Hayden Wallace George

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Adventures in Islam: Algebras of Intimacy

We continue our adventures in Islam...<p><b>"Islam and the West"</b><p>If you google the phrase "Islam and the West" you get over 115 million results in 0.56 seconds.<p>A vast majority of the articles come with titles such as<p>"Why the West Fears Islam", "Islam and the West: Clash of Civilizations?" and "Islam Vs …

Three perspectives on the Crusades

By 1187 the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem was in its 88th year. It had been founded by the first crusaders in 1099 and over the decades it had …

15 things I learnt about Islam and British values being a gay boy living opposite a mosque.

• No mosque has enough parking and muslim men love to complain about it. I don’t care how young or trendy they are, within seconds they will be …

How to defeat Islamic State's war machine

Although much has been written to explain the tactical military successes of the Islamic State (IS), there has not yet been a comprehensive …

We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the ’80s

Jingoists conveniently forget the West’s Cold War strategy was to arm the Islamic extremists that became al-Qaida<p>History takes no prisoners. It shows, with absolute lucidity, that the Islamic extremism ravaging the world today was borne out of the Western foreign policy of yesteryear.<p>Gore Vidal …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

A Global Museum: How Flipboard Can Help Bring a World of Ancient Wonders to Classrooms Half a World Away

Being born and raised in Australia, it was easy for me to feel isolated from the rest of the world, especially as I developed a love of history as a child. I recall my disappointment when I learnt that the lands of the Romans, Incas and Medieval Europe were on the other side of the world from where …

Islam and the Fall of Europe

<i>From Jerrold L. Sobel writing at the American Thinker:</i><p>A duality, Islam is first and foremost a political movement ensconced in a religion from which …

Political Science

Jinns in Islamic Art

Jinns are intelligent beings in Islamic belief system which have free will just like human beings. Unlike humans however they are made of smokeless …

Medieval

ORIENTED | Documentary | Tel Aviv

ORIENTED is a feature documentary following the lives of three gay Palestinian best friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel …

Tariq Ramadan: The West, terrorism and Islam

The attack on satirical newspaper <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> has further inflamed ongoing anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe,<p>Tariq Ramadan, professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, said on Thursday the attacks had to be condemned but added that there was a need to give the same value to all …

Islam

No, Islam Is Not Inherently Misogynistic. Here's Why.

KARACHI, Pakistan -- Junaid Jamshed, Pakistani pop singer turned Muslim preacher, landed in hot water recently when he made misogynistic remarks on television. Trying to prove that Islam does not allow women independent status, he said, "Hazrat Maryam's [venerable Mary's] name has only been …

What does the discovery of the world’s oldest Quran tell us?

For the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, the idea that the Quran is a seventh century text disseminated by Islam’s founder, the Prophet Muhammad, is neither news, nor particularly controversial.<p>But in academia the history of this holy text is much more opaque. For researchers in Islamic studies, …

Birmingham, UK

Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing

<b>The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics.</b><p>This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved …

Naqsh-e Rustam: Ancient Tombs of Powerful Persian Kings

Naqsh-e Rustam is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring ancient sites of the Achaemenid Empire, consisting of the colossal tombs of Persian …

8 million mummified animals, mostly dogs, in catacombs at Egypt site

<b>(CNN) —</b> For centuries, dogs have been humans' loyal, domesticated companions. They've been wild animals, doing what's needed to survive. And in ancient Egypt, they served as bridges to the afterlife, with the hope that they'd intercede with the god Anubis on their owner's behalf.<p>But only now is it …

Ancient History

Destroyed Iraqi Holy Sites Find New Life Online

TORONTO — Researchers are embarking on an ambitious project to bring part of Iraq's destroyed heritage back to life.<p>Over the past few years the world …

Is This the Tomb of a Biblical Prophet—and Will It Survive?

Alqosh, Iraq<p>War threatens a site in Iraq where biblical prophet Nahum is said to rest.<p>The 800-year-old synagogue believed to house the tomb of the biblical prophet Nahum could become the next victim of Iraq's ancient and modern conflicts.<p>The crumbling stone walls, weakened by weeds sprouting from …

Archaeology

Archaeologists Stumble Across a Hoard of Gold

A cache of medieval Arab gold coins may already be the largest in the eastern Mediterranean, and there's probably more to come.<p>An unprecedented discovery of more than 2,000 gold coins off the north-central coast of Israel might be part of the largest gold hoard ever found in the eastern …

Archaeology

Here's A Look At Some Of The Ancient Sites Destroyed By ISIS And The Syrian Civil War

Years of fighting and the emergence of the fanatical militant group ISIS have taken a heavy toll on some of humankind's greatest treasures.<p>On March 8, 2015, Iraq's Tourism and Antiquities minister said his government was investigating if Khorsabad was the latest town to be targeted for destruction …

The men who uncovered Assyria

<b>Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a</b> …

Archaeology

Why Palmyra Is So Important

International attention on its invaluable antiquities, now at risk with the Syrian city overrun by ISIS, may do more harm than good.<p>After Islamic State forces apparently wrested control of the Syrian city of Palmyra—their second large territorial gain this week—the big news didn’t seem to be the …

Islamic State (ISIS)