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Book Review: The Qur’an – A Historical-Critical Introduction by Nicolai Sinai

I first read the Qur’an in English translation at the age of 18 during the summer break following my ‘A’ level exams and the start of university. Up until then I had largely only read the Qur’an in Arabic – … Continue reading

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The Times and “Rewriting Islamic History”

Last month, Birmingham University announced that they had discovered Qur’anic fragments that were carbon-dated to being amongst the very earliest to have ever been found. It was a fabulous story that thrilled Muslims worldwide. Today, there is a peculiar story published in The Times  claiming … Continue reading

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The Qur’an Strikes Back

The BBC this week reported that what are believed to be amongst the earliest ever fragments of the Qur’an have been found at Birmingham University. The fragments have been carbon dated with a 95% probability to the period 568 to 645 … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tom Holland’s In the Shadow of the Sword

Further to my twitter discussion with Tom Holland regarding his controversial C4 documentary ‘Islam: The Untold Story’ last month, I decided purchase his book ‘In The Shadow of the Sword’. Tom had said to me that he necessarily had to … Continue reading

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Islamic History and the Role of Memory

The current edition of the neo-conservative Standpoint magazine carries an interesting review by Eric Ormsby of two new books about the Prophet Muhammad by Robert Spencer (of JihadWatch) and the Muslim writer Ziauddin Sardar.  In view of the recent controversy … Continue reading

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Questioning Tom Holland and his ‘Islam: The Untold Story’

As I mentioned in my previous blog, following the broadcast of his Channel Four documentary ‘Islam: The Untold Story’ on Tuesday evening, I got in touch with the presenter, Tom Holland, via Twitter to ask him some questions about the … Continue reading

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Tom Holland’s Bizarre Conjecture About Islam’s Birthplace

Following on from Tuesday evening’s poorly researched documentary ‘Islam: The Untold Story’ which I blogged about here, I was curious to find out more about the presenter Tom Holland’s theory that the true birthplace of Islam was Avdat in Israel … Continue reading

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