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New and Noteworthy

by The Editors 02-01-2016
Four March culture recommendations from our editors.
Garment District

Take an informative and engaging trip in the documentary film The Secret Life of Your Clothes. Presenter Ade Adepitan follows the trail of garments donated to charity to the biggest importer of secondhand clothes, Ghana, revealing the intersections of consumption culture, Ghanaian fashion, and globalization. www.bullfrogfilms.com

The People’s Work

How can intercultural music and liturgy prepare us for the work of reconciliation and justice? Experienced worship leader and trainer Sandra Maria Van Opstal explores the pragmatic and profound challenges and blessings of multiethnic worship in her book The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World. IVP Books

Letters

by The Editors 01-28-2016
Letters to the Editor from Sojourners Readers
Everett Historical / Shutterstock

Everett Historical / Shutterstock

Letters to the Editor from Sojourners Readers

Opening a Sacred Text

by The Editors, by Seyyed Hossein Nasr 01-05-2016
From The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary, copyright 2015 by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, editor-in-chief. Published by HarperOne.

HARPERONE'S RECENTLY released The Study Quran (following The Study Bible and Commentary on the Torah) promises to be a needed resource in a time of religious turmoil: A new English translation, it is also the first to provide extensive, line-by-line commentary by scholars on meaning and context drawn from hundreds of years of Islamic tradition. Included are several essays on specific themes—including war and peace, science, and human rights.

The process used to shape this work was unique as well. The team of editors led by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., strove to include perspectives and interpretations from the broadest range of Muslim communities—Sunni, Shia, and others—without lifting one above the others. The team’s goal was to create an in-depth, accurate, and accessible translation for use by Muslims, scholars, students of religion, and anyone else wanting to rise above today’s media chatter and explore this sacred text. 

—The Editors

From the introduction:

The Quran is the constant companion of Muslims in the journey of life. Its verses are the first sounds recited into the ear of the newborn child. It is recited during the marriage ceremony, and its verses are usually the last words that a Muslim hears upon the approach of death. In traditional Islamic society, the sound of the recitation of the Quran was ubiquitous, and it determined the space in which men and women lived their daily lives; this is still true to a large extent in many places even today. As for the Quran as a book, it is found in nearly every Muslim home and is carried or worn in various forms and sizes by men and women for protection as they go about their daily activities. ... The Quran is an ever present source of blessing or grace ( barakah) deeply experienced by Muslims as permeating all of life.

New and Noteworthy

by The Editors 01-05-2016
Four February culture recommendations from our editors.
What We Need

My Little Book of Big Freedoms: The Human Rights Act in Pictures , illustrated by British writer-illustrator Chris Riddell, is a pocket-sized booklet with winsome illustrations of 16 freedoms and protections we might take for granted, including life, freedom, justice, belief, thought, togetherness, love, and mercy. Amnesty International U.K.

Life Together

How can families of all shapes and sizes nurture human dignity, service, and the common good in the home and society? In Schools of Solidarity: Families and Catholic Social Teaching, Mary M. Doyle Roche offers practical, joyful guidance, with questions and activities for discussion and reflection. Liturgical Press

Letters

by The Editors 01-04-2016
Letters to the Editor from Sojourners readers
Everett Historical / Shutterstock

Everett Historical / Shutterstock

Letters to the Editor from Sojourners readers

What This Indian Rapper and the Prophet Hosea Have in Common

by The Editors 12-14-2015
Screengrab from jhatkaa/Youtube video

Screengrab from jhatkaa/Youtube video

In July 2015, a young female rapper from India released a music video calling on Unilever to take responsibility for the mercury contamination caused by one of their former factories in Kodaikanal. In lyrics set to the tune of Nicki Minaj’s Grammy-nominated (and explicit) rap song “Anaconda,” rapper Sofia Ashraf explained that “Unilever came and left devastation / As they exposed the land to contamination.”

New and Noteworthy

by The Editors 12-08-2015
Four January culture recommendations from our editors.
Being Between

The documentary film Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African? focuses on young African women who live in the U.S. and West Africa but identify with both cultures. How do they work out unique twists in the issues of race, complexion, gender, and family heritage?

Revealing the Word

Nyasha Junior, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible at Temple University, has written An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation, an accessible and forward-looking guide to African-American women’s contributions to biblical scholarship. WJK Press

Letters

by The Editors 12-02-2015
Letters to the Editor from Sojourners readers
Everett Historical / Shutterstock

Everett Historical / Shutterstock

   Letters to the Editor from Sojourners readers    

Why We Published Our Cover Story in English and Spanish

by The Editors 11-12-2015
Waj / Shutterstock

Waj / Shutterstock

Taking our cue from these leaders whose understanding of justice is rooted in a multilingual, multicultural context, we published the cover story in both English and Spanish — a first for Sojourners. For English-only speakers, we hope this serves as a reminder that our own perspective is limited. For those who regularly navigate multiple languages and cultures, especially Latino and Latina Christians, we hope you’ll continue to heed the challenge of Bishop Minerva Carcaño: “It is our responsibility to be a voice for justice and to be able to sit at the table with others.”

New & Noteworthy

by The Editors 10-30-2015
Four December culture recommendations from our editors.
Liz Vice / rhapsody.com

Liz Vice / rhapsody.com

Soul for the Soul

Liz Vice sings contemporary music of praise and devotion in classic R&B, soul, and gospel styles. Her album There’s a Light, propelled by her powerful and blues-tinged voice, will lift you up and carry you back. Ramseur Records

No Bargains

What is The True Cost of affordable fashion? In this documentary, director Andrew Morgan invites us to think deeply about the consequences of cheaper clothes (and who suffers them) and consider the role we play in a globalized world. truecostmovie.com

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