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  • 1 Jun 2020
    Mona Siddiqui

    Covid 19 and the struggle for hope and certainty

    A few weeks ago I went out for my daily walk on Thursday evening just before 8pm. I had forgotten that since the current lockdown in the UK, this is the time set aside for the weekly Clap for our Carers campaign. It’s a public event to show appreciation of all NHS and frontline staff. […]

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  • 27 May 2020
    Francis Young

    Saints, Relics and Belief in a Time of Pandemic

    For a historian of religion, an interesting aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been witnessing the resurgence of popular interest in religious beliefs and practices across Europe that might have seemed archaic, alien and even downright odd before the changes wrought in our lives by the virus. The Middle Ages – that iconic period of […]

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  • 20 May 2020
    Colin McAllister

    Apocalypse Now, or Not?

    Ask someone what comes to mind when they hear the word ‘apocalypse’. The end of time? Images of cataclysmic destruction? Catastrophic climate change and worldwide devastation brought on by a neglectful human race? A divine irruption into the fabric of human history to punish the wicked and bring justice to the righteous? The ‘Number of […]

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  • 29 Jun 2017
    Jean-Philippe Platteau

    Islam Instrumentalized: Religion and Politics in Historical Perspective

    In this book, economist Jean-Philippe Platteau addresses the question: does Islam, the religion of Muslims, bear some responsibility for a lack of economic development in the countries in which it dominates?

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  • 25 May 2017
    Jared Rubin

    Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not

    My recent book, Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not, addresses one of the big questions in economics and economic history: why did the modern economy emerge when and where it did? Specifically, why did the modern economy emerge in northwestern Europe at some point in the […]

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