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Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017

Book Published by Dr. Robert McKim on Religious Perspectives

CSAMES affliated faculty member, Dr. Robert Mckim has edited a new book, Religious Perspectives on Religious Diversity.

Religious Perspectives on Religious Diversity addresses fundamental and controversial questions raised by religious diversity. What are members of religious traditions to say about outsiders, their views, and their salvific status? And what are they to say about the religions of outsiders – about, say, whether those religions are inspired or salvifically effective or worthwhile or legitimate?

Robert McKim, Ph.D. (1982), Yale University, is Professor of Religion and of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017

Dr. D. Fairchild Ruggles named art and architecture editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam.

Dr. D. Fairchild Ruggles has been named art and architecture editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam. For over a century, EI has set out the present state of knowledge of the Islamic World. With over 13,000 articles on Middle Eastern and Islamic topics and now in its third edition, EI3 is a reference tool for understanding the world of Islam, from its origins to the present, from both humanistic and social science perspectives. Dr. Ruggles is Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Program in Art History in the School of Art and Design and also Professor of the Medieval Studies Program at the University of Illinois. She is a CSAMES faculty affiliate.

Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017

Book Review by Dr. Jessica V. Birkenholtz published

"Birkenholtz on Davis, 'Maithil Women's Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border'"

Coralynn V. Davis. Maithil Women's Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. 272 pp. $55.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-252-03842-6.

Reviewed by Jessica V. Birkenholtz (University of Illinois)
Published on H-Asia (December, 2016)
Commissioned by Sumit Guha

The full book review can be found online at this link.

Dr. J.V. Birkenholtz is a CSAMES affliated faculty member.

Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi reflects on death row experience in post-revolutionary Iran

CSAMES Interim Director and UI Professor Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi waited 30 years to write a memoir based on his years of imprisonment and activism during Iran’s revolutionary period. He sought to tell a universal story of how revolutions are experienced “from below” and of life under intense circumstances.

In a new autobiographic novel or “novelistic memoir,” called “Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution, " Dr. Ghamari (the last name he uses with this book) contemplates on three years he spent on death row in the early 1980s in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison – years of torture, deprivation and indignities, during which he saw many cellmates marched off to executions, and thought more than once that his own time was near.

Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016

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