Figure 1. The Umayyad mosque in Damascus. This image has been released into the public domain by its author 'Isaam Bayazidi (at the Arabic Wikipedia project).
When Ridhwan al-Sa’ati Anteceded Big Ben by More than Six CenturiesLEARN MORE
The following article by Abdel Aziz al-Jaraki, a scholar from Damascus, describes the context of the...
Figure 1. A group of school children practice martial arts formation under the watch of their teacher in the Great Mosque of Xi'an. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Chinese_martial_arts.
The Legacy of Muslim Kung Fu MastersLEARN MORE
An important legacy of Islam in China is represented by Muslim Kung Fu, developed throughout history by...
Figure 1. A view of one of the two "Iwans" overlooking the courtyard of the so-called "Abbasid Palace" ("al-Qasral-'Abbasi") in Baghdad.
The Abbasids’ House of Wisdom in BaghdadLEARN MORE
The House of Wisdom was in fame, status, scope, size, resources, patronage, etc. similar to that of the...
Figure 1. General view of the medical school from the minaret of the Süleymaniye mosque. Source: https://archnet.org/library/images/one-image.tcl.
Suleymaniye Medical MadrasaLEARN MORE
This article discusses the emergence and origins of institutional Ottoman medical practice and learning, and...
Scandinavia and Ibn FadlanLEARN MORE
This short article provides brief accounts of Ibn Fadlan's observation on Scandinavia and a people he calls...
Figure 1: A section of the World Map produced by Pîrî Reis and presented to Sultan Selim I in 1517 (The original is in Topkapi Palace Museum Library, no. H. 1824.)
Echos of What Lies Behind the 'Ocean of Fogs' in Muslim Historical NarrativesLEARN MORE
This article is an edited version of the article originally written by the late Professor Mohammed Hamidullah...