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  • The Surfing Goat of Pismo Beach [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    June 7, 2012 | 4:55 pm

    After I wrote my paean to backyard goats and the noble, friendly character of goats in general, I received something I didn’t expect—universal agreement.  Readers came out of the closet/stall/barn to tell me how their hearts, too, have been captured by these animals.  My favorite...

  • An Appreciation of Islam: Q&A with Rabbi Reuven Firestone

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 11, 2009 | 8:24 pm

    Reuven Firestone is both rabbi and renowned Islamic scholar. A professor of medieval Jewish and Islamic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and senior fellow at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Firestone’s interfaith work is not focused on...

  • What Made Saddam Run?

    By Reuven Firestone

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What was the driving force behind Saddam Hussein's behavior? Was it his Arabness? His Islam? Or just generic cruelty?

    There is a famous story from the Jahiliyya, that long period in Arabia before the emergence of Islam, about a Jew named Samaw'al (Samuel) B. Adiya. He was entrusted...

  • ‘Leasing’ of Peace Could Be Best Move

    By Reuven Firestone

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    OK, let's get it over with. Normative Islam today cannot make a peace treaty with a Jewish State in the midst of the Islamic world. It just doesn't make it, not in terms of historical precedent, cultural expectations or religious law. Islamists simply trump liberal Muslims on this.

    ...

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  • Athens and Baghdad

    By Reuven Firestone

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The legacy of Athens was not only the glory of Western democracy. It was also the brutality of Roman tyranny. And the legacy of Baghdad is

    not only Wahhabi obscurantism and viciousness. It is also religious tolerance and a this-worldly spirituality.

    Islam may have been born in Mecca...

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