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Bygone Geography III: Regional Name Changes

Things have not always been how we now think of them.  As we saw in the previous essay, this goes […]

Bygone Geography II: City Name Changes

How we think about things now is not necessarily how those things used to be.  Nevertheless, so far as our […]

Bygone Geography I: Forgotten Cities

Generally speaking, collective memory is formed according to any given community’s (desired) legacy.  As might be expected, this does not […]

The History Of Salafism II

It is imperative to acknowledge the prevalence of Salafism in Islam’s history if a program for Reform is to be […]

The History Of Salafism I

There is an oft-made claim that Salafism is a uniquely modern-day phenomenon.  The following two-part essay aims to debunk this […]

Genesis Of A Holy Book

Frank discussion of the (actual) origins of any given holy book is bound to be a fraught undertaking; as it […]

The Long History Of Legal Codes

People have been composing tracts outlining formal political systems since the Bronze Age.  As a point of departure, it’s worth […]

A Brief History Of Heaven & Hell

“I don’t believe in an afterlife. So I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven […]

Flouting The Establishment

If those who are not ideologically-committed to the ultra-right-wing want a desirable outcome in the 2020 presidential election, it is […]

The History Of Exalted Figures

Let’s define a panjandrum as a charismatic leader who has amassed a cult following, and employed demagogy as a tool […]

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