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History of Islam

Where Did al Qaeda Come From? Why No One Wins if Islam Loses the Blame Game

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

From where did al Qaeda's oppressive, expansionist and misogynistic ideology arise to terrorize us, now even invading peacefully Muslim Mali. How can Islam spawn two such different sorts of believer?

7 Things That May Surprise You About Muhammad

Lesley Hazleton | Posted 03.28.2013 | Religion
Lesley Hazleton

Everyone knows his name. He was, and still is, one of the most influential figures of all time, yet most of us have little real sense of the man himself.

The Golden Age Of Islam

Sasha Brookner | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Sasha Brookner

There was a Golden Age to Islam once -- a Muslim Renaissance so magnificent, famous, cosmopolitan and cerebral that it's borders didn't always bleed. This era unequivocally produced some of the most enlightened thinkers throughout the Islamic Diaspora.

The Question Of Muslim Women's Rights

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

A discussion of Muslim women's rights should begin with a brief examination of the lives of extraordinary Muslim women who defined Islamic culture during Prophet Muhammad's lifetime

Does Islam Really Need A Martin Luther?

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 09.04.2011 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

When Christians call for a Muslim Martin Luther, they are assuming not only that Islam lacks reformers but that Luther's version of Christianity is a perfect model that any Muslim reformer should strive to emulate.

Is Islamic Mysticism Really Islam?

Omid Safi | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Omid Safi

How did such a powerful and beautiful dimension of Islam come to be viewed with such suspicion by so many Muslims?

Poetry, Faith And The Muslim Soul

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.18.2012 | Religion
Frankie Martin

A new collection of poetry by Akbar Ahmed, a world-renowned Islamic scholar, gives an authentic and new perspective on a religion and a part of the world that is so constantly on our minds.

Blasphemy and 'Sharia' Laws: Legitimizing Corruption and Cognitive Dissonance in Muslim Lands

Yursil Kidwai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Yursil Kidwai

It is high time for Muslims to accept that what is making Muslim states un-Islamic isn't a possible repeal of blasphemy laws.

The Hijra: Movement Of God's People

Omid Safi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Omid Safi

The Islamic calendar does not begin with the year of Muhammad's birth, nor does it begin with the commencement of revelation to Muhammad. Rather, it begins with this purposeful move of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.

Understanding Deepak Chopra's Vision Of Muhammad

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service (RNS) Spiritual and alternative-medicine guru Deepak Chopra, 64, has written dozens of books about faith. H...