Monthly Archives: August 2016

Political Islam and Modernity

— excerpt adapted from September/October 2016 Foreign Affairs review essay · “Mosque and State” by Malise Ruthven, author Islam in the World. ( https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/review-essay/mosque-and-state ) The Islamic world could not follow only the European path toward Enlightenment and modernity by way of reformation. Even … Continue reading

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Led through snares and dangers

From the novel Jayber Crow, by Wendell Berry If you could do it, I suppose it would be a good idea to live your life in a straight line – starting, say, in the Dark Wood of Error, and proceeding … Continue reading

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The garden and the sword

Perhaps everybody has a garden of Eden, I don’t know; but they have scarcely seen their garden before they see the flaming sword. Then, perhaps, life only offers the choice of remembering the garden or forgetting it. Either, or: it … Continue reading

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