In recent years, respected humanitarian organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Feed the Children and Oxfam have come under pressure for being part of what is described as the “White Savior
On Aug. 15, the Taliban took over the capital city of Afghanistan, Kabul, following the decision from the United States to fully withdraw all military from the country. The withdrawal of U.S.
This year, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will host the inaugural Humanities Week
In the days that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. President George W.
From the global response to terrorism and the subversive weaponization of narratives, to the evolution of crisis management and guardians of civil liberties — 9/11 forced us to think differen
After nearly six years at Arizona State University, award-winning writer and journalist Steven Beschloss is taking on a new role within the uni
A team of Arizona State University researchers from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, the
What motivates people? It’s a question asked by many of us, and Arizona State University alumna Anna Broadway is no different.
Arizona State University's Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, in conjunction with Beyond Secularization: Religion, Science and Technology in Public L
The news of the reignited war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region beginning in September left undergraduate student Jaxon Washburn feeling distraught.
It has been almost a year since the coronavirus spread across the globe, upending individual lives and the operations of businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits and government agencies ali
The humanities encompass everything from history, literature and creative writing to film and media, language and culture, philosophy, linguistics and religion.
In a time when issues of religion, ethics and science are often challenged inside and outside the academic world, a new conference put on by five academic units at Arizona State University is
A number of factors contributed to the Jan.
Biden's inaugural address acknowledged the many challenges our country faces while also appealing to our nation's values: our collective responsibility to come together to solve problems and preser
We at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.
Following the 1989-1990 fall of communism in Eastern Europe, new prodemocratic governments were formed after free elections.
Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies’ new religious studies bachelor’s degree concentration in religion, p
This fall, Arizona State University's Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, in conjunction with the
This week, Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War welcomed two ASU Future Security Fellows who are a part of New America’s Class of 2021 N
International religious leader, philosopher and award-winning author Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks spoke to more than 430 people from 13 countries in a virtual discussion on Sept.
Heather Mellquist Lehto, a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, earned national recognition for a three-part series documen
In July, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced it was awarding $30 mi
Arizona State University's Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict’s research impact is getting a boost this fall with the addition of four new postdoctoral scholars.
In Arizona, some of the communities hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic have been the same communities whose plight often goes unnoticed — refugees, asylum-seekers, DACA recipients, mixed-statu
As public attention has turned to systemic inequities in institutional cultures like those in police forces, medical care, school systems and food production, some researchers at Arizona State Univ
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable
From opera collectively sung on the balconies of apartments in Rome to New York DJs broadcasting live sets via Zoom, one theme remains constant: music holds the power to connect and s
Who wrote Malcolm X’s autobiography? The obvious answer is Malcolm X.
But, according to Keith Miller, it’s not that simple.
With some of the most important religious holidays quickly approaching, religious communities all over the country are coming to the realization that things will feel a lot different this time arou
The spread of the coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the contours of social interaction, as mass gatherings of people ha
In July 1945, as the end of WWII approached, an electrical engineer named Vannevar Bush, who had overseen government research during the war, put forth a report at the request of then-President Fra
Since the 1960s, evangelicals have increasingly pushed back against what they see as the marginalization of Christianity from public life.
Apocalypticism. Climate Change. Moral Capital. Refugees.
BrieAnna Frank, a Barrett Honors student majoring in journalism and political science, was an undergraduate research fellow with the Center in 2017-18.
A lot had changed in the 15 years since Earl Swift last set foot on Tangier Island, located in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay.
Americans today are being assailed by the rise of “fake news” and a growing combativeness around democratic principles, including freedom of the p
The Pew Research Center has reported that more and more people identify the
Naruro Hassan took a seat among 10 other undergraduate research fellows in John Carlson’s “Inquiry into Religion and Conflict” course one sweltering morning in August 2017, a student like all
A new course at Arizona State University aims to empower students to become wiser and more effective interpreters of news about the intersection of religion and politics, as well as other hot-butto
Most Americans believe science and religion are incompatible, but a recent study suggests that
Parents, friends, faculty, and academic advisors gathered on April 25 to celebrate the accomplishments of students honored at Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflic
“Journalism is the first rough draft of history.” These words, attributed to former Washington Post publisher Philip L.
What is peace? How do historical, philosophical, religious, and political approaches shape our understanding of it? Are war and peace entangled concepts?
Our phones, TVs, computers and tablets provide a constant stream of media reports on civic unrest erupting in other countries.
Recent political climates at home and abroad may leave many feeling increasingly insecure about the future of democracy.
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.
Caught in the violence of war in the mid 1990s, Bosnian Muslims became the victims of a brutal and bloodthirsty purge at the hands of Serbian forces.
Picture a shared dinner table as a venue for increasing awareness about the immigrant experience.
Gaymon Bennett explores modernity’s role in contemporary religion and biotechnology. He says innovation requires soul work, which, in turn, requires one to embrace the shadow.
The study of religion is becoming more prominent as countries around the world continue to connect with one another.
In the summer of 2002, when Michael Crow became president of Arizona State Universit
Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict interim director John Carlson warned audience members at an event Tuesday evening on Arizona State University's Tempe campus that they’d better be havi
The 2002 landmark reporting of The Boston Globe that uncovered pervasive child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests opened the veritable floodgates to a torrent of parallel accounts.
