Category Archives: Judaism

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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Auschwitz and the Germans

After World War II, a Russian, a Pole and a German are asked by a journalist, “Excuse me, what is your opinion about the current meat shortage?” The Russian asks, “What’s an opinion?” When the journalist asks the Pole, he … 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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Provocations

Clashes between Jews and Palestinians on the occasion of Purim are commonplace. In Hebron, or rather Al Khalil in the West Bank, they seem to escalate these days since the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he wanted the … Continue reading

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The Night Journey

When recently having read German Orientalist Tilman Nagel’s voluminous opus maximum on life and legend of the prophet of Islam, I became once more interested in the different versions of Muhammad’s ascension to heaven and his night journey to Jerusalem … Continue reading

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