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History

Understanding Arab Culture—Islam and the Five Pillars of Faith

December 1, 2017

It’s pretty difficult to talk about what it means to be an Arab without also talking about Islam, the second largest religion in the world. The question is are the terms Arab and Muslim synonymous? The quick answer is no. In fairness Arabs are overwhelmingly Muslim, but not all of them. […]

History

Life in the Arab Cluster—What Does it Mean to Be An Arab?

December 1, 2017

What does it mean to be part of the Arab cluster? First of all, to be an Arab is not so much an ethnic heritage as it is a cultural identity. Although it’s similar to what it means to be a North American, that doesn’t entirely capture it either. Let me explain. […]

Kaaba during the Hajj
Featured

The Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca

February 11, 2017

The Hajj is one of the five Pillars of Islam and is probably the most well-known among non-Muslims. It is a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi […]

Christianity

An Analysis of Biblical Prophets

January 31, 2017

Prophets are people who are understood as conveying God’s words or messages to their communities. Contrary to the popular image that many people have, prophets […]

Islam

Rumi: The Poet of Spiritual Love

January 20, 2017

The way of love is emphasized by Jalal ad-Din Rumi, whose dates are 1207–1273. He is called Mawlana, “our Lord,” by followers. Rumi is recognized […]