Monthly Archives: July 2012

Strong Beliefs

When recently reading with growing interest Patricia Crone’s latest book about The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran – Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2012) I came across a most unlikely reference, Reinhold Loeffler’s interviews of Boyer … Continue reading

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Ramadan Kareem!

Extreme heat hit the Middle East today, first day of the holy month of Ramadan. With an incredible 126.3 degrees Fahrenheit (52.4 degrees Celsius), Omidiyeh in Khuzestan in Iran was the hottest spot on Earth. With 123.3 F (50.7 C), Abdaly … Continue reading

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An Iranian Blend

Up to the so-called Sunni Revival long after the conquest of much of the Islamic World, and foremost Iran, by the Seljuqs in the first half of the 11th century, the religious denomination of Iranians has never been so clear. … Continue reading

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Two-and-a-half Million

WikiLeak’s latest scoop, the announced publication of nearly 2.5 Mio emails from Syrian political figures, comes unfortunately too late, I am afraid. The platform again chose to closely collaborate with a number of news outlets, Al Akhbar in Lebanon, Al … Continue reading

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Extreme Weather

The devastating storm on June 29 leaving millions of Americans without electricity in scorching heat well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit was not a unique event. The massive windstorm with hundreds of thunderstorms accompanied by numerous tornados hit large areas of … Continue reading

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