9 Best Articles on Islam
The most useful articles on islam from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Islam Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on islam by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- What ISIS Really Wants
- How modern mathematics emerged from a lost Islamic library
- A Schoolgirl's First Day in Iran's Islamic Republic
- A Thousand Years Before Darwin, Islamic Scholars Were Writing About Natural Selection
- The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi
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How modern mathematics emerged from a lost Islamic library
Centuries ago, a prestigious Islamic library brought Arabic numerals to the world. Though the library long since disappeared, its mathematical revolution changed our world.
Will It Be Different This Time?
It is starting to look like a question of when, not if, the Islamic Republic of Iran will fall.
Who are Islamic 'morality police'?
Police forces devoted to enforcing strict Islam-based codes of practice are a fact of life in several mainly Muslim countries, but opinion about them is divided.
The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi
Rumi is often called a mystic, a saint, an enlightened man. He is less frequently described as a Muslim.
«But it’s Barks who vastly expanded Rumi’s readership. He is not a translator so much as an interpreter: he does not read or write Persian. Instead, he transforms nineteenth-century translations into American verse.»
Islam spread through the Christian world via the bedroom
A world of surprisingly porous borders: how Islam spread through the medieval Middle East via relationships with non-Muslims
These are some of the most-read long-form articles on islam.
A Schoolgirl's First Day in Iran's Islamic Republic
An Iranian woman recalls the trauma she and other girls experienced in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution
A Thousand Years Before Darwin, Islamic Scholars Were Writing About Natural Selection
Professors are starting to orient Charles Darwin within a rich history of people from all cultures who have grappled with the mechanisms of life.
What ISIS Really Wants
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means…
Islam has a long tradition of explicit sexual discussion
Popular stereotypes of Islam as a prudish religion ignore rich traditions of freewheeling, explicit erotica and advice
We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Islam, including:
New Lines Magazine
The best writing from around the world. Longform essays run daily online and quarterly in print. http://lnk.bio/newlinesmag
Exploring the American idea through ambitious, essential reporting and storytelling. Of no party or clique since 1857. http://theatlantic.com
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The New Yorker
Unparalleled reporting and commentary on politics and culture, plus humor and cartoons, fiction and poetry. Get our Daily newsletter: http://nyer.cm/gtI6pVM
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