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Please join the Religious Studies department in welcoming Professor William Hart, Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Religious Studies.

Professor Hart researches the intersection of religion, ethics, and politics. His current projects include a comparative analysis of human sacrifice in religion and statecraft and associations among religion, slavery, race, criminality, and animality. He teaches courses on these topics and on similar themes in work of writers such as James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, and Octavia Butler.

Books by Hart:
Afro-Eccentricity: Beyond the Standard Narrative of Black Religion (2011)

Black Religion: Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis (2008)

Edward Said and the Religious Effects of Culture (2000)

We are pleased to announce that Gregory Lipton will once again be teaching in the Religious Studies Department 2015-16.
Gregory A. Lipton specializes in Islamic studies and the study of mysticism. His current research focuses on how medieval formations of Islamic mysticism have been re-imagined through the discursive prism of Western modernity. His dissertation, "Making Islam Fit: Ibn 'Arabi and the Idea of Sufism in the West," was completed at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2013.

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