Michael Bonner is a communications and public policy adviser to the government of Ontario, Canada, and a historian of Iran with a master’s degree in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies, both from the University of Oxford.
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Islam and the Case Against Cultural Amnesia
Hamline’s firing of an instructor for showing Islamic medieval images of the Prophet Muhammad is akin to a Calvinist taking offence at an image of Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling, and the university administration siding with the Calvinist and calling the incident "anti-Christian."
The Cognitive Dissonance of the Islamic Republic
Despite vulnerability to invasion and conquest, Persian self-image has remained stable across millennia. The conquests of Alexander the Great, the Arabs and the Mongols wiped out the indigenous political and cultural order nearly everywhere — except in Iran. But the Islamic Republic is a jarring aberration in the country’s history.