Middle East update: September 19 2018

HOLIDAYS Yom Kippur began at sundown on Tuesday, and Ashura begins at sundown tomorrow, so Columbia University professor Hamid Dabashi has put together a little piece on the two religious observances' shared heritage: Both Jewish and Muslim observers have noticed this proximity between Yom Kippur and Ashoura. On the occasion of the two holidays coinciding in … Continue reading Middle East update: September 19 2018

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October 10 and the problem with “this day in history”

Today is the traditional anniversary of the Battle of Tours (732), which either saved the Christian world as we know it or interrupted a small Arab-Berber raiding party from getting deeper into France, depending on your point of view. I'd have written a big thing about it for today, but here's the thing: I'm traveling, … Continue reading October 10 and the problem with “this day in history”