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What's New in the Religious Studies Library?



The following books have recently been added to the Department of Religious Studies' Library.


The Fabric of Moroccan Life (Indianapolis Museum of Art)

For centuries, the people of Morocco have been producing magnificent embroideries, pile rugs, and flatweaves. The Fabric of Moroccan Life, based on a museum exhibit, showcases rare embroideries, hangings, and rugs that reflect the broad range of traditions and cultural influences active in Morocco during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Visit the exhibition's web site.


Native America: Portrait of the Peoples (Visible Ink Press)

Portrait of the Peoples captures the story of Native America from an intimate perspective. The powerful discussion is enhanced with nearly 200 photographs and illustrations, many of them from Native sources. Seventeen chapters written by experts with a diversity of viewpoints cover current and historical issues surrounding Native history and culture, protest movements, language, religion, health practices, art, literature, and media.


Indian Tribes of North America (Todtri Productions)

A collection of portraits and descriptions of the histories, beliefs, and practices of North America's many native peoples.


The Moriah Haggadah (Jewish Publication Society)

Avner Moriah, a Jerusalem-born painter who has done murals at the Jewish Theological Seminary and various landscapes of Israel, had never undertaken an illuminated manuscript before embarking on this project, but readers would never suspect that as they page through this book. Here, the Jewish Passover story (as found in the Hebrew-language text known as the Haggadah, meaning telling, story, or narration) is recounted in striking image and vibrant hue.

See more of Moriah's work and read an article about the artist. Or learn more about the Haggadah.


African Ceremonies (Abrams)

In four previous books, Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have documented vanishing tribal customs in Africa. But this is their masterwork--a two-volume photographic exploration of traditional African rites and rituals. Spanning the continent, Beckwith and Fisher document scores of ceremonies--from baby namings, initiations, and weddings to harvest blessings, coronations, healing exorcisms, and funerals.