BIBLIOMANCY [BIB-lee-oh-man-see]: the act of opening a book at random and seeking knowledge at random on the page revealed

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People have been fascinated with the future for many centuries.  At some point in the past humans began to understand that there was such a thing as the future.  After all,it is a complex thought, and it took the human brain some level of development before such a complex idea could take shape. But once […]

FITNA: a state of trouble or chaos

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I read a full-page letter/advertisement from the nation of Turkey in the New York Times the other day in which the writers were committing themselves to continuing friendship and support for the people of Syria.  In the midst of the letter the authors used the word fitna as if to say that this support would exist […]

MISANTHROPE [MIS-uhn-throhp]: a hater of humankind

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Given the atrocities we observe in places like Syria, is it any wonder that we have to ask the question about motivation? Specifically, what is the motivation for a national leader who seemingly willingly slaughters his people without regard for their relationships,ages, or circumstances. I can only come to the conclusion that Syrian President Bashar […]

PURDAH [PUR-duh]: the seclusion of women from the sight of men or strangers, practiced by some Muslims and Hindus.

The more we in the non-Islamic world can learn about the traditions and practices of Islam the better.  We have been raised, for the most part, in a culture of ignorance about the religion, and are vulnerable to teachings which are biased and dangerous. One such example came to me in viewing the film, Zero […]

SHARIAH [shah-REE-ah]: a system of law deemed to be derived from the Koran

      A lot has been said and written about Islamic law over the past few years, some out of intelligence, some out of ignorance.  The fear of something “different” keeps some people from seeking the truth when it comes to things Islamic.  This is particularly true when dealing with the concept of Shariah, […]

ABRAHAMIC TRADITION: belonging to a community which traces its history to Abraham

In a very interesting op-ed piece in Wednesday’s New York Times, David  V. Mason, an associate professor of theater at Rhodes College, explains his unique understanding that as a Mormon he does not see himself as a Christian.   This flies in the face of numerous positions that have been stated over the past couple of […]