Nicola Barker

A 17th-century Kabbalah amulet. The seven-branched candlestick is made up of words

Will we ever unravel the mysteries of Kabbalah?

26 January 2019 9:00 am

In an age where ‘authenticity’ is prized above all things (even if what this actually means is that — like,…

‘The Incredulity of Thomas’, by Caravaggio. (c.1603). It is only in St John’s Gospel that Thomas is portrayed as unbelieving

A Muslim’s insights into Christianity

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m not a critic, I’m an enthusiast. And when you are an enthusiast you need to try your best to…

Taking the Kamasutra seriously

21 May 2016 9:00 am

The rough English translation of Kamasutra is pleasure (kama) treatise (sutra). In the West, since it was first (rather surreptitiously)…

Mary Magdalene by Francesco Ubertini, il Bacchiacca

Mary Magdalene: all-singing, all-dancing Goddess of Light

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Many of the great faith narratives (the Holy Quran being a notable exception) are clumsy, rough-hewn things; makepiece amalgams of…

The end of the world: an illustrated guide

4 July 2015 9:00 am

At the heart of the eschatological ideology of the Islamic State is the belief that when the world ends (and…