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The Long History Of Sacred Texts

For many, there is a claim that is too enticing to resist: “This is THE book.  All that you–or anyone–will […]


Pilgrimages have played an integral role in religious activity since time immemorial.  The largest–and longest-practiced–is the Hindu “Kumbh Mela” in […]

The History Of Female Empowerment III: From Deities To Luminaries

Let’s conclude this trilogy by tracing the legacy of feminism back to the incidence of ancient female deities–specifically: the use […]

The History Of Female Empowerment II: Women of Battle, Women of Letters

As we saw in the previous essay, surveying the incidence of female sovereigns is an indication of a society’s view […]

The History of Female Empowerment I: Regna

One of the most significant neolithic societies of south-eastern Europe (in what would later be Dacia / Transnistria) is now […]

The Forgotten Diaspora

Ernest Renan once noted that “Getting its history wrong is part of being a nation.”  Renan said this in 1882 […]

City Of The Beloved

One might say that Jerusalem is the eternal city of the Jewish people in the same way that New York […]

The Land Of Purple

The lexeme “Israel” has become an extremely loaded term in the post-War era.  After having undergone an onomastic metamorphosis over […]

Mecca And Its Cube

[Author’s note: Mohammed of Mecca is denoted “MoM”.] As legend has it, at some point in the late 5th century, […]

The Syriac Origins of Koranic Text

This is the second of the two-part piece on the Koran as a Syriac document.

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