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The Back-Road Historic Mosques of China
In a country known for large numbers, it was a modest, round number that grabbed our attention: 100. That is the approximate number of mosques built before 1700 that are estimated to remain...
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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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The Secret Gardens of Sana'a
In this article Tim Mackintosh-Smith investigates the horticultural past of Sana'a. Whereas as once Yemen at...
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Andalusia’s New Golden Pottery
In times past, Granada was a hub of artistic flair, imagination, and creativity, to the extent that the...
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The World’s First Soft Drink
Sherbet, a juice of crushed fruit, herbs, or flowers has long existed as one of the most popular beverages...
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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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