Contemporary Review

Founded in 1866, Contemporary Review is a scholarly journal published quarterly. Contemporary Review Company Ltd. owns and publishes this journal, and its editorial headquarters is in Oxford, United Kingdom.Contemporary Review covers a number of topics, including politics, international affairs, literature, art and art history. Its region and its audience are international. Dr. Richard Mullen is the editor; Dr. Alex Kerr is the managing editor; Dr. James Munson is the literary editor; and Anselma Bruce is the associate editor. James LoGerfo, Robin Findlay and Charles Foster are the editorial advisers.

Articles from Vol. 284, No. 1657, February

A Personal Journey from Islam to Christianity
THE events of September 11, 2001, and the later atrocities in Bali and Istanbul have shocked the world. While the American-led War on Terrorism continues, I have been fighting my own 'war' since the age of fourteen when I converted from Islam to Christianity....
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Catalonia and the Scots
SOME tour-operators claim that Barcelona has usurped Paris's place as Britain's most popular 'short-break destination'. The trend could change if Catalonia's popularity with foreigners forced prices up to Parisian levels or, more seriously, some political...
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Indian Cricket-More Than a Game
WHAT is it that makes people think of their nation as a nation? It is a question to which politicians, philosophers, sociologists, democrats and dictators have been applying their minds for centuries and have never come up with anything like simple...
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Islam: Facing Two Ways with Dr Mahathir Part II
THE sting in Dr Mahathir's sensational speech to the Organisation of Islamic Conference was truly reserved for the tail. Having deplored a pattern of futile struggle against Israel, he concluded as follows: 'We are actually very strong. 1.3 billion...
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Narrative in Systems of Religion
RELIGION deals with the big questions of life. Among these questions are: Why was I created? Why am I here? What happens to me after I die? Each person at various times in life (unless one dies as a very young baby) will ask these questions. They...
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New and Noteworthy
This month's column is devoted to reference works, the first five of which are published by OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. The first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Quotations was published in 1997. In a new edition, priced at [pounds sterling]18.99,...
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Teenage Pregnancy in Jamaica
TEENAGE girls account for nearly one quarter of all births in the West Indian island of Jamaica--a fact that leads to collective worry, sermons, finger-pointing and, occasionally, over-the-top demands by anxious politicians. Sharon Hay-Webster, a Member...
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The American Character
THE American character has some strongly-marked traits that people from other countries find very noticeable, sometimes admirable, sometimes puzzling, sometimes bothersome. Knowing something of the American character is therefore important for understanding...
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The Northern Renaissance in Miniature
ILLUMINATING the Renaissance: the Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting at the Royal Academy is at the same time less sparkling and more memorable than Gothic: Art for England, 1400-1547, the recent exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. From...
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The World of Paperbacks
From PENGUIN BOOKS we have a variety of new titles. The first is a paperback edition of Mark Tully's India in Slow Motion ([pounds sterling]8.99), a first-hand account of India's 'bad governance' and of the reasons behind it. Next we have Wordsworth:...
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Thomas Jones: An Eighteenth-Century Welsh Artist in Italy
THE artist Thomas Jones (1742-1803) was unhappy when in his fifties he wrote in his Memoirs, 'the prospect of Employment in my Profession was dark and gloomy'. At twenty-six, he had already surmised, 'throughout almost every Occurrence in life, it...
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