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The House of Wisdom: Baghdad’s Intellectual Powerhouse
The heyday of Baghdad was 1,200 years ago when it was the thriving capital of the Muslim world. It was home to the House of Wisdom, an academy of knowledge that attracted brains from far and wide....
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The European Jerusalem: Sarajevo, where Muslim heritage flourished in Central Europe
During Ottoman rule, Sarajevo was heralded as the “European Jerusalem”, as its invaluable contributions to civil engineering, industry, trade and architecture attracted people from various ethnic and...
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Cairo: A Millennial
In this article, published originally in Saudi Aramco World in 1969, focus is laid on the history of Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, founded in 969 by General Gawhar, in the name of the Fatimid...
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Gaza at the Crossroad of Civilisations: Two Contemporary Views
Gaza, this tormented part of Palestine, land of suffering and resistance, is also a land of long history. This article presents two recent attempts to recover the ancient and medieval history of Gaza...
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The Islamic Heritage in China: A General Survey
In this article, Anthony Garnaut, an expert of the Muslim Chinese culture, focuses on the Islamic heritage in China and its relevance to understanding both the evolution of Chinese history and...
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Architecture of Muslim Caliphate in North Africa
The arrival of Islam to North Africa at the hands of Uqba Ibn Nafi (d.683) transformed region into a...
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The Mosque of Cordoba
One cannot visit Cordoba (in Spain) today without a trip to its main tourist attraction, The Great Mosque of...
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Al-Zahra - City of Andalus
Al-Zahra became renowned for its high advanced civilisation, style and protocol in addition to the...
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Bab Mardum Mosque - An inspiration for Gothic?
Bab Mardum Mosque was built in Toledo Spain between 999 and 1000 according to an inscription found on its...
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Al-Hambra Palace and the river of paradise
The palace is an architectural masterpiece in every term. The composition of courts, gardens and water...
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Piri Reis maps America
In 1513 Piri Reis presented his famous map of the New World to the Sultan, giving the Ottomans, well before...
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