Is the conversion narrative a genre?

As a part of the project’s ongoing investigation into different sources concerned with conversion it seems pertinent to ask whether the texts we are examining constitute a genre? Continue reading

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Conversion and controversy in the modern world

It is difficult not to recognize similarities with the distant (early modern) past in the ceremony held on March 22, 2008, when the Egyptian born and naturalized Italian journalist Magdi Allam, a commentator on Middle Eastern affairs who has worked at various times for all of the most important newspapers in Italy—first at La Repubblica, then at il Corriere della Sera, and later at il Giornale—was baptized by Pope Benedict XVI during the Easter mass in St. Peter’s. Continue reading