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Water innovations in the Muslim world: past glories and future outlook

From the eighth century onwards, Muslim societies extending from Cordo...

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Manuscript Review: ‘The Indica’ or ‘Al-bayruni’s India,’ by Al-Bayruni​

Bayruni conducted advanced research and wrote original standard works ...

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A Sanctuary for Birds: Muslim Civilisation

Few creatures from the animal kingdom can live alongside humans in urb...

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Arabic Medicinal Manuscripts of Pre-Colonial Northern Nigeria: A Descriptive List

West African Muslim scholars produced a number of Arabic works relatin...

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When the World was Upside Down: Maps from Muslim Civilisation

Great scholars from Muslim Civilisation, indeed, turned the world upsi...

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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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Water Sterilization Technology in Muslim Civilisation

Water-related diseases are the most critical health problems in the wo...

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Manuscript Review: The Book of Routes and Kingdoms, by Ibn Khordadbeh

[Ibn Khordadbeh] grew up to be a knowledgeable scholar, and during the...

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Marrakesh

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

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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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Islamic Foreshadowing of Evolution

...in this article, I will summarise the key elements of the modern sc...

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Amazing Mechanical Devices from Muslim Civilisation

Fully automated environmentally friendly water raising devices, pumps,...

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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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Malika III: Shajarat Al-Durr

Our third story is that of Shajarat al-Durr, the first woman to sit up...

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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 & Mid...

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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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World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being ...

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Earth Day

Muslim Heritage is very happy to announce that today, 22nd April, is E...

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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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World Water Day

Water is life... there are a few things that every human being agrees ...

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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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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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The Unpublished Works of Arabic Geography: An Overview and a Classification

Islamic geographical texts are not only valuable in terms of geographi...

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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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Importance of Culture in Ecological Dialogue

Professor Al-Hassani addressed in a keynote lecture the 16th Eurasian ...

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Ecology in Islamic Culture: A Selected Critical Bibliography

The studies on the Islamic view of environment protection and the link...

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Book review of Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man by Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan

In Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man, Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan outl...

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Sustainable History, Human Dignity and Trans-Cultural Synergy

Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan outlines his theory of history about sustainable hi...

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Trevor Hilder: A Story About Sustainable History

After briefly describing his work background, Trevor Hilder tells the ...

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Kalila wa-Dimna

One of the most popular books ever written is the book the Arabs know ...

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Sustainability in its Historical Context

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

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Sir Crispin Tickell: “Environment on the Edge”

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

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Gleanings from the Islamic Contribution in Agriculture

The Islamic tradition of agriculture, whether in the form of the outst...

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Piri Reis: A Genius 16th-Century Ottoman Cartographer and Navigator

Piri Reis is a well known Ottoman-Turkish admiral, geographer and cart...

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Al-Muqaddasi and Human Geography: An Early Contribution to Social Sciences

Recent scholarly interest in the genesis of social sciences in Islamic...

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1000 Years Amnesia: Environment Tradition in Muslim Heritage

In a seminar organised by the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies in 11 J...

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Botany, Herbals and Healing In Islamic Science and Medicine

The scholars of Islamic culture worked extensively in the combined fie...

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Environment and the Muslim Heritage

The following short article is based on the notes for a speech present...

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Anatomy of the Horse in the 15th Century

The famous image we find in an Arabic manuscript depicting the "al-far...

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A Jewel of Ottoman Naval History: The Book of Kâtib Çelebi on Naval Campaigns

This is a review of the book prepared by Prof. Dr. Idris Bostan for th...

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Aleppo

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

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Ecology in Muslim Heritage: Treatises on Environmental Pollution up to the End of 13th Cen.

Several Arabic treatises dating from the 9th through the 13th century ...

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Ecology in Muslim Heritage: A History of the Hima Conservation System

A hima is a reserved pasture, where trees and grazing lands are protec...

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Ahmad Ibn Fadhlan in Northern Europe: A Survey of his Account of Russian Vikings in the 10th Century

One of the earliest detailed descriptions of Northern Europe is report...

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Yaqut al-Hamawi

Yâqût al-Hamawî was a Syrian biographer and geographer known for hi...

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Cats in Islamic Culture

This article describes the various cultural representations associated...

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Mapping and Picturing: Maps as Records of History

A study of historical maps and sea charts indicates that cartographers...

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Islamic Aesthetics, Gardens and Nature

Sensory beauty, whether it be in feats of architecture or calligraphy,...

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Turkish Contributions to Islamic Geography

Turkish contributions to geography are vast in content and have a very...

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Echos of What Lies Behind the ‘Ocean of Fogs’ in Muslim Historical Narratives

This article is an edited version of the article originally written by...

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Better Directions at Sea: The Piri Reis Innovation

The Ottoman Turk Pîrî Reis is truly a great figure in the history of...

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The Oldest Map of Japan Drawn by Mahmud of Kashgar

Although the Japanese map was included for the first time in a world a...

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The Secret Gardens of Sana’a

In this article Tim Mackintosh-Smith investigates the horticultural pa...

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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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Animal Care

By way of faith, Muslims have a strong regard for the care of animals....

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The Muslim Agricultural Revolution

The landscape in the areas under Muslim control from the 7th Century c...

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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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Earliest maps of America

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

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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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Spain’s Islamic Legacy

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

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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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Aspects of Mineralogy and Gemology in Muslim Civilisation

Many Muslim scholars dealt with minerals and gems and wrote monographs...

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The University of Sankore, Timbuktu

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

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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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Meteorological Science in the 9th Century AD

The work of Ibn Doraid Al-Azdi is an example of experimental observati...

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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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Contribution of Ibn Sina to the development of Earth Sciences

The Muslim Civilisation was outstanding in its outlook on the universe...

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Gardens of Islam

The inhabitants of the early Islamic world were, to a degree that is d...

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Gardens, Nature and Conservation in Islam

The notion, repeated in the Quran, of Paradise as a garden (al-janna, ...

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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 Travels of Ibn Jubair

Born in Valencia, Ibn Jubair (Ibn Jubayr) travelled widely, offering g...

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The Travels of Ibn Fadlan

In his Rihla/Risala (travel narrative, account or journal), Ibn Fadlan...

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Piri Reis and his Place in Ottoman Maritime History

When dealing with Turkish history, whether during the Ottoman period o...

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Al-Zahra – City of Andalus

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

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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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Piri Reis maps America

In 1513 Piri Reis presented his famous map of the New World to the Sul...

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Agriculture in Muslim civilisation : A Green Revolution in Pre-Modern Times

The period from the 9th century to the 13th century witnessed a fundam...

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Farming Manuals

Muslim farming manuals developed ways and methods for increasing produ...

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The Globalisation of Crops

As the Muslims advanced, they introduced methods and machinery of the ...

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Al-Dinawari

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

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