A New Twist to an Old Hymn

Among my favorite hymns is "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty," by Joachim Neander. I grew up singing it to the hymn tune Lobe Den Herren, which is a nice martial tune that works with either organ or piano (God forbid) accompaniment. As is typical with German hymns, it has a multitude of verses (I think …

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Political Religion

I just read an extended review of Shadi Hamid’s new book Islamic Exceptionalism, and am intrigued. The book is now on my “to read” list. In his Washington Post review, Carlos Lozada focuses on the idea (from the book) that Islam is inherently political. The prophet Muhammad was a theologian, preacher and warrior, but also …

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