Dribbling for Dawah
KEELIN PRINGNITZ'S REVIEW JUST IN: Steven Fink’s Dribbling for Dawah: Sports Among Muslim Americans offers unique insight into Muslims involved in localized sport. Included in Fink’s study were sport organization administrators, educators, instructors, and athletes who in some way serviced or are a part of the Muslim sport community. Through a series of eighty-five semi-structured interviews Fink’s approach studies the underrepresented experiences of everyday Muslims in sport.
BE THE FIRST TO REVIEW: Project Eagle tells the story of American missionaries in Korea from 1884 to 1942. They brought a new religion, modern education, and American political ideals to a nation conquered and ruled by the Japanese Empire. The missionaries’ influence inextricably linked Christianity and American-style democracy to Korean nationalism and independence, meanwhile establishing an especially strong presence in Pyongyang.
A Unique Time of God
WWI CENTENNIAL: Widely regarded as the most important and influential theologian of the twentieth century, Karl Barth (1886-1968) was a Swiss Reformed pastor and professor of theology, and is best known for his monumental multi-volume work Church Dogmatics. However, Barth’s theological output is not simply restricted to this later, more mature magnum opus; his earlier theological works, and even his sermons, are becoming more readily available in critical German editions, with some translated into English. One such sample of Barth’s earlier theology is his World War I sermons given while he was a pastor in Safenwil, Switzerland.
The Trial That Never Ends
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The fiftieth anniversary of the Adolf Eichmann trial may have come and gone but in many countries around the world there is a renewed focus on the trial, Eichmann himself, and the nature of his crimes. This increased attention also stimulates scrutiny of Hannah Arendt’s influential and controversial work, Eichmann in Jerusalem. The contributors gathered together by Richard J. Golsan and Sarah M. Misemer in The Trial That Never Ends assess the contested legacy of Hannah Arendt’s famous book and the issues she raised: the "banality of evil", the possibility of justice in the aftermath of monstrous crimes, the right of Israel to kidnap and judge Eichmann, and the agency and role of victims.
NEWLY REVIEWED: Edited by Jonathan K. Crane, Beastly Morality is a richly interdisciplinary collection of essays examining the possibility, foundations, meaning, challenges, and repercussions of positing animals as ethical agents. The collection is composed of thirteen essays divided into five parts whose interactions, parallels, and juxtapositions are not meant to form any tight, cohesive, unified set, “but open ambiguities and opportunities,” as Crane writes in the epilogue (251). It is such ambiguities and opportunities which render the work particularly valuable, especially when combined with a magisterial work like Carl Safina’s Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel (Picador, 2015).