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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.[...]

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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 [...]

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

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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.[...]

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

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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.[...]

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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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Bernard Carra de Vaux in his response to colonial journalist Edmond Fazy, details the steps which Western colonial powers must take to preserve their imperial hold on Muslim populations.[...]

The Nation of Islam is often ostracized for being unorthodox and even heretical, yet Muslims of all denominations have much to learn from them.[...]

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