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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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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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Song of Suwari: Ode to West African Scholars
Although some contemporary historians may argue otherwise, in the past, particularly in places such as West Africa, Muslims and non-Muslims lived together in relative harmony and prosperity. The...
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Turkey: Home of TURQUOISE
"Did you know the word 'turquoise' is a French word that simply means 'Turkish'?
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The role of Ibn Sina (Avicenna)’s Medical Poem in the transmission of medical knowledge to medieval Europe
Were you aware that in the Medieval Islamic world, celebrated scientists such as Ibn Sina used to relay their teachings through  poetry? Poems structure and rhythm  aided the process of...
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Mosque of Whirling Colours: A Mixture of Architecture and Art in Nasīr al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran
There are numerous mosques all around the world. Each has a design of its own. However, in order to be distinctive from other mosques, a mosque needs to be unique and possess outstanding features....
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The Coffee Route from Yemen to London 10th-17th Centuries
The history of coffee goes at least as far back as the 9th century. From Eastern Africa, coffee spread to...
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Heritage Research for Cultural Inter-Appreciation in the Balkans
[Proceedings of the conference 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World organised by FSTC, London, 25-26...
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The Courtyard Houses of Syria
The courtyard house is one of the most enduring architectural forms, transcending regional, historical and...
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Introduction to Islamic Art
One area where the genius of the Muslim civilisation has been recognised worldwide is that of art. The...
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Architectural Links between East and West in Early Modern Times
In a programme broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 14 February 2010, the work and influence of the great...
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Who Wrote the First “Useful” Archery Manual?
In this article we will be looking at several handbooks on archery written in both the Islamic world and in...
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