Category Archives: Islam

Reflections on Islam

So What’s Going On In Iraq Now?

The nation of Iraq has been fixed firmly in the western conscience for over twenty years. Ever since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990 and proclaimed it the 19th province of Iraq, it has been a place that has both intrigued … Continue reading

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What is Happening in the Crimean Peninsula?

The news headlines of the last few weeks have been filled with events in the Ukraine. As I have observed the reaction of Russia to recent events in Kiev I have been reminded of the importance for Christian observers of … Continue reading

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Hometown Fanatics

It would be hard to imagine a crowd of Muslims marching on the streets of Richmond shouting: “American Police go to Hell!” and parading banners that state: “Shariah, the solution for us!” However that is what has been happening on … Continue reading

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The Egyptian Revolution

I was in Egypt during the protests that led to the army removing President Morsi from power. The atmosphere on the streets was electric and the TV pictures from Tahrir Square showed just how extensive the crowds were. I have … Continue reading

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Insulting Islam

Recent protests in the Middle East and other Muslim-majority nations have underlined the vulnerability of the crowd on the street to the rhetoric of their Imams. It can be quite easy to stir up a crowd when the object of … Continue reading

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I Must be the Marabout

During the last couple of weeks of our European trip, my sons (aged 8 and 10) became very adept at finding loose change. Scanning the ground in parking lots, searching under supermarket checkouts and checking out slot machines for unclaimed change proved to … Continue reading

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The Epistle to the Muslim Heart

I have been reading Paul’s letter to the Galatians and particularly thinking over the content of chapter three. It seems to me that this and other parts of this letter could easily have been written for the Muslim community, still … Continue reading

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Engraved Upon His Palms

A Muslim delights in reciting the 99 most beautiful names of God. According to a hadith the man who commits them to memory will get into Paradise (Sahih Muslim – 35.6475). If you travel among Muslims you may often see … Continue reading

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