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Science In India During The Muslim Rule

The scientific cooperation between India and the Arabs dates back to t...

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Science in Adab Literature

A long standing topic of discussion among orientalists has been the qu...

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Early Women of Science, Technology, Medicine and Management

This article is a paper submitted to and presented at WISE 2018: World...

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Introduction to Turkish Motifs in Ottoman Times

On 13 and 14 January 2018 Ashfia Ashrif, Manchester based Artist and S...

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Oxford Museum of the History of Science Online Al-Mizan Exhibition

The Oxford Museum of the History of Science launched an online Al-Miza...

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Buried Evidence: Islamic Viking Burial Garments

As predicted in our previous article dating back to May 2015, addition...

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The Back-Road Historic Mosques of China

In a country known for large numbers, it was a modest, round number th...

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Science and Engineering in the Islamic Heritage Symposium

“Science and Engineering in the Islamic Heritage”, a Symposium org...

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Science and Engineering in the Islamic Heritage Symposium

“Science and Engineering in the Islamic Heritage”, a Symposium org...

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Marrakesh

It is highly crucial to begin this article by the following point whic...

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An introduction to Early Islamic Society and Social Sciences

...in order to know or appreciate most developments of Muslim society ...

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The Impact of Islamic Science and Learning on England

Nothing contrasts more the discrepancies in learning as the place of b...

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Technology in sub-Saharan Cultures

Genetic and paleontological findings have concluded that Africa is the...

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Muslims Contribution to the Study and Development of Medical Sciences in 19th Century Nigeria: A Preliminary Account

This paper presented at the 7th International Congress of the Internat...

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Ravy (Rayy)

Rayy was a city in the old Persian region of Media, during the Islamic...

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A Culture Devoted to Healing

Muslim Contributions to the Medical Sciences A Tribute to Dr Rabie E. ...

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Mega Cities on the Silk Road

Throughout history, trade routes played a central role in the transfer...

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Ode to Nana Asma’u: Voice and Spirit

Nana Asma’u sits in the pantheon, of the great educators of Africa. ...

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Al-Khalili and the Culmination of Spherical Astronomy in 14th-Century Damascus

Syria in the 14th century was the scene of the most sophisticated deve...

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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 cap...

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Malika II: Radiyya bint Iltutmish

Popularly referred to as Razia Sultana, this is the story of Radiyya b...

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Manuscript Review: The Law of Language, by Ibn Faris

Ibn Faris was a poet of merit and could also write in fine prose style...

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1st International Symposium Mediterranean Continuities: Material and spiritual paths

MOHA is organizing, an international symposium called: ‘Mediterranea...

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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 foun...

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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 contribution...

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A Fascinating Journey of Clocks in Muslim Civilisation

On 22-23 October 2015, the “3rd International conference on History ...

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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 f...

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“Egyptology: The Missing Millennium” of Medieval Arabic Sources

In this paper, I would like to discuss the missing millennium of Medie...

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Lighthouse of Alexandria in the sources from Islamic Civilisation

The Lighthouse of Alexandria is one of the wonders of the Ancient Worl...

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African contributions to Muslim Civilisation

Black History Month UK is an International annual month, celebrating, ...

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Manuscript Review: The Book of Musical Modes, by Al-Urmawi

[Al-Urmawi] was the greatest of music theorists. He was the pioneer of...

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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)" b...

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Jordan conference explores Schools and Learning Institutions in Muslim Civilisation

In order to popularise the diverse history of science. The Jordanian S...

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Song of Suwari: Ode to West African Scholars

Although some contemporary historians may argue otherwise, in the past...

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Lund Astronomical Clock

The genesis of this article lies in a recent visit to the Romanesque c...

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Turkey: Home of TURQUOISE

"Did you know the word 'turquoise' is a French word that simply means ...

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Ode to Ahmad Baba Al-Massufi

Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Ahmad al-Takruri Al-Massufi al-Timbukti, otherw...

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EuroNews.com: Brussels exhibition highlights Ottoman influence

"The Sultan’s World exhibition runs in Brussels until 31 May 2015. I...

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BBC Travel: Where algebra got its name from

Amazing snapshots from Khiva (formally known as Khawarizm) in Uzbekist...

