Down in the Chapel

Down in the Chapel

A bold and provocative interpretation of one of the most religiously vibrant places in America—a state penitentiary

Baraka, Al, Teddy, and Sayyid—four black men from South Philadelphia, two Christian and two Muslim—are serving life sentences at Pennsylvania's maximum-security Graterford Prison. All of them work in Graterford's chapel, a place that is at once a sanctuary for religious contemplation and an arena for disputing the workings of God and man. Day in,… (more)

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Dubler has explored many of the eternal and personal reasons for practising faith – edification, self-knowledge or even just occupation – and concluded that most of the prisoners don’t seem to be faking piety for personal gain.

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 13, 2013)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English

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