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William Hamblin and Daniel Peterson
Daniel C. Peterson, professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, is editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative and a blogger for Patheos. William Hamblin is a professor of history at BYU and co-author of “Solomon's Temple: Myth and History.” Their views do not necessarily represent those of BYU.

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A fascinating 2010 book focused on Islam argues that religious conflict, rather than being a principal cause of violence, is most often just a way in which other underlying and quite secular disputes express th...
Alexander the Great is famous for many military conquests during his brief but meteoric career. However, he also influenced the notion of the "god-king" and perhaps even the much later doctrine of the "divine ...
The rise of Christian devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most interesting subjects in the history of religion generally.
The Roman emperor Constantine the Great was baptized on his deathbed. But his influence on the doctrines, art, architecture, spread and practice of Christianity has been incalculable.
The "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" is seeking to revive the ancient Islamic "caliphate." What is the background for this institution? Where did it come from? How will other Muslims react to recent claims?
For Muslims, the sacred month of Ramadan, which begins this evening, is an occasion for spiritual reflection and re-centering.
The veneration of sacred relics has a long and, it must be said, checkered history in Christianity and beyond. It points to the hunger that humans have always had for contact with holiness and the divine.
To ancient and medieval religious believers worldwide, art wasn't merely a way of beautifying a place of worship. It was a language of the divine and, sometimes, a mode of revelation.
Is there really a "war" between science and religion? On the whole, no. But to the extent that one exists or is thought to exist, it harms both religion and science.
Jews have attempted to rebuild their lost temple in Jerusalem at several points in history. To some modern Jews, Israel's control of the city's Temple Mount offers yet another opportunity to try.