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Tara Isabella Burton

Tara Isabella Burton’s work on religion, culture, and place has appeared in National Geographic, Al Jazeera, the BBC, The Atlantic, and more. In 2012 she won The Spectator’s Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing. She is finishing her DPhil in theology and literature as a Clarendon Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford

Harem Pool Jean-Léon Gérôme [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Other Orientalism: Colonialism in the Caucasus

When discussing Orientalism and the Muslim world, we usually talk about the Middle East: its hoary stereotypes of both beauty ...
Woodcut for "Die Bibel in Bildern", 1860

Misunderstanding the Book of Genesis

A short history of the literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis reveals it's largely a modern dogma. 
Dandy pickpockets, diving published in The caricature magazine, or Hudibrastic mirror, by G.M. Woodward, vol. 5, Folio 75

Bowie, Wilde, and the Fin de Siècle Dandies

Exploring the David Bowie/Oscar Wilde/French bohemian dandies connection.
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Satanism and Magic in the Age of the Moulin Rouge

How did some of the most illustrious names of fin de siècle French literature  end up in a newspaper battle over witchcraft and evil spirits?

Queering the Christian Experience

The queer theology of Marcella Althaus-Reid calls into question our understandings of gender, sexuality, power, and our desire for God.
Susan B. Anthony dollar coin

The Feminist History of Prohibition

A look at the feminist roots of the temperance movement.
Men and women drinking beer at a pre-prohibition bar in Raceland, Louisiana, September 1938.

The Darker Side of Prohibition

During Prohibition, industrial-grade alcohol cost hundreds of American lives. The Coolidge administration encouraged its circulation.
Robert Lewis Dear

Planned Parenthood Gunman Robert Dear’s “Idiosyncratic” Faith

Planned Parenthood gunman Robert Dear has been pigeonholed for his "idiosyncratic" faith. But it's very much a part of the American evangelical tradition.