Street Food – A taste of conflict: The politics of food in Jerusalem

The ancient city of Jerusalem is sacred to three different faiths: for Jews it is the site of their first holy temple; for Christians it is the scene of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection; and for Muslims it is the location of the Prophet Muhammad’s ascent to heaven. A site of vast historical and religious…

Jesus and Muhammad: Commonalities of Two Great Religions by Daniel Hummel

Originally posted on Ismailimail:
Jesus and Muhammad lived in different times and in different contexts. An absolute comparison of the careers of these two men is not a satisfactory method in understanding the similarities and differences between their teachings. This book approaches this topic from a different perspective. The time that Muhammad preached in Mecca…

UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem: Better late than never — Gulf News com | Watch videos on ‘Jerusalem’

Dubai: The resolution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) which on Tuesday described Jerusalem as “occupied” and declared Israel’s sovereignty over the city “null and void” is expected to raise the Palestinian spirit, Arab political analysts and human rights advocates said. “It is a good decision,” said Jamal Eid, lawyer and…

Ramadan Fasting in Shia Ismaili Islam: A Historical Overview

Originally posted on Ismaili Gnosis (Ismailism):
Certain Muslim groups in present times have publicly monopolized and “normalized” an image of Islam where Islam equals the so-called “Five Pillars”: the Shahadah, ritual prayer (salah, namaz), pilgrimage (hajj) to Makkah, alms-giving (zakah), and fasting (sawm) from dawn to dusk in Ramadan. However, the idea of Islam =…

Video: In conversation – Aga Khan — Rajiv Mehrotra

Rajiv Mehrotra Published on 9 Dec 2014 Rajiv Mehrotra has been a personal student of HH The Dalai Lama for more than thirty years & describes himself as “a most unworthy chela” of his. Till 2012 he was the host one of the country’s longest running, and most widely viewed talk shows on public Television,…

Hazrat Imam Ali was born in the Ka’ba

Originally posted on Ismailimail:
Hazrat Ali b, the first Imam of the Shia through whom the progeny of Imamat is traced, was born in Mecca around 599 CE. It is said that he was born in the Ka’ba, a sign of distinction, according to some sources. As the cousin, son-in-law, and foremost Companion of the Prophet, he is…

The model that works: “The Ismaili community has shown remarkable ability to peacefully assimilate into the pluralistic ethos of the 21st century” — by Esam Sohail on Dhaka Tribune com

The teachings of Islam need not clash with the modern world (…) Though quite small in absolute numbers, the Ismaili Muslim community is spread out across all the continents, and in every country of its domicile has been nothing but a stellar example of temporal achievement, spiritual uplift, and breathtaking philanthropy. I would be shocked,…

Navid Kermani on Christianity: With his book "Ungläubiges Staunen" – (In English "unbelieving awe"), compares Christianity with Islam, particularly with Sufism and Shiite faith on Jesus

Navid Kermani on Christianity: “The awe of a loving unbeliever” — Qantara de article by Ulrich von Schwerin With his book “Ungläubiges Staunen” (literally “unbelieving awe”, as yet unavailable in English), Navid Kermani delivers a fascinating reflection on Christian art and religion. The German-Iranian writer looks at Christianity with a curiosity and an earnestness that…