Ken Chitwood

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Ken Chitwood, Ph.D., is an award-winning writer on religion, travel and culture. He is currently a Fritz Thyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Re- search Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies of Freie Universität Berlin. He is also a journalist-fellow with the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture’s Spiritual Exemplars Project, and he lectures in Islamic science at Otto Friedrich Universität Bamberg.

Articles by Ken Chitwood

Streaming Ramadan TV to the World

Streaming Ramadan TV to the World

New platforms, new stories and more subtitles are making the comedies, thrillers, biopics and dramas of what has long been TV’s peak season in Muslim majority countries into a year-round, binge-ready global window on popular cultures.
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The Liverpool Effect

The Liverpool Effect

Around the turn of the 20th century, an acrobat from Morocco named Achmed Ben Ibrahim settled near the thriving port of Liverpool, UK. Forgotten until the recent discovery of his 1906 tombstone, his story foreshadows the cultural impacts of the city’s most famous 21st-century resident—Egyptian soccer star Mohammed “Mo” Salah.

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The World’s First Oils

The World’s First Oils

Pressed, extracted or distilled from any of hundreds of plants, pure “essential” oils are not just a rising multibillion-dollar global industry: They are among the world’s oldest organic wellness products, now available almost everywhere.
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