Pamela June Stevens

This dissertation studies the history of an artifact, a garment of shame from the Mexican Inquisition in 1560, that was worn by an Englishman there and in Spain, then returned to Mexico for exhibition in the cathedral for more than a century. This study reveals negotiated, blended beliefs that challenge monolithic understandings of confession within […]

Cassie Lipowitz

This dissertation focuses on the pedagogical dynamics in Rumi’s text Mathnawī-yi Ma‘nawī. In the text, Rūmī’s teaching is communicated largely through a polyphony of interacting, often diverging character “voices.”  These polyphonic “voices” in Rūmī’s Mathnawī “mirror” the dialogic interaction of internal “voices” within his reader-listener, thus providing a textual model for transformation and attainment of […]

Uzma Fatima Husaini

This dissertation argues that the Qur’an Muslims possess today has retained its essential features since first uttered by the Prophet. There is evidence from the continuous oral transmission of the Qur’an of the agreed upon recitations (qirā’āt), recensions (riwāyāt), and modes (ṭuruq) to substantiate this claim. The unchanging methods of orthoepy, through a link-transmission system, […]

Laura Malia Dunn

This is a multimodal, interdisciplinary work that draws from cognitive linguistics and visual culture to illustrate how embodied visualization with the Tantric image of Parā Śakti functions to meet the Trika’s soteriological aim of nonduality between self and the world, illustrating and actualizing the potential of Tantric imagery to cultivate empathetic understanding with ideological and […]