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Ken Chitwood

Ken Chitwood

Ph.D. Candidate, Religion in the Americas, Global Islam, University of Florida
Ken Chitwood is a religion scholar at the University of Florida studying Religion in the Americas and a graduate student fellow with the Center for Global Islamic Studies. His academic work focuses on Islam in the Americas, Puerto Rican Muslims, Latina/o Muslims, hemispheric American religion, translocal religion, intersections of religion & culture, Christian-Muslim relations, global Christianity, Muslim minorities, & ethnographic methods and manifestations of religion beyond religion in a global and digital age. Additionally, he has published work on Judaism in Latin America and the Caribbean, religion and popular culture, and other relevant topics.

Ken is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Latin American Studies Association, the Caribbean Studies Association, Theta Alpha Kappa, and is an Associate Research Member of the Waikato Islamic Studies Group.

Ken has been reviewing books on Christianity, Islam, religion, anthropology, culture, and history for six years with Publisher's Weekly, the Houston Chronicle, Reading Religion from the American Academy of Religion, and other scholarly and popular publications. In that time Ken has read and reviewed over 100 books and monographs. Furthermore, he is an award-winning religion newswriter fascinated by the intersection of religion & culture.

What is Eid and how do Muslims celebrate it? 6 questions answered

Jun 04, 2019 05:01 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

Editors note: Muslims all over the world will begin celebrating Eid al-Fitr, one of the religions principal festivals, on or around June 4, 2019. In August, Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Adha. Ken Chitwood, a scholar of...

How an ancient Islamic holiday became uniquely Caribbean

Sep 25, 2018 17:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

A throng of Trinidadians line up along the streets of St. James and Cedros to admire the vibrant floats with beautifully bedecked models of mausoleums. Their destination is the waters of the Caribbean, where the crowds...

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German bunds jump ahead of euro area’s June preliminary consumer confidence indicator

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NZ Q1 GDP expands in line with market expectations; growth likely to accelerate over next year, says Westpac Research

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Australian 10-year yield hits all-time low after Fed strongly hints at further rate cuts in 2019

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Politics

Melania Trump Fashion: How Her Love of Sunglasses, Hats Could be Linked to Her Be Best Campaign

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Donald Trump Thinks Someone's Weak If They Cough or Sneeze in His Presence, Former Staff Claims

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Vladimir Putin: Meeting With Donald Trump Likely This Month at G-20 Assembly in Japan

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Cancer Cure Becomes One of Joe Biden's Promises for 2020 Presidential Run

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Melania Trump Fashion: Over $56,000 Estimated Cost of FLOTUS Day 1 Wardrobe in London

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Science

HIV/AIDS Cure 2019: Colombia Decriminalizes HIV Transmission But 75 Countries Can Still Imprison People for It

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Cancer Cure 2019: Better Treatments Eyed for Breast and Pancreatic Cancers as Research Groups Make Breakthrough

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Marijuana News: Cannabis Use Could be Traced Back to 2,500 Years in Western China, Researchers Find

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HIV/AIDS Cure: Known Leukemia Drug Is Potentially an Effective Treatment With No Rebound

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The gene therapy revolution is here. Medicine is scrambling to keep pace

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Technology

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