The Rohingya – a Muslim people in a deeply Buddhist country

Every now and again a crisis boils up which brings into the headlines a group which are not widely known about, but who have deep historical roots. When the Islamic State was on the rise a few years ago, we suddenly heard of the Yazidis, a heterodox religious group with a history stretching back to […]

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One civilization, or many?

Now here’s a question – what exactly is a civilization? This is a harder question than you might think, and I’ve tackled it before, both in a blog post and an encyclopedia article. However, my answers there do not take into account a further question I sometimes mull. Look at this map of Europe in […]

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