Category Archives: Islam

Martin Luther and Islam

Germany is celebrating 500 years of Reformation of Christianity these days. On 31 October 1517 it is said that monk Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to Wittenberg’s church calling for some change. It was the beginning of the Protestant … Continue reading

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Qur’an in Context

The above picture from a famous 14th century manuscript, celebrated as one of al-Biruni’s (d. 1048) major works, shows two determined riders approaching a watchtower with a fearful looking guard. One rider has mounted a camel while the other is … Continue reading

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Taking a Terrorist Way too Serious

After the recent terror attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, and atrocities by Daesh, the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Western voices including U.S. president Barack Obama have claimed that this does not represent Islam. Outrage about a perceived helplessness of the Muslim world … Continue reading

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Revisionist Rewriting of 9th Century Arabic Enlightenment

The self-proclamation of a terrorist organization as new “Islamic State” and “caliphate” led by an individual who has changed his name to al-Baghdadi has not been met with general enthusiasm or sympathy in the Islamic world, not even in Salafi … Continue reading

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Why Not a Caliphate?

When ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) yesterday proclaimed The Islamic State and his leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi caliph, both the Muslim world and non-Muslim world incredulously shook of their heads. What a charade. What kind of fellow Abu Bakr … Continue reading

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