Wahhabism: Principles and Criticisms

Wahhabism: Principles and Criticisms

Religious leader and theologian Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab from the eighteenth century started a movement in the region of Najd intended to reform Sunni Islam, particularly to denounce practices concerning the veneration of saints and the visiting of their tombs and shrines, as well as the unhindered interpretation of Islamic teachings. To propagate his teachings […]

In Brief: Difference Between Sunni Islam and Shia Islam

In Brief: Difference Between Sunni Islam and Shia Islam

Sunni Islam and Shia Islam are the two major branches of Islam or, in other words, two of the main sectarian divisions. The general difference between the two stems from the recognized true successor to the Prophet Muhammad. Sunni Islam vs. Shia Islam: Understanding the Difference Between the Two At the core of Sunni Islam […]

Water Cremation 101: Pros and Cons of Alkaline Hydrolysis

Water Cremation 101: Pros and Cons of Alkaline Hydrolysis

Body disposal through alkaline hydrolysis involves placing the intact dead body in a pressurized vessel that is then filled with a mixture of water and potassium hydroxide. It is then heated to a temperature of around 160 degrees Celsius while under an elevated pressure to prevent boiling. The entire process effectively breaks down the body […]

Advantages and Disadvantages of Cremation

Advantages and Disadvantages of Cremation

Cremation has become an alternative to the burial of an intact body because of pressing concerns over limited land availability and the increasing price of burial land. It is specifically a method of final disposition of a dead body through burning or combustion. During the cremation process, the body is subjected to a temperature of […]

Difference Between the Holy See and Vatican City

Difference Between the Holy See and Vatican City

The Holy See and Vatican City are often intermixed. Numerous people would refer to the Vatican City as the See of Rome. Of course, this is inevitable. The independent city-state is home to the Holy See and, thus, remains at the center of Roman Catholicism. In addition, the confusion is made worse by the fact […]

The Economy of Vatican City

The Economy of Vatican City

How does the economy of Vatican City work? What are the economic activities? How does it earn revenues? What are the public expenses? How does it operate and maintain relevant government functions? The city-state enclaved within Rome is not only the smallest sovereign state in the world in terms of land area and population but […]

Why Are Cows Sacred in Hinduism?

Why Are Cows Sacred in Hinduism?

Cows are sacred to Hinduism. However, for starters, Hindus do not worship cows, and Hinduism does not teach its adherents to regard these animals as deities. Both adherents and scholars have noted that the reason cows are sacred in Hinduism revolves around economic and ethical justifications, as well as spiritual considerations. Three Reasons Why Hindus […]