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Woolwich Reactions – Why All The Analogies Are Wrong.

May 27, 2013

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On the 22nd of May, 2013, a man beheads a British solider in the town of Woolwich. He then turns to a civilian witness who films the man as he says the following: “The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers. And this British solider […]

Miraculous Knowledge – the “Scientific Miracles” of the Quran

February 18, 2013

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Speaking at the Oxford Union on 11th Feb 2011, Dr Zakir Naik addressed the audience via satellite link from his television network, ‘Peace TV’, located in Dubai. Prevented from entering the UK by Home Secretary, Theresa May, Zakir used a considerable proportion of his time to admonish the British Government and the British press for his treatment, insisting […]

Reading Pickthall’s Quran (Part 8: ‘The Spoils Of War’)

November 20, 2012

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This article is part of an ongoing project to document my thoughts during a second reading of Marmaduke Pickthall‘s English translation of the Quran. It’s available for free by Project Gutenberg here, if you wish to read along with me. Upon exacting my editing criteria, Chapter 8 reduced from 76 verses to 12 —————————– Throughout the Quran, […]

On Profiling

November 2, 2012

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I have the kind of complexion that cannot enter a blood bank without causing onlookers to question if I intend to make a donation or a withdrawal. Colour photographs of me are indistinguishable from their black-and-white counterparts. Penguins begin to riot if I try to enter a zoo. Twenty years ago, when the only ‘Bella’ in […]

Reading Pickthall’s Quran (Part 7: ‘The Elevated Places’)

October 13, 2012

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This article is part of an ongoing project to document my thoughts during a second reading of Marmaduke Pickthall‘s English translation of the Quran. It’s available for free by Project Gutenberg here, if you wish to read along with me. Chapter 7, upon exacting my editing criteria, reduced from 206 verses to a meagre 12. The chapter […]

Reading Pickthall’s Quran (Part 6: ‘The Cattle’)

August 17, 2012

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This article is part of an ongoing project to document my thoughts during a second reading of Marmaduke Pickthall‘s English translation of the Quran. It’s available for free by Project Gutenberg here, if you wish to read along with me. I’ve got to Chapter 6, which, upon exacting my editing criteria, reduced from 165 verses to a […]

Reading Pickthall’s Quran (Part 5: ‘The Food’)

August 14, 2012

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This article is part of an ongoing project to document my thoughts during a second reading of Marmaduke Pickthall‘s English translation of the Quran. It’s available for free by Project Gutenberg here, if you wish to read along with me. Chapter 5, upon exacting my editing criteria, reduced from 120 verses to a humble 17, the first […]

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