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RELI350-001 Fall 2018

RELI350-001 Fall 2018

RELI 350: How did the world of the Bible begin: a few farmers, some migrants and a handful of refugees eventually created a religion that gave us the Old Testament and was the direct ancestor of Christianity and Islam?

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Share Your Story

Share Your Story

Well-being is more than just a concept – it’s a way of living. At Mason, we aim to thrive together. A vital part of that is inspiring each other. Have you screwed up? We all do sometimes. Tell us your rebound resilience story. Do you enjoy a certain well-being practice? Let us know.

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What Unicode will make possible

What Unicode will make possible

If King Tut were around today, could he send a text in Egyptian hieroglyphics? Yes, with the right font and keyboard. That’s because the writing system of the pharaohs has already been included in the Unicode Standard, meaning that a character like the Eye of Horus has a code point, 13080, that will render the same way on a tablet in Cairo and a smartphone in Beijing. Because Mayan hieroglyphs have yet to be encoded, the ancient Mayan emperor K’inich Janaab’ Pakal would have to stick to emoji—but that’s about to change.

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Mayan-Language Manuscript

Mayan-Language Manuscript

On March 13 and 14, an international team of linguists visited the Library of Congress to transcribe and translate, for the first time, the “Guatemalan Priests Handbook,” a rare and important manuscript in the Library’s Jay I. Kislak Collection.

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Dakake: room for gender equality in Quran interpretation

Dakake: room for gender equality in Quran interpretation

Religious studies professor Maria Dakake spoke at a conference on “Gender in the Quran,” held at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. She discussed Islamic intellectual history scholarship that interprets open-ended, sometimes controversial texts with a consideration of gender equality.

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An interview with Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina on his life and scholarship

An interview with Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina on his life and scholarship

Prof. Sachedina, who holds the IIIT Chair of Islamic Studies at Mason and whose career spans more than three decades of scholarly work, is a major figure in contemporary Islamic thought. His pioneering excavations of classical Islamic sources in relation to major contemporary themes such as democracy, human rights, and biomedical ethics have established him as a scholar of truly international standing.

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Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival previews their seventh annual run (October 2nd) with a showcase of Palestinian performance artists covering storytelling, musical ensemble, and theater. The cultural production, a contemporary expression of the colorful Palestinian diaspora, celebrates Palestine as a vision for the future as much as an object of commemoration.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Prof. Sachedina Offers New Course on Religion and Medicine

Prof. Sachedina Offers New Course on Religion and Medicine

A leading expert explores the ethical principles guiding our society’s most important decisions in health care, with a focus on principles developed in Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Islamic and humanistic traditions, and embedded in our contemporary pluralistic society.

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Prof. Garry Sparks Awarded Two NEH Grants

Prof. Garry Sparks Awarded Two NEH Grants

Prof. Garry Sparks has been awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships for his work on the historical and theological encounter between the Spanish Dominican missionaries and the indigenous Mayan people of Guatemala.

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Prof. Abdulaziz Sachedina: Building Bridges between Western and Middle Eastern Approaches to the Study of Islam

Prof. Abdulaziz Sachedina: Building Bridges between Western and Middle Eastern Approaches to the Study of Islam

Prof. Sachedina has devoted much of his scholarly time and effort in recent years to introducing theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of Islam in the Western academy to scholars of Islam in academic institutions in various parts of the Islamic world, and to fostering interfaith and intrafaith dialogue through various programs aimed at both Muslim scholars and Muslim youth.

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Turner wins Fenwick Fellowship

Turner wins Fenwick Fellowship

John Turner, associate professor of religious studies, has been selected as one of two Fenwick Fellows for this academic year. This year he plans to begin research on a seminal group in the American religious narrative, the pilgrims, whose strenuous journey was far from over when the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock in the 1620.

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Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Educational inequality. Social innovation. Public relations. Human rights. These courses, offered in fall 2016, will expand your view on real issues that affect the world around us. No matter what your major, your awareness of any of these big issues will bring new perspective to your education. Learn more!

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Coming this fall!  The Global Health Fellows

Coming this fall! The Global Health Fellows

The Global Affairs program and the Department of Philosophy are teaming up to offer a unique opportunity for their undergraduate students. The inaugural cohort of the Global Health Fellows will spend its fall semester at the Arlington campus focusing on the realities of today’s global health challenges and the resources offered from a humanities and social sciences perspective.

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College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

George Mason University celebrated its annual Alumni Weekend on September 19-21 this year, and welcomed many Patriots from far and near back to Fairfax Campus. Among the host of activities planned for the weekend, the college was able to add to the festivities by entertaining its alumni at two distinct events.

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Center's small research grants now open to graduate students

Center's small research grants now open to graduate students

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a number of seed research grants in 2014-15 designed to foster and cultivate the development of new projects in the study of Muslim societies and Islamic Studies, and to support the ongoing work of advanced research students.

