HDS in the News

Awakening of Muslim Democracy by Jocelyne Cesari

The Role of Islam in ISIS

February 16, 2016

Jocelyne Cesari, Visiting Professor of Religion and Politics, discussed the politicization of Islam by the Islamic State at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies on February 16.


Spiritual Communities and the Boutique Fitness Craze

January 7, 2016

MDiv candidate Angela Thurston appeared on NPR's On Point to discuss the findings she and fellow MDiv candidate Casper ter Kuile made in their report "How We Gather," which examines how religiously unaffiliated millennials are building spiritual communities in America.

Millerites and the End of the World

Millerites and the End of the World

October 23, 2015

The world didn't end in 1843. Professor David Holland explains the end-of-times prediction from a Pittsfield, Massachusetts-born preacher that grew into a following known as the Millerites, and how it led to the launching of a new movement that came to be known as the Seventh-day Adventists.

Francis X. Clooney

An 11-year Vigil to Redefine Church

October 16, 2015

CSWR director and Parkman Professor of Divinity Francis X. Clooney, S.J., discusses the recent court ruling against those holding vigil in a closed Scituate, Massachusetts church.

Pope Francis. / Photo: Getty

Harvey Cox: How to Subvert Pope Francis' Visit

September 30, 2015

Now that Pope Francis has returned to Rome after his unforgettable visit to the United States, Professor Harvey Cox has taken time to reflect on what it was that made him uncomfortable about it.

Pope Francis Versus Americanism

Pope Francis Versus Americanism

September 22, 2015

During his visit to the U.S., in addition to making history as the first pope to address Congress and parading through Central Park, Pope Francis will encounter a constituency that is deeply divided and far more "Americanist" than the one that Pope Leo XIII condemned 100 years ago.

Hempton Traces Europe's New Religious Landscape

Hempton Traces Europe's New Religious Landscape

September 1, 2015

To Dean David N. Hempton, Europe has lost touch with the roots of its culture and is at a crossroads. The once- Christian continent is in an identity crisis amid an increasingly secular and interconnected world.

Engaging Pluralism Theologically in Melbourne

Engaging Pluralism Theologically in Melbourne

August 21, 2015

Professor Frank Clooney, the CSWR director, writes about nearing the end of a month-long visit to Melbourne and the Australian Catholic University, where he once again was a visiting research scholar and a kind of academic consultant in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry.

Ahmed Ragab

Audio: 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.