10 Things You Should Know about Hinduism

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Teaching Hinduism? Here's a review of the ten most common misconceptions about Hinduism from Sheetal Shah, the Senior Director of the Hindu American Foundation, in an essay for the Washington Post's On Faith.Among the ten common things about Hinduism everyone should know:"Hindus recognize and worship the feminine divine" "Hinduism is actually a family of six major schools of thoughts, one of which is Yoga." "Hindus believe the Divine resides in all beings." "Caste-based … [Read more...]

Mosque of Cordoba: A Cathedral Now?

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Is the Catholic Church trying to erase traces of Islamic heritage from its most famous icon of the medieval period, the Mosque of Cordoba?That's what this fascinating article from Foreign Affairs suggests. It notes that last year Google Maps deleted reference to the Mosque of Cordoba. It was reinstated after a petition with 55,000 names was submitted to Google.In addition Foreign Policy notes that since 2006 the Catholic Church "has slowly wiped away the word “mosque” from the monument’s … [Read more...]

Tibetan Book of the Dead: Leonard Cohen Narrates

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Here, in 1994, the Canadian singer and novelist, Leonard Cohen, narrates a film on the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which is also known as the Bardo Thodoli, is "a guide for those who have died as they transition from their former life to a new destination." Religion Facts describes it a detailed overview of the stages of death. "It chronicles the experiences and religious opportunities a person encounters at various stages: while dying, at the moment of death, … [Read more...]

The Book of Genesis Illustrated

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Studying early Judaism? Here's an illustrated cartoon version of the Book of Genesis with literally everything, "from Eden to Egypt!"The underground comic genius, R. Crumb, who wrote Mr. Natural, Angelfood McSpade and Fritz the Cat, illustrated every page of the Book of Genesis.In the NPR clip below, Crumb notes that it's  a "vicious story"  that includes violence, nastiness, with people in a position of power ruling elites who derive pleasure from inflicting pain and suffering on other h … [Read more...]

Who are the Houthis?

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Here is an excellent documentary about the rise of the Houthis from BBC News. The narrator, Safa Al-Ahmad, is from BBC Arabic and spent three months following the Houthis and even got access to their enemies, the Sunni tribal leaders and Al-Qaeda fighters. It runs just over 40 minutes but it explains who the Houthis are, what they want, and how they have succeeded so far.UPDATE: You can see the full 54 minute documentary here at Frontline.. The PBS NewsHour also broadcast a portion of the … [Read more...]

Ayaan Hirshi Ali: Is She the Reformer or the Zealot?

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Is Islam a violent religion in need of a "reformation?" Are Muslims responsible for 70% of the violence in the world?These are some of the claims that the celebrated author,  Ayaan Hirsi Ali, makes in her new book Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now.  Many Muslims and some writers disagree with Hirshi Ali's characterization of Islam as a violent religion and recently took their debate to Twitter.On one side was Max Bluementhal, a journalist and author, and on the other was Ali Hirs … [Read more...]

The Heart of Faith: The Parliament of the World’s Religions


Here's a beautiful clip from the Parliament of World Religions explaining the meaning of religion and the Parliament's attempt to help people to understand each other and to build a better world. … [Read more...]