Lodahl – Claiming Abraham

Lodahl, Michael, 2010, Claiming Abraham: Reading the Bible and the Qur’an Side by Side , Grand Rapids: Brazos, 240pp, pb
Many of the Bible’s characters and stories are also found in the Qur’an, but there are often different details or new twists in the Islamic retelling of biblical narrative. In Claiming Abraham, seasoned theologian Michael Lodahl explores these fascinating divergences to […]

Feldman, Noah, 2008, The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State

Feldman, Noah, 2008, The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., Oxford, 200pp, £15.95, hb
In the space of 151 reasonably short and very readable pages this book by a Harvard Professor of Law provides some extremely helpful clues to the upheavals that we have been witnessing in the Muslim world in recent years. The blurb […]

Celebrating Halloween: victory not defeat


Tomorrow evening many young and old(er) will be donning costumes for Halloween – some will be ghosts, witches, zombies or the like; others will be Super Mario, a Ninja Turtle or even Miley Cyrus. When one actually looks around at the way the vast majority of people ‘celebrate’ Halloween it can hardly be denied that Halloween […]