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When the World was Upside Down: Maps from Muslim Civilisation
We tend to take many things for granted. Today, we are equipped with numerous means of communication and transport over land, sea and air. We have such freedom to swiftly travel around the globe, so...
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Water Sterilization Technology in Muslim Civilisation
It is known that contaminated water contains many bacteria and harmful viruses that cause many diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery, meningitis and poliomyelitis, etc. Water-related diseases...
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Ravy (Rayy)
Rayy was a city in the old Persian region of Media, during the Islamic times in the province of Djibal...
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Islamic Foreshadowing of Evolution
...in this article, I will summarise the key elements of the modern science of evolution, and the reasons why the evidence in its favour is generally regarded among scientists as conclusive, before...
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al-Jahiz's Book of Animals: The transcendent value of disgust
Jeannie Miller, an assistant professor in the department of near & Middle Eastern civilizations, is working on a manuscript examining The Book of Animals by al-Jahiz, a ninth-century Arabic...
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The House of Wisdom: Baghdad’s Intellectual Powerhouse
The heyday of Baghdad was 1,200 years ago when it was the thriving capital of the Muslim world. It was home to the House of Wisdom, an academy of knowledge that attracted brains from far and wide....
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A Tale of Two Civilisations: The Viking and the Muslim Civilisation
Dating back to March 2015, news regarding the discovery of a ring found on a Viking woman in an ancient...
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Ode to Sheikh Abdul al-Amawi: The Old Man of Barawa
In this article, Natty Mark Samuels explores the life and contributions of 19th Century Abdul Aziz al-...
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Scholarly Traditions of the Schools in Baghdad: The Mustansiria as a Model
Baghdad schools are a challenging topic, involving several different facets of history. These include...
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Nearly 3 Centuries old light system illuminates a sacred grave on Sun's equinox
This year has been chosen as "International Year of Light (IYL2015)" by UNESCO, what a perfect time...
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This is a close up view of a famous map drawn by&nbsp;Abraham Cresques&nbsp;in 1375 in Europe, which depicts&nbsp;Emperor Mansa Musa&nbsp;(<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Cresques" target="_blank">Source</a>)
Song of Suwari: Ode to West African Scholars
Although some contemporary historians may argue otherwise, in the past, particularly in places such as West...
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