into the pu...

June 8, 2017

fundamentalism | Fundamentalism Project | interfaith dialogue | Islam | philanthropy | R. Scott Appleby | University of Notre Dame

Not Wishy-Washy

“Watered-down,” “characterless,” “irresolute,” “sapless,” “bland,” “namby-pamby,” and “diluted,” are some synonyms for “wishy-washy,” a word some critics say I use too often when I write about or discuss what is unproductive in interfaith (and other ...

March 27, 2017

education | Islam | Islamic Studies | Muslim ban | Muslims

Of Islam and the Public Square: The Role of the Classroom

An opinion poll showing 31% of Americans feel safer because of the travel ban placed on seven Muslim-majority countries (since reduced to six)—with another 41% expressing no particular opinion—is reflective of the obscure, if not fearsome, image of I...

March 16, 2017

Barack Obama | Christianity | despair | hope | Islam | Judaism | Jürgen Moltmann | Pope Francis

Many Sightings of Hope

For more than a year I engaged in the visual and oral analog to “fasting.” Fasters discipline themselves not to eat. I chose not to comment on the election campaigns. A digital word-search will find no mention in 50 Monday Sightings of any presidenti...

January 2, 2017

2016 | discrimination | hate | Islam | Muslims | Pew Research Center | religiocification

The Religiocification of Hate

Sightings was born as an endeavor to discover and comment on the traces of “religion” which supposedly survive in a “secular” society. However, instead of sighting only such presumed distant, obscure, or minuscule traces, our authors have often had t...

December 12, 2016

Islam | Charlie Hebdo | Jesus | Saudi Arabia

Blasphemy

Those [of us] who are expected to monitor religious trends have reason to find talk of blasphemy a complex challenge to commentators and responsible citizens. Islam is an international supplier of reasons for pondering and arguing themes associate...

January 11, 2016

ISIS | Islam | San Bernardino attack | religious extremism | education | civil society | democracy

Missing From Conversations About San Bernardino Attack—The Main Point: Education!

Amid the shrieks and din of presidential candidates like Donald Trump calling for a moratorium on the immigration of Muslim to our shores, ISIS’ ranting about apocalyptic warfare between Islam and non-Muslims in the West, and President Obama assuring...

December 10, 2015

blasphemy | India | Hinduism | Brahmins | Dharma | adharma | Manu | Kautilya | Arthashastra | James C. Scott | Materialists | Ramayana | Jabali | Rama | Kamasutra | bhakti | Islam

Prelude to Censorship: The Toleration of Blasphemy in Ancient India

India today is experiencing a powerful wave of censorship of literary texts, films, and artworks. Such a degree of repression is unprecedented in India, but it is rooted in concepts of blasphemy that underwent a number of changes throughout Indian hi...

May 21, 2015