Does Islam Scare You? If So, Here’s Why

Note: In August, 2016, the New York Times published a terrific report on the influence of Wahabism and Saudi money on Islam around the world. You can find … [Read more...]

Coleman Barks and Rumi — What a Few Lines of Poetry (and a Witch) Taught me

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Coleman Barks is a nice guy. And a southerner at that. He's the amazing artist who's been translating Rumi's poetry for … [Read more...]

The Hagia Sophia: Where Christianity and Islam Coexist — and Clash

By Barbara Falconer Newhall As a religion writer, I've got plenty of respect for Islam as well as for the many (friendly, smart, lovable, cool, … [Read more...]

Book Openers: Barack Obama — How He Got So Smart

By Barbara Falconer Newhall If you haven't yet read President Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams from My Father, don't miss it. It explains, I think, how … [Read more...]