Category Archives: Purity and Pollution

Burial Politics and Intolerance in France

Burial politics and intolerance seem to have been involved in an incident concerning the burial of a Roma (gypsy) baby during the holidays in France. The mayor of the town of Champlan, where the baby lived and died, allegedly refused … Continue reading

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The Krampus and Religious Ritual in Germany

Children, beware the Krampus!  “Long before parents relied on the powers of Santa Claus to monitor their children’s behavior, their counterparts in Alpine villages called on a shaggy-furred, horned creature with a fistful of bound twigs to send the message … Continue reading

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Changing Organization of Al-Shabab

The al-Shabab organization has clearly been evolving over the past months, perhaps leading to its spectacular attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, last week. Analysts who study terrorist organizations and religious violence have been tracking the changing profile of … Continue reading

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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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