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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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  • 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.

  • IntraReligious Tolerance and Beyond


    The Boniuk Institute announces a new course for Fall 2014 that will explore religious tolerance within various religious traditions. IntraReligious Tolerance and Beyond (RELI214) will explore different historical religions and the models of inclusivity and pluralism that these religions have promoted.  The course will explore the dialogue of religious tolerance and the need to move to religious pluralism in a global community.

  • Peaceful Coexistence in Africa

    Professor Mbaku

    On March 28th, the Boniuk Institute hosted Professor John Mukum Mbaku from Weber State University to host a lecture on religious conflicts within Africa. His lecture focused on the institutional mechanisms necessary to bring about peaceful coexistence between different religious groups in the African continent.

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  • 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. 

  • On the Transcendence of the Arts

    Malek Jandali and Trio

    To further its outreach efforts, the Boniuk Institute co-sponsored and sent Rice students to the 2015 Islamic Art Revival Series Experience, an interactive cultural experience on September 12, 2015 at the Eisemann Center of Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas. 

  • Rice Owls at the Interfaith Leadership Institute

    Chicago Skyline

    In August, seven undergraduate students and Boniuk Institute Associate Director Dr. Zahra N. Jamal attended the Interfaith Leadership Institute (ILI) convened by the Interfaith Youth Core. 

  • "Inspire, Connect, Empower" Conference Makes Waves

    ICE Attendees

    On July 25, 2015, Boniuk Institute Associate Director for Community Engagement Dr. Zahra N. Jamal delivered a workshop at the  ‘Inspire, Connect, Empower (ICE)’ Conference  in Dallas, Texas.