News in Theology and Religion

Professor David Thomas elected to prestigious British Academy fellowship

Professor David Thomas elected to prestigious British Academy fellowship

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Birmingham's Professor of Christianity and Islam and the Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Interreligious Relations has been made a Fellow of the prestigious British Academy.
Date:
Friday 17 August 2018
Midlands universities partnership will train the next generation of arts and humanities researchers

Midlands universities partnership will train the next generation of arts and humanities researchers

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Eight leading universities in the Midlands are joining together to train the next generation of highly-skilled arts and humanities researchers, thanks to funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Date:
Wednesday 15 August 2018
Identification of new catena manuscripts

Identification of new catena manuscripts

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The ERC-funded CATENA project has released a checklist of Greek New Testament manuscripts with catenae, including fifty new entries, thirty-five of which are not included in the current register of manuscripts of the Greek New Testament.
Date:
Monday 13 August 2018
Project exhibition in Jordan shows artwork by Syrian refugees

Project exhibition in Jordan shows artwork by Syrian refugees

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On Wednesday 8 August 2018, the British Institute in Amman held an exhibition showcasing art created by Syrian women who have found refuge in Germany, the UK and Jordan.
Date:
Monday 13 August 2018
Census category calls divide Britain's Sikh community

Census category calls divide Britain's Sikh community

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Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies, is quoted in The Hindu, an Indian daily newspaper, about the recent news that Sikhs may get an ethnic tick box in the 2021 Census. The topic has generated a lot of discussion within the British Sikh community and is seen as an important issue.
Date:
Thursday 9 August 2018
A conspiracy to suppress Mary Magdalene? No longer just a Dan Brown plotline

A conspiracy to suppress Mary Magdalene? No longer just a Dan Brown plotline

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Professor Candida Moss writes for the Daily Beast about recent scholarly research that suggests there was a conspiracy to diminish the status and memory of Mary Magdalene. Professors Hugh Houghton and David Parker in the Department of Theology & Religion are also mentioned in the article.
Date:
Wednesday 8 August 2018
Sikh ethnic tick box in the 2021 Census and a question about research and methodology

Sikh ethnic tick box in the 2021 Census and a question about research and methodology

Description
Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies, writes for the Birmingham Perspective about the recent news that Sikhs may get an ethnic tick box in the 2021 Census. The topic has generated a lot of discussion within the British Sikh community and is seen as an important issue.
Date:
Tuesday 7 August 2018
The bloodbath at a holy shrine that launched global jihad

The bloodbath at a holy shrine that launched global jihad

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Professor Jocelyne Cesari is quoted in OZY in an article on the Grand Mosque of Mecca attack of 1979. Cesari argues that the year was the turning point in the rise of Saudi policy of exporting its doctrine of Wahhabi Islam all over the Muslim world.
Date:
Tuesday 7 August 2018
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