Shakespeare’s film adaptation of the play Richard III Richard – Laurence Olivier (48 years old) Director – Laurence Olivier “Thou troublest me. I’m not in the vein”. That’s getting said at work.
It is tempting to say: America is Rome, Europe is Athens, while Islam is an endlessly troublesome Judea.
We Europeans are in fact in the middle of a difficult argument. We are constantly quarrelling with ourselves over definitions of belonging. We can unite to build an Airbus, but will we really unite around a moral or cultural ideal?… Read More ›
The short answer is that it wasn’t. The guardians of the Shariah (judges, concerned scholars, market police, etc.) turned a blind eye to the private lives of the populace. Thus, despite the endless production of poetry extolling the beauty of… Read More ›
Before the Enlightenment, the canonical Gospels were thought of as, among other things, written copies of the past. The documents and the history beneath them were taken to be, for all practical Christian purposes, identical. Modernity, however, has inserted a… Read More ›
source For further reading Sh. Ammar Khatib recommends this essay: The Origins of the Variant Readings of the Qur’an