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BBC Four – The Dark Ages: An Age of Light – The Wonder of Islam

BBC Four: "The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identifi...

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The role of Ibn Sina (Avicenna)’s Medical Poem in the transmission of medical knowledge to medieval Europe

Were you aware that in the Medieval Islamic world, celebrated scientis...

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Manuscript Review: The Detailed Treatise on Matters Concerning Learners and Guidelines for Teachers and Learners, by Al-Qabisi

Al-Qabisi was the inventor of the concept and practice of 'Co-operativ...

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The European Jerusalem: Sarajevo, where Muslim heritage flourished in Central Europe

During Ottoman rule, Sarajevo was heralded as the “European Jerusale...

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Mosque of Whirling Colours: A Mixture of Architecture and Art in Nasīr al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran

There are numerous mosques all around the world. Each has a design of ...

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L’orgue hydraulique des Banu Mûsa (The Hydraulic Organ of Banu Musa)

(The Hydraulic Organ of Banu Musa (9th Century): An Early Instrument o...

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Mosul the Pearl of Northern Iraq: Its History and Contribution to Classical Civilisation of Islam

Mosul, in Northern Iraq, is the country's second largest city and the ...

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Inter-cultural Respect through Cultural Roots of Science

The important lecture presented by Professor Salim Al-Hassani at the 1...

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A 1000 Years Amnesia: Sports in Muslim Heritage

Professor Salim Al-Hassani published in the issue 369 (Spring 2012, p....

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East Meets West in Venice

For much of the millennium before the rise of Portugal and Spain, Veni...

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Book Review of “Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq’s Tenth-century Baghdadi Cookbook” by Nawal Nasrallah

Written nearly a thousand years ago, Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's tenth-cent...

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The Sound Rules in Reading the Quran (Tajwid) in Qutb Al-Din al-Shirazi’s Music Notation

The Sound Rules in Reading the Quran (Tajwid) in Qutb Al-Din al-Shirazi’s Music Notation

In the Islamic world, starting from Al-Kindī (d. 874), Al-Fārābī (...

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Kerala Mathematics and Its Possible Transmission to Europe

The Kerala School of astronomy and mathematics was an Indian school of...

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The Influence of Nasir al-Din al-Tusi on Ottoman Scientific Literature

The works of Nasir al-Din al-Tusi have always attracted the interest o...

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Cairo: A Millennial

In this article, published originally in Saudi Aramco World in 1969, f...

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The Coffee Route from Yemen to London 10th-17th Centuries

The history of coffee goes at least as far back as the 9th century. Fr...

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The Transfer of Science Between India, Europe and China via Muslim Heritage

[Proceedings of the conference 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our...

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Heritage Research for Cultural Inter-Appreciation in the Balkans

[Proceedings of the conference 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our...

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The Courtyard Houses of Syria

The courtyard house is one of the most enduring architectural forms, t...

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Introduction to Islamic Art

One area where the genius of the Muslim civilisation has been recognis...

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Architectural Links between East and West in Early Modern Times

In a programme broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 14 February 2010, ...

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Who Wrote the First “Useful” Archery Manual?

In this article we will be looking at several handbooks on archery wri...

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History, Culture and Science in Morocco: 11th-14th Centuries

The history of the Islamic west offers glorious pages of contribution ...

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Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil or the Triumph of the Islamic Architectural Style

Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil is one of the leading voices in contemporary Isla...

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New Discoveries in the Islamic Complex of Mathematics, Architecture and Art

The complex of disciplines composed of mathematics, architecture and a...

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The Game of Kings

Chess probably originated in Persia or Central Asia before the seventh...

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Interview with Anthony Garnaut: Islam in China

Islam in China and the contribution of the Muslim community of China t...

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Book Review of ‘Egyptology: The Missing Millennium’ by Okasha El-Daly

Egyptology: The Missing Millennium published by Okasha El Daly is an i...

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Ottoman Palace Cuisine of the Classical Period

Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can ...

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Ottoman Music Therapy

Music has been used as a mean of therapy through the centuries to coun...

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Turkish Cuisine: A Book Review

Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can ...

