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Kairouan, Tunisia

Kairouan: A Center of Learning, Arts, and Sciences
The change of government in Tunisia recently took everyone by surprise. All eyes turned to the capital, Tunis, when Ben Ali relinquished his power and fled the country, causing a ripple effect in the region. Here, we would like to highlight another city in Tunisia – Kairouan – […]

By |October 20th, 2014|Africa, Islam Around the World, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|1 Comment
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    Baghdad: Universities and Hospitals

    Baghdad’s Universities During the later part of the 11th century, Baghdad introduced the precursor to the modern university in the form of a chain of madrasahs which housed students and a salaried faculty. They were known as the Nizamiyah, after their founder Nizam al-Mulk, a Seljuk vizier. The largest and most splendid of these was […]

Baghdad: Universities and Hospitals

Baghdad’s Universities
During the later part of the 11th century, Baghdad introduced the precursor to the modern university in the form of a chain of madrasahs which housed students and a salaried faculty. They were known as the Nizamiyah, after their founder Nizam al-Mulk, a Seljuk vizier. The largest and most splendid of these was located […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Asia, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|0 Comments

Searching for Identity: Muslims in Australia

 

For at least two centuries, Muslims have visited and worked in Australia. Malay fishers and divers were followed by Afghan camel drivers. However, large-scale Muslim settlement in Australia only began after World War II as a wave of people left behind conditions of economic hardship in search of a better life. … Later events in […]

By |October 11th, 2014|Australia, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|1 Comment
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    Latin America: Historical Legacy

    By Saulat Pervez Muslim astronomers and mariners guided Columbus It is a known fact that Muslim Europeans of the Middle Ages were far more advanced than their non-Muslim counterparts, thanks to the Golden Ages of Spain and Sicily under Muslim rule. Yet, many people forget that Muslim astronomers and mariners played an important role in […]

Latin America: Historical Legacy

By Saulat Pervez
Muslim astronomers and mariners guided Columbus
It is a known fact that Muslim Europeans of the Middle Ages were far more advanced than their non-Muslim counterparts, thanks to the Golden Ages of Spain and Sicily under Muslim rule. Yet, many people forget that Muslim astronomers and mariners played an important role in the discovery […]

By |October 6th, 2014|Latin America, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|1 Comment
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    Islam in North America: Introduction

    North America has been home to Muslims for a long time       Muslims first arrived in North America centuries before Columbus due to trading expeditions with Native Americans. After Columbus, the slave trade transported African Muslim slaves, who retained their spiritual practice and religious identity, to the Americas. Over the next few centuries, […]

Islam in North America: Introduction

North America has been home to Muslims for a long time

 

 

 

Muslims first arrived in North America centuries before Columbus due to trading expeditions with Native Americans. After Columbus, the slave trade transported African Muslim slaves, who retained their spiritual practice and religious identity, to the Americas.

Over the next few centuries, Muslim migrants from all over […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Muslim Heritage, Muslim World, North America|15 Comments
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    Baghdad: Foundation

    The Founding of Baghdad Abbasid Caliph al-Mansur founded Baghdad on July 20, 762 C.E., intending it to serve as the capital of Islam and calling it “Madinat-us-Salaam,” or City of Peace. Baghdad was also known as the Round City because it was constructed in a circular shape, consisting of towering semi-circle city walls on the […]

Baghdad: Foundation

The Founding of Baghdad
Abbasid Caliph al-Mansur founded Baghdad on July 20, 762 C.E., intending it to serve as the capital of Islam and calling it “Madinat-us-Salaam,” or City of Peace. Baghdad was also known as the Round City because it was constructed in a circular shape, consisting of towering semi-circle city walls on the right […]

By |September 24th, 2014|Asia, Muslim Heritage|1 Comment
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    The History of Islam in Africa

    By Amadou Shakur The Prophet Muhammad reminded the Muslim world, “We are a single community, distinct from others.” The distinction shapes the Muslim’s religious identity and underlines the nature of the Islamic ideal, whether the purity of the monotheistic concept, the uncompromising quest for morality, or the lifelong seeking of knowledge.  It also accentuates the […]

The History of Islam in Africa

By Amadou Shakur
The Prophet Muhammad reminded the Muslim world, “We are a single community, distinct from others.” The distinction shapes the Muslim’s religious identity and underlines the nature of the Islamic ideal, whether the purity of the monotheistic concept, the uncompromising quest for morality, or the lifelong seeking of knowledge.  It also accentuates the common […]

By |September 18th, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|7 Comments
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    Ibn Battuta

    Ibn Battuta: Celebrated Traveler     Ibn Battuta, a celebrated traveler, was born in Tangier, Morocco. He lived from 1304 to 1368/1369 and is renowned for his travelogue, Rihla, which simply means Travels. It recounts his many journeys throughout the Muslim world as well as far-flung regions like Russia, China and Constantinople. Along the way, […]

Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta: Celebrated Traveler

 

 

Ibn Battuta, a celebrated traveler, was born in Tangier, Morocco. He lived from 1304 to 1368/1369 and is renowned for his travelogue, Rihla, which simply means Travels. It recounts his many journeys throughout the Muslim world as well as far-flung regions like Russia, China and Constantinople. Along the way, he encountered many […]

By |September 7th, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|0 Comments

Umar the Great

By Salman Yazdani
Whenever we talk of great generals or kings of the world one name usually comes to our mind, i.e., Alexander the Great. For obvious reasons he deserves this reputation, but many of us don’t know that there was another ruler in history who was greater than many influential kings in every respect, even […]

By |September 4th, 2014|Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|1 Comment
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    Salahuddin Ayyubi (Saladin)

    Saladin: Courageous and Brilliant Salahuddin Ayyubi, popularly known in the West as Saladin, was a courageous and brilliant Muslim leader during the 12th century. His firm foundation in the religion and its prime values, leading to his commitment to the Islamic cause, enabled him to accomplish great things. His Ayyubid Empire united Egypt and Syria. […]

Salahuddin Ayyubi (Saladin)

Saladin: Courageous and Brilliant
Salahuddin Ayyubi, popularly known in the West as Saladin, was a courageous and brilliant Muslim leader during the 12th century. His firm foundation in the religion and its prime values, leading to his commitment to the Islamic cause, enabled him to accomplish great things.

His Ayyubid Empire united Egypt and Syria. Above all, […]

By |August 31st, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|22 Comments