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How Islam Created Europe

In late antiquity, the religion split the Mediterranean world in two. Now it is remaking the Continent.<p>Europe was essentially defined by Islam. And Islam is redefining it now.<p>For centuries in early and middle antiquity, <i>Europe</i> meant the world surrounding the Mediterranean, or <i>Mare Nostrum</i> (“Our …

North Africa

Why is Shakespeare Still So Popular? For the Same Reason Tolstoy Hated Him

The fact that the Bard’s work is so open to interpretation means it can endure.<p>Richard Burton as Henry V. (Photo: Maurice Ambler/Getty Images)<p>Among …

Book Review - Dark Bishop

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I'm gonna regale you all with another book review today! I know how freaking excited you must be. You guys. This book! …

Alarming New Study Links Sugar to a ‘Wide Range of Diseases’

Here’s some troubling news for sugar splurgers: A new study by scientists at UCLA has found that fructose — a sugar that’s nearly impossible to avoid …

Research

Immune cells in organ cavities play essential role in fast tissue repair

While scientists have known for many years that there are cells living in the cavities surrounding various organs such as the heart, lung and liver, …

'A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing' review: A ghostly and beautiful play comes to New York

Fans of Irish writer Eimear McBride may well wonder how her award-winning debut novel, "A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing", could be adapted for the …