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“Muslim Identity” (Part 7)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    This is the seventh installment of an article that I wrote for Richard C. Martin, et al., eds.,  Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2 vols. (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004), on the subject of “Muslim Identity”:   Local patriotism did appear in Egypt, somewhat later than in Turkey, largely under the […]
Dan Peterson

“How to Grow Crops on Mars”

3 months 2 weeks ago
    A potentially fascinating discovery:   “What does Mars’ lake mean for the search for life on the Red Planet?  The water body, if confirmed, could potentially harbor microbes”   It seems somehow inappropriate to call it “earth-shattering.”   Along related lines, what about this piece?   “How to Grow Crops on Mars”   […]
Dan Peterson

Irreplaceable You (and You, and You)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    As we waited in line for the ferry from Mill Bay to Brentwood Bay this afternoon, we watched as an elderly gentleman from the car in line behind us got out and began to pick wild blackberries from the bushes along the road.  After he had a cup full of them, he started […]
Dan Peterson

“Muslim Identity” (Part 6)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    This is the sixth installment of an article that I wrote for Richard C. Martin, et al., eds.,  Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2 vols. (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004), on the subject of “Muslim Identity”:   Among the Arabs The Young Ottoman thinker Namik Kemal argued that separatist movements would […]
Dan Peterson

Of friends and their service around the world

3 months 2 weeks ago
    We’re just back from several hours of whale watching out of Tofino, on the western coast of Vancouver Island.  There was a fair amount of fog, but we still managed to see otters and a couple of bald eagles.  Mostly, though, we followed a grazing gray whale for a considerable distance, getting several […]
Dan Peterson

“Muslim Identity” (Part 5)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Here’s a fifth installment from an article that I wrote for Richard C. Martin, et al., eds.,  Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2 vols. (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004), on the subject of “Muslim Identity”:   A disastrous war with Russia nearly ended the Ottoman state in 1877, and the difficult […]
Dan Peterson

The Perils of Pre-Modern Medicine, with an Eye to Brigham Young

3 months 2 weeks ago
    “Doctors and their medicines I regard as a deadly bane to any community. . . . I am not very partial to doctors. . . . I can see no use for them unless it is to raise grain or go to mechanical work.”  (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 4:109 [3 August 1869]) […]
Dan Peterson

“Without any of those contracted feelings”

3 months 2 weeks ago
    The latest installment of my now bi-weekly column in the Deseret News has appeared.  I’m actually a bit late in calling attention to it — which I regret, because it’s slightly time-sensitive.  But life interferes, sometimes.  Anyway, here’s a link:   “A feast to learn about the Restoration”   I hope that you […]
Dan Peterson

“Muslim Identity” (Part 4)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Here’s a fourth portion of an article that I wrote for Richard C. Martin, et al., eds.,  Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2 vols. (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004), on the subject of “Muslim Identity”:   In partial reaction, the Ottoman government attempted to establish “Ottomanism” as the legal basis of […]
Dan Peterson

The Reactionary Renaissance (Part C)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    James Hannam earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Oxford University and followed that up with a Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Cambridge.  In his book The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution (Washington DC: Henry Regnery, 2011), Dr. Hannam contends that the European Middle […]
Dan Peterson

The Hope of Full Flowering

3 months 2 weeks ago
    I continue to be struck by a quotation from then-Elder Russell M. Nelson that was, I believe, cited in the September 2014 issue of the Ensign:   “We were born to die and we die to live,” he wrote back in 1992.  “As seedlings of God, we barely blossom on earth; we fully flower […]
Dan Peterson

“Muslim Identity” (Part 3)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Here’s a third selection from an article that I wrote for Richard C. Martin, et al., eds.,  Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2 vols. (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004), on the subject of “Muslim Identity”:   The Ottoman Empire and Its Immediate Aftermath In its classic Ottoman form, the millet system […]
Dan Peterson

The Reactionary Renaissance (Part B)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    A recurring trope among critics of religious belief is the claim that scientific inquiry was stifled by the Roman Catholic Church during the Middle Ages and only began to flourish again when theology was dethroned in the Renaissance, thus restoring freedom of thought.  (The insinuation is that religion has always been an obstacle […]
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