Tag Archives: history

Social norms are part of free speech

This is going to be a bit different from my normal posts, but it’s been bothering me, and I want to write about it, and, you know, it’s my blog, so there.  Trigger warnings for a bunch of discussions about … Continue reading

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Curriculum on early Islam

Kim asked: Dear Jessica, I hope you are still taking questions on this site. I am an aspiring Religion teacher (high school level) who want to ask about early Muslim history. To summarize, there is a lot of fear, hate … Continue reading

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Defending Europe: Part II

Welcome to Part II of my discussion of wSieci’s “Islamic Rape of Europe,” where I talk a lot about maps.  Part I is all about the racism and white supremacy represented in the cover – check it out before you … Continue reading

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Homosexuality in the Medieval world

Carrying on from my last post, I came across this brilliant comic by Humon about definitions of sexuality in Medieval Christian monasticism, which really nails what I was talking about that our terminology just doesn’t make sense when talking about … Continue reading

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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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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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