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Gaza at the Crossroad of Civilisations: Two Contemporary Views

Gaza, this tormented part of Palestine, land of suffering and resistan...

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Ahmad Salim Sa‘idan: A Palestinian Historian of Arabic Mathematics

Since the middle of the 20th century, the history of Arabic mathematic...

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Food as Medicine in Muslim Civilization

The subject of food and diet was very essential in the Islamic Cuisine...

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Al-Muqaddasi: The Geographer from Palestine

A notable fact that should be remembered when we talk about the differ...

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The Fate of Manuscripts in Iraq and Elsewhere

In this well informed article, Dr Geoffrey Roper, an expert in the fie...

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The Islamic Heritage in China: A General Survey

In this article, Anthony Garnaut, an expert of the Muslim Chinese cult...

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The Islamic Art in the Louvre Museum in Paris

The first stone was laid on July 16, 2008 at the Louvre's new Arts of ...

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Aleppo

Halab [said Al-Muqaddasi, in 985] is an excellent, pleasant and well f...

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Islamic Art in Poland: The Kornik Castle

The article is about the famous Kornik Castle near Poznan, in Poland w...

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Sheikh Zayed Great Mosque in Abu Dhabi: Islamic Architecture in the 21st Century

A splendid mosque was erected recently at Abu Dhabi. Named after the l...

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The Seljuk Face of Anatolia: Aspects of the Social and Intellectual History of Seljuk Architecture

This article deals with the Seljuk Anatolian architecture and art. The...

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Mulla Nasruddin Khodja a Major Character of Muslim Satiric Literature

Mullah Nasruddin Khodja is a wise man famous throughout the Muslim and...

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A Treasure of World Heritage: Islamic Manuscripts in the Kandilli Observatory

This is a review of a book bringing to light a collection of about 130...

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Knowledge, Learning Institutions and Libraries in Islam: Book Publishing and Paper Making

This short article describes the high regard with which Muslim Civilis...

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Sinan’s Acoustical Technology

This article gives the the results of a research project studying the ...

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Sinan: A Great Ottoman Architect and Urban Designer

Sinan, called Mimar Sinan (Architect Sinan) and Mimar Koca Sinan (Gre...

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The Influence of Islamic Culinary Art on Europe

This paper describes the results of a novel research on the Muslim inf...

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Ibn Battuta

The Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta is known as the greatest traveller o...

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Literature and Music in Muslim Civilisation

An outline of the main types of Arabic literature and their influence ...

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The Legacy of Muslim Kung Fu Masters

An important legacy of Islam in China is represented by Muslim Kung Fu...

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Safi al-Din al-Urmawi and the Theory of Music

In this detailed and well documented article, Dr. Fazli Arslan describ...

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A Discovery in Architecture: 15th Century Islamic Architecture Presages 20th Century Mathematics

This article relates the discovery by two American scholars, Paul J. S...

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Scandinavia and Ibn Fadlan

This short article provides brief accounts of Ibn Fadlan's observation...

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Beauty and Aesthetics in Islam

The Islamic civilisation allowed the development of autonomous norms o...

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The Minaret, Symbol of a Civilization

The minaret is the architectural shape which best indicates the presen...

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Aleppo Citadel: Glimpses of the Past

The Citadel of Aleppo is one of the oldest monuments in the world. It ...

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The Art of Calligraphy in the Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Turks produced and perfected several varieties of Arabic scrip...

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The Ottoman Empire and Europe: Cultural Encounters

This article mainly covers the cultural encounters between Europe and ...

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Islamic Art as a Means of Cultural Exchange

With the expansion of Islam over a vast area of land, Muslim artists s...

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Muslim Roots, U.S. Blues

To many the idea that American blues music has its origins with Muslim...

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Ibn Jubair: Capturing the Decline of Islamic Power

Ibn Jubair is widely recognised as one of the greatest travellers and ...

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West African Mosque Architecture – A Brief Introduction

Mosques built in parts of the Muslim world where Arabs migrated or too...

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Jewels of the Muslim Chinese Heritage

The prominence of Islam in China is fascinating and a surprise to many...

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A Treasure House on the Hudson

Olana is a remarkable galley of exquisite works of art collected by Fr...

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Sana’a Rising

Sana'a is one of the oldest cities of Yemen, indeed one of the oldest ...

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Andalusia’s New Golden Pottery

In times past, Granada was a hub of artistic flair, imagination, and c...

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The World’s First Soft Drink

Sherbet, a juice of crushed fruit, herbs, or flowers has long existed ...

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Muslim Contribution to Spanish Agriculture

This article describes some of the numerous Muslim contributions to th...

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Ibn Battuta and the 14th Century Muslim World

Ibn Battuta is regarded by many to be one of the greatest travellers a...

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Al-Ramhormuzi and the Wonders of India

Captain Buzurg ibn Shahriyar, a shipmaster from Khuzistan compiled a c...

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Ebru: The Art of Paper Marbling

Marbling is an art form developed in the Muslim world, possibly with C...

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Cosmic Motifs & Elements in Seljuk and Ottoman Architecture

The structure of Mosques and other buildings draw inspiration from des...

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The Scholars of Seville – Artists, Architecture and Government

Seville was a key centre of Islamic Civilisation in Spain. Here you ca...

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Primary Schools under the Ottomans

Primary schools have a long history in Islamic civilisation. Children ...

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Sub-Saharan Centres of Learning

Though we may think of Timbuktu as the pre-eminent site of pre-colonia...

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The Great Turk Genius Amir Khusraw and his Accomplishments in Music

Amir Khusraw (d. 1325) was essentially an eminent musician and is rega...

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Islamic Citadel in Busra

Busra was the location of a large Roman theatre which was built upon b...

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Influence of Acoustic Data in Architectural Design

Sinan's is renowned for its success in the acoustic design of mosques ...

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Masjid-i-Jami: the Friday Mosque of Isfahan

Iran has made great contributions to Muslim architecture culminating i...

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Jerusalem: Thriving Trade, Scholars and Magnificant Architectural Works

Jerusalem prior to the crusades was a place filled with a thriving tra...

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Al-Hakim Mosque, Cairo (990-1012)

Al Hakim Mosque is the second major Fatimid Mosque and the fourth most...

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Hama

Hama is famed for its huge water wheels and it produced great scholars...

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Mshatta Palace, Jordan; 743-744 CE

Msatta is a renowned Ummayad palace with spectacular architectural and...

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Karatay Madrasa, Konya 1252

Karatay Madrasa can be considered as the apex of Seljuk architectural ...

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Damascus

Hospitals, grand public buildings and numerous public endowment based ...

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The Great Mosque of Aleppo

Built by the Umayyad Caliph Suleyman in 717 CE and altered several tim...

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Ince Minare Madrasa

Ince Minare Madrasa is one of the most impressive structures introduce...

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Merv: History, Science and Learning

Merv is the city which in medieval times dominated the province of Khu...

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The Scholars of Samarkand

Samarkand contributed in particular to the progress of science in astr...

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Harran

Harran is a very old town situated in the Jazira province of modern Tu...

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12th Century Cookery from all the World

This historical masterpiece on Arab/Islamic cooking by Kammaluddin Ibn...

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Kufa

Being the home of the encyclopaedic scholar Al-kindi and the great che...

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Khwarizm

Khwarizm is the city of the birth of algebra, where Al-Biruni correcte...

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Ukhaidir Palace (720-800 CE)

About 100 miles south-west of Baghdad is Ukhaidar palace, one of the m...

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Bukhara

Bukhara, a city in central Asia has a history indicative of a number o...

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Atala Mosque, Jaunpur 1408

Being the first mosque to be build after the independence of Jaunpur f...

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Basra

Basra became like many places in the Muslim world a centre for knowled...

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Earliest maps of America

The earliest maps made of America by Columbus have all since been lost...

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Architecture of Al-Azhar

Of the many splendours of Egypt, the Al-Azhar stands as a landmark in ...

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Granada: The Last Refuge of Muslims in Spain

Granada on the southern coast of Spain was to stay in Muslim hands unt...

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The Great Mosque of Tlemcen

The Great Mosque of Tlemcen as a whole is an architectural masterpiece...

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Muslims in Norman Sicily

When the Normans took control of Sicily from the Muslims, they recogni...

