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Nur al-Din al-Zangi was the first great leader to defeat the Crusaders, over half a century after they set foot on Islamic land. It was said of him that he was a just, pious and charitable monarch. In 1154, Nur-al-Din Zangi built a hospital in Damascus which was called al-Nuri, or al-Zangi....
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Possibly the earliest hospital in Islam was a mobile dispensary following the Muslim armies, dating from the time of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH); a tradition which remained throughout the centuries of Islamic Civilisation. Decades elapsed, before the first hospital building was built in Damascus...
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The tools and technique of making paper leaf depicted in a volume illustrating crafts and trades, Kashmir (Source) British Library: Making Islamic-style paper Paper, originally, was brought by the Muslims from China. It followed the battle of Tallas (751)...
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Kitab Al-Ma'a (The Book of Water) appears to be a strange title for the first known Encyclopaedia of Medicine arranged according to the alphabet. It was recently discovered in Algeria and published in Oman. The author's apparent reason for naming the book as Kitab Al-Ma'a was because the...
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Under the leadership of A'mr Ibn Al-Aas, the first Muslims reached Egypt on 6th April 641 CE. They camped in a location near to today's Cairo before entering Alexandria. Despite its fame as the Greek and Roman capital city of Egypt, they discarded Alexandria in favour of their camp site which...
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Ibn Tulun Mosque is the oldest, best-preserved mosque in Egypt1. It is named after the Emir Ahmed Ibn Tulun2, a soldier among the troops of Samarra who was promoted to rule Egypt between 868 and 883AD. Following the tradition of Muslim Caliphs, the first work of Ibn Tulun was to...
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Background One of the defensive engineering structures the Muslims introduced was a fort- like edifice called a Ribat. This building was designed to serve as a base for military intervention and a shelter against hostile invasion. It is also equipped to accommodate a good number of...
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The Great Ummayyad Mosque remains one of the great symbols of the glorious period of Muslim civilisation and its pride. It is a master piece of architectural ingenuity having a decisive influence on the maturity of mosque architecture all over the Muslim World. The mosque was the birth place of...
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To read more on Cordoba and Muslim Spain see below under Related Articles. Cordoba was the jewel of Europe, which dazzled visitors from the North. (1) Scholars and booksellers flocked there, and made it the intellectual centre of the West by the 10th century CE. It was according to Trend ‘the...
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For more Articles on this mosque please read Related Articles below. Also known as the Mosque of Sidi Ukba, Al-Qayrawan (1) Mosque was built by the first Muslims to arrive in Tunisia and North Africa under the leadership of Uqba Ibn Nafi in 670 CE. The mosque was the first building to be erected...
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