Tag Archives: history of islam

Homosexuality in Islam

Umar asked: Hey Jessica, I was wondering if you could make a post about homosexuality in Islamic history, i.e how open has it been, what were the reactions, etc. Thanks. — Okay, I guess to start with I should warn … Continue reading

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Modern hadith studies

Nader asked: Hi Jessica, A very nice blog attracting sincere and relevant questions 🙂 Congratulations for this job. I have been reading for a while papers dealing with the authenticity of the hadiths and I must admit I still didn’t … Continue reading

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Learning, research, and received wisdom

As I’m now deep in the depths of the final revisions of the resubmission of my thesis (long story), I’ve found myself re-reading books and journal articles that I first read years ago, and as a result, I’ve also found … Continue reading

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Why was the Islamic expansion successful?

So, following on from my last post, I thought I’d talk a bit about the historical circumstances that made the Muslim army so successful. To put this in context, the Muslim military apparatus conquered territory from the tip of Spain … Continue reading

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Imaginary Islamophobic Strawman: Isn’t Islam a violent religion?

So I’ve been considering for a while doing a series of blog posts on “conversations with an imaginary Islamophobic strawman.”  The problem I run in to, trying to answer a lot of the questions that come through on this site, … Continue reading

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Schacht, Hallaq and Islamic law

Qolyehudi asked: I hope everything is well with you. I would like, if you have the time and feel for writing a little about it, to hear your opinion on the debate between the orientalists and the anti-orientalists in regards … Continue reading

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Suggested Reading 2.0

Farasat asked: excellent. Can you post a reading list of islamic history (from muslim and balanced non-muslim authors)? Okay, this is the point where most Islamicists, myself included, get slightly chagrin, as most introductory texts on Islamic history rely more of … Continue reading

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