Damages

Beirut explosion | Islam | Christianity | charity | capitalism

The Donation Dilemma

Charity in the aftermath of the Beirut Explosion

September 17, 2020
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

Islamophobia | terrorism | Islam | white supremacy | gun violence | Sigmund Freud

OMG

“… a longtime Facebook staffer told me that to detect instances of suicide or murder on Facebook Live the company created a system that looks for sudden spikes in attention—‘by number of people viewing, by the rate at which those impressions are go...

March 18, 2019

Islam | Islamophobia | China | Muslims

Save Uighur, Save China

Six Uighur sisters were each robbed of their husbands when Chinese authorities placed the men in concentration camps. They also forcefully took their children to communist-run orphanages and placed Chinese men in each of the sisters’ homes. This stor...

February 28, 2019

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