Tag: Islam and Christianity

Goethe, as West embraces East

tabsir , September 17th, 2021


There is an interesting article on Qantara about the significance of the German poet Goethe’s famous West-Östliche Divan, first published 1819. To read an English translation, click here.


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A Wolff in Shepherd’s Clothing, #3

tabsir , September 5th, 2021


Dervish; photograph by Sevryugin Anton (1830 – 1933), the official photographer of the Imperial Court of Iran In the early 19th century there was a florescence of Protestant…


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A Wolff in Shepherd’s Clothing, #2

tabsir , August 30th, 2021


In the early 19th century there was a florescence of Protestant missionary interest in saving Muslim, Jewish and other kinds of Christian souls in the Middle East. This…


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If only Abraham had known …

dvarisco , August 7th, 2021


The Sacrifice of Abraham, by Andrea del Sarto, ca. 1527-1528 A fable, dedicated to Mark Twain and all who really understand what it means to suffer Abraham was…


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The Post-Ottoman Century: A View from 1917

dvarisco , January 29th, 2021


The last Ottoman sultan, Mehmet VI, leaving his palace in Istanbul in 1922 The Ottoman Empire, firmly established after the conquest of Constantinople cum Istanbul in 1453 lasted…


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The Brussels attack and liberal Islamophobia

tabsir , April 11th, 2016


“WICHITA, KS – MARCH 5: A group of Muslim students take selfies before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a speech at a campaign rally on March 5,…


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Muslims in Medieval France

tabsir , February 26th, 2016


Early Medieval Muslim Graves in France: First Archaeological, Anthropological and Palaeogenomic Evidence Yves Gleize , Fanny Mendisco , Marie-Hélène Pemonge, Christophe Hubert, A…


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People of the Book: Why not the Book of Love?

tabsir , December 16th, 2015


by Daniel Martin Varisco, MENA Tidningen As an undergraduate I attended Wheaton College in Illinois, an interdenominational evangelical Protestant enclave, from which I obtained a quality education. …


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Donald Trump and P. T. Barnum

tabsir , December 10th, 2015


My latest post from Lund…


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Why it (Still) Makes Little Sense to Call ISIS Islamic

tabsir , August 26th, 2015


A member of ISIS poses in a fighter jet similar to those used in the Prophet’s time. By Haroon Moghul, Religion Dispatches, August 24, 2015 Last week, The…


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Voltaire on Tolerance

tabsir , July 19th, 2015


The author of Candide knew that this was not the best of all possible worlds. But Voltaire has sound advice about the importance of tolerance, written over two…


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The Bridge over Islamophobia

tabsir , May 24th, 2015


John Esposito at the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service has just provided a unique website to chart the pace of islamophobia…


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Should Muslims Apologise for Muslim Terrorists?

Dr. Marranci , January 24th, 2015


The debate, particularly in Australia, about whether Muslims should apologise or not for the acts of terrorism of some individuals whom are identified or identify themselves as Muslims,…


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American Muslims, Muslimphobia, and dangerous chemerias

Dr. Marranci , January 1st, 2013


The debate concerning Islam and Muslims in the US is a very heated one – sometimes beyond metaphors. The fear that Sharia will rule in the land of the…


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