5 years of "A Common Word"

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In the 5 years since its official release, A Common Word (ACW) has become arguably the most influential interfaith dialogue between Muslims and Christians in history.

It has provided a common ground on which thousands of Muslim and Christian religious leaders have been brought together.

Here is the original Muslim position statement
and the Yale-based Christian Response
Hopefully there will be more developments over the next few years, and an avoidance of the media-hyped-up nonsensical government-orchestrated "clash of civilisations".

Stoic asceticism and St Isaac

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I've been finding many ways in which St Isaac's asceticism imbibed elements of Stoicism. Also found some useful free online philosophy texts,eg Essays in Ancient Philosophy by Michael Frede, which has some useful material on Stoicism.

Ektobe Syriac Manuscripts database

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Ektobe Syriac Manuscripts database is a massive project to develop a comprehensive online database of Syriac manuscripts. This will be of enormous use for scholars as the information and images presented are excellent. See: