Nationalism and Religion -- Take 2

Yoav Peled Blog Post

In this post Yoav Peled, Tel Aviv University, discusses the relations between nationalism and religion among Muslims and Jews in Israel.

In March 2021 Israel held its fourth general election in two years, which resulted in the same deadlock between Benjamin Netanyahu’s populist supporters and his opponents as the previous three campaigns. (This is not an issue of left and right, as the anti-Netanyahu bloc includes several right-wing parties.) Right before the elections, the United Arab List (UAL), an Islamist political party which represents one of two affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood in

Nationalism and Religion

Yoav Peled Blog Post

Nationalism and Religion

In this post Yoav Peled, Tel Aviv University, discusses the relations between nationalism and religion.

In this post I would like to raise questions, rather than offer answers, regarding the relations of nationalism and religion. This is a salient issue at the moment with what may be termed religious nationalism playing a prominent role in, inter alia, India, Turkey, Poland, Israel, and the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

According to Mark Juergensmeyer, both nationalism and religion are ideologies of order.[1] Both involve faith in an external power

Parade Material Culture: You caught what at a parade

Tiff Graham Blog Post


What sails through the air? What makes people shout and pounce to the ground or reach to the skies? What is free for those who wake up early and wait patiently? It’s parade trinkets/throws/swag/loot/handouts/kamelle, of course. Things we don’t know we want, till that moment when a parade goes by. Maybe it ends up in your mouth, in a bag, a drawer, or eventually the trash, it doesn’t matter, these random parade gifts are eagerly received by both children and adults.


I have so many questions about these objects thrown and handed out during a parade: 

1.  Is it a DIY or a commercially

Prophecy and Shamanism in the Great Lakes Region

David Nichols Blog Post

The second half of the eighteenth century became an age of prophecy in northeastern Native North America. Delaware and Seneca prophets visited the Master of Life in dream visions, Shawnee conjurers summoned avatars of the Great Spirit, and Ojibwa shamans sought guidance from the larger spirit world, whose denizens they invited to dwell in their bodies and minds. Most of these truth-seekers delivered from the spiritual plane a common message: whites and their lifeways threatened the well being of all Indians. The Master of Life had separately created white people and red people (the latter a