Category Archives: Matt Sheedy

Trump and the Tyranny of Authenticity

by Matt Sheedy In the preface to his book Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity (2016), Aaron Hughes writes: Rather than judge the Islamic bone fides of such groups as Boko Haram and ISIS, why not attempt to explain and understand such groups … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s Gender Trouble

by Matt Sheedy The other day I came across a short article on Facebook entitled, “Pope says gender theory part of ‘global war’ on marriage, family,” which I promptly shared on my wall. The Reuters News Agency piece recounts comments … Continue reading

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Get a Load of Canada’s “Super Hot” Prime Minister!

by Matt Sheedy I recently came across the following political ad (pictured above) from the Conservative Party of Canada in my Facebook feed. The image features a (not unflattering) photo of the current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, with a caption … Continue reading

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To Celebrate or Protest? Some Reflections on Pride Toronto 2016

by Matt Sheedy On July 3rd I attended the Pride parade in Toronto, which drew increased media attention this year in light of such things as its proximity to the Orlando massacre, a terror threat on a “German-language ISIS fanboy … Continue reading

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So You’re Not a Priest? Scholars Explain What They Do to Outsiders: Matt Sheedy

In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other … Continue reading

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The Revenant: A Film Review Essay (sort of)

by Matt Sheedy Among the numerous commentaries that have been written about The Revenant, a Golden Globe winning film that many are predicting will clean up at the Oscars, Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech for best actor has been noted for … Continue reading

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The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism: An Interview with Mayanthi Fernando, Part 1

Editor’s note: The follow is an interview with Mayanthi Fernando, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, on her book, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism (Duke University Press, 2014). Part two of this interview can … Continue reading

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