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Orlando: A Lament

June 14, 2016

Harvard Divinity School's own Mark D. Jordan reflects on society's control of queer bodies, the power of dancing, and the religious rite of lamentation in Religion and Politics.

Why do Americans Know So Little about the Religious History of the United States?

Why do Americans Know So Little about the Religious History of the United States?

May 22, 2015

Catherine A. Brekus, Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America, Harvard Divinity School

A surprising story about the Constitutional Convention is often included in Christian books about the founding of the nation. The story is so popular—and so controversial—that a Google search of the words “Benjamin Franklin, prayer, and Constitutional Convention” gets 294,000 results.

This particular version of the story comes from David Barton, the founder of Wallbuilders and… Read more about Why do Americans Know So Little about the Religious History of the United States?

Diane L. Moore on Muslim holidays in NYC

Diane L. Moore on Muslim holidays in NYC

March 9, 2015

Religious Literacy Project director Diane Moore appeared on New York's The Takeaway, with John Hockenberry, discussing NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio's decision to include the Muslim holidays on the public school calendar. Students will now take off for Eid al-Fitr--the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan--and Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son. An estimated 10% of New York City students are Muslim.

Dr.… Read more about Diane L. Moore on Muslim holidays in NYC

Which country is most generous?

Which country is most generous?

November 20, 2014

According to the World Giving Index, released annually by the Charities Aid Foundation, Myanmar holds the lead of most generous country in the world. The report explains:

This reflects the strong Theravada Buddhist community within Myanmar, with its estimated 500,000 monks (the highest proportion of monks to population of any Buddhist country) receiving support from lay devotees. Indeed, the practice of charitable giving or dana is integral to religious observance… Read more about Which country is most generous?

To Save the Girls, the World Must Help Nigeria

To Save the Girls, the World Must Help Nigeria

May 16, 2014

Harvard Divinity School Professor Jacob Olupona comments in The Huffington Post on the recent kidnapping of 260 girls from a school in northern Nigeria, calling on the international community to step in to aid what he calls the "corrupt and indifferent" Nigerian government. He also points out the government's complacency in creating the Boko Haram problem, pointing out that the radical militant organization emerged from a context… Read more about To Save the Girls, the World Must Help Nigeria

Communal Conflict in Myanmar

Communal Conflict in Myanmar

March 10, 2014

Dr. Lynn Kuok, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Fellow

Conflict between Buddhists and Muslims has been on an uptick since tensions between Arakanese and Rohingya erupted in violence in the capital of Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, Sittwe, in May 2012. Violence broke out in other areas of Rakhine in October, this time targeting Muslims in general, not just the Rohingya. Together, these clashes left almost… Read more about Communal Conflict in Myanmar

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