East is East and West is West: Al Afghani, Tagore, and Qichao
November 12, 2012

The melancholy embrace into which East and West have fallen is the leitmotif of Mishra’s new book, a group biography of three Asian intellectuals.

Tariq Ramadan’s Arab Winter
October 01, 2012

At the heart of Ramadan’s critique is the idea that “ideological imperialism” continues. The Arab Spring, however, has put Ramadan in a sticky spot.

Confessions of an Ex-Mormon
July 13, 2012

A personal history of America’s most misunderstood religion

Term Warfare
July 11, 2012

In his Islamism and Islam, Bassam Tibi is successful in demonstrating that the Islamic tradition contains seeds which could form the basis of a modern

The School Question
July 02, 2012

The problem of the place of religion in the American public school—the “school question”—has never had a settled answer. It was a question which the f

Border Crossings
June 20, 2012

It is the tenebrous topography of memory that forms a basis for Geoffrey Hartman’s newest endeavor. In his preface to The Third Pillar, Hartman repeat

The Cauldron
May 10, 2012

The proper way to understand Salafism, Laurent Bonnefoy maintains, is not through the prism of the nation-state, but by understanding how a transnatio

Destroyer and Builder
May 03, 2012

In 1674, officials of the Dutch court carried out the recommendation of the States of Holland to ban the Theological-Political Treatise, a book that o

The Accommodator
April 23, 2012

In contending against what he sees as an America afflicted with too many heresies, Ross Douthat’s book, Bad Religion, is riddled with mistakes of fact

The First Pilgrims
April 12, 2012

In his new book on Latino Catholicism, Matovina argues that American Catholics must reclaim Latino Catholic history not only because it is true, but a