The Qur'an is not an easy book for a modern Western reader. When the British Muslim writer Ziauddin Sardar took up the project of blogging the Qur'an for the Guardian, the journalist Madeleine Bunting wrote:
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
The initial response of the Catholic Church to the advent of modern biblical criticism was to reaffirm the traditional doctrine of the inerrancy of scripture. Pope Leo XIII stated in his encyclical Providentissimus Deus, issued in 1893:
Saturday, 8 October 2011
This is a useful introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) from OUP's 'Very Short Introduction' series. It is written by the American biblical scholar Michael Coogan.
Monday, 3 October 2011
From the article "Christians at Mecca" by Arthur Jeffery (first published in The Muslim World 19 (1929)):
Saturday, 1 October 2011
This is an account of the capture of Rome in 1870 from The Last Days of Papal Rome by Raffaele De Cesare. The city was captured by the Italian army under King Victor Emmanuel from the meagre forces of Pope Pius IX. The decisive developments were the decision of the French Emperor, Napoleon III, to deploy his troops elsewhere in order to fight the Franco-Prussian War, the defeat of the French forces by the Prussians at the Battle of Sedan, and the subsequent replacement of the Napoleonic regime with the Third French Republic.