Muslims Condemning Terrorists


Watch Jon Stewart skewer Rupert Murdoch and others who believe that moderate Muslims should condemn terrorism by fundamental Muslims. It's hilarious. … [Read more...]

Are Depictions of the Prophet Forbidden?

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Not specifically, according to scholar and author, Reza Aslan, author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," and "No god but God" The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam." He notes that while the Koran does not specifically prohibit such depictions, "it's certainly a cultural taboo." You can read the transcript here at NPR. … [Read more...]

What Drives Muslim Extremism?

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Here the PBS News Hour tries to get to the root of Muslim extremism in Europe. According to Peter Neumann of King's College, the cause is a "conflict of identity." He argues that second and third generation Muslims don't always feel comfortable in their parents or grandparents culture and many do not feel completely accepted in European society. … [Read more...]

Charlie Hebo, Islam, Freedom of the Press: Resources


The brutal attack on the the French satirical magazine and the murder of its cartoonists and others, eleven in all, puts Islam and freedom of the press in the spotlight?Is Islam to blame? Should newspapers censor satirical images about religion? These are some of the questions students may be asking. Here are some resources to help them answer those questions.  Vox: What Happened? The Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris New York Times: A Timeline of Threats of Violence over … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of a Zen Monk


Studying Zen Buddhism? Here are two short clips, one about a day in the life of a Zen monk and one about a Zen temple of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism. … [Read more...]

Caves of the Thousand Buddhas

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 Teaching Buddhism? Check out the Mogao Caves in the Dunhuang oasis of the Gansu Province in China, an important stop along the ancient Silk Road. The caves are a World Heritage site.According to UNESCO, "492 caves are presently preserved, housing about 45,000 square meters of murals and more than 2,000 painted sculptures."Photographs of some of the murals and sculptures are stunning, especially those in Cave 302  from the  time of the Tang Dynasty. The National Geographic pu … [Read more...]

Human Rights Crisis in CAR: Resources

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According to this excellent and graphic story from Human Rights Watch, the civil war between the Christians and Muslims in the Central African Republic is spreading "like a deadly cancer."The Seleka rebels who gained power in 2013 created a reign terror including "burning down village after village, firing randomly at civilians from their pick-up trucks, executing farmers in their fields, torturing anyone suspected of plotting against them, and murdering women and children."The Central … [Read more...]