Category Archives: Religious Violence in the Media

Brussels Attacks

Militants carried out attacks in Brussels this morning, exploding two bombs at the airport and another at a subway station during the busy rush hour commute. Dozens of people have been killed and injured by the explosions. ISIS (the Islamic … Continue reading

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When Politicians and Journalists “Go Medieval”

Pre-modern religious violence has been thrust once again into the political spotlight in the United States this week. The Islamic State (ISIS) diffused horrific videos and photos of its execution of a Jordanian pilot by immolation. People around the world … Continue reading

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A French September 11?

The cover of Le Monde, the leading French newspaper, displayed a photo of the spontaneous rally at the place de la République on Wednesday evening, 7 January, following the horrific attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo earlier in the … Continue reading

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Islamic Radicalism or Mental Instability?

Originally posted on Brian Sandberg: Historical Perspectives:
A driver deliberately drove his car into pedestrians in Dijon, France, injuring at least eleven people. The driver aggressively swerved into pedestrians at five different locations in the city on the evening of…

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Seventeenth-Century “Vampires” in the News

Fear of vampires was common in many parts of seventeenth-century Europe, although vampire beliefs varied widely and did not necessarily correspond to modern notions of vampires, which are strongly influenced by nineteenth-century novels and twentieth-century films. A team of researchers … Continue reading

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A Crisis in Secular Studies?

Religion and religious violence are evoked almost daily by politicians and journalists, who often distinguish between ‘religious’ and ‘secular’ politics. Jacques Berlinerblau, a professor at Georgetown University, questions popular and academic usages of ‘secularism’, which often seem contradictory. Berlinerblau argues … Continue reading

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A Crusading Banquet

The Newberry Consort Feast of the Pheasant, February 7 through 9 In February 1454, Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, threw a lavish party to promote a crusade against the Turks, who had taken possession of Constantinople the previous year. … Continue reading

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