Islamo-Christian Music: Ave and Adhan

Via the blog Chibzuieli, I learned of the above combination of the Ave Maria and the Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer. It doesn’t work fantastically well musically speaking, but the very act of combining the two is interesting from the perspective of interreligious dialogue, especially coming (as this arrangement and performance does) from Lebanon. [Read More...]

Al-Hallaj and the Johannine Jesus

Dustin Smith has continued posting a transcript from when he recently interviewed me. Unfortunately, one of the points looks like it lost something in the recording or summarization process. And since it relates to a potential thesis topic, I thought I’d say more about it here. There was a Sufi mystic, Abu al-Mughith al-Husayn ibn [Read More...]

Islam and Comic Books

I am passing on the following press release: Islam and Comic Books Column “Comics & Dialogue” Launches in February January 28, 2014. BOSTON, MA. Beginning in February, ISLAMiCommentary will feature twice-monthly columns from Boston scholar Dr. A. David Lewis on Islam and the comic book medium. The column series Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic [Read More...]

The Curator

While some, knowing me, might expect this to be a post about Doctor Who, it isn’t. My colleague Jim Keating had his students work on a website as part of their study of Islam in a Global and Historical Studies core curriculum course. The result is a website called – you guessed it – The [Read More...]

Bread and Bullying

Zainab Khan has a guest post on the Patheos blog AltMuslim, about a bullying volunteer at a mosque school. If you read the post, I think you will recognize the situation, whether from a mosque, church, or secular setting. Often we allow our institutions to be held hostage by volunteers and donors – we become [Read More...]

Flying Horses

David Hayward’s latest cartoon illustrates an important point about interreligious dialogue, as well as about cross-cultural interactions. It is easy to see the oddness in the beliefs and customs of another, and very difficult to see how equally odd our own seem to others. Decking a status with flowers may seem bizarre and pagan, while [Read More...]

Islam and Freedom of Expression

Here is the video of the second public lecture in this year’s series on religion and freedom of expression. This one focuses on Islam, and the three speakers are Saba Mahmood, Peter Gottschalk, and Sholeh Shahrokhi. [Read more...]

Religion and Suicide Bombing

The blog Friendly Atheist (sparked by an article by Sam Harris) recently discussed the Pew Forum statistic concerning the number of Muslims who say that suicide bombing is never justified. There are lots of different ways that one could take this. One thing that is noteworthy is how different the answers are depending on the location [Read More...]

Ender’s Game

It was a longstanding gap in my reading of science fiction literature that I had never read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. With my religion and science fiction class soon to begin, and Ender’s Game being turned into a movie, I knew it was time to rectify things. I already owned a copy, and so it [Read More...]

Dangerous Superstition

I saw a news article today about the murder of Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, India. Dabholkar was an activist opposing superstition and blind faith. He was killed, not by a spell or a lightning bolt, but by human beings whose love of superstition of whatever sort did not give them supernatural power. They used technology, [Read More...]

Embarrassment, Muhammad, and Jesus

Loren Rosson has an interesting blog post on the use of the criterion of embarrassment in a discussion of the historical existence of Muhammad. For those interested in the application of such a criterion to the historical figure of Jesus (as many readers of this blog are), this post will be of great interest! Of [Read More...]


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