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Religions 2017, 8(11), 241; doi:10.3390/rel8110241

Fighting Injustice and Intolerance: Re-Presentations of Race and Religion at the Muhammad Ali Center

Department of Pan-African Studies and Department of Comparative Humanities (Program in Religious Studies), University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA
Received: 4 September 2017 / Revised: 23 October 2017 / Accepted: 27 October 2017 / Published: 1 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Race and Religion: New Approaches to African American Religions)
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This article explores the significance of the Muhammad Ali Center as a site where meanings associated with “race” and “religion” are constructed, contested and potentially transformed. The Muhammad Ali Center is examined as an example of an increasing number of cultural institutions (i.e., cultural centers, museums, arts spaces etc.) engaged in the strategic re-presentation of issues of cultural difference and socio-political conflict, towards the ends of promoting social justice and/or human rights. The article draws upon theories and methods in cultural studies, religious studies, and museums studies in order to explore the significance of the representational and curatorial strategies of such cultural institutions for understanding alternative approaches to influencing and/or intervening in public discourses and practices surrounding issues of racial injustice and religious intolerance. View Full-Text
Keywords: Muhammad Ali; cultural institutions; museums; representation; curatorial strategies; racial injustice; religious intolerance; spirituality; African American religions; cultural studies Muhammad Ali; cultural institutions; museums; representation; curatorial strategies; racial injustice; religious intolerance; spirituality; African American religions; cultural studies
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McCormack, M.B. Fighting Injustice and Intolerance: Re-Presentations of Race and Religion at the Muhammad Ali Center. Religions 2017, 8, 241.

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