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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It's not necessary to travel to Europe, South America or even more distant places to see a place where practices of pilgrimage that go back centuries are still observed. One such site is in northern New Mexico.
Suicide terrorism is routinely cited as a parade example of the evils caused by religious fanaticism — or, as some atheists say, by religion, period. But close analysis of the evidence fails to support th...
The religious landscape of the Middle East is much more complex than many outsiders realize. Along with Judaism, Christianity and, in most areas, overwhelmingly dominant Islam, there are numerous small minoriti...
There are few places in the world where so many historically important sites are within such close walking distance of each other as in Wittenburg, Germany.
The teachings of the Buddha, like those of Jesus, have been preserved in languages other than the one in which he taught.
Nauvoo was gravely injured and much reduced by the expulsion of the Mormons. But it didn't simply die. Between 1849 and 1860, the Illinois town was the headquarters of a little-remembered experiment in utopian ...
Studying the Hindu traditions of India can shed light on ancient rituals described in the Bible but now long dead.
Travelers to and from Israel give little thought to the history of Lod, hoping simply to get through the airport as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Amidst all the terrible news from the Middle East, something beautiful and significant: In 2007, a new masterpiece of Islamic architecture was completed in the United Arab Emirates — spectacular, signific...
It's been alleged that religions worldwide have tended to resist translation of their sacred books into languages that ordinary people can read. This is historically misleading at best.