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Where is the Islamic Renaissance?

Commodore Perry’s 1854 fleet of “black ships”

Contrast the recent violence in the Middle East over perceived insults to Islam with a couple of historical examples (Japan a century ago and the Islamic Golden Age). Has the Islamic world missed an opportunity? [Read more...]

Word of the Day: Burqa, Niqab, Hijab

Muslim traditional clothing requirements for women are often in the news. Let’s get the names straight for the different elements of clothing and look at some of their consequences. [Read more...]

Map of the History of Religion

I made an interesting discovery a few years ago. Not an especially unique discovery, I’ll admit, and rather obvious in hindsight. But here goes. The Eastern Mediterranean spawned three great religions: Judaism, then Christianity, and then Islam. With Christianity dominant in the US, it’s easy to focus only on this region. But northern India also [Read More...]


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