Monthly Archives: April 2015

Iran Circa 1957: “Fossilized Unchanging Religion”; “The Bulk of the Population Unchanged by Reforms” Plus Ça Change…?

Just over four decades ago, Islamologist Maxime Rodinson (d. 2004) observed how Western academic treatment of Islam had devolved into reverent fetishism. “Understanding [of Islam] has given way to apologetics pure and simple,” Rodinson lamented. The musings of the late … Continue reading

My Discussion of Iran Nuke “Deal” and Islamic “Treaties”: Our State Department Now Ignores What It Knew Well in 1880

Below are extracts from a report by WND’s Leo Hohmann on the Iran nuke negotiations. Leo asked me to provide background on the Islamic Law “principles” which must be understood when examining such negotiations. It has become axiomatic in our … Continue reading

A Group of Expatriate Iranian Shiite Physicians in the U.S., and the Banality of Their Islamic Jew-Hatred

A 16th century European portrait of the founder of the Safavid dynasty, Shah Ismail I (1487-1524), now housed at the Ulfizi Gallery, Florence, Italy. The Portuguese traveler Tome Pires observed (between 1512-1515), “Sheikh Ismail…never spares the life of any Jew,” … Continue reading

My 4/7/15 Discussion With Sam Sorbo of “Iran (‘Framework’) Fiasco: John Quincy Adams Knew Jihad, John Kerry Does Not”

I discussed my essay Iran (“Framework”) Fiasco: John Quincy Adams Knew Jihad, John Kerry Does Not with Sam Sorbo. KEY EXTRACTS: Expatriate Iranian journalist Amir Taheri has a written an intriguing—and essential—“linguistic” analysis comparing the various diplomatic “framework” statements at … Continue reading

A Blessed Easter to My Christian Friends: Norman Rockwell’s “Golden Rule” (1961)

Carla Power’s “Accidental Feminist” Mohammad Akram Nadwi in His Own (Sharia Supremacist) Words on Women’s “Rights”/Hijab

I just listened to an NPR podcast touting a new book by journalist Carla Power, entitled, If Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran. Power’s NPR discussion—and apparently her book—riveted upon the … Continue reading

Zissen Pesach: Marian Anderson Singing, “Go Down Moses” (1951)

PJ Media Essay: Maimonides, the Houthi “Motto”, & My Limited Sympathy For War-Torn Yemen

KEY EXTRACTS, BELOW; FULL PJ MEDIA ESSAY HERE “And humiliation and wretchedness were stamped upon them [the Jews] and they were visited with wrath from Allah. That was because they disbelieved in Allah’s revelations and slew the prophets wrongfully. That … Continue reading