Monthly Archives: August 2011

What is Ramadan?

Hopefully all of my East Coast readers are safe and recovering from Irene! Today is the last day of the Ramadan fast, and the Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking Fast) will start at sunset, so I thought this an … Continue reading

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Learning about Islam

Early warning – as I mentioned a few months ago, we’re heading into the ‘Jessica is finishing her doctorate and therefore is spending all of her time working or panicking that she should be working right now’ period of my … Continue reading

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Michele Bachmann, the Renaissance, and the ‘Good Bits’ of History

Okay, so today’s topic is going to be slightly outside of the standard purview of this blog, as it is only tangentially related to Islam.  But as a historian, it’s a topic I think is important, and that I think needs to … Continue reading

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Religious Violence II: What is Jihad?

So as promise, this will be a continuation from my post last week about religious violence and the nature of jihad.  But I’ve now realized that this was pretty much the silliest timing imaginable for this post, as this is … Continue reading

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