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Alexander the Great of the Quran

Alexander the Great didn’t leave a mark only in history books; soon after his death he entered the sphere of myth. The first mythical narration of the king’s adventures belongs to pseudo-Callisthenes, a name given to the writer of the manuscript called The Life of Alexander (the real Callisthenes, Alexander’s …

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On banning the Muslim veil

The issue of the French ban on the hijab occupies the international public discourse for years now. Many say that it’s a just law, protecting the French culture against erosion through contact with a deeply foreign civilization in the country with the highest percentage of Muslims in Europe, while others …

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Religious censorship – the Salman Rushdie affair

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” Salman Rushdie   On Valentine’s Day 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini sent a different kind of love letter to Salman Rushdie through the Radio Tehran station. He issued a fatwa against him calling all Muslims on Earth to …

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The religion of the Yazidis and why it is persecuted by ISIS

The Yazidis (or Yezidis) constitute an ethno-religious group, native in northern Mesopotamia, and speak mostly Kurdish (Kurmanji Kurdish), while few of them speak Arabic. Their origin is unclear, their population reaches 200,000-300,000 people around the world (some say up to 700,000) and their way of life is agrarian. The United …

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