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The history and critique of Islam – Part 2*

This Jay Smith lecture begins with research carried out by Dan Gibson between 1979 and 2004, where he went to over 100 early 7th - 8th century mosques, and tabulated (using modern Aster satellite technology) where their Qiblas were directed. He noticed that they were all directed in four groups of directions.

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The history and critique of Islam – Part 1 *

Back in 2016 Jay Smith lecture at Kensington Temple (KT) on the historical emergence of Islam. This, then is the first part of his lecture (40 minutes long), which is followed in a few days by part 2 (60 minutes long). Jay employs his graphics into his talks, which help the audience follow his train of thought.

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Honey Bee Hive House *

The Honey Bee Hive House is one of the cool, hidden, and unusual things to do in East Jerusalem, Israel. After the Six Day War, the Housing Ministry sponsored the construction of neighborhoods in the newly conquered territories. The Ramot Polin complex has been named one of the "World's Strangest Buildings".

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Cochin Jewry Heritage Center *

The Cochin Jewry Heritage Center incorporates Jewish tradition and exotics: learning about the rich heritage of the Cochin Jewry and its customs. Visiting the museum includes original artifacts (utensils, spices, ...

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Gvulot (Border) Lookout Settlement *

Gvulot (גְּבוּלוֹת) means "Borders". This is a kibbutz in the north-western Negev desert. In 2019 it had a population of 358. Gvulot is located about 120 m above sea level. Mitzpe Gvulot had the first Mekorot water pipe that brought from the Galilee to the Negev, and the first reservoir on the Negev.

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Road from Jericho to Jerusalem from the Air *

The road from Jericho to Jerusalem, with its flourishing oasis, was a strategic crossroads in the road network of the ancient Holy Land. The road leading to and from Jericho—used by merchants, armies, and pilgrims—has been important throughout history.

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Tel Hadid *

Tel Hadid is located on an isolated hill, 147 metres above sea level south of on the bank of Wadi al-Natuf a tributary of Naḥal Ayalon. It overlooks the central coastal plain of Israel, the Lod - Lydda Valley and the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.

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Manahat – Malha *

The site of the Manahat - Malha Caananite Bronze Age villages is situated on the southern slopes of a hill - Giv'at Massua - near the bank of Nahal Refa'im (Heb., Refa'im Valley), some 6 km. southwest of the Old City of Jerusalem, on the ancient road which led from the Coastal Plain to the Judean Hills and Jerusalem.

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Byzantine Churches in the Negev *

Securing their trade routes, the Nabateans built Byzantine Churches in the Negev in stations on the the main routes at Kurnub (Mamshit), Shivta and Avdat. Nabateans In the first century ...

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Kinneret Mystery Mound *

A stone’s throw from the Jordan River is a conical mound of stones from side to side in the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret). Israeli scientists puzzle over how an ancient stone ...

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