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Shame is a social phenomenon

‘What people say’ or ‘What people might say’ is a strong constraint on actions. The use of oaths in such profusion in many Middle Eastern societies illustrates the lengths to which people go to avoid being shamed. Shame comes from … Continue reading

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Freedom for a Muslim is community

For most Muslims, to be truly free as an individual normally means to belong to community.  As Muslims come to follow Jesus, ‘family’ concerns will be paramount.  Believers will think and act plurally. Around the Muslim world today there are … Continue reading

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Norms of society

Westerners who live among Middle Easterners behold very clearly the faults of male-oriented societies. In seeking to share the gospel with Arabs and other Middle Easterners, the norms of their society about male/female relationships must be accepted as the starting … Continue reading

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Old Testament through eyes of Semitic culture

The OT revelation was mediated through a Semitic culture in which male superiority and chauvinism were almost built into the structure of things.  That male-oriented culture was available to God as a medium for communication and He was content to … Continue reading

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Women and the real Islam

There are those who claim that the faith as it should be lived does confer rights and dignity upon women. This is not to suggest that the ‘roles’ of Arab men and women are by any means uniform and static. … Continue reading

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Distinct universes

  If you smile at your wife, she will take advantage of you!  Between men and women there is a huge gulf. Male and female ‘live’ in distinct universes. To confuse the two universes is to court disaster.  It is the … Continue reading

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Understanding those very different from ourselves

That there are two kinds of different cultures is no licence for condemning one and assuming that the other is beyond reproach. Some aspects of Muslim cultures derive specifically from their Islamic inheritance.  There need not be anything intrinsically upsetting … Continue reading

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