Faculty News and Research

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.

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!

Forgiveness as First Step in Reconciliation

Forgiveness as First Step in Reconciliation

June 26, 2015

Following the sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., writes that the act of forgiving is deeply rooted in some religious traditions.

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.