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April 2018

Judicial Regulation of Muslim Family Laws in non-Muslim Democracies

April 2, 2018 @ 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Yuksel Sezgin

Crossroads of Religion and Politics Lunchtime Discussion with Yüksel Sezgin. Yüksel Sezgin, Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Syracuse University, is the author of Human Rights under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India, which won the 2014 American Sociological Association’s Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Prize. His research and teaching interests include legal pluralism, comparative religious law, and human rights with reference to the Middle East, South Asia, and…

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Superstition and Magic in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

April 20, 2018

Princeton’s twenty-fourth annual interdisciplinary Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies In an age when authorities attempt to assault our modern modes of critical thinking, the term “superstition” and its premodern associations take on rearranged values. Current political discourse denounces fake news and climate change as humbug with a zeal not unlike that of medieval and early modern establishments censuring false prophets and fallacious astrologers. Our conference proposes to bring the work of graduate students in various disciplines together in dialogue to…

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A (Presumably Chinese) Tantric Scripture and Its Exegetical Practices: The Yuqijing (Yogin Sutra) in Medieval Japan

April 30, 2018 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

The Yuqijing (Jingangfeng louge yiqie yujia yuqi jing, T 867) is often listed as one of the most important scriptures of Tantric Buddhism in East Asia, but its content and contribution to the esoteric system have so far been little understood. Traditionally regarded as a translation by Vajrabodhi, it was probably compiled in China in the late eighth century. The role that it played in Chinese Buddhism, however, remains unclear. Its use in early Japanese esoteric Buddhism was also negligible.…

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