Arts & Culture

Moon Knight – an Egyptologist on how the series gets the gods right

Khonshu the moon God takes centre stage in Marvel’s Moon Knight. Marvel/Disney Claire Gilmour, University of Bristol Marvel’s Moon Knight follows Steven Grant who, despite living quietly as a museum gift shop employee, finds himself drawn into the strange world of Egyptian gods. He discovers that he has other personalities – mainly Marc Spector, a human vessel who is being …

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Confidence culture tells women to be more self-assured – but ignores the real problems

Mary Long/Shutterstock Rosalind Gill, City, University of London and Shani Orgad, London School of Economics and Political Science With Valentine’s Day around the corner, advice about confidence is proliferating. British Vogue enjoins women to boost their sexual confidence with slogans like “feel good in your body” and say goodbye to negative talk. Meanwhile Selfridges promises shoppers a sex and relationship …

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A Turkish harem on the Acropolis? It’s most likely a Greek myth

Fotokon/Shutterstock Janric van Rookhuijzen, Utrecht University The Acropolis of Athens counts among the world’s greatest architectural and artistic monuments. Visitors come to admire the marble buildings that testify to the glory of Ancient Greece more than two millennia ago. Typically, only little attention is paid to the site’s rich medieval and Ottoman history. But one of the few stories commonly …

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Débat : Sainte-Sophie transformée en mosquée : comment sortir de l’impasse politico-religieuse ?

La basilique Sainte Sophie, aquarelle, 1893. Wikipedia/Divdaniel, CC BY-SA Antoine Arjakovsky, Collège des Bernardins Ce vendredi 24 juillet, le gouvernement turc a ouvert aux prières musulmanes l’ancienne cathédrale Sainte-Sophie d’Istanbul. Le patriarche œcuménique de Constantinople Bartholomée a vigoureusement condamné cette décision. Pour lui cette transformation de la basilique-musée en mosquée risque de tourner le monde chrétien contre l’islam. Le Conseil œcuménique …

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New Year’s resolutions – if the future is preordained can we really change?

What’s the point of trying to run if the future already exists? Andre Gie/Shutterstock Matyáš Moravec, Queen’s University Belfast Many of us set ourselves New Year’s resolutions hoping to form better habits. Some of us might want to be more environmentally friendly. Others want to eat better, stop smoking or, if you’re like me, start running more often. Setting these …

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‘Sallets’ – how to eat healthily the 1600s way

Geo-grafika/Shutterstock Catie Gill, Loughborough University and Sara Read, Loughborough University When we think of food in the past, it is often images of Henry VIII with a table groaning with meat dishes that springs to mind. But in fact our ancestors knew more about the health benefits of eating salads – normally thought of as a cold dish of herbs …

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The Battle of Algiers: an iconic film whose message of hope still resonates today

Yacef Saadi (R), military leader of the FLN National Liberation Front networks of the autonomous zone of Algiers, poses after being captured at the end of the “Battle of Algiers”. Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images Maria Flood, University of Liverpool Saadi Yacef, the Algerian revolutionary leader who fought for his country’s liberation from French colonial rule, died on 10 …

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The furore over Miss South Africa’s decision to compete in Israel: here’s a feminist critique

Protesters call on Miss South Africa to withdraw from the Miss Universe contest in Israel. Gallo Images/Via Getty Images Amanda Gouws, Stellenbosch University The participation of Miss South Africa 2021, Lalela Mswane, in the Miss Universe competition in Israel on 12 December has created a furore. Some South Africans support her participation while others have called for her withdrawal. The …

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Bringing people of different faiths together to solve the world’s problems is a noble goal – but it’s hard to know what it achieves

Wall art of Indian Hindu and Muslim hugging each other in religious tolerance and harmony. Reddees/Shutterstock Katherine O’Lone, University of Cambridge and Julian Hargreaves, University of Cambridge An estimated 84% of the global population identifies with a religion. This is over 6.5 billion people. Among thousands of world religions, Christianity is the largest, with 2.3 billion followers. The second, and …

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