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Congratulations to Professor Waleed Ziad, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies! His book Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints Beyond the Oxus and Indus (Harvard 2021) has recently received the American Institute of Pakistan Studies 2023 Annual Book Award. The book previously received the Albert Hourani Book Award in Middle East Studies (MESA, 2022), and was shortlisted for the British Association for South Asian Studies 2023 Book Award and the Bloomsbury Pakistan 2022 Book award. Click here to learn more about Professor Ziad’s work.
As noted by the committee, Ziad’s book “is an ambitious study of a network of Sufi religious discourses and practices that spread through large stretches of Asia: ‘across the Indus and Amu Darya well into the Inner Asian Steppes and western China.’ Ziad calls this an ‘interconnected Persianate cosmopolis,’ the intellectual force behind which were Mujaddidi mystic-scholars educated in a variety of arts and sciences at institutions of higher learning in Bukhara, Kabul, Peshawar, and Delhi.
Posted in News & Events on October 12, 2023
Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, was recently featured in UNC’s Arts & Sciences magazine. This article, written by Kim Weaver Spurr, features Professor Magness and her decade-long archeological dig at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee. To read the full-length story, and to see some amazing pictures from this part of the world, CLICK HERE!
Magness began work at this site in 2011, leading to incredible discoveries that, as Spurr writes, “are transforming what we know about Jewish life in ancient Palestine.” Spurr continues by stating that “Magness began digging at Huqoq in 2011 because of big research questions she was hoping to answer. There is nothing in early rabbinic literature that would have prepared her for a synagogue like Huqoq, she said, and that’s where archaeology is helping to fill in the gaps and illuminate the dynamism and complexity of Jewish life 1,600 years ago.”
“During their years at Huqoq, Magness, a host of international specialists and hundreds of field school students from multiple consortium schools would continue to uncover myriad amazing finds, including the first non-biblical story ever discovered in an ancient synagogue…”
CLICK HERE to continue reading this captivating and visually stunning article!Posted in News & Events on October 11, 2023
Posted in News & Events on October 3, 2023
Mark your calendars for this exciting event on October 19, 2023 at 8pm! Professor Joseph Lam will deliver a lecture on Zoom entitled “Beyond Genesis: The Many Creation Stories of the Bible,” to benefit the Miller Fund for Graduate Students. No gift required to attend. REGISTER HERE. We hope to see you there!News & Events on September 20, 2023
Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, recently appeared on an episode of Biblical Time Machine. This podcast series travels “back in time (metaphorically… it’s a podcast) to explore the real history of the people, places and events of the Old Testament, New Testament and everything in between.” In this episode, available on Apple Podcasts, Professor Magness engages in a frank and sometimes graphic discussion of what daily life REALLY would have been like in 1st-century Judaea: just nasty!
To listen to this fascinating history, CLICK HERE!Posted in News & Events on September 18, 2023
Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, recently appeared on an episode of PAULOGIA. With more than 24 million views, this YouTube channel “takes a look at the claims of Christians, wherever science is being denied in the name of ancient books.” In the episode below, Professor Magness is depicted as a cartoon and discusses the archeological evidence for the existence of Jesus while engaging with statements made by two scholars from BIOLA University. Click below to watch this creative and fascinating video!
Posted in News & Events on September 5, 2023
Jodi Magness, UNC Kenan Distinguished Professor of religious studies, was recently featured on CBS17 news. During the newscast, Professor Magness discussed her ongoing excavation at Huqoq, an ancient synagogue in Galilee. CBS17’s Russ Bowen reports…
GALILEE, Israel (WNCN) — Buried in the earth for centuries and revealed slowly and methodically are the remains of a synagogue at Huqoq — an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s lower Galilee.
“I feel both lucky and very privileged because you know, my team and I are looking at mosaics and other things actually that have not been known of or visible to anybody, for hundreds and hundreds of years,” said Jodi Magness, UNC Kenan Distinguished Professor of religious studies.
“I started excavations there with the hopes of clarifying the nature of the fate of Jewish settlement in this part of Galilee against the background of the rise and spread of Christianity,” she added.
Magness said the journey also began with the hopes of excavating a kind of a synagogue building called the Galilean Type Synagogue.
That, she said, is “basically a very large basilica, kind of a rectangular building with columns inside to support the ceiling. That is best represented by the synagogue at Capernaum, which is just a couple of miles away from us.”
Magness and her team have discovered a well-preserved mosaic panel that decorates the floor just inside the main entrance. Included are what’s believed to be the names of artists or donors.
“It is actually not unusual to have donor inscriptions at the entrance to ancient synagogues when you have mosaic floors. So, I like to say that some things in Judaism haven’t changed in the last 1,600 years, because if you go into a synagogue today and I’m sure churches as well, for example, the first thing that you see is the list of the donors,” Magness said.
But that’s only part of what they’ve unveiled…
To read more of CBS17’s story and to see a clip from the newscast, CLICK HERE!Posted in News & Events on July 14, 2023
Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, recently appeared on an episode of Sparks of History. Generally, this podcast focuses on the intersection between Jewish and world history, and features a wide range of insightful, informative and entertaining video interviews and podcasts with renown authors, historians and rabbis. For more information, click here!
Click here, to watch the entire interview and learn from Professor Magness about Masada, the famous site and story of the last stand of a group of Jewish rebels who held out against the Roman Empire. To read her book Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth, click here.News & Events on May 24, 2023