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A short dictionary of Islam – General notions and terms

This is a short, and mostly random, list of Islamic terms. It is not a comprehensive one; it is merely meant to explain some general notions of Islam, which you might have heard but don’t know what they mean. Islam                                     Submission Mohamed (570-632 AD) The last, and the most important, …

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Quintus Cicero and the eternal cynicism of the candidate

“Everyone prefers a lie than a declination” Quintus Cicero writes in an essay[1] his advice to his brother Marcus Cicero (the most famous of the two) on how to secure enough votes in order to take the chair of consul of the Roman Republic. Not that Marcus doesn’t know how …

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What’s the problem Islam has with dogs?

Muslims tend to dislike dogs, especially outside the West. In Iran, they “arrest” dogs and move them to “undisclosed locations”, while their owners never receive a response from the police on their whereabouts. Guard dogs and hounds have always been allowed, and for as long as pet dogs were a …

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