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HFM 009 | What is the Quran and why is it so important in Islam?

November 22, 2012

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In this episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look at why the Qur’an is so revered in Islam, and why its destruction has produced riots in recent years. The reasons are complicated, but they have to do with how the book is revered in the religion. We’ll get into all those details and more… in less than 5 minutes.

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HFM 006 | Islam and Tolerance of Christianity in History

November 5, 2012

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In this  episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look at the issue of Muslim tolerance of other religions in history. Some Islamic groups have claimed that Muslims have always treated other religions with respect.

In contrast, critics argue that throughout history Islam has been the one to impose itself in a totalitarian fashion onto other religions. They assert that wherever Islam has spread it made free worship for other religions impossible. Which version is correct?

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HFM 005 | Why Israel Won the Six-Day War

October 24, 2012

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This History in Five Minutes Podcast episode looks at the reasons why Israel was able to defeat its neighbors in 1967, de spite being the size of New Jersey and being outnumbered almost 50-1. We also look at how its military strength has made problems for international diplomacy.

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HFM 001 | How Did Genghis Khan Nearly Conquer the World?

August 8, 2012

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In this first episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we answer the question of who is Genghis Khan. In five minutes we discuss his life, influence, religious beliefs, and title as a world conqueror and the world’s most prolific lover.

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