Monthly Archives: August 2013

Bombings in Lebanon

Two massive car bombs exploded today outside of the Taqwa and Al-Salam mosques in Tripoli, Lebanon, raising fears of spreading sectarian violence in the Middle East. According to the New York Times: “Car bombs exploded with catastrophic force outside two … Continue reading

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Buddhists and Religious Violence in Myanmar

Originally posted on Brian Sandberg: Historical Perspectives:
Buddhist monks have been involved in several waves of anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar, and certain Buddhist leaders are accused of motivating and orchestrating recent attacks. “In the Western stereotype, Buddhists are meditating pacifists…

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Judith Slaying Holofernes (in Chicago)

Originally posted on Brian Sandberg: Historical Perspectives:
Artemesia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes (c. 1620) is coming to Chicago! This famous painting is one of the quintessential images of gender and violence in the early modern period, as well as one…

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History of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood has been an important religious and political organization in Egypt for decades and is one of the major participants in the ongoing Egyptian Revolution. NPR provides a brief history of this important Islamic organization, which was founded … Continue reading

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Attacks on Coptic Churches in Egypt

The Egyptian military recently took control of the national government in a move that many analysts have described as a coup d’état.  The military’s seizure of President Morsi and arrests of members of his government have triggered a serious political … Continue reading

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A New Production of Mother Courage

Shakespeare and Company is producing a new version of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage, a play about everyday life and death in Germany during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). Bruce Chadwick provides a synopsis of the 1939 play in his review … Continue reading

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Increasing Sectarian Attacks in Iraq

Sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia militant groups is increasing once again in Iraq. According to the New York Times, “Across the country, the sectarianism that almost tore Iraq apart after the American-led invasion in 2003 is surging back. The … Continue reading

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