Category Archives: Book Review

Master John and Brother James

I have to admit that, after the media hype about Reza Aslan’s Jesus biography (in particular after he was interviewed by Fox News’ Lauren Green), only then I became curious of Zealot – The life and times of Jesus of … Continue reading

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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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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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Avicenna’s Systematic Reviews

That great medieval polymath and philosopher Ibn Sina (d. 1037), or Avicenna as he is known in the West, might in fact be regarded as father (or inventor) of medical systematic reviews [1], nowadays considered as the highest level of … Continue reading

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Three Thousand Years

Two years ago, I had written a brief essay on Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) mystic Night Journey to Jerusalem and then further into Heaven which is commemorated by many Muslims today, 27 Rajab, al-’Isrā’ wal-Mi‘rāj. According to the Holy Qur’an (Q17:1) … Continue reading

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