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There’s No Such Thing as Western Civilisation

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Kwame Anthony Appiah examines the myth of the ‘West’. The subtitle for his article acts as an abstract: “The values of liberty, tolerance and rational inquiry are not the birthright of a single culture. In fact, the very notion of something called ‘western culture’ is a modern invention.

Excerpts:

“So the very idea of the “west,” to name a heritage and object of study, doesn’t really emerge until the 1890s, during a heated era of imperialism, and gains broader currency only in the 20th century. When, around the time of the first world war, Oswald Spengler wrote the influential book translated as The Decline of the West – a book that introduced many readers to the concept – he scoffed at the notion that there were continuities between western culture and the classical world…

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Islam in the First Civilisations: 1. The Mesopotamian Religion

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Who were the Mesopotamians?

From the simplicity of prehistoric life, complex societies began to emerge in the third millennium BCE, The Mesopotamians is a designation that incorporates four main groups of people: the Sumerians, the Akkadians, the Babylonians and the Assyrians over a period of over three thousand years.

Time Periods

Group of People:

4500 – 1900 BCE

The Sumerians

2334 – 2154 BCE

The Akkadians

1895 BC – 539 BCE

The Babylonians

2500 BC – 609 BCE

The Assyrians

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The ‘Religion’ of Atheism

This video talks about the New Atheists, but what was most interesting in it was when Professor Blankinship talked about the radical historical doubt that even queries the historicity of the nineteenth century, let alone the ancient and medieval periods (and the implicit absurdity in the line of reasoning that its adherents go through to try and ‘prove’ their point of view).

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Hellenised Jews: A Warning (Modern Muslim 2 of 8)

There was a time when the Greek-speaking (polytheistic) world made in-roads into the Judaic (monotheistic) one. As a result, some Jews became Hellenised. Who were the Hellenised Jews? And is there a warning, here, for us, nowadays?

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Introduction to the New Testament (Part 1) with Br. Ijaz Ahmad

A very good overview of the New Testament and its historicity in simple terms, mashaAllah:

I recently did a quick 15 minute introduction to the New Testament that seems to have benefited quite a few folks, here’s the video: and God knows best!

via Introduction to the New Testament (Part 1) with Br. Ijaz Ahmad — Calling Christians

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Prehistoric Beliefs – islam before Islam 1

Early Man was Religious

We have very little facts about prehistoric beliefs. This is a problem.

“The first semblance of religious practices began in the Paleolithic period, which occurred roughly from 2.6 million years ago and lasted until 10,000 years ago… it was during this expansive time period that the first ancestors and relatives of modern humans began to bury their dead. Specifically, around 300,000 years ago. The practice of burying the dead indicates a belief in or fascination with the concept of an afterlife.”1

So it seems that with the advent of humanity, there is certainly evidence of a belief in an afterlife. However, there are massive problems with trying to make further assertions one way or another during this time period.

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Why Hadith? Part 2

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Do you love the Prophet (peace be upon him)? (I believe you do).

It is reasonable to understand how when you love someone, you would naturally want to make them happy; you’d want to be in their presence as often as possible; you’d hang on to their every word. This is understood intuitively. And the implication, I believe, is clear.

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