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  • Losing Our Religion? Religious Diversity in a Secular Era


    On October 16, renowned sociologist Jose Casanova of the Berkley Center's Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular at Georgetown University spoke about his research on current global trends of diversity and secularization to a crowd of faculty, graduate students, and members of the public. 

  • Shining New Light on The Star of Redemption

    Erlewine Snipit

    On September 29, Robert Erlewine presented his analysis of the work of German-Jewish thinker Franz Rosenzweig, author of The Star of Redemption (1921). Through his examination of Rosenzweig’s attitudes toward Christianity and Islam, Erlewine explored the representation of the Abrahamic religions in modern Jewish thought.

  • Islamic Feminism in Kuwait

    Gonzalez and Ecklund

    On April 22, Alessandra González, a Rice alumna, spoke to a crowd of fifty on the topic of Islamic Feminism in Kuwait. Drawing from her book, Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: The Politics and Paradoxes, she discussed the relationship between tolerance, Islam, and gender.
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  • Hinduism and Holistic Healing

    Hinduism Snipit

    Institute for Spirituality and Health program manager Cyrus Wirls has led an initiative for a seminar series that features health perspectives from speakers of various backgrounds: Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Judaism. The series continued on October 27, when Dr. Sarath Menon-Chembottil and Dr. Harish Chandra spoke on their experiences with Hinduism and its relation to health practices.

  • Shi’i Values Underscore Efforts of Aga Khan IV and His Institutions

    Panelists with Dr. Zahra Jamal

    The Boniuk Institute recently co-hosted a discussion with the Aga Khan Council for the Southwestern United Statesheld at The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Sugar Land, Texas. Dr. Farhad Daftary and Dr. Gurdofarid Miskinzoda, two scholars from the Institute of Ismaili Studies, a research and educational institution in London founded by the Aga Khan, participated in a discussion moderated by the Boniuk Institute’s Dr. Zahra Jamal.

  • Wrestling Brothers: Religion and Science at War?

    Wrestling Brothers Snipit

    In September and October, the Boniuk Institute co-sponsored three talks with Bruce Yaeger, who seeks to dispel the image of religion and science as being "at war" based on historical data. For Yaeger, the relationship between religion and science is less an existential war between two opposing worldviews, and more a dialogue between two different ways of looking at the universe.

  • Spiritual Healing for Body and Mind


    On September 29, Dr. Anne Klein and Dr. Stephanie Thomas spoke on their experiences with Buddhist practice as it relates to health. This talk was a part of The Institute for Spirituality and Health's World Religions Perspectives on Health series of seminars.

  • A Course for the Houston Community

    Glasscock Course

    The Boniuk Institute will co-sponsor a course in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.  Boniuk Institute Directors will co-teach the course  Religious Diversity and Understanding in Today’s World.

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  •  The Rose Ensemble Displays Religious Harmony of Medieval Music

    Rose Ensemble Snipit

    The Rose Ensemble performed in conjunction with the Bellaire High School choir on October 18 at St. Philip’s Presbyterian Church. The concert included a series of pieces from the convivencia (a period of Spanish history marked by peaceful coexistence of the Abrahamic faiths) that engage Christian, Jewish, and Muslim themes in medieval Spanish, Judeo-Spanish (also known as Ladino), and Arabic.

  • Islamic Art Exhibition Brings Community Together

    Juried Art Exhibit Snipit

    In partnership with the Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) and the LuminArté Gallery, the Boniuk Institute co-sponsored the 4th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art, which ran from September 26th through October 31st in Dallas, Texas.

  • Enter Faith Workshops Explore Religious Diversity Through Stories

    Dr. Truscott

    For five weeks in August and September 2015, Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance hosted Professor Cristal Chanelle Truscott’s Enter Faith Workshop Series, where participants explore religious diversity using story circle methodology and arts-inspired techniques.

  • Intersections: Experiencing the Sacred

    Intersections - Jeff Fitlow

    Intersections, an art piece by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha inspired by designs on the tiles at Alhambra, became the newest art installation to be featured in the Rice Art Gallery in Sewall Hall on September 24.

  • Sacred Geometry: A Universal Language

    Adam Williamson

    Richard Henry and Adam Williamson explored the age-old relationship between religion and math in their lecture and workshop series, “Sacred Geometry,” held on September 13-15 at Rice University. The series drew some 175 attendees over the series of lectures and workshops, including high school teachers from all over, Houston area artists and community leaders, as well as Rice students and staff.