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Religious Studies Welcomes Garry Sparks

Religious Studies Welcomes Garry Sparks

Prof. Sparks holds a PhD in Religious Studies and Theology from the University of Chicago (2011) and specializes in the religious history and culture of Latin America. His research and interests encompass contemporary Christian and Native American religious movements in the Americas, including liberation theology, Latin American Protestantisms, and the revitalization of indigenous traditionalism.

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***New Courses in Religious Studies for Fall 2014

***New Courses in Religious Studies for Fall 2014

Check out the newest course offerings in Religious Studies for Fall 2014: RELI 240: Death and the Afterlife in World Religions, RELI 332: Mormonism, RELI 376: Religion and Revolution in Latin America, and RELI 387: Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights.

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Professor Sachedina Speaks on Religious Pluralism

Professor Sachedina Speaks on Religious Pluralism

Last month, Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair of Islamic Studies, participated in an important conference in Najaf, Iraq, hosted by the University of Kufah, on Religious Pluralism as Envisioned in the Dialogue of Civilizations.

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The Economic Value of Liberal Arts Degrees

The Economic Value of Liberal Arts Degrees

A new report, based on U.S. Census data, examines the value of a liberal arts degree in terms of lifetime earnings, and the results strongly support the worth of a humanities or social sciences degree.

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Prof. Farina Featured on EMM Television in Romania

Prof. Farina Featured on EMM Television in Romania

On March 16, 2013 John Farina, associate professor of religious studies was a featured guest on "Religion and Culture in Maramaures (Romania)." EMM Television Network, Baia Mare, Romania.

More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

A record number of students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University walked across the stage in grand fashion during their convocations on May 17 and 18, 2012. More than 2,500 graduating students were recognized for their efforts in two distinguished ceremonies.

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Cuong Nguyen Edits Wonhyo's Philosophy of Mind

Cuong Nguyen Edits Wonhyo's Philosophy of Mind

Professor Cuong T. Nguyen of the Religious Studies Department and A. Charles Muller (U. of Tokyo) edited Wonhyo's Philosophy of Mind, Volume II, University of Hawai'i Press. Professor Nguyen also wrote two chapters including: "Treatise on the Ten Ways of Resolving Controversies (Simmun hwajaeng non)" and "Commentary on the Discrimination between the Middle and the Extremes (Chungbyon punbyollon so): Fascicle Three."

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Rashkover and Dakake Made Senior Series Editors for Encountering Traditions

Rashkover and Dakake Made Senior Series Editors for Encountering Traditions

Professor Randi Rashkover and Professor Maria Dakake of the Religious Studies Department have recently become senior series editors along with Professor Stanley Hauerwas (Duke) and Professor Peter Ochs (University of Virginia) for the Encountering Traditions series at Stanford University Press. The series publishes leading scholarship in Jewish-Islamic and Christian engagement and inter-disciplinary work in religious studies.

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More Than 2,000 Graduates Honored at College Convocations

More Than 2,000 Graduates Honored at College Convocations

After years of hard work, more than 2,000 undergraduate, master's and doctoral students received their degrees Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20, 2011, at George Mason University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences graduate and undergraduate convocations.

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Film Courses Aim to Educate On-Screen

Film Courses Aim to Educate On-Screen

Several college departments are offering classes focusing on film and media in which students will examine niche on-screen topics and engage in analysis with highly decorated film experts.

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Courses Feature Mix of Past and Present

Courses Feature Mix of Past and Present

The fall 2010 semester may have started this week, but students have until Sept. 14 to add classes. College of Humanities and Social Sciences students have a variety of relevant and interesting options to choose from if they are looking for a last-minute course to plug into their fall schedule.

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Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to announce the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies. Warren Brown, the founder and owner of successful bakery CakeLove and Love Café’, and poet and author Robert Pinsky are the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies.

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Mason Welcomes New Islamic Studies Program Director

Mason Welcomes New Islamic Studies Program Director

George Mason University welcomes Dr. Cemil Aydin as the new director of its Center for Global Islamic Studies. Aydin joined Mason’s History and Art History Department in the fall of 2009, holding the Endowed IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies, bringing with him years of experience in the fields of history and Middle Eastern studies.

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Religious Studies Welcomes Islamic Studies Professor

Religious Studies Welcomes Islamic Studies Professor

This fall, the Religious Studies Department welcomes Dr. Juliane Hammer to its distinguished list of professors. Dr. Hammer, who received her PhD in Islamic studies from Humboldt University in Berlin, has a wealth of experience in teaching Islamic studies having taught at Princeton, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Elon University.

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Rashkover and Dakake Attend Scriptural Reasoning Symposium at Cambridge

Rashkover and Dakake Attend Scriptural Reasoning Symposium at Cambridge

George Mason University religious studies professors Randi Rashkover and Maria Dakake recently attended a scriptural reasoning symposium at Cambridge University in England. The June symposium “Scriptural Reasoning in the University” is one that grouped prestigious professors and others from around the world to investigate “the relevancy of ancient texts such as the Bible and the Qur’an for modern life and how to deal with those critically, intellectually, rationally, but not dismissively or disparagingly,” says John Burns, summer chair of Mason’s Religious Studies department.

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