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Rebekka King Assistant Professor Middle Tennessee State University As an anthropologist of religion, I have advocated that the skills one develops in an ethnographic setting are necessarily translated to the classroom. I’m a proponent of creating a space for students to serve as experts and to speak to their own... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Martin Nguyen Associate Professor, Faculty Chair for Diversity Fairfield University The questions and challenges concerning the teaching of Islam and race that I raised last year in “Teaching Islamic Theology through Black Lives” are no less urgent and relevant now as they were then. In that contribution, I attempted to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Teaching Islam
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew University Theological School The car service arrived at my house. I grabbed my purse, suitcase, and briefcase and hurried out the door making sure it was locked behind me. As scheduled, we stopped to pick up a colleague who was also Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Randy Woodley Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture George Fox University and Portland Seminary Allow me to be honest. There are few things in my job that I dislike more than having a conversation with someone who is feigning objectivity or neutrality. I call it academic pretense. I cherish conversations. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Elliott Bazzano Assistant Professor Le Moyne College In two classes that I teach—“Islam” and “The Qur’an”—I often assign the film Wadjda (dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2012) as the first homework assignment. Wadjda tells the tale of a young girl (same name as the film’s title) in Saudi Arabia who longs to Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Teaching Islam
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Mindy McGarrah Sharp Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ethics Phillips Theological Seminary What do you know to be true now that you used to think was false? What do you know to be false now that you used to think was true? What is something you’ve always thought true Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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SherAli Tareen Assistant Professor Franklin & Marshall College This is the third and penultimate blog in a series of posts in which I have sought to meditate on the question of how one might present theoretical/conceptual arguments to students in an introductory course on Islam in a manner that does Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Teaching Islam
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Teresa Delgado Director, Peace and Justice Studies Associate Professor and Chair, Religious Studies Department Iona College Earlier this semester, a number of faculty on our campus organized a “teach-in” to address growing concerns over the Trump administration’s recent executive orders and presidential leadership. Entitled, “Freedom from Fear: American Democracy in.. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Dean J. Johnson Director Peace & Conflict Studies Assistant Professor of Philosophy West Chester University Every time I walk into a classroom or workshop for the first time, I hear the voices of elders in the long, Black-led struggle for justice pressing the questions: “How are you going to Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Stephen G. Ray, Jr. Neal A. and Ila F. Fisher Professor of Theology Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary In my last blog, I reflected on my regret about the way that my classroom had become politicized in an election season in ways that I came to regret. Unexpectedly, I find myself once Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Meena Sharify-Funk Associate Professor Wilfrid Laurier University I was scheduled to write a blog post on teaching about controversial issues and how they are shaping contemporary Muslim identities in North America. Guessing, however, that many readers may be fatigued from the barrage of unfavorable events – from the U.S. travel. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Teaching Islam
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Whitney A. Bauman Associate Professor of Religious Studies Florida International UniversityIf you are like me, the weeks since the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States have been filled with shock, horror, disbelief, sadness and fear. These feelings come not only from the executive orders and policies... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School & Graduate Division of Religion The shift in the pattern is subtle, and I might be hypersensitive given the national spectacle of alternative facts and fake news, but I think conversations riddled with non-sequitur speech are on the rise Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Martin Nguyen Associate Professor, Faculty Chair for Diversity Fairfield University As anyone who takes on the task will appreciate, teaching the Qur’an is an incredibly challenging undertaking. The scripture bears out multiple layers of meaning and finds expression across a range of literary devices: parables, similitudes, hyperbole, sacred narratives, direct Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Teaching Islam
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Elliott Bazzano Assistant Professor Le Moyne College Since Trump became a candidate in the 2016 US presidential race, educators have continued to reflect on how his political presence might influence pedagogy. Personally, I find myself in a familiar quagmire: to what extent do I focus on current events in my. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Teaching Islam
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Cláudio Carvalhaes Associate Professor Union Theological Seminary - New York City Idea-feelings - Like tiny moss on stones. Oh yes oh yes! In a poem entitled The World’s Feeling,[1] the Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade has a line that says: “I have only two hands and all the feelings Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Every once in a while, integration becomes the golden fleece in curriculum design, teaching, and assessment. Deans can feel pressured to identify the way the curriculum, and the Faculty, integrates subjects and learning in the curriculum and its course of study. They may feel frustrated when called upon to find... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Theological School Deans
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Stephen G. Ray Jr. Neal A. and Ila F. Fisher Professor of Theology Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Perhaps one of the most painful memories I have of my early years in teaching was election night 2004. The pain comes from my too late realization that in my advocacy for a progressive Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Miguel A. De La Torre Professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies Iliff School of Theology Since the start of the twentieth century, Christian religion scholars from the dominant culture - specifically ethicists – shifted their focus on how to live the Christian life via praxis toward the nature of Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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John Sarrouf Director of Strategic Partnerships Essential Partners I help people have difficult conversations for a living. I facilitate dialogues–usually in communities deeply divided over issues that touch on people’s values and worldviews. I have spent much of the last three years working with professors as their classrooms increasingly fit Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Joshua Canzona Georgetown University Daniel Madigan, my mentor when I first began teaching Islamic studies, considers his introductory course an opportunity to help students understand Islam as a religious choice and vision. This, in contrast to a politicized framework wherein Islam, is a problem to be solved. Marshall Hodgson also Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Teaching Islam
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Jill DeTemple Associate Professor Southern Methodist University I am a cyclist. I ride a hybrid commuter bike to work most days and have a road bike that has taken me up mountain passes and on to country roads outside of Dallas where views of fields and livestock replace the asphalt Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Neomi DeAnda Assistant Professor University of Dayton In 2015, the Department of Education reported that 1 in 5 women in the US is Latina. By 2060, this number is projected to be about 1 in 3 women. As a Latina, I was surprised by these numbers because I did not Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Eren Tasar Assistant Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill On November 8, 2016, I watched Ana Navarro telling ABC News that “there is a White America and there is a Brown and Black America, Chinese America, Muslim America.” Muslims, of course, are white, brown, black, Chinese, and many. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School Have you noticed? The lexicon of the American mainstream media has shifted. Before the campaign season, the news only sparingly discussed notions of race. Any allusion to race was vague and superficial. Reporting of race was primarily reserved for Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Teaching, Religion, Politics