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Reflecting on the horror of Orlando and its aftermath…

Written by David Grafton. Posted June 15, 2016 at 9:23 pm

It is worth noting that American Muslims and groups from around the world responded swiftly and concretely to condemn the horrific mass killing in Orlando on Sunday, 13 June. See several following links for several Muslim community condemnations: The Orlando Statement (Note the importance of the first signator – the Mauritanian Reformist Scholar, Abdullah Bin Bayyah) […]

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Reflecting on Beirut and Paris…

Written by David Grafton. Posted November 15, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Like so many others these past few days, I have been swept away by the impact of terrorism. I have been watching images of, listening to pontifications on, and reading reactions and responses to the terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris, November 12 and 13.  We have all read and been moved by the calls […]

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Reflecting on the Syrian Refugee Crisis…

Written by David Grafton. Posted September 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Over the past few weeks, we have been faced with stories and images of the horrible humanitarian tragedy of Syrian asylum seekers in Europe. And while the media coverage has shifted toward the ongoing European debate about protection of borders and security (which resonates with the majority of Americans), it is easy to lose sight […]

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Reflecting on the Mingana Qur’an…

Written by David Grafton. Posted August 30, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Although several weeks old, the announcement this past July of the extraordinary find of a seventh century Qur’an in the library of my alma mater, the University of Birmingham, is worth reflecting on as we begin a new academic year at a Christian seminary.

On July 22, the University of Birmingham announced that a PhD student in the Department of Theology had found one of the oldest Qur’anic manuscripts to date. The manuscripts have been carbon-dated to between 586 and 645 CE. This would put the Qur’an within the second, or possibly first generation of Muslims. Muhammad died in 632, and the first copy of the Qur’an is long reported to have been compiled in 650 CE.

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Reflecting on the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change

Written by David Grafton. Posted August 21, 2015 at 7:55 am

An international Islamic symposium held this week in Istanbul (17-18 August 2015) announced a new declaration on global climate change supporting the Kyoto Protocol. This declaration, while not binding on any particular Muslim community, provides scriptural and theological arguments from the Qur’an for pro-active responses to global climate change. The two important theological assertions are God’s […]

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