Sharia in practice

There has been a great deal of discussion regarding the Sharia or the Islamic law. Christians in the West are usually fearful, suspicious and confused. What if Muslims in various parts of the world begin to demand the application of the Sharia. In my blog of October 26, 2017, I presented the argument of a Muslim scholar on the subject. Today I would like to consider a Christian perspective on the subject coming from Nigeria. Why Nigeria? 

Computers and the YouTube

In addition to spending time with our sons and their families during Christmas 2017, my wife and I enjoyed watching videos of flash Mobs (where people sing songs in a shopping mall or in an airport) on YouTube. Our favorite by far was the Hallelujah Chorus. Then I discovered that YouTube has a great deal to offer in terms of documentaries and favorite songs in Broadway musicals. 

Is Sex Slavery Legal in Islam?

In 2008, Jayson Casper took my course on Islam and the geopolitics of the Middle East at one of the seminaries where I teach on regular basis. At that time, it did not cross my mind that Jayson and his family will end up living in Cairo, Egypt, a city where my family and I lived for fifteen years. Over the years I have appreciated Jayson’s perspective and writings. 


There are some frequently asked questions about the Sharia. The article below by the Muslim scholar, Mustafa Akyol, addresses some very important questions about the Sharia.

1 What does “Sharia” mean?

2. What are examples of the Sharia in personal piety (Ibadat) vs. in public law (Muamalat) including the penal code?

3. What percentage of Muslim majority countries enforce the public law and the penal code of the Sharia?

4. Are there parts of the public law of the sharia that can be enforced in the West without violating the law of the land? What parts?

5. What are the similarities between the Islamic Sharia and the Jewish law (Halakha)?

6. According to this Muslim author what would bring about a reformation in Islam?   

The Israelites in Egypt

In the first week of August 2017, I taught my course on Islam and the geopolitics of the Middle East to a group of 9 people in Seattle, WA. I taught the course in five days, eight hours a day. At one point on the fourth day in the course, there was some confusion in our discussion about the length of time that the Israelites were enslaved and in bondage in Egypt before the Exodus.