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Mega Cities on the Silk Road
Throughout history, trade routes played a central role in the transfer of goods and exchange of ideas between different parts of the world. The historic Silk Roads, which were a network of trade...
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Ode to Nana Asma’u: Voice and Spirit
Nana Asma’u sits in the pantheon, of the great educators of Africa. Taught by female scholars – such as Aisha -  in her family, as well by her more well known father (Usman dan Fodio), uncle (...
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A Tale of Two Civilisations: The Viking and the Muslim World
Dating back to March 2015, news regarding the discovery of a ring found on a Viking woman in an ancient burial ground with the inscription 'For/To Allah' erupted in mainstream media. The mystery...
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Ode to Sheikh Abdul al-Amawi: The Old Man of Barawa
In this article, Natty Mark Samuels explores the life and contributions of 19th Century Abdul Aziz al-Amawi. Abd al Aziz al-Amawi originated from Barawa, Somalia and his subjects of...
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Lighthouse of Alexandria in the sources from Islamic Civilisation
The Lighthouse of Alexandria is one of the wonders of the Ancient World. It was still a great tourist attraction well into the medieval period, and was visited by many travellers to the city...
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Nearly 3 Centuries old light system illuminates a sacred grave on Sun's equinox
This year has been chosen as "International Year of Light (IYL2015)" by UNESCO, what a perfect time to remember these words: “If the first light of the new year doesn’t shine upon my...
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Ebru: The Art of Paper Marbling
Marbling is an art form developed in the Muslim world, possibly with Chinese origins. Often it has been used...
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Cosmic Motifs & Elements in Seljuk and Ottoman Architecture
The structure of Mosques and other buildings draw inspiration from descriptions in the Qur'an as well as pre-...
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The Scholars of Seville – Artists, Architecture and Government
Seville was a key centre of Islamic Civilisation in Spain. Here you can read about the architect of the...
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Primary Schools under the Ottomans
Primary schools have a long history in Islamic civilisation. Children were taught to memorise the entire Qur'...
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The Great Turk Genius Amir Khusraw and his Accomplishments in Music
Amir Khusraw (d. 1325) was essentially an eminent musician and is regarded as a great savant in the history...
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The Great Mosque of Aleppo
Built by the Umayyad Caliph Suleyman in 717 CE and altered several times, the Great Mosque of Aleppo remains...
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