Christian Holiday Cycle
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Paul Kivel
Discrimination, Islamophobia, Post / colonialism
Book chapter

Kivel, P. (2013a). Christian Holiday Cycle. In Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony. New Society Publishers. 


Paul Kivel critiques popularized holidays in the West, noting how they are rooted in Christianity and colonialism. As a result, the holidays exclude non-Christian groups. Kivel outlines various holidays such as New Years, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and Halloween to demonstrate how they are rooted in Christian beliefs and uphold colonialism.


The Teaching Against Islamophobia resources were developed with funding support from the Law Foundation of BC, and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU.


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