Tag Archives: Islam

Another detour: What is Shia Islam?

Before we progress deeper along the Iranian tourist trail, it’s is a good time to clarify the dominant (95%) Muslim sect in Iran, Shi’ism. To the outsider, the differences between Sunni and Shia Islam appear slight, even trivial. Both apply the confessional … Continue reading

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Daesh to the finish line

One aspect of the whole ISIS/ISIL/Daesh phenomena that confounds many of us is how it can possibly attract some of our Muslim youth with its bloodthirsty credo and actions. The explanations of our politicians, with their careful eye on the … Continue reading

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Saudis trash Mecca

Fascinating interview here about the extent to which areas of great heritage significance around the Grand Mosque and Kaaba have been cleared to make way for hotels and shopping malls. The worst of it is a massive hotel complex plonked right … Continue reading

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‘Salvation’ in Hinduism and Islam

The world’s major religions reveal significant diversity in their approaches to ‘salvation’. In this post, I will explore the knowledge path to moksha and compare it to salvation beliefs in Islam. Two more divergent views of the human condition would … Continue reading

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Islam has been in the news recently

I recently came across the following quote: “I am appalled by some of the divisive things that have been said recently about Muslims and their religion of Islam. Muslims believe in the one God. That is the belief that unites … Continue reading

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