333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship Under Threat, Alexandra Huddleston

Mali scholarsSome time ago I blogged about a video by Alexandra Huddleston, 333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship Under Threat

The good news is that Alexandra is now ready to publish her work on this subject with magnificent photos. The photo included in this post is one of the many beautiful images she has captured. This work is of great importance in recording the life of scholars in Mali especially as they have recently been under threat. Alexandra needs the funds to publish the book and she has launched a Kickstarter project to raise the money. You can see the page that describes the project here

Please take a look and consider donating and you will be rewarded for doing so.

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Documentary of Life of Prophet Muhammad

“In light of recent events UPF is pleased today to engage in a major effort to expand the impact of this film, and is taking the following steps. Launch of MuhammadFilm.tv featuring the entire Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet film online at no cost as well as a 5 minute overview of his legacy”. Either click on the link or watch it right here. For more information about UPF and to see how you can get a free DVD of the film then click here. The film is two hours long and tells the life of the Prophet and the beginnings of Islam. It speaks to scholars and ordinary Muslims about what the Prophet means to Muslims. Click on the video below to enjoy this incredible story and please share so that as many as possible see the film.

Jews and Muslims Together

I’ve just begun a new blog that relates to my research on Jewish-Muslim relations in Israel. The research project looks specifically at Sufism in Israel whereas the blog is more generally about Jewish-Muslim relations. It hasn’t been up for long so it’s still in its first stages with more to come but you’ll still find plenty of interest there as well as some good videos. Take a look and please give me some feedback if you’re interested. Click here

It’s Time to fill the Gap Between Academic Expertise and Public Knowledge of Muslims and Islam

“Building a Shared future: Islam, Knowledge and Innovation” is the title of a joint publication of the British Council’s ‘Our Shared
Future’ project and the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge. To go straight to the pdf file of this publication click here

I find this immensely exciting and encouraging. The publication arises out of a conference on ‘Acknowledging a Shared Past to Build a Shared Future: Rethinking Muslim/non-Muslim Relations’ held at the University of Cambridge. The idea is, as the title of this post says, ‘To fill the gap between academic expertise and public knowledge of Muslims and Islams. It is essential work and there is a lot to do.

Not all settlers and Palestinians want each other to disappear – Haaretz – Israel News

Not all settlers and Palestinians want each other to disappear – Haaretz – Israel News.

This is a remarkable story of a brave initiative. A small group of Palestinians and settlers meet regularly for discussions in an attempt to stop being afraid of each other. The settlers taking part in these meetings have reason to be worried about fellow settlers who disapprove of what they are doing. It is not easy and it takes courage but this group are considering solutions that make sense on the ground but which Israeli and US politicians are not even looking at.

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