Managing the Sexual Revolution, Catholic Style: Towards an Intellectual History
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by jhiblog
2d ago
by Peter Cajka After the 1960s a group of Catholic intellectuals attempted to control the sexual revolution. By control I do not mean refute or resist, as Catholics are normally said to have done. Some historians even note that Catholic blowback—a culture war—may be seen as established narrative. Rather, control meant a type of management which entailed embracing sexual freedoms while channeling newfound liberties into acceptable ends. This particular intellectual project commenced in the 1970s, in the years just after the movement for gay liberation and the Church’s global debate over birth c ..read more
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Islam Near the Turn of the Century: Jamal al-Din and Religious Paradox
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by jhiblog
4d ago
by Niels Lee The famed fin de siècle Muslim intellectual Jamāl Ad-Dīn Al-Afghānī (1839–1897) hailed by Western scholars for his “modernist” approach to Islamic thought, became a figure of controversy during the 1960s. At the center of the dispute lies al-Afghani’s most famous work, “Answer of Jamal al-Din to Renan” published in the Journal des Débats in May 1883. At the time, the famed French orientalist Ernest Renan (1823–1892) had recently argued in a Sorbonne lecture that Islam had an antagonistic relationship with science. In response, al-Afghani asserted that, despite Islam’s historical o ..read more
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Out of an Empty Vehicle: On Myth and Global Thought
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by jhiblog
1w ago
by Julian Tepfers I begin my enquiry into thought with a joke. It is a demeaning joke, allegedly told by Winston Churchill about his successor to the post of prime minister. “An empty taxi drove up to Number 10 and Clement Attlee got out.” The joke’s humor lies in its incongruity, something emerging from nothing. Of course, it is not truly nothing. It is Clement Attlee, a global tour de force as prime minister, conjured out of an empty vehicle. My argument is centered around the truth in such a seemingly impossible scenario. For just as Clement Attlee needs a vehicle to get around, so does tho ..read more
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Guidance and Governance: Rūmī’s Wisdom on Naṣīḥat and Siyāsat
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by jhiblog
1w ago
by Nilab Saeedi The Arabic term “Naṣīḥat” conveys the efforts aimed at correcting the faults and shortcomings of others. It provides advice to promote virtue and discourage vice, as well as an individual’s efforts to offer enlightenment and guidance for the betterment or detriment of others. Conversely, “Siyāsat” is described as the conscientious care of maintaining an object in a state of sound and proper functioning. It denotes the care and discipline of an animal, especially in horse training, and the responsibility of governing and supervising the affairs of human societies. In various cul ..read more
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Announcing a new Executive Editor of the journal: Adom Getachew
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by jhiblog
2w ago
The JHI’s editorial board is delighted to announce the appointment of Adom Getachew, Professor of Political Science and Race, Diaspora and Indigeneity at the University of Chicago, to join Martin J. Burke (CUNY Grad Center, History), Stefanos Geroulanos (NYU, History), Ann Moyer (Univ. of Pennsylvania, History), Sophie Smith (University of Oxford, Politics), and Don J. Wyatt (Middlebury College, History) as Executive Editors of the journal. The board is tremendously grateful to Manan Ahmed (Columbia University, History) for his service as an Executive Editor since 2021 ..read more
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Announcing the winner of the journal’s Selma V. Forkosch Article Prize (2023)
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by jhiblog
2w ago
The Journal of the History of Ideas awards the Selma V. Forkosch Prize ($750) for the best article published in the journal each year. The winner of the JHI‘s Selma V. Forkosch Prize for the best article published in 2023 is Abram Kaplan for “Occupy the Commonplaces: Machiavelli and the Aristotelian Tradition of the Topics” (volume 84, no. 1, pp. 29–50). The judging committee provides this statement about the article: Abram Kaplan’s essay can well be characterized by his own description of Machiavelli’s approach to the erudite tradition of anci ..read more
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JHI 85.2 now available!
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by jhiblog
2w ago
The latest issue of the Journal of the History of Ideas (volume 85, issue 2, April 2024) is now live on Project MUSE. Over the coming weeks, we will publish short interviews with some of the authors featured in this issue about the historical and historiographical context of their respective essays. Look out for these conversations under the rubric Broadly Speaking. Table of Contents April 2024 Prisoner, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Hobbes on Coercion and ConsentDaniel Luban  The Speech without Doors: A Genre, 1627–1769Ruby Lowe  Sophie de Grouchy’s Political Thought in the L ..read more
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Religion and Warfare: The Power of Religion in the Making of Wartime Myths
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by jhiblog
2w ago
by Joshua Madrid Religious endorsements of state sanctioned violence are common phenomena in modern warfare. For example, on 16 September 1939, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales issued a statement affirming their unilateral support to the British Government in the Second World War. Writing on behalf of the bishops, Cardinal Arthur Hinsley declared, ‘We, the Catholic Hierarchy of England and Wales, wish to urge upon all the faithful at this time of national trial and endeavour, the duty of loyal obedience to His Majesty the King, and of willing co-operation in every form of National Ser ..read more
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The 2024 JHI Graduate Student Symposium, “The Uses and Abuses of History”: Call for Proposals
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by jhiblog
3w ago
The Journal of the History of Ideas and the JHI Blog invite graduate students from all institutions, disciplines, and stages of their degree to propose papers for our sixth-annual Graduate Student Symposium to be held via videoconference on Saturday, 28 September 2024. The event aims to convene a diverse group of graduate students from different disciplines working on a variety of topics, periods, genres, and regions. The theme for this year’s symposium is “The Uses and Abuses of History.” The 2024 symposium will explore how knowledge about the past has been used or abused by intellectuals, gr ..read more
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Becoming Contra: An Analysis of Rights of Non-Human Sociopolitical Belonging
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by jhiblog
1M ago
by Gray Black Mid-summer’s musk had been made corpulent by the immense humidity of the previous rains. I, too, felt heavy. With June’s hot breath on the back of my neck, I wandered towards the woods. The afternoon’s storm had proved atmospheric for some avocational reading. Needing something a bit more meliorist, I selected an article about LEAL, an animal rights organization fighting for the protection of an incriminated bear. Contextually, the bear—denominated “JJ4”—is a member of a bear family deracinated from their Slovenian biome by the EU-funded program, Life Ursus, to repopulate the woo ..read more
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