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Religion and science have been compartmentalized by artificial frames. However, they each must be challenged to rise above their imposed limitations.[...]

Academic endeavors often purport themselves as neutral analyses of socio-historical phenomena yet their metaphysical assumptions are no less biased than any other scholarly endeavor.[...]


Pre-modern Jewish references to the Prophet Muḥammad are nuanced. This article highlights medieval Jewish references that see the Prophet in a favorable light.[...]


The birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated by most Christians in the winter. However, a reference from the Muslim tradition and a recently discovered astronomical phenomenon could suggest that Jesus was born in June.[...]


Alī b. Abī Ṭālib is often compared to Jesus Christ in Muslim sources. This article explores the similarities between Christology and Imamology.[...]

Jesus Christ Byzantine

For early Church Fathers like St. Chrysostom, marriage was primarily a means for chastity. Sexual disobedience and denial by either spouse risked endangering the household and the Church community.[...]


The “debate of the century” was on capitalism, Marxism, and happiness. This essay aims to compare the points of these two viral intellectuals to the Islamic tradition.[...]




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The relationship between Malcolm X and the Twelve Imams of Ahl al-Bayt has so far been little-known even though it may have shaped a significant aspect of Malcolm's religious and political worldview.[...]

Paul is a controversial figure at the center of Christian-Muslim dialogue. While many contemporary Muslims are critical of Paul, history paints a more nuanced picture.[...]

sayyid al-himyari zahra jiwan

Sayyid al-Himyari’s poetry is some of the most famous in the Arabic language. This article explores some of the theological concepts that could be extracted from one of his pieces.   Abstract This article provides a detailed commentary on a [...]