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Sicily under Islamic Rule

Sicily under Islamic rule brought people from all over the mediteranea...

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Bosniacs

The Bosniac Muslims played a crucial role integrated in the Austro-Hun...

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Taj Mahal : The Architecture of Love

"The whole together appears like a most perfect pearl on an azure grou...

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Kutubiya Mosque (1158)

Abul Mumin chose to build his mosque adjacent to the main street of bo...

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Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University

For well over twelve hundred years Al-Qarawiyyin has been one of the l...

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Fes

The date of the foundation of Fes is from the early 9th century. Fes s...

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Bejaia – Algeria

Bejaia - a small town on the north coast of Algeria, was once a tradin...

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The Aghlabids of Tunisia

The Aghlabids ruled Tunisia and an area that included Sicily and tempo...

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Khirbat Al-Mafjar, Palace (740 -750)

Khirbat Palace remains a unique example of Umayyad luxury and their de...

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Marrakech

Marrakech became, due to the ambitions and sponsorship of its rulers, ...

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Ottoman Palace Architecture: The Topkapi Palace

Construction of a palace to accommodate the Ottoman administration and...

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Sultan Ahmet Cami or Blue Mosque

Commissioned by Sultan Ahmed (1606-1617), the mosque was built by Mehm...

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The Ottoman Madrassa

The Madrassa was one of the main venues of education in the Muslim Wor...

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The Ottoman Han (Caravanserai) and Bazaars

The expansion of commerce in the Ottoman world necessitated the introd...

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Tunis in Islamic Times

Tunis, the green, was the capital of Muslim Caliphate in the Maghreb r...

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The Impact of Islam on Urban Development in North Africa

This paper seeks to remind readers of the contribution of Islam to the...

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Ottoman Educational Institutions during the Reform Period

The Imperial Tanzimat Rescript (Tanzimat Fermani) announced on 3 Novem...

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The Muslim Influence on Musical Theory

The Muslim influence on musical theory is strongly denied by Western s...

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Impact on Instrumental Tablature

The Arabs were the first to give Europe a scientific description of mu...

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The Contribution of Muslims to the Development of Music

An insight into the influence of Muslims on the musical revival of Eur...

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Curricula in Ottoman Madrasas

It is possible to provide a basic (though only partial) outline of wha...

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Ranking of the Ottoman Madrasas

Following the conquest of Istanbul, Mehmed the Conqueror initiated a c...

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The Muslim Carpet

The Muslim carpet has long been a luxury commodity sought by textile m...

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Muslim Musical Instruments Transmitted to Europe

Many musical instruments came into European civilisation from Islamic ...

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Music in Muslim Civilisation

People who are familiar with traditional Arab music as well as Flamenc...

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Spain’s Islamic Legacy

Muslims ruled in Spain and Portugal over a period of 800 years. When t...

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Christopher Wren and the Muslim Origin of Gothic Architecture

Christopher Wren's respect for Muslim architecture is displayed in his...

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Tunis in the Islamic Period

Tunis was rebuilt under the Roman Emperor Augustus in the first centur...

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Ziryab, the Musician, Astronomer, Fashion Designer and Gastronome

Abul-Hasan Alí Ibn Nafí, nicknamed Ziryab, was Chief Entertainer of ...

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The University of Sankore, Timbuktu

Sankore's achievement in higher education is important to Islamic Civi...

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Muslim Contribution to Cosmetics

Al-Zahrawi's medical encyclopaedia, used in Europe's Universities from...

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The Seljuk Mausoleum

Under the Seljuk patronage the mausoleum saw considerable development....

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The Seljuk Caravanserai (the Khan)

The Seljuk's developed the caravanserais or khans (Anatolia) or Ribat....

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The Seljuk Madrassa

Seljuk's made developments in the form, function and character of the ...

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The Seljuk Minarets

The Seljuk mosques took a form of minaret which was substantially diff...

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The Seljuk Kiosk Mosque and General Plan

Another Seljuk innovation in the plan of the mosque appeared in what A...

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The Seljuk Iwan

The Seljuk Iwan

According to Scerrato (1980) the Iwans plans of Seljuk Mosques were ma...

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Architecture Under Seljuk Patronage (1038-1327)

The Seljuks were the first Turkish dynasty to rule the Muslim World re...

