Daily Archives: February 23, 2006

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

There was an entry on Lines from a Floating Life in June 2005 when I first got Nasr’s The Heart of Islam, which I am now reading carefully as I think what to say here on the subject soon. At the end of that entry I may have been a bit harsh. Certainly one great plus in the book is to enable the rest of us to appreciate the diversity and complexity of Islamic ideas and practices, and to grasp the import of the fact that Islam has no central authority like, say, the Vatican.

I have also just reread The Koran: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Cook which deservedly is in this Guardian list, Robert Irwin’s top 10 books on Islam and Islamic culture. It really is fascinating.

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Posted by on February 23, 2006 in America, book reviews, faith and philosophy, fundamentalism and extremism, Iran, Islam, terrorism, Top read, writers


Vertigo again!

So the last time was 9 January: today I have it again, but this time alcohol is definitely not a factor, seeing as I have not had any. But if memory serves me correctly I did have the same meal last time, a particular Heinz soup. That may be significant. But of course it could be any number of things. I will go to the doctor tomorrow and hope, as last time, the condition lasts no more than 24 hours.

Meanwhile the good news is my superannuation payment should be in the bank tomorrow.

I have also ditched IE6 in favour of the latest Firefox: IE6 was freezing far too often.

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Posted by on February 23, 2006 in blogging, Christianity, health, personal