Words of Experience - Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst - Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst

Joy Laine [+-]
Macalester College
Joy Laine is an adjunct professor of philosophy at Macalester College and is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher.
James W. Laine [+-]
Macalester College
James W. Laine is Arnold H. Lowe Professor of Religious Studies at Macalester College.


Following Carl Ernst’s critical questions growing out of his analysis translations of yoga texts by Sufi practitioners, we analyze contemporary American debates about the nature of yoga practice –whether it is essentially Hindu or not, religious or not— in the context of legal disputes about the teaching of yoga in public schools. The case in question, Sedlock vs. Baird, brought by parents of children in the Encinitas (CA) public schools, challenged the legality of teaching yoga, understood as a religious practice, in a public school, given the establishment clause of the constitution prohibiting such practices. We compare the attempts to justify yoga as non-religious to those attempts of Creationists to portray their opposition to evolution as scientific. We conclude by thinking through the variety of definitions deployed by interested parties for the key terms: religion, Islam, Hinduism, Sufism, yoga.

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Laine, Joy; Laine, James. Religion/Islam/Hinduism/Sufism/Yoga. Words of Experience - Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781799109. Date accessed: 05 Jun 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38423. Oct 2020

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