Category Archives: Religion

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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Religious Minorities after the Revolution

The different Iranian/Persian Empires have ever been home of a large variety of religious dominations, besides Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, in particular Jews (who can be traced for more than 2500 years); Christian Apostolic Armenians, Nestorian Assyrians, Catholic Chaldeans; Buddhists, … Continue reading

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Judas’ Kiss

On yesterday’s Good Friday, I stumbled across Ukrainian Artist Andriy Dutka’s almost iconic “Judas’ Kiss” of 1990. It can be viewed at Wurzburg’s “Museum am Dom”. When earnestly considering Judas’ role in the Gospel, his betrayal and kiss were undoubtedly … 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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On Going Astray

Tilman Nagel. Mohammed – Leben und Legende. Oldenbourg, Munich 2008, 1052 pages Operating on the premise that all Monotheism derives from the collective unconscious one may be able to describe and analyze the Creator’s biography during the centuries based on His … Continue reading

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