Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment
JUST REVIEWED: Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment is an excellent introduction to religious liberty in the United States. The book is organized into thirteen chapters including an overview of the Western European historical context, the varied opinions of the Founding Fathers in drafting the religious clauses of the Constitution, and the interpretive strategies and rulings of the US Supreme Court.
Contemporary Issues in Islam
NEWLY REVIEWED: In the wake of events such as 9/11, various issues pertaining to contemporary Islam have gained the attention of an increasing number of scholars (and non-scholars) from across academic disciplines. Peace and war doctrines, the relationship between the Islamic tradition and modernity (and the associated concept/phenomenon of Islamic modernism/reformism), Islamic scriptural hermeneutics, Islam and politics (including the idea of the Islamic state), gender issues and interfaith dialogue have emerged as some of the most significant of such issues.
Justice for All
BE THE FIRST TO REVIEW: Justice for All demonstrates that the Jewish Bible, by radically changing the course of ethical thought, came to exercise enormous influence on Jewish thought and law and also laid the basis for Christian ethics and the broader development of modern Western civilization.
A Garden of Marvels
REVIEW JUST IN: A Garden of Marvels. Tales of Wonder from Early Medieval China is a compilation of translated tales, anecdotes, and accounts of strange events from over twenty-five pre-Tang collections compiled by Robert Ford Campany, perhaps the world’s leading authority on zhiguai 志怪 (“tales or records of anomalies”) and miracle tales in early medieval China. By “early medieval,” the author refers to the period from a few decades before the fall of the Eastern Han dynasty (220 CE) to the foundation of the Tang dynasty (618 CE).