Misguided people who try to use medieval history to advance modern ideologies are missing the point--and are seriously damaging our understanding of the past.
Donald Trump's enthusiasm at scapegoating certain groups as hostile "others" frankly terrifies me.
The First Crusade and the medieval sack of Jerusalem began in 1095 with a speech by a Pope, which may not have been precisely what he intended.
I have my iPod on random shuffle while I'm doing research in the library, and yesterday a song by the awesome Israeli prog/death [...]
The story behind the world's most infamous banned book is still badly misunderstood in the West, to say nothing of the Islamic world.
The Black Stone is one of the most revered objects in all of human history. Although it shares some similarities with the previous religious relic [...]
Is heavy metal inherently anti-religious? Having been virtually a lifelong metalhead, I can say from experience that many people, both within and without the scene, [...]
This is the Al-Rahman Mosque in Baghdad, Iraq. When I first came across it on Google Earth in about 2005 or 06, I thought it [...]
Generally I try to avoid political comment on this blog, but I feel like I must comment on the Supreme Court's decision this morning, in [...]
A couple of things have happened this week that made me think about tolerance in our society--how important it is, how fragile it is, and [...]