Monthly Archives: June 2011

What is taqiya?

Carrying on from my last post about ‘secret Muslims’, there’s a related concept that seems to float through a lot of stuff-on-the-internet-about-Islam, the concept of ‘taqiya’ or ‘taqiyya‘[1].  According to the internet, ‘taqiya’ means the Islamic concept of lying.  Whilst … Continue reading

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Anthony Weiner and ‘Secret’ Muslims

I admit – living in the UK, I think I’ve missed most of the obsession over ‘Weiner-gate’.  I know the general details, but from internet news, twitter, and the internet in general, it appears to be occupying a much larger … Continue reading

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King’s Hearings of Islam, Part Deux

Last week, Senator King started the second round of hearings for the Department of Homeland Security on radical Islam (for my post about the first set, see here), this time focusing on ‘prislam’. Okay, now before I explain that, and … Continue reading

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Creeping Sharia

Hopefully updates will be more regular from now on . . . at some point I’ll have to update less often because I’ll be finishing the final editing on my doctoral thesis (sidenote: o hai, panic, how are you?!), but … Continue reading

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Definitions of religion

Bruce over at Fallen from Grace posted a response to David Lose’s article for the Huffington Post arguing for atheism as a religion, and now I feel compelled to chime in with my two cents as a religious historian. I … Continue reading

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Bill Warner on the Crusades

As reported by the NeoConservative Christian Right website, Bill Warner is on the road, speaking in Nashville on the new Crusade against Islam that ‘the West’ apparently needs to get on with.  Because of the danger of Islam (that, and because … Continue reading

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