The Canonization of al-Bukhārī and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunnī Ḥadīth Canon by Jonathan AC Brown. This is his doctoral dissertation. The blurb states: The two ‘Authentic’ ḥadīth collections of al-Bukhārī and Muslim are the most famous books… Read More ›
What a popular Christian writer can teach us today about real life
As a confused teenager I looked up to John Powell SJ. He was a celebrated Professor of Theology and Psychology at Loyola University, Chicago and author of many hugely popular books… My favourite was Why Am I Afraid To Tell… Read More ›
Books bought/not bought from Foyles in London today
In the end I didn’t buy this book as my Arabic is not good enough to follow the discussion, but it is a new scholarly work that a must read for those who can. As an undergraduate studying the Bible… Read More ›
The Amazing Quran
Here I discuss just two (of many) phenomena that demonstrate why the Quran is such an amazing book. There are few, if any, books in the world today that come anywhere close. One of the miraculous properties of the Quran… Read More ›
Revisiting the British Library
This afternoon I visited the Asian & African Studies Reading Room at British Library. Its’ majestic. The walls are lined with paintings of distinguished notables (absolutely no idea who they are). I read further articles from the standard Western academic… Read More ›
Oh happy days: I’ve got a British Library Reader Pass!
I wanted to do some research on how top Western scholarship understands what the Qur’an teaches about the scriptures of the People of the Book (the Jews and Christians). This question is a storm centre for Christian-Muslim polemics. Evangelical apologists… Read More ›
A primer on the how the Bible’s violent verses have been used to justify terrorism and genocide
This is a compelling read! This book by the historian professor Philip Jenkins will shock you into seeing how the Bible’s violent passages have been used by evangelical Christians and Catholics to support the violent ethnic cleansing of Native Americans… Read More ›
Forgeries in the New Testament 2
Continuing from Segment 9 – Forgeries in the New Testament, Paul gives us another insight into the monumental work by bible scholar, Bart Ehrman. You can buy the book here: Forged: Writing in the Name of God–why the Bible’s Authors… Read More ›
I visited Regents Park Mosque yesterday..
I am very fortunate indeed to live close to this beautiful and significant mosque in central London. I bought this fascinating book which is a commentary on an amazing hadith. Bukhari records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the… Read More ›
A Free English Translation of the Qur’an
Translations vary a lot, and even in modern English the Qur’an does not exactly translate “well”. A lot of non-Muslims (and sometimes Muslims) think that it jumps from one topic to another without a topical transition, some compare it to… Read More ›
I visited this bookshop today. Can anyone guess where it is?
This book has just been published. It looks very good. Excellent for dawah methinks.
An Easter enquiry: ‘How are we made right with God according to Jesus?’
This Easter Christians ponder a story that has been told over and over for the past 2000 years: that the Jewish Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, made a sacrifice of his own life to make mankind right with God (variants of… Read More ›
A Man Attested by God: Response to Hurtado
A Man Attested by God: Response to Hurtado March 14, 2017 by J. R. Daniel Kirk Larry Hurtado has posted to his blog the review he read of my book, A Man Attested by God, at the Society of Biblical Literature… Read More ›
Just delivered: a must read for Muslims and Christians
‘In A Man Attested by God Professor J. R. Daniel Kirk presents a comprehensive defense of the thesis that Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels is best interpreted as an idealised human figure rather than divine. Counterbalancing the recent trend toward early… Read More ›
An important work. More information here
Portrait of a Man with an Open Book
by Rogier van der Weyden (ca.1399-1464) 1430s Courtauld Gallery, London