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Islam

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. […]

Great Mosque of Mecca
Islam

The Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca

February 11, 2017

By John L. Esposito, Ph.D, Georgetown University The Hajj is one of the five Pillars of Islam and is probably the most well-known among non-Muslims. It […]

Job and His Friends
Christianity

An Analysis of Biblical Prophets

January 31, 2017

By Professor Charles Kimball, University of Oklahoma Prophets are people who are understood as conveying God’s words or messages to their communities. Contrary to the […]

Historical Painting depicting Rumi on horseback surrounded by people
Islam

Rumi: The Poet of Spiritual Love

January 20, 2017

By Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D., Emory University The way of love is emphasized by Jalal ad-Din Rumi, whose dates are 1207–1273. He is called Mawlana, […]