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Dalai Lama Offers $100K to Save Florida Religion Dept.

Religious understanding 'critical' in our world, he says

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama has ponied up $100,000 to help save a Florida college's religion department  from being closed in a round of budget cutting, the Miami Herald reports. “In our deeply interconnected world, understanding and appreciation of diversity of religions is critical in fostering a culture of genuine... More »

Muhammad Probably Never Existed: Theologian

Islamic scholar's theory enrages Muslims

(Newser) - An Islamic professor's belief that Muhammad probably never existed has Muslim groups seething, the Wall Street Journal reports. The German convert to Islam says he cast a critical eye over historical records and found little to indicate the prophet was a real person. Muhammad’s name didn't appear on coins... More »

Turkey Rounds Up Experts to Revise Islam

Reformers hope work will wrench religion from extremists

(Newser) - Ankara has gathered a team of experts to parse through Muhammad's words and deeds and decode them for modern-day Muslims, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Their planned 5-volume set will point out anachronisms—no, Muslims need not brush their teeth with a twig—and will likely remove lines about women being bad... More »

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