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Camelus dromedarius (dromedary) old skull and neck vertebrae. Jebulon

Man as a Social Animal

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odern science has shown that some species of organisms have a high degree of sociality. Individuals in these animal populations express complex behaviours, and they tend to associate in social groups and form cooperative societies. Examples include packs of wolves and schools of fish, which cooperate to perform many tasks. Ants and bees [...]


Planting a Tree in the End Times: An Analysis of an Islamic and Jewish Saying It is reported in the Musnad of Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal (d. 855 AD) and in the Musnad of Al-Bazzar (d. 905 AD) that the Prophet Muḥammad (s) said: “If the [Day of] Resurrection were established upon one of you, and[...]

Annotated Bibliography of Neo-Confucianism

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Annotated Bibliography of Neo-Confucianism One of the most interesting fields in Islamic Studies is Chinese Muslim, or Han Kitab studies. I can tell you right now that the  barrier of entry is high – dishearteningly  high. You must learn Chinese, maybe Japanese, and a new system of philosophy. I can provide a guide to the[...]

Bilal Muhammad reflects on what modern education can take away from Plato's Academy and the Prophet's Mosque.[...]

Cheraman Perumal Nayanar

Anwit Shahi examines the folklore of the Mappilā Muslims to explain how the community fit into the ‘beehive structure’ of Mālābār’s society.[...]

Paul Williams shows how Christology developed across the Synoptic Gospels.[...]

Bilal Muhammad reflects on Plato's Crito and the social contract in Islam.[...]



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Arabic Manuscript

Despite the influence of Sharīf al-Murtaḍā’s Amālī, the paratextual features of its manuscript copies are seldom discussed. This paper compares such features in two 17th and 19th-century manuscripts.   Abstract A number of Sharīf [...]

Numerous studies of Mamlūk books congeal around luxury manuscripts. Doris Behrens-Abouseif’s monograph offers a new window into the production and reception of ordinary books in the Mamlūk world.[...]

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.[...]

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