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    Europe: Sicily

    The Emirate of Sicily The Emirate of Sicily, located in the south of Italy, was a part of the larger Islamic Empire from the ninth to the eleventh centuries, under a variety of rulers. Under Muslim administration, Sicily flourished: its population doubled, people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds co-existed harmoniously, agriculture prospered, exports increased, […]

Europe: Sicily


The Emirate of Sicily
The Emirate of Sicily, located in the south of Italy, was a part of the larger Islamic Empire from the ninth to the eleventh centuries, under a variety of rulers. Under Muslim administration, Sicily flourished: its population doubled, people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds co-existed harmoniously, agriculture prospered, exports increased, and

By |January 10th, 2015|Europe, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|4 Comments

The Messiah: Jesus, Son of Mary

By Imam Shabir Ally
“O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion, and do not say anything concerning Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His

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    Timbuktu, Mali

    Timbuktu: Fact or Fiction? Timbuktu has long captured popular imagination as a legendary city. The fact that it actually exists still surprises some people who have merely pictured it as a mysterious or mythical place. In reality, Timbuktu became renowned for its riches and scholarship after it was permanently settled by the Muslims. Timbuktu is […]

Timbuktu, Mali

Timbuktu: Fact or Fiction?
Timbuktu has long captured popular imagination as a legendary city. The fact that it actually exists still surprises some people who have merely pictured it as a mysterious or mythical place. In reality, Timbuktu became renowned for its riches and scholarship after it was permanently settled by the Muslims.

Timbuktu is located in

By |December 20th, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|0 Comments

Muslims in Australia: The Building of a Community

The general picture of Muslims in Australia is of a predominantly urban, intricate mosaic of communities and relationships at various stages of development. … Overall, it is a success story, a remarkable achievement. In less than forty years, Muslim communities have established themselves and created social and community structures to support an Islamic way of

By |December 15th, 2014|Australia, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|1 Comment
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    Cairo, Egypt

    The historic city of Cairo     The world was lately riveted by the events taking place in Cairo, Egypt. The unfolding revolution in Tahrir Square transcended ethnic and religious affiliations, inspiring people worldwide with the power of change. In fact, this historic city has undergone many upheavals over the centuries and repeatedly risen above […]

Cairo, Egypt

The historic city of Cairo

 

 

The world was lately riveted by the events taking place in Cairo, Egypt. The unfolding revolution in Tahrir Square transcended ethnic and religious affiliations, inspiring people worldwide with the power of change.

In fact, this historic city has undergone many upheavals over the centuries and repeatedly risen above the setbacks with renewed

By |December 11th, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|0 Comments

Astrolabes and Early Islam: Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya

By Nageen Khan
What is an Astrolabe?
An astrolabe is a historical instrument used to predict the position of the sun, moon, planet, and stars. It was perfected during the Islamic Golden Age and the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. Many prominent historical figures (including writer Geoffery Chaucer and possibly ancient astronomer Claudius Ptolemy) have written about

By |December 6th, 2014|Muslim Heritage, Notable Muslim Women|0 Comments
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    Islamic Calligraphy

    A little taste of an Islamic Art The Glorious Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him) in the seventh century of the Christian Era (610 CE – 632 CE). The revelations came to the Prophet through the angel Gabriel. For the past fourteen centuries, Muslims from all over the world […]

Islamic Calligraphy

A little taste of an Islamic Art
The Glorious Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him) in the seventh century of the Christian Era (610 CE – 632 CE). The revelations came to the Prophet through the angel Gabriel. For the past fourteen centuries, Muslims from all over the world have

By |December 2nd, 2014|Heritage, Muslim Heritage|2 Comments
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    Baghdad: Libraries and House of Wisdom

    Baghdad’s libraries Muslims learned how to make paper from the Chinese, and proceeded to transform this art into a major industry. By 793 C.E., there were many paper mills in Baghdad. This was a revolutionary development because the existing alternatives to paper were papyrus, which was fragile, and parchment, which was expensive; paper, on the […]

Baghdad: Libraries and House of Wisdom

Baghdad’s libraries
Muslims learned how to make paper from the Chinese, and proceeded to transform this art into a major industry. By 793 C.E., there were many paper mills in Baghdad. This was a revolutionary development because the existing alternatives to paper were papyrus, which was fragile, and parchment, which was expensive; paper, on the other

By |November 22nd, 2014|Asia, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|1 Comment
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    Muslims in Latin America

      When the Americas were discovered by the Spaniards in the fifteenth century, they brought slaves from the north and west of Africa who introduced Islam in Latin America, staying in countries like Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and some Caribbean islands. In many cases, these Muslim slaves were forced to leave their religious beliefs or be […]

Muslims in Latin America

 

When the Americas were discovered by the Spaniards in the fifteenth century, they brought slaves from the north and west of Africa who introduced Islam in Latin America, staying in countries like Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and some Caribbean islands. In many cases, these Muslim slaves were forced to leave their religious beliefs or be executed

By |November 17th, 2014|Latin America, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|6 Comments
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    Europe: Scholarship and Inventions

    Muslim scholars and their inventions In the West, many Muslim scholars were given Latin names such as Avicenna (Ibn Sina, c. 980 – 1037), Rhazes (ar-Razi, c. 841-926), and Averroes (ibn Rushd, c. 1126-1198); their works, as translated in Latin, became widely available. For instance, Ibn Sina’s Canon of Medicine set the standard for medicine and […]

Europe: Scholarship and Inventions

Muslim scholars and their inventions
In the West, many Muslim scholars were given Latin names such as Avicenna (Ibn Sina, c. 980 – 1037), Rhazes (ar-Razi, c. 841-926), and Averroes (ibn Rushd, c. 1126-1198); their works, as translated in Latin, became widely available. For instance, Ibn Sina’s Canon of Medicine set the standard for medicine and was

By |November 13th, 2014|Europe, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|2 Comments