Jennifer Reed-Bouley

Introduction: Disregard for United States Black Catholics’ Faith It’s admirable that you want to do this. But I’ve lost heart that white Catholics really want to hear from us [black Catholics.] –Bert United States black Catholic theologians, bishops, priests, and lay people rightly

Giuseppe Muscolino

Porphyry and Black Magic In ancient Persia the Zoroastrian priests’ knowledge included philosophy, religion, astronomy, mathematics, and they referred to it simply as maghavan , which means magic . The magician, thanks to his scholarship and his practices, not only knows the forces and energies

White Lies and Black Markets

Evading Metropolitan Authority in Colonial Suriname, 1650-1800


Karwan Fatah-Black

In White Lies and Black Markets, Fatah-Black offers a new account of the colonization of Suriname—one of the major European plantation colonies on the Guiana Coast—in the period between 1650-1800. While commonly portrayed as an isolated tropical outpost, this study places the colony in the context of its connections to the rest of the Atlantic world. These economic and migratory links assured the colony’s survival, but also created many incentives to evade the mercantilistically inclined metropolitan authorities.

By combining the available data on Dutch and North American shipping with accounts of major political and economic developments, the author uncovers a hitherto hidden world of illicit dealings, and convincingly argues that these illegal practices were essential to the development and survival of the colony, and woven into the fabric of the colonial project itself.

Theodore Hickman-Maynard

1 Introduction This essay presents partial findings from a study of historically black collegiate gospel choirs ( HBCGC s) at predominantly white universities in northeastern United States. The research highlights the ways in which HBCGC s utilize worship practices of the Black Church as

Rachel Schine

and military raids; likewise, the sīrah s memorialize superhuman martial triumphs while maintaining a historicizing and often didactic tone. 2 Several early sīrah shaʿbiyyah cycles include black-Arab heroes as significant agonists, 3 a number of whom are born to self-identified “white” Arab

The Recycled Bible

Autobiography, Culture, and the Space Between


Edited by Fiona Black

The essays in this volume trace the Bible as it is “recycled” through a wide range of Western cultural “texts,” from beer to the devil—and much in between. They consciously and critically employ the personal voice to explore the interplay between culture and biblical texts. To this end, the essays occupy “the space between” the two discourses of autobiographical and cultural criticism, interacting with each in a variety of ways, and to a variety of depths. Taken together, they illustrate the breadth of these recent approaches to the Bible as well as some of the marvelous creativity that has become the hallmark of this kind of work. The contributors are George Aichele, Fiona C. Black, Roland Boer, Deborah Krause, Ela Nutu, Tina Pippin, Hugh S. Pyper, Erin Runions, James A. Smith, and Andrew Wilson.

Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (

The Book of Enoch or I Enoch

A New English Edition with Commentary and Textual Notes. With an Appendix on the 'Astronomical' Chapters (72-82) by O. Neugebauer


Edited by Black



This book examines a widespread, and often misunderstood, doctrine within the medieval Aristotelian tradition, namely the inclusion of Aristotle's Rhetoric and Poetics within the scope of the Organon. It studies this doctrine, as presented by the Islamic philosophers Al- Fārābī, Avicenna, and Averroes, from a purely philosophical perspective, and argues that the logical construal of the arts of rhetoric and poetics is both interesting and illuminating.
The book begins by examining some prevalent misconceptions regarding the logical interpretation of the Rhetoric and Poetics. Chapter two considers the Greek background of the doctrine, first through an examination of the Aristotelian divisions of the sciences, and then through an examination of the beginnings of the logical classification of the Rhetoric and Poetics among the Greek commentators from the school of Alexandria. The remainder of the work is devoted to a detailed consideration of the Arabic philosophers' development of the doctrine, both their understanding of its general epistemological and logical underpinnings, and their elaboration of the specific logical structures upon which poetical and rhetorical discourse is based. Consideration is also given to the relationship between contemporary philosophical views of rhetoric and poetics, and the views of these medieval authors.

Black Pentecostal Hermeneutics?

James H. Cone’s Theological Sources and Black Pentecostalism

Antipas L. Harris

1 Introduction Black pentecostal hermeneutics have historically existed in the shadows of theological discourse. More work is currently underway among the movement’s expanded pool of intellectuals to develop the black pentecostal academic tradition(s). This article contributes to the emerging