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Miami professor author of two books on religion
b>OXFORD, Ohio -- Thomas Idinopulos, professor of religion at Miami
University, is the author of two new books.
The New York Times (Sept. 13, 1998) speaks of Weathered by Miracles:
A History of Palestine from Bonaparte and Muhammad Ali to Ben-Gurion and the
Mufti, Idinopulos's book on historic Palestine, as
"elegant...charming...refreshingly unmarred by the partisanship that has so
marked much writing about the subject.
Together with his previous work, Jerusalem, the new book brings to
culmination 25 years of research in the history, politics and communal
relations of Muslims, Jews and Christians of the Holy Land.
Weathered by Miracles is a study of Palestine's history that began with
Napoleon's invasion of the Middle East in 1798 and concluded with the founding
of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948. The confrontation of world empires for
possession and profit, the clash of Islam with the Christian West and the
pioneering zeal of explorers and excavators, diplomats, merchants and
missionaries marked the last days of Turkish and European imperialisms and the
first breaths of Arab and Jewish nationalism.
All these events were played out against the backdrop of a diseased and wasted
land that experienced an extraordinary reclamation. Ironically that
reclamation would plant the seed for the larger and bloodier conflict between
Arabs and Jews that would follow in the second half of the 20th century.
Idinopulos explains this movement of events as an explosive combination of
politics and religion that has characterized the Holy Land and the Middle East
for centuries until the present day.
An anthology of new essays, The Sacred and Its Scholars, was conceived
by Idinopulos and co-edited with Professor Edward Yonan of Millikin
A number of scholars from Finland, Israel, Canada and the United States
collaborated with Idinopulos and Yonan to analyze the sacred, one of the most
vexing ideas in the methodology of religious studies.
Idinopulos's recent publications are among the more than 140 articles, reviews
and books he has written since coming to Miami in 1966.