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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

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

Islam in Africa: Introduction

Islam’s presence in African history
Islam’s presence in African history dates back to the first phase of the Prophet Muhammad’s mission, when in 615 A.D. he instructed a group of Muslims to seek refuge in Abyssinia (present-day Ethiopia).

While this was a short-lived encounter, Muslims eventually left a lasting influence in North Africa which has since spread

By |October 3rd, 2011|Africa, Muslim World|2 Comments