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Cordoba, European Jewel of the Middle Ages

Cordoba used to be the jewel of Europe dazzling visitors from the Nort...

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The Great Ummayad Mosque

The Great Ummayyad Mosque remains one of the great symbols of the glor...

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Ribat of Soussa, Muslim invention of rib vaulting?

In the Ribat (defensive engineering structures) of Port Soussa one fin...

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Ibn Tulun Mosque

Ibn Tulun Mosque is a rare example where Europeans openly admitted its...

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A’mr Mosque

In year 642AD, A'mr Ibn Al-Aas laid the foundations of the first and o...

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Al-Qayrawan

Founded in 670 by Uqba bin Nafi, it was the seat of Arab governors in ...

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The Taj Mahal

A white marble tomb built in 1631-48 in Agra, seat of the Mugal Empire...

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Interior Architecture of Desert Climate

Mr. Hadi Ali Shateh discusses design solutions adopted in regions of d...

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Figs in Muslim Spain

Figs may not have had the economic importance of olives, yet they affo...

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Pottery, Ceramics and Glass

As in all civilisations, great use was made of pottery, for cooking, l...

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Qarawiyin Mosque

Almost entirely enclosed by narrow alleyways, the mosque of Qarawiyin,...

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Abbasid Gardens in Baghdad and Samarra

The love of gardens during the Abbâsid period, whether in Baghdad or ...

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The Horseshoe and Transverse Arches

The first Muslim adaptation and modification of the design of the arch...

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Terminological issues of Islamic Architecture

Terminological issues are connected with the use of "Muslim" and "Isla...

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Theoretical issues of Islamic Architechture

Although Muslim architecture has been investigated by both Muslims and...

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Morphological and functional categories of the Mosque

The mosque plan was developed through a process of change and modifica...

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The Arch That Never Sleeps

Perhaps no culture mastered the design and use of the arch more than t...

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Introduction to Islamic Architecture

Islamic architecture encompasses a wide range of both secular and reli...

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Architecture under Umayyad Patronage (661-750)

Under the Umayyads, Islam spread to various lands, generating consider...

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Al-Qayrawan Mosque

The Qayrawan Mosque contributed a great deal to the development of arc...

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The Palaces of Ukhaidir

The architects of Ukhaidir first introduced a new elaborate technique ...

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The Abbassid Mosques

Building enthusiasm of the Abbassids took a new dimension in the const...

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Ceremonial Gates of the Abbassids

Among the features of the Abbassids elaborate lifestyle that had a gre...

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Architecture under Abbassid Patronage (750-892)

The Abbassids became patrons of a number of gigantic construction proj...

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Al-Hambra Palace and the river of paradise

The palace is an architectural masterpiece in every term. The composit...

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Bab Mardum Mosque – An inspiration for Gothic?

Bab Mardum Mosque was built in Toledo Spain between 999 and 1000 accor...

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Al-Zahra – City of Andalus

Al-Zahra became renowned for its high advanced civilisation, style and...

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The Mosque of Cordoba

One cannot visit Cordoba (in Spain) today without a trip to its main t...

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Architecture of Muslim Caliphate in North Africa

The arrival of Islam to North Africa at the hands of Uqba Ibn Nafi (d....

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Architecture of Muslim Spain and North Africa

First in a series of articles on the Architecture of Muslim Spain and ...

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The Pointed Arch

The first appearance of the pointed arch in the Muslim World was trace...

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Astronomical Observatories in the Classical Islamic Culture

The modern astronomical observatory as a research institute (as oppose...

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The Islamic Historical Literature

The narration of historical events and the reflexion upon their causes...

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Introduction to Muslim Art and Ornaments

Muslim art differs from the art of other cultures in the form and mate...

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Introduction to the Islamic City

Islam is seen by many scholars as an urban religion, which favours com...

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Education in Islam – The Role of the Mosque

...leading by example, the Prophet made the first institution of Islam...

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Al-Dinawari

Abu Hanifa al-Dinawari (d.895 CE), botanist, lived in Andalusia, in Mu...

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Al-Azhar University

Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo in Egypt is a fundamental Islamic monument wi...

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