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Thursday 30th July 2015

Ancient Qur'an just one of many 'hidden treasures' at the University of Birmingham

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Last week, the University of Birmingham announced that within its collections it holds one of the earliest Qur'anic manuscripts in existence. Radiocarbon analysis revealed that the document dates from within a few decades of the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad.
Date:
Thursday 30th July 2015
Categories:
Arts and Law, Research
Friday 3rd July 2015

Tunisia attack: three lessons we can learn

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Horror reached unprecedented levels in Tunisia last Friday when innocent holidaymakers were targeted on a beach near Sousse by a student who had apparently been radicalised in his university town of Kairouan and later in northern Libya. Beyond the grief and sorrow, lessons can be learned from this event.
Date:
Friday 3rd July 2015
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 18th June 2015

The Conservatives, Britain and Europe: The Remake

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The Conservative Party's bickering about the 'best' vision for Britain's relationship with Europe continues.
Date:
Thursday 18th June 2015
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 4th June 2015

In the US, the surveillance sky is falling

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At least temporarily, 'Big Brother' was listening less intensely. That was the reality in the United States after provisions authorised by the USA Patriot Act, the law passed in the aftermath of 9/11, failed to be renewed by the US Senate on Sunday evening (31 May).
Date:
Thursday 4th June 2015
Categories:
Arts and Law
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