Faculty News and Research

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.

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.