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Parimal Patil – Scripture Without a Scriptor

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Parimal Patil, Harvard University
Scripture Without a Scriptor: Hermeneutics in Classical India

Wednesday, April 29

What does it mean for something to be ‘the word of God?’ What are the origins, forms, and functions of this concept? This seminar series will investigate what it means within the traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, with a variety of scholars and thinkers.

See the Word of God series for more information on other talks in the series.

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Marthe Hesselmans – Untangling Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in South Africa

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Marthe Hesselmans – Untangling Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in South Africa: A Community Effort
April 28th

In this presentation, Hesselmans zoomed in on two stories of integration that she encountered during her field research in South Africa in 2014. For more information, view the event page.

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Shaul Magid – The Word of God Is No Word at All

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Shaul Magid, Indiana University
“The Word of God Is No Word at All”
Wednesday, April 15

What does it mean for something to be ‘the word of God?’ What are the origins, forms, and functions of this concept? This seminar series will investigate what it means within the traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, with a variety of scholars and thinkers.

Listen to the audio for this event here:

See the Word of God series for more information on other talks in the series.

Emergent Forms of Religious Life in Contemporary Mexico

“Emergent Forms of Religious Life in Contemporary Mexico” aims to develop a preliminary exploration of the broad theme of emergent religious forms in Mexican public life.  We hope to address new narratives and social practices developed to cope with everyday life in a society that has undergone such rapid and deep transformation, the nature of engagement of contemporary religious organizations and trends in Mexican public life, and the proliferation of cult-like organizations that do not take on expressly religious forms, but may have kinship with them, such as Michoacán’s Knights Templar, Dianetics, or even the culture of pyramid scheme-like organizations such as Herbalife.

For more information, visit the event page here.

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Listen to the audio of the day 2 morning session here:

Hossein Kamaly – Can the Word of God be Ambiguous?

Wednesday, April 8
Hossein Kamaly, Barnard College
“Can the Word of God be Ambiguous?”

What does it mean for something to be ‘the word of God?’ What are the origins, forms, and functions of this concept? This seminar series will investigate what it means within the traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, with a variety of scholars and thinkers.

Listen to the audio for this event here:

See the event page here for more information.

For more information on the Word of God lecture series, see here.

 

Bampton Lecture with Daniel Boyarin 2

The 2015 Bampton Lectures in America will be given by Talmudic scholar Daniel Boyarin, speaking on: A Genealogy for Judaism.

In this series of lectures, Daniel Boyarin proposes that scholarship ought to resist using the term “Judaism” with reference to the pre-modern period. As has been argued by several scholars already, there is no “native” term with this meaning in antiquity or the Middle Ages. There is, moreover, no evidence that Jews divided off one category of their experience and practice and named it their religion. It is, therefore, a falsification of the evidence to pick out an entity and name it “Judaism.” A theoretical argument against using modern categories to analyze ancient realities will be advanced as well.  See the event page for more information.

Listen to the audio here:

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