Historic map of Venice by Piri Reis in the Kitab al-Bahriye (Book of Navigation). (Source).
East Meets West in VeniceLEARN MORE
For much of the millennium before the rise of Portugal and Spain, Venice flourished as the hub of Europe's...
Book Review of “Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's Tenth-century Baghdadi Cookbook” by Nawal NasrallahLEARN MORE
Written nearly a thousand years ago, Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's tenth-century cookbook is the most comprehensive...
Figure 1: A miniature page of al-Firdawsî's Shahnama indicating the birth of Rustam. Source: Topkapi Palace Library, MS H 1479.
Caesarean Section in Early Islamic LiteratureLEARN MORE
Some medical historians of the last century mistakenly recorded that Caesarean section was strictly forbidden...
Figure 1: Geographical distribution of production for the different kinds of coffees (r : robusta, a : arabica, m : robusta & arabica). (Source).
The Coffee Route from Yemen to London 10th-17th CenturiesLEARN MORE
The history of coffee goes at least as far back as the 9th century. From Eastern Africa, coffee spread to...
Sali Shahsivari presenting his lecture in the "1001 Inventions" conference. © FSTC 2010.
Heritage Research for Cultural Inter-Appreciation in the BalkansLEARN MORE
[Proceedings of the conference 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World organised by FSTC, London, 25-26...
Figure 1: Portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by Charles Jervas (ca 1675-1739) (oil on canvas, after 1716). © National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. (Source).
Lady Montagu and the Introduction of Smallpox Inoculation to EnglandLEARN MORE
The English aristocrat and writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) is today remembered particularly for...