Three years ago, I wrote about my feelings on the phrase “Happy Holidays” – spoiler, I don’t like it.Read More
The Ornament of the World: Why we shouldn’t define people by religion
If you are an avid PBS fan, you may have seen the premier of a new documentary titled Ornament of the World in the last month. It’s a piece about the interfaith world of medieval Spain, and given that I work on the very related field of cross-cultural contact in medieval Sicily, I should have been excited to see it, but, frankly, I was surprised and somewhat exhausted at the thought that this movie had been made. Because not only was its perspective on interreligious contact left behind by the field of medieval studies almost 20 years ago, but its entire approach to the question assumes that peoples of different religions should be inherently separate.Read More
Intermittent Fasting – Health, religion, and individualism in the modern wellness brand
We need to talk about intermittent fasting. Read More
Does it, though?
Live-Action Aladdin – Creating Acceptable Orientalism
I’m not looking forward to this, but let’s be honest, I’ll probably end up seeing it anyway. Read More