Mallorie Urban and Tomas Bogardus (Pepperdine): How to Tell Whether Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God. What is Islam, what is Christianity, what is Judaism? David Nirenberg reviews What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic by Shahab Ahmed. Have Muslims replaced Jews as the Other of the twenty-first century? An excerpt from Modernity and the Jew in Western Social Thought by Chad Alan Goldberg. Arolda Elbasani (EUI): Governing Islam in Plural Societies: Religious Freedom, State Neutrality and Traditional Heritage. Emmanuelle Auriol and Jean-Philippe Platteau on the explosive combination of religious decentralisation and autocracy: The case of Islam. What the left and right get wrong about Islam: Sean Illing interviews Ali Rizvi, author of The Atheist Muslim.


Trump’s slow pace of appointments is hurting government — and his own agenda. Based on the immigration system he endorsed, Trump would not get a green card. Why is Donald Trump still so horribly witless about the world? Elizabeth Lunbeck on the allure of Trump’s narcissism. Donald Trump: A 71-year-old man who needs a military general to manage his Twitter use. Trump’s base of support is collapsing. Trump’s fledgling presidency has already collapsed. Peter Thiel has said publicly that Trump’s administration is “off to a terrific start”; privately, he’s told friends that there is a 50% chance the current presidency “ends in disaster”.

Keep the Trump leaks coming: The president is too incompetent to serve, and Congress must be pressured into removing him.


From the Journal of World-Systems Research, a special issue on Coloniality of Power and Hegemonic Shifts in the World-System. Tenants under siege: Michael Greenberg goes inside New York City’s housing crisis. Simon Porzac on the dystopian promise of the fidget spinner. Why do women bully each other at work? Research suggests that conditions in the workplace might be to blame. Is J.K. Rowling’s Twitter feed better than Harry Potter? Mary Beard on Roman Britain in black and white. Trump nominee Sam Clovis blasted progressives as “race traders” and “race traitors” in old blog posts. 9 questions about the Democratic Socialists of America you were too embarrassed to ask. Tourists seeking “Despacito” discover Puerto Rico’s La Perla.


Carol Anderson on the policies of white resentment: Trump won on the politics of racial backlash — now he’s following through with an agenda meant to stoke it further. Nancy LeTourneau on how ignorance feeds the politics of resentment. “Nobody’s speaking English”: In Detroit suburbs, Arab-American enrollment in Obamacare breeds resentment. Paul Krugman on Obamacare rage in retrospect. The Trump administration is waging war on diversity. How Jeff Sessions might channel the far-Right crusade against affirmative action. The myth of reverse racism: The idea of white victimhood is increasingly central to the debate over affirmative action. Black people aren’t keeping white Americans out of college — rich people are. Scandals in higher education: Claire Potter on race, class and the struggle over diminishing resources.

Wait, will anyone investigate legacy admissions? The debate over race-conscious admissions is back in the headlines; some experts say it’s time to examine other preferences, too — including those for the children of alumni.


From The Week, Ryan Cooper on why leftists don’t trust Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Deval Patrick. Kamala Harris is one of the most progressive (and attacked) leaders in America. Dehumanization by deification: Zoe Samudzi on Kamala Harris and “Black Women Will Save Us”. Martin Longman on why “the Left” should gaze at their own navel. Bernie, Kamala, and the Left’s war of mutually assured destruction. Massachusetts is ground zero in the battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. Jill Filipovic on Democrats’ disastrous mistake on abortion. Of course abortion should be a litmus test for Democrats. Dear Democrats, equality is impossible without reproductive rights. Progressives issue “statement of principles” on abortion rights after Democratic leaders hint at softer stance.

The Democratic self-sabotage continues: There’s only one way out of our current crisis of government. EMILY’s List expands after 16,000 women reach out about running for office. Democrats have a historic opportunity — they must not make the rich richer.

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