Scriptures and Roots in Postscripts

Over in Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds, I have an article that has gone to press. It's called "Reading Alex Haley's Roots: Toward an Anthropology of Scriptures."

Teaching Starter: Stressing Definitions and Relativity

If one goes into studying this video with a checklist of Islamic doctrines, one will miss out on what made Muhammad Ali not just one of the prettiest boxers, but one of the most fierce public speakers of the 20th century.

Teaching Starter: An Introduction to Discourse Analysis

My penchant for backward course design impresses the need to consider method more and more. I'm asking myself what kind of work do I want students to be able to do by course's end. How will they know what they know?

Where’s the Beef? The (A)politics of Cow Vigilantism

From how I see it, the Dalit community is making a statement by wanting to renounce the Hindu religion in large numbers. It is a way of saying, if being Hindu means marginalizing people based on ancestral jobs and societal bounds one cannot break out of, then we don’t want to be Hindu.

On J. Z. Smith and the Remarkable

A start of a new year, the ominous weather forecast, the beginning of yet another semester...if this moment is anything, it is one where we can signify our resolve by any number of means. And in that unremarkable fact, we might ask how and why such moments become remarkable. Currently many students of religion are … Continue reading On J. Z. Smith and the Remarkable