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Malachi: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase

Malachi: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase

Title of Book: Malachi: An Honor-Shame Paraphrase Author: Jayson Georges Published: Time Press, 2019 Reviewer: C. Hine Malachi is the fifth book or section of Scripture to be paraphrased by…

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What do people do when they pray?

What do people do when they pray?

What does it mean to pray? How do you pray? How would you describe Christian prayer? I have heard western Christians describe Christian prayer as spontaneous, in contrast to set…

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Veils: Covering and Conversations

Veils: Covering and Conversations

One of the most confusing experiences I had as a teacher in universities in Southeast Asia was seeing some of my female students change their regular pattern of veiling or…

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Muslim Spirituality

Muslim Spirituality

(This post comes from the writings of Vivienne Stacey. Vivienne was a pioneer thinker, researcher and writer who spent many years working in Pakistan and was a mentor to many…

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The “Problem” of Prayer: Part 2

The “Problem” of Prayer: Part 2

The first part of this two-part blog focussed on sholat and zikir prayers. This second part examines the place of do'a prayer in women’s devotional lives, and draws some conclusions…

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The “Problem” of Prayer: Part 1

The “Problem” of Prayer: Part 1

The way in which most Christians communicate with God is through prayer. The word ‘prayer’, in English, covers a wide variety of types of prayer, from liturgical prayers to free-flowing…

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Women’s Shame – 3

Women’s Shame – 3

The previous two posts discussed shame ascribed to women, and embodied in women’s bodies. Jesus’ interaction with women who carried socially ascribed shame enabled their public vindication. Jesus took on…

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Purity – God’s picture of redemption in Jesus Messiah

Purity – God’s picture of redemption in Jesus Messiah

As I was visiting my Muslim friend in hospital, I noticed the Qur’an on her bedside table, and asked if she was reading from it. She shook her head: “I…

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Women, the seventh face of Islam?

Women, the seventh face of Islam?

I am indebted to the work of Dr John Azumah, who helps us recognise the diversity that there is in Islam. Through what he calls the ‘five faces of Islam’,…

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