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Story of the Qu'ran

The Story of the Qur’ān

August 13, 2015 9:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

According to Islamic tradition, the Qur’ān is a book of God revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It did not come to him in the form of a complete book but rather in parts over a period of several decades. The first part was revealed in 610 at Jabal an-Nur ‘The... read more

Lines are Drawn in the Sand

August 6, 2015 9:39 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In 1915 and 1916, while World War I was ravaging Europe, English diplomat Sir Mark Sykes and his French counterpart François Georges-Picot met in a series of negotiations. The result of these meetings was the Sykes-Picot agreement that would determine the zones of influence in the Middle East for England... read more

The Role of Sanskrit in Philology

July 30, 2015 10:52 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In 1778 William Jones, a lawyer in London with a taste for politics, heard the news that one of four Supreme Court judge positions in India was open. The judges were all appointed in England, because by that time the Persian Mughal Empire in India had come under the military... read more

The Australian Walkabout

July 23, 2015 10:01 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Cover Photo Credit: Steve Evans from Citizen of the World Aboriginal Australian cultures have a rite of passage known as the Walkabout. Adolescent males spend up to six months on foot tracing paths established by their ancestors. These journeys can be as long as 1000 miles, and the young men... read more

romanian gypsies

On Romanian Gypsies

July 20, 2015 9:14 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Romanian Gypsies are a problem. There, I’ve said it. The first problem is with their name: gypsies, from the place name Egypt. In Romanian it’s țigani. But the gypsies don’t come from Egypt. They’re Indo-Iranian. Their proper ethnonym is Roma, more technically spelled Rroma. They’re also called Romany. Romania has... read more

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Rom Com French Style

May 28, 2015 10:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The weather in Paris in May is wonderful – except when it isn’t. So what to do on a blustery rainy afternoon? Go to a movie, of course. We went to Les Halles, a shopping/entertainment complex in the center of Paris, where we knew there would be 30+ movies to... read more

spanglish as a world language


January 20, 2015 3:09 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In 1821 Mexico won its independence from Spain and came into control of territory that extended not only over present-day Mexico but also over present-day Central America as well as large parts of present-day southwest United States. The new Mexican government continued the Spanish practice of issuing land grants to... read more