Mohammad Mondays: Mohammad’s Introduction

I'm very excited to be launching a new project with my good friend Mohammad al Saleh, a video collaboration reminiscent of the classic Mohammad Mondays YouTube series previously on RedHot Productions. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyuuEvMvBIo

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How Important was Piety in the Reign of Louis IX?

 There is no reason to believe that the piety of Louis IX was not deep and sincere; indeed a confessor revealed that at one point in his life Louis considered abdication in favour of joining a monastery.[1] This being said, historians such as Jean Richard and Margaret Labarge have raised questions whether the institutional piety … Continue reading How Important was Piety in the Reign of Louis IX?

Was Frederick Barbarossa a Failure?

Upon his accession to the throne in 1152, Frederick Barbarossa became the leader of an empire which had fallen from grace thanks to incidents such as the Investiture Contest and was weakened by power struggles between the Welf and the Hohenstaufen families since the end of the Staufen line in 1125. Frederick’s main aim was … Continue reading Was Frederick Barbarossa a Failure?

Is there a conflict between Hobbes’s account of Sovereignty by Acquisition and Sovereignty by Institution?

“For it can never be that war shall preserve life, and peace destroy it.”[1] -Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan   Thomas Hobbes’s seminal text Leviathan was published in England in 1651. The quote above summarises Hobbes's main concern voiced in the text; preserving peace. He believed that the best way to do this was by forming a government … Continue reading Is there a conflict between Hobbes’s account of Sovereignty by Acquisition and Sovereignty by Institution?

Mountains, rivers, and sights to give you shivers.

I once said I would never tell anybody about Bovec, Slovenia. This was entirely out of selfishness. I wanted to preserve the mountains, rivers, forests, canyons I was amazed that there could still be such pristine places. I’m breaking that promise to myself now, because I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes people happy, … Continue reading Mountains, rivers, and sights to give you shivers.

The Spirit of Adventure

Tales told, spilled drinks, bubbling laughter: Of wet, tired bodies, of freezing fear. You’ve done nothing until you’re warm, after   Dizzying drops, avoiding disaster, Snow, ice and cliffs uncomfortably near. Tales told, spilled drinks, bubbling laughter   Struggling, wishing your pack was lighter, Feet slogging, grinding like a broken gear You’ve done nothing until … Continue reading The Spirit of Adventure