Monthly Archives: April 2011

Andrew C. McCarthy says zakat isn’t charity

I had fully intended to post something about how written Arabic evolved, but all of my ‘doing research’ time is taken up by my thesis at the moment, and in the meantime, Andrew C. McCarthy has managed to say something … Continue reading

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Could Muhammad read?

Hello and happy Easter, to all of you who celebrate it!  Happy April the 24th to those who don’t!  (And happy sunny 4-day bank holiday weekend to those in Britain!  If that’s not a miracle, I don’t know what is!) … Continue reading

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French ban of veils

As probably many people know, last year the French Parliament passed a law that would ban full-face veils, because of “the damage it produces on those rules which allow the life in community, ensure the dignity of the person and … Continue reading

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Update: Florida’s use of Islamic Law

As an update to the discussion I posted a few weeks ago about a Florida court case in which the judge cited Islamic law in his opinion, my father/attorney has provided me with some additional information[1], including the full opinion … Continue reading

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Did pre-Islamic Arabians bury infants alive?

Uzza asked: Is there any archeological or other support for the claim that pre-Islamic Arabs buried children alive? AFAIK, there are a couple of passing mentions of this in the Quran and Hadith, I’ve never heard anything from non-Muslim sources. Sorry … Continue reading

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TED lecture: Lesley Hazleton reads the Qur’an

My friend Nora sent me a link to the TED lecture delivered by Lesley Hazleton about her experience of reading the Qur’an ages ago, but between revising my thesis and traveling for conferences and holidays, I have only had the … Continue reading

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Florida’s use of Islamic Law

Whoops, been a while since I updated – sorry about that!  I was off having a lovely holiday in Dublin, to which my laptop was not invited (I love my laptop, but sometimes we have to spend time apart). In … Continue reading

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