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robert-earle's picture
Sep.06.2012
The Kite Runner, focused on the tragedy of Afghanistan, was a great success when it was published in 2003 and deservedly so.  This novel interweaves generational affections and disaffections with the political upheavals afflicting Afghanistan after King Zahir Shah was deposed in the 1970s....
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Aug.19.2012
Whether in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or virtually any other faith tradition, the emphasis is almost always on performing in hopes of pleasing a God is who not only distant but demanding. I hear it all the time. Heck, I preached it for decades. "Repent!" "Strive!" "Turn or burn!" "Believe and...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Jul.30.2012
For a country steeped in Buddhism, Myanmar is accruing terrible karmic debts.  Alarming news and images of attacks and killings by the Buddhist majority in Rakhine Province against a Muslim minority there have been slowly trickling out onto the Internet and the wider world. Pictures of charred...
rob-boston's picture
Jul.05.2012
A member of the Louisiana House of Representatives who eagerly supported Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to fund private schools has had an epiphany: Muslim schools might start getting taxpayer money! Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Republican who represents East Baton Rouge and Livingston, now says she wishes...
nc-weil's picture
Jun.06.2012
We acknowledge Leonid Tolstoy as one of the world's greatest writers, principally on the reputations of War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Though we reflexively honor them, these works are likely more admired than read, due to their length. Have you ever heard of his 150-page novella Hadji Murad,...
bob-mustin's picture
Apr.28.2012
Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali image via straitjacketsmagazine.com    I recently found this book on the living room bookshelves, one I soon learned the missus had read for her book discussion group. I was familiar with this woman’s role in Dutch Parliament, her stand against the worst acts...
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Apr.26.2012
This article currently appears in the Huffington Post:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-mcswain/when-there-is-peace-among-religions_b_1443667.html Slightly over a year ago, I picked up my iPad one morning and began drawing the image you see in this post. I named it the Unity pendant. I designed...
suellen-ocean's picture
Jan.30.2012
Judging by the picture of ruins of a 2000-year-old citadel, ancient Syria was gorgeous. And sounds like Syria still possess much beauty along its coast. Imagine Mediterranean blue skies, date palms and orchards of grapes, oranges, lemons and olives and a history of silk production. Syria's...
farzana-versey's picture
Jan.16.2012
It is not people of the faith that are fearful of their belief being damaged but the purveyors of phobia who are scared stiff that their little world is not as large as they’d like it to be.   The timing could not have been more serendipitous and ironic. Around the time when the Deoband Darul...
robert-earle's picture
Jan.01.2012
Night of the Golden Butterfly is the fifth volume in Tariq Ali's Islam Quintet, so I will have to confess right away that it's the first of the five I have read.  Does this matter?  Probably....but probably not very much.   This novel is a coherent work within itself that raises all...