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Video: When Politics are Sacralized: Comparative Perspectives on Religious Claims and Nationalism

September 28, 2021

Authors of the new edited book, "When Politics Are Sacralized" (Cambridge University Press, 2021), reflect on how religious claims undergird and obscure settler colonial realities and why and how religious and political claims are fused to produce and entrench state violence.... Read more about Video: When Politics are Sacralized: Comparative Perspectives on Religious Claims and Nationalism

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Video: Between the Sacred and the Profane in Contemporary Jerusalem: The case of Silwan

September 21, 2021

This panel of scholars and activists included Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Hebrew University, Nadav Weiman, Breaking the Silence, and Toufic Haddad, Kenyon Institute. They examined the case of East Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and the plans to establish the City of David theme Park in its place. Panelists discussed the role of biblical landscapes and settlers’ theologies in contemporary entrenchment of violence. They focused on convergences of secular, settler, and Kahanist ideologies and their manifestations in the realities of displacement and erasure in East...

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Boston Vaccine Day Held In Roxbury

September 19, 2021

"Reverend Erica Williams with the Harvard Divinity School told people at the event that getting vaccinated is not just a public health issue, but a political one. She encouraged them to get others vaccinated and to stand up."

“Right here in Roxbury, you got over 48% of the folks living in poverty,” Williams said. “It’s not enough for you to talk about what’s going on.”

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Could the U.S. Government Take Nonviolence Seriously?

September 3, 2021

Peacebuilding efforts need to take into account a region’s religious landscape . . . Baked into the international system and into diplomacy, especially in the West, is a great deal of simplistic and often biased thinking about religion. . . . Religion is complicated and not inherently a positive or negative element in violent disputes,” said Susan Hayward, associate director of the religious literacy and the professions initiative at HDS.

 

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