Popular stereotypes of Islam as a prudish religion ignore rich traditions of freewheeling, explicit erotica and advice Mark Hay is a writer on culture, faith, identity politics and sexuality. His work has appeared in Esquire and The Economist, among others. He is based in Brooklyn, New York. Edited by Pam Weintraub The Muslimah Sex Manual: A Halal Guide to Mind Blowing Sex, a slim volume self-published in 2017 by a Muslim woman using the pen name Umm Muladhat, is a compilation of well-worn sex tips. The book offers no new spin on this tired advice, nor a real anchor to hold it all together. Even … Continue reading Islamic sexology
Was a tab of LSD all I needed to see my faith more clearly? by Hussein Kesvani It’s late on a recent Wednesday night when I find the gates of heaven. They’re not at all like I was told they would be at madrassa. For starters, they’re more like a fantastical, multicolor elevator than a classic gate of any kind. Moreover, instead of Jerusalem, I find them inside a concrete block apartment in Brixton, South London. In fairness, I am tripping balls. For a night at least, I’ve become a “psychonaut.” Other, more experienced psychonauts surround me as we embark upon … Continue reading DROPPING ACID FOR ALLAH WITH THE MUSLIM PSYCHONAUTS
The Islamic world contains an extraordinary range of intellectual traditions by Peter Adamson, Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and host of the podcast The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps There is, let us admit, something faintly comical about an academic field that cannot even decide what to call itself. It conjures up the sort of absurd scene that is so common in university life: the lengthy committee meeting devoted to working out what the committee’s remit should be, the tussle over the title of an endowed chair, the passionate debate waged … Continue reading What Is Arabic Philosophy?
by: JD Heyes (Natural News) American Leftists are loathe to admit it because they are busy doing all they can to destroy our heritage and culture, but the United States was founded by followers of the Christian religion. That’s not even debatable. What’s also not debatable is that those same Christian founders were well aware that not all humans believed in the same set of theological principles or the same god, and that is reflected in the First Amendment, which specifically prohibits local, state, and federal governments from establishing a monolithic official religion. But that constitutional prohibition doesn’t seem to be … Continue reading Amazon, Google and other tech giants now protecting radical Islam while censoring Christianity
A poster in Baghdad depicts a man painting over a picture of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.MOHAMMED HATO / AP A secret biography suggests that Abu Ali al-Anbari defined the group’s radical approach more than any other person. by Hassan Hassan Co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror Most historians of the Islamic State agree that the group emerged out of al-Qaeda in Iraq as a response to the U.S. invasion in 2003. They also agree that it was shaped primarily by a Jordanian jihadist and the eventual head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The Jordanian had a dark vision: He … Continue reading The True Origins of ISIS
Detail from a contemporary fake miniature, purporting to be from the 17th-century, depicting Ottoman-era scholars observing the night sky through telescopes. Allegedly from the Istanbul University Library. Photo by DEA/Getty Fake miniatures depicting Islamic science have found their way into the most august of libraries and history books. How? Nir Shafir is a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire at the University of California, San Diego. He is editor-in-chief of the Ottoman History Podcast. Edited by Sally Davies As I prepared to teach my class ‘Science and Islam’ last spring, I noticed something peculiar about the book I was about to assign to … Continue reading Forging Islamic science
The theocrats say they want to help, but those in the Iranian LGBTQ community worry that’s just a way of outing them. And so, they turn to black markets for drugs and foreign social networks for community Hussein Kesvani Writer, UK/Europe editor for MEL Ahmad was 19 when he found out he’d been infected with HIV via sex with a man he was secretly dating casually. Like all the other people Ahmad knew with HIV in Tehran, the man didn’t tell him he was HIV-positive before they started sleeping together. “It’s a taboo to even talk openly about sex here,” … Continue reading The Secret Lives of HIV-Positive Men in Iran