I am a Muslim, a Hindu, a Christian, and a Jew— and so are all of you – Mahatma Gandhi

”I am neither Christian, nor Jew, nor Zoroastrian, nor Muslim. I am not of the East, nor of the West, nor of the land, nor of the sea; My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless; ’Tis neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved. I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one; I know none other except God.” — RUMI

What is the difference between erotica and pornography? What is the difference between art and pornography? One of the ironies of explicit images that portray sexual scenes is that they are rooted in the religious experiences of most cultures. From the dawn of time, religion and sex have been intertwined. This is especially true of the civilizations of the peoples of the ancient Near East, the region of the world that covers parts of modern- day Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel.