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Judeo-Christian heritage in perspective

Rev. Dr Duncan MacPherson in a letter to The Tablet The assertion that “a study of Judaism is essential for understanding the Catholic theological tradition” is not developed. One unstated reason is probably that Christianity has its roots in Judaism. But Judaism has changed considerably over two millennia. Judaism without the Temple has developed a…

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Archives’ sorry tales

An unhappy catalogue of lost (or concealed) archives…. Jamie Doward in the Observer, 29 October 2017 In 2014 David Cameron ordered a review after the accidental release of secret documents revealed that a British SAS officer had been drafted in to advise the Indian authorities on removing armed Sikh militants from the Golden Temple at…

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RICU in focus

RICU remains in the news… Posted by CAGE, 9 August 2017, ‘. . . The witness statements in the Dr Butt’s case provided by Paul Willis from the EAU and Matt Collins from RICU provide an unprecedented look into the workings of the Home Office. These units help determine who is an “extremist”  in the…

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Tales from the Past: How information is suppressed

I. How the Guardian censored Nafeez Ahmed on Gaza Nafeez Ahmed writes in medium.com/insurge-intelligence, ‘By late 2014, I saw firsthand how an outlet as reputable as The Guardian was capable of indulging in grievous censorship. I produced a story on how Israeli military operations in Gaza were, according to a past policy paper by the…

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The Begum of Bhopal: wise judgement

From a report appearing in the Azad of Lucknow, 20 March 1891 … in Bhopal a Hindu woman, who had an intimacy with a Musalman, appeared before the Qazi and expressed a desire for her conversion to the Muhammadan religion. The Qazi reported the matter through the Prime Minister to Her Highness the Begam, who…

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De Gaulle & Churchill: The Shame.

When the Allies were victorious in World War II, much was owed to Afro-American GIs and colonial subjects serving in the British Army. Yet the treatment received was shocking: . . . the liberation of Paris on 25 August 1944 was seen as a “whites only” victory . . . The leader of the Free…

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Visiting a Synagogue

The air was a bit musty but the welcome warm and friendly. Salaam Blogger had often passed the Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue doorways, wondering what it was like inside. The opportunity arose on a Sunday afternoon (25th October 2015), at an Open Day organised by the East London Mosque, which surrounds the place on three sides!…

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An English spiritualist’s Yezidi encounters

John G Bennett (died 1974) travelled widely in the regions now lying between the Turkish-Iraqi-Syrian borders in the early 1950s, visiting tekkes, zawiyas and other sacred sites, later settling in England to establish the Coombe Springs sanctuary for spiritualist studies. Saturday 31st October 1953 After Nimrud, we had an experience of quite a different order when we went…

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SOAS academic’s take on Maudoodi

  Jan-Peter Hartung, Senior Lecturer in the Study of Islam at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London,  has recently published a book on the thought of the founder of Pakistan’s Jamaat Islami, Maulana Maudoodi (he prefers the spelling Mawdudi). For Salaam’s reviewer, it typifies the “malevolent but useful gaze of…