Tag Archives: history of religion

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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1400 years is actually a really long time…

Bob asked: I appreciate your blog very much. It’s actually rather amazing that you do this. I have a friend of the Fox News always on in the living room sort. He knows I am of a totally different political … 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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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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Pope facts

Okay, this is slightly outside of the normal purview of this blog, but since I seem to be fielding a lot of Pope-related questions in my real life, I figured I would post some helpful* Pope facts here. 1.) The … Continue reading

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Pat Robertson says Islam is not a religion.

In ‘news we should definitely all take seriously and not just giggle about like I did for a good five minutes’ news, Pat Robertson has decreed that Islam is not a religion, but rather it’s “demonic,” “a violent political system … Continue reading

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