HDS in the News

Ahmed Ragab

Islamic Hospitals in Medieval Egypt and the Levant

July 26, 2015

From Baghdad to Cairo to Edirne, hospitals were major and integral components of medieval and early modern Islamic cities. But what role did they play in these cities and their societies? In this podcast, Professor Ahmed Ragab examines the history and significance of hospitals in Mamluk Egypt and Syria.

Finding a Home in Madurai

Finding a Home in Madurai

July 22, 2015

Jason Smith, ThD candidate, writes about studying Tamil at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Madurai, which he is doing with support from a grant from the Harvard South Asia Institute.

The Blackening of Havana

The Blackening of Havana

July 21, 2015

With all of the excitement around U.S. and Cuban relations finally opening up there is a host of questions around race and religion that are fundamental to the lives of Afro-Cuban religious practitioners left to be asked.

Ancestors of Faith: Apostle Paul and Other Travelers

Ancestors of Faith: Apostle Paul and Other Travelers

July 15, 2015

When it comes to the story of how early Christianity was formed, two people may spring to mind. According to the author of the Acts of the Apostles, Paul and Peter were the primary forces in the movement—literally the movers, if not shakers—of early Christianity!

An American Ritual of Blood

An American Ritual of Blood

June 19, 2015

Professor Jonathan L. Walton writes an insightful editorial for the Huffington Post following the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

francis fiorenza

A Blessing to Slow Climate Change

June 18, 2015

Professor Francis Schüssler Fiorenza spoke to the Harvard Gazette about the recent papal encyclical on the environment and whether it offers anything new.

Remembering Evangelical Women

Remembering Evangelical Women

June 15, 2015

In January of 1827 on a cold Sunday morning in Washington, DC, more than a thousand people assembled in the Capitol to witness one of the most remarkable events ever to take place in the Hall of Representatives. Harriet Livermore, a celebrated female preacher, had been invited to preach to Congress.

HDS Alum One of Five Harvard Overseers Elected

HDS Alum One of Five Harvard Overseers Elected

May 28, 2015

The president of the Harvard Alumni Association announced the results of the annual election of new members of the Harvard Board of Overseers. One of the five newly elected Overseers is John Silvanus Wilson Jr., MTS '81, the president of Morehouse College.

A Political Awakening for Buddhists

A Political Awakening for Buddhists

May 12, 2015

HDS professor Janet Gyatso speaks about Buddhism and civic activism ahead of 125 U.S. Buddhist leaders from across the spectrum gathering on May 14 in Washington for what organizers say may be the biggest conference ever focused on bringing their faith communities into public, civic life.

From Church History to Buddhist Rituals

From Church History to Buddhist Rituals

May 4, 2015

Harvard owes its existence to the study of religion. In 1636, endeavoring to assure that the next generation of ministers in the fledging American colonies were properly educated, the "Great and General Court of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England" approved the establishment of a college that would soon be known as Harvard.

Celebration of the Study of Religion at Harvard

Celebration of the Study of Religion at Harvard

April 24, 2015

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the PhD in the Study of Religion, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences brought together FAS and HDS faculty along with PhD and ThD alumni and students on the Harvard campus for a symposium.

The Business of Non Religion

The Business of Non Religion

April 23, 2015

A report was released by HDS students Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile mapping a new cohort of businesses and non profits that are providing answers to the same needs that churches and organized religion once provided.

Hollis Research Professor of Divinity Harvey Cox

How to Read the Bible

April 14, 2015

In his new book How to Read the Bible, HDS Professor Harvey Cox, an iconic theologian, reveals three primary ways of reading the holy book.

Guila Clara Kessous

'The Choice' Premiere

April 9, 2015

The Choice, a play by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, will have its world premiere in a staged reading at 8 pm Sunday, April 12, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. It is directed by HDS postdoctoral fellow Guila Clara Kessous.

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