Monthly Archives: June 2013

Santa Muerte and Violence in Mexico

Originally posted on Brian Sandberg: Historical Perspectives:
The Vatican has launched a campaign to eradicate the cult of “Santa Muerte” (Saint Death) from Mexican Catholicism. Vatican officials have “condemned Saint Death as an ‘infernal’ and ‘blasphemous’ figure worshiped by Mexican…

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Saving Manuscripts in Timbuktu

Originally posted on Brian Sandberg: Historical Perspectives:
When Malian rebels and Islamist militants took control of Timbuktu last year, they targeted Sufi shrines and cultural heritage sites they viewed as idolatrous. They also aimed to destroy medieval manuscripts that they…

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Elizabethan Privateering and Cyberwar

Originally posted on Brian Sandberg: Historical Perspectives:
An op-ed in the New York Times compares cyberwar to the privateering conflicts of the Elizabethan period. Jordan Chandler Hirsch and Sam Adelsberg, authors of the op-ed, argue that “In confronting today‚Äôs cyberbattles,…

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Sephardic Jews Invited to Return to Spain

Originally posted on Brian Sandberg: Historical Perspectives:
More than 500 years after the infamous 1492 expulsion of Jews from the kingdom of Spain, the modern Spanish government is preparing to invite Jews to return to the country. “In November [2012],”…

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Of Cannibalism and Civil Warfare

Originally posted on Brian Sandberg: Historical Perspectives:
A newly released video allegedly shows a Syrian rebel commander mutilating a dead soldier’s body, removing internal organs, and biting into them. This shocking video reveals the horrors of sectarian violence and civil…

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Center for the Study of Religious Violence Launches

Welcome to the website of the Center for the Study of Religious Violence! The newly created Center for the Study of Religious Violence is launching a website to promote scholarly investigation of intersections of religion and violence in comparative historical … Continue reading

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