This past year, Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches, published an article I wrote on the cosmopolitan consequences of the early codex book. My aim in the essay was to summarize my research on the codex artifacts and make a case for how the book form itself offers interpretive insights about early Christian and Jewish communities. It is part of a larger project on philosophical readings of writing techniques.
"The Early Codex Book: Recovering its Cosmopolitan Consequences." Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches vol. 23 no. 3 (2015): 369-98.
"Year in Pictures" - http://nyti.ms/1PelRyG. There are some hauntingly beautiful images curated in this year's NY Times list. A few in particular stood out to me this Christmas season. A nurse cares for a baby during the Ebola crisis in Liberia, echoing madonna and child. Another captures a man lighting menorah candles in a window. In so many ways the photos reflect beauty and light amidst dark times. For a more lighthearted take on the winter holidays PBS Newshour posted a montage of Santa photos here: http://to.pbs.org/1Oyv2uS
This past year Palgrave Press published a collection of essays I edited as part of a research project I led here at the University of Newcastle on Religion in Political Life. The following is a summary from the back cover:
The following links provide ways in which the book can be found in print and digital form:
- Palgrave's website: http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137536891
- Palgrave connect: http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/10.1057/9781137551382
- UoN's library link for access: http://library.newcastle.edu.au/record=b3754823~S16
- Amazon (including Kindle): http://amzn.to/1PLAhCF
"Cal State San Bernardino Class on Islamic World Grapples with Students' Questions about Shooting" - http://lat.ms/1P8bo5L. I'm often asked what university studies of religion can do in response to such violence. The San Bernadino case provides sobering evidence that the perpetrator actually studied Islam at the regional university. The difficulty is that studies of religion depends on a context of reasonable reflection, cognitive empathy and a willingness to take perspectives other than one's own. Sadly, educators have little more to say to the insanity of violent extremism than to mourn and call for peaceful restraint. Nonetheless, our imperative after such events remains to help those wishing to think more constructively about such matters. It seems to me that this is precisely what Professor Doueiri is providing in his classes. Moreover, this is what motivates the American Academy of Religion to provide two responses against both anti-muslim rhetoric as well as recent changes to campus concealed gun carry laws.