Monthly Archives: May 2015

Domestic Little Linga

On display at the Met, a neat little linga, made of stone, 8th century or earlier, from Jammu and Kashmir, an aniconic embodiment of Lord Shiva. I like its diminutive features. It often gets forgotten by people in the west … Continue reading

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Randall’s Island Wetland & Triboro Bridge

With about an hour to kill before Costco opened, we walked our way onto and around Randall’s Island, where we stumbled upon this restored bit of wetland created by the NYC Parks Department. The wetland runs right under the Triboro … Continue reading

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(Delightful, Fine, Elegant, Brilliant, Extensive, and Pleasant) Merv (Abbasid Empire)

Reading up a little about the Abbasid Caliphate, I was charmed by the historical memory of cosmopolitan Merv. In modern day Turkmenistan, it was once a major seat of Islamic power in the Persian cultural east. It did not seem … Continue reading

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Jewish Theology & World Religions (Narrow Diaspora & The Visual Image)

A neat and path breaking volume edited by Alon Goshen-Gottstein and Eugene Korn, Jewish Theology and World Religions is a first of its kind attempt to bring Jewish thought and culture into conversation with trends relating to globalization. Looking with … Continue reading

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(Visual Theology) The Dome of the Rock (Oleg Grabar)

As I make my way through a little Islamica, I feel that I need to justify each step. For such a vast and pitched phenomenon, there needs to be some justification for what I’m reading when and why. So if … Continue reading

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(Labor Zionist Camp) A Fighting Opposition (Isaac Herzog Speech)

If someone sends me a copy with English subtitles, I’ll repost this clip here of Isaac Herzog’s speech at the swearing in of what he calls the circus of Israel’s new government. In Hebrew, it sounds like something that hasn’t been heard for … Continue reading

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Reclining Shabbes Buddha

We stole this guy from my mother. She was between apartments and asked if we’d hold on to him. He never got returned. We put him up over the fake fireplace along with the Shabbat candlesticks under the Bridget Riley print. … Continue reading

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Russians (Brighton Beach)

Much more interesting than Manhattan, the heavy mist and late afternoon light enveloped the Russian scene at Brighton Beach last Sunday afternoon. Next time out, we’re going to Tatiana’s and will drink vodka.

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In God’s Path (Arab Conquests and Ummayad Caliphate) (Robert Hoyland)

For some reason I couldn’t get through Hugh Kennedy’s book on the first Arab conquests. I think I got bogged down by his use of the 8th century and 9th century historical source material. I found Robert Hoyland’s In God’s … Continue reading

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Art, History, Law (Islam)

Reading up, I don’t really have a lot of time for this, but there are too many pressing exigencies to know as little about Islam as I do. To date, I’ve covered things relating to Israel and Palestine, books by … Continue reading

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