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  • Salafism and Sufism

    “The destruction of Mecca” (The Economist, 2017), a.k.a. “the cash machine”. The Mammon mammoth hotel looks like a cross between London’s Big Ben and New…

  • The Snowpiercer Conundrum Resolved

    Snowpiercer Imagine a train, exactly 1,001 cars long (shades of the 1,001 Nights!) traversing the great land masses of the Earth on a closed railroad…

  • The Blind Men and the Elephant

    Hokusai, The Blind Men and the Elephant (block print, Japan, ca. 1817). The elephant sadly and patiently suffers the inspection. The Eye of the Heart…

  • On Illicit Lust

    The Curse of the Black Bubblegum In a terrifying, eerie and wonderful short story, ambiguously titled “The Affair at 7, Rue de M—” (1955), John…

  • From Santa Claus to Sufism: A Christmas Special

    “He who saves one human saves the world entire.” —Koran 5:32, Talmud “God shows compassion to those who show compassion.” —The Prophet (Tirmidhi, Birr, 16)…

  • Master Kayhan Memorial Day Speech

    On August 4, 2019, the 20th memorial day of Master Ahmet Kayhan, I was asked to deliver a speech. The following text, with some changes,…

  • On Marriage

    A correspondent from the Netherlands has asked about marriage, adding that years of conditioning goes into wanting illicit sex and that the whole of Western…

  • A Thank You Note

    Dear All, We have just passed our one-millionth hit. This is indeed an important milestone, and it says a lot about the support all you…