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BBC IWonder Guides on Religion

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BBC IWONDER GUIDES BBC developed IWonder interactive guides in 2014. The guides "explore a range of factual and education topics from Science and Natural History, Arts, History, Religion and Ethics, Food and more."They are colorful, interactive, and easy to read and often include short video and audio clips, infographics, and excellent written summaries.The IWonder guides that deal with religion are terrific. For example, the guide, "Why do Buddhist meditate" includes a terrific video … [Read more...]

Should Jain Ritual Suicide be Legal?

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An Indian High Court recently ruled that elderly Jains could not commit ritual suicide called Sallekhana. An activist in Rajasthan argued that “Jains were being encouraged to take the vow to free families of the burden of taking care of them,” according to NDTV.Jains deny the charge and see ritual suicide as voluntary occurring only “when both householders and ascetics foresee that the end of the life is very near either due to the old age, incurable disease, severe famine, attack from the en … [Read more...]

Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tzu: Animated Introductions


Philosopher, Alain de Botton, founded a company in which he surveys some of the great philosophers, socialists, and political scientists in short five minute animated clips.In a course on eastern philosophy, the School of Life reviews the life and contributions of Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism, Confucius, and Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism.The clips are ideal for students and could be used in class or assigned as homework. … [Read more...]

Notes on Blindess Reminds us of John Hull’s Humanity

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John Hull, the great Australian religious teacher and writer, died yesterday.  Among the many things for which he is well known, is the touching and courageous way in which he accepted his blindness soon after his daughter was born in 1983.Hull made a recording of his diary entries after he went completely blind.  According to The New York Times , Hull sent his recordings to two London film makers who produced the short film above. It premiered at the Sun Dance film festival in 2014 and won t … [Read more...]

Four Major Exhibits of Islamic Art


Wow! Not one, not two, but four major American museums have exhibits of Islamic art!  They include Baltimore's Walters Museum, New York's Metropolitan Museum, Dallas's Museum of Art and Los Angeles County's Museum of Art.Each museum focuses on a different aspect of Muslim art. For example, the Baltimore exhibit is called "Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts" and "has over ninety objects reflecting Islamic culture from the Bay of Bengal to the M … [Read more...]

The Complex Geometry of Islamic Design


Here's a terrific TedEd clip on how Islamic artists use geometry to develop their designs.Eric Brough developed the clip and even has a book about the geometry of Islamic design. … [Read more...]

Misconceptions About the Hijab

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Beliefnet has a great story about the hijbab and some of the misconceptions about it.Did you know, for example, that the hijab did not originate with Muslims. They simply adopted the practice that was prevalent in pre-Islamic Mediterranean societies.And Muslims were not the only ones to wear a veil. Christians wore one too. According to Belifenet, "the Apostle Paul encouraged women to wear veils and his letter to the Corinthians said "'For if a woman does not have her head veiled, she … [Read more...]