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Religion

A life in transit

Christina Pareigis: Susan Taubes: An Intellectual Biography

TRAUMER: The biography of the Judeo-Hungarian philosopher and author Susan Taubes depicts life, thought and work intricately intertwined with the historical trauma of the 20th century – and experiences of rootlessness.

Many Norwegian conservatives will nod appreciatively to Burke

Claus Bryld, Translated from the Danish by Lars Nygaard: The Prophet of Conservatism. Edmund Burke

A DOUBLE BIOGRAPHY: Since the 1950s, Burke's ideas have undergone a renaissance. Opposition to rationalism and atheism is strong among the 40-50 million evangelical Christian Americans.

THE BATTLE BETWEEN IRAN AND SAUDI ARABIA: The Middle East tragedy

Kim Ghattas: Black Wave. Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East

ISLAMISM: The traditional explanation for the conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims is too superficial. A new, well-written analysis interprets the Middle East's major changes as a showdown between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

South African identity

PHOTO: The South African photographer Santu Mofokeng recently died at the age of 63. His image essays from the time during and after apartheid, on the other hand, live on.

To live side by side with others

Karin Kainer: Kosher Beach

UN BEACH: The gender-segregated beach in Tel Aviv has existed for many years, which little by little it has become a haven for an ultra-Orthodox population.

The Church and the military

Dmitry Adamsky: Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy. Religion, Politics, and Strategy

RUSSIA: Did the annexation of Crimea really come from religious circles? Membership of the Russian Orthodox Church promotes military careers.

Can Islam be modernized?

Sylo Taraku: The struggle for freedom in Islam

REFORM: A thorough presentation and discussion of the work that takes place to reform Islam, in Norway and internationally.

In the shadow of the caste society

Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Anand Vaidya: Indian Democracy. Origins, Trajectories, Contestations

INDIA'S CONFLICTS: India's strong economic growth under Narendra Modi has deepened the social disparities. The coexistence of the many religious groups

Confined by their own family

Tara Westover, Katy Morgan-Davies: Educated / The Girl In the Shadows

CATCHED: In two autobiographies we get to know Tara Westover and Katy Morgan-Davies, respectively, who were both brainwashed, manipulated, abused and held captive by their own family – until they finally managed to escape.

Have the evangelical Americans lost their minds?

Paul A. Djupe, Ryan L. Claassen: The Evangelical Crackup? The Future of the Evangelical-Republican Coalition

: TRUMP'S VOTERS: Several places in the book conclude that the coalition between the evangelicals and the republicans is as solid as it has ever been.

Touching other realities

: Aina Villanger is one of several Norwegian poets who have recently been translated and presented in Poland. How can Norwegian poetry influence and inspire a Polish audience?

Faith, hope and extremism

Paul Schrader: First Reformed

CLIMATE / EXTREMISM: Paul Schrader has made a powerful, disturbing and socially relevant portrait of one of God's lonely men, with clear parallels to Taxi Driver.