Tag Archives: Islam

Investigations

Have I misunderstood or misrepresented the cultures about which I have written?  My intention in writing is to offer not to impose, a diagnosis. The suggestions proffered here need to be placed in the context of other, related offerings.  All … Continue reading

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Vow-making

  The Old Testament largely agrees with contemporary Muslim perspectives on the actualities of the unseen world.  Lying demons are Lucifer’s children, while prophet Elisha’s buried bones can impart renewed life to a corpse. Pragmatism, however, is not to be … Continue reading

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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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The Group

While relationships between the sexes are matters of personal choice for Westerners, within most Muslim communities such relationships are permitted or proscribed according to a different rationale. It comes as a bit of a shock when we discover that many … 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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Reaching out in friendship: Have no agenda

We all have agendas. But what if our agenda really is just to do good and serve people? Something like, “love your neighbour.” I am sure this does not mean we cannot be bold in sharing this amazingly Good News … Continue reading

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Despite theological differences

There is a gold mine running through the Qur’an – His name is Jesus (Isa).  The Qur’an mentions Jesus almost one hundred times, all with great reverence. Early in his “career” Muhammad was not building a religion to displace Judaism … Continue reading

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