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, in partnership with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was awarded a grant by the
Whatever happened to the Taliban? They, along with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida, seem to have slipped from the headlines.
A Hollywood director fired for comments tweeted a decade ago.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced plans to end the policy of separating immigrant children from parents who cross illegally into the United States.
Arizona State University alumna Sarah Lords’ path to choosing global studies as a degree can be traced back to her parents.
They interviewed an award-winning journalist who had just returned from Syria. They learned how religious conflict ushered in the modern system of states from a political scientist.
Many people believe in the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
It might sound contrived, given her area of expertise, but to ASU Jewish studies Director Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, a career in academia is like a secular version of a religious commitment.
Jan. 20 marked one year since Donald Trump became president of the United States.
It is hard to imagine that something that happened 500 years ago could still influence world events today, but that is exactly what many historians, political scientists and religious studies schol
The ideals of a presidential candidate, the histories of persecuted peoples and the motives behind terror attacks are all things that can be better understood with a knowledge of the religions that
Join us for the 2017 Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Speaker on Religion and Conflict featuring Philip Gorski
Arizona State University is the recipient of a grant funded by the Henry Luce Foundation to promote greater interaction between religion scholars and journalists who report and write about religion
Sun Devil Giving Day is Arizona State University's annual, university-wide day of giving.
Each year faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and community members gather together to celebrate the accomplishments of students affiliated with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at it
From cultural influence and global insight to interdisciplinary learning, the study of religion has an extraordinary impact on some of society’s most complex and challenging problems.
Anand Gopal, journalist and incoming assistant research professor, and John Carlson, associate director, appeared on PBS's Horizon to discussed US foreign policy, ISIS,
Sun Devil Giving Day is Arizona State University's annual, university-wide day of giving.
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail” was written by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963 following his imprisonment for peacefully marching in conscientious opposition to a judge’s injunction.
One of the fundamental commitments of today’s most powerful research institutions is to imagine that scientific knowledge and spiritual belief are meticulously segregated.
Unable to attend our Feb. 13th lecture with Shadi Hamid?
Prizewinning journalist and sociologist Anand Gopal has recently joined the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict as an assistant research professor.
The Center's first event of 2017 will feature Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute. Hamid will deliver a free public lecture at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb.
The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict's 2016 annual report is available online.
We can all rest easier knowing what keeps Carolyn Forbes up at night.
How do religion and violence factor into sporting events?
Is the United States a post-white Christian nation?
Shaun Casey, sp
How do you break down cultural stereotypes? For two groups in the U.S. and Pakistan, it was through storytelling.
Universities play a crucial role in the global acceptance of religious diversity and the bolstering of global literacy, according to the U.S.
To better understand conflict and peace around the world, Arizona State University students spent their summers underneath the stars of the Appalachian Trail, in deserted Dushanbe cafes during Rama
Last year, more than 2,400 people were trampled during the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, called the hajj.
Messy politics, a lack of understanding of religious differences and over-heated political rhetoric all combine to create confusion and an unnecessary fear of terrorism, according to panel of ASU e
This September marks 15 years since the events of 9/11. Has the passage of time changed how we remember the attacks and what they mean to us personally and as a nation?
By now, the wearying trope of internet outrage is a global touchstone, especially when it comes to "angry young men."
Lawrence Krauss, Arizona State University physics professor and creator of ASU's Origins Project, was recently featured on the Al Jazeera news network as part of their Upfront episode, “Is religion
Most pre-dental undergrads don’t conduct research on Malcolm X. But most pre-dental undergrads aren’t Sarah Syed.
How do religion and gender intersect with domestic violence in Greece and Fiji? What can we learn about peace building from the Emerging Church Movement in the American South?
The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict hosted its annual student awards on May 3, recognizing those students who completed its Undergraduate Research Fellows Program and Undergraduate Ce
Recent advances in biotechnologies, such as the completion of the human genome project and genetic editing, have not only raised ethical questions about their use and effects on humans, but also un
Over the past 20 years, the idea of human rights has become central in discussions about humanitarianism.
The March 22 attacks in Brussels served as yet another grisly reminder that we live in a world where the threat of terrorist attacks has become something of a new normal.
Editor's note: Due to family reasons professor Sohail Hashmi is unable to come to Tempe at this time.
The number of people displaced from their homes worldwide has reached record levels, with most of the public attention focused on the nearly 4.4 million Syrians who were forced to flee their nation
“The age of humanitarian intervention to protect civilians is not over, because civilians keep dying,” Michael Ignatieff wrote in 2014.
How do we classify texts produced by undocumented authors who no longer identify as Mexican, yet have no officially recognized status in the United States?
“For the last four decades, Harvey Cox has been the leading trend spotter in American religion."
Hands go up in a crowded ASU lecture hall when a social justice course instructor asks who has ever experienced prejudice.
For years John Carlson and Scott Ruston worked just steps from each other, but their paths never crossed.
"Religion has been the cause of all the major wars in history."
How does an accomplished neuroscientist and best-selling writer of fiction view issues of religion and conflict?
ASU professor emeritus Annanelle (Ann) Hardt, along with her late hus