Tag: Egypt

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Stunning Ceilings from the Wonders of Islamic Architecture

by Cem Nizamoglu Published on: 5th December 2019

Discover ceilings from buildings inspired by Islamic architecture where looking up is a spellbinding experience! Each has a design and a story of its own. Most of them are distinctive and unique in respect of…

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Treasure Trove of Benefits and Variety at the Table: A Fourteenth-Century Egyptian Cookbook

by Khaleel Shaikh Published on: 20th March 2018

The Kanz al-fawāʾid fī tanwīʿ al-mawāʾid is a 14th century Egyptian cookbook that consists of 830 recipes for a variety of different dishes and beverages...

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Malika III: Shajarat Al-Durr

by Tom Verde Published on: 11th August 2016

Our third story is that of Shajarat al-Durr, the first woman to sit upon an Egyptian throne since Cleopatra, nearly 1,300 years before.

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OBITUARY: Ahmed Zewail 1946-2016

by Mohamed M El-Gomati Published on: 8th April 2016

A personal encounter. A candle extinguished, but his light will continue to shine: AHMED ZEWAIL 26/02/1946, Egypt - 02/08/2016, USA

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“Egyptology: The Missing Millennium” of Medieval Arabic Sources

by Okasha El Daly Published on: 20th October 2015

In this paper, I would like to discuss the missing millennium of Medieval Arabic sources in the study of Egyptology. Much of the arguments that I present here are detailed in my book. These include:…

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Lighthouse of Alexandria in the sources from Islamic Civilisation

by Cem Nizamoglu Published on: 16th October 2015

The Lighthouse of Alexandria is one of the wonders of the Ancient World. It was still a great tourist attraction well into the medieval period, and was visited by many travellers to the city that…

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Ibn Yunus and The Pendulum: A History of Errors

by David A King Published on: 29th April 2015

In this article, Professor David A. King explores the authenticity of the statement that tenth-century Egyptian astronomer Ibn Yūnus was the first person to use a pendulum to measure time. After examining evidence originating from…

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Ibn al-Majdi

by The Editorial Team Published on: 19th January 2013

Shihab al-Din Abu al-'Abbas Ahmad Ibn al-Majdi (1359–1447 CE) was an Egyptian mathematician and astronomer. We publish this short article to celebrate the memory of his passing away in Cairo on 27/28 January 1447.

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Cairo: A Millennial

by Irene Beeson Published on: 7th March 2011

In this article, published originally in Saudi Aramco World in 1969, focus is laid on the history of Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, founded in 969 by General Gawhar, in the name of the…

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

by Ruveyda Ozturk Published on: 23rd April 2009

Egyptology: The Missing Millennium published by Okasha El Daly is an invaluable resource showing the extent of efforts by Muslims to study and develop knowledge inherited from prior generations. In this book, El-Daly explores the…

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Deciphering Egyptian Hieroglyphs in Muslim Heritage

by Okasha El Daly Published on: 12th July 2007

The article surveys some results of Dr. Okasha El Daly's exciting discoveries about the precedence of Muslim scholars of the golden age of Islamic culture in deciphering the hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt. This ground breaking…

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The Scholars of Cairo

by Salah Zaimeche Published on: 24th May 2005

The scholarship within Cairo was one which flourished with great vibrancy. The schoalrs contributed to the fields of mathematics, science, astronomy, philosophy, medicine and numerous other areas which are notable and worthy of study.

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Al-Hakim Mosque, Cairo (990-1012)

by FSTC Published on: 27th April 2005

Al Hakim Mosque is the second major Fatimid Mosque and the fourth most important religious edifice in Egypt. The articles provides an elaborate account of the Fatimids contribution to its rich architectural design.

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Architecture of Al-Azhar

by FSTC Published on: 30th December 2004

Of the many splendours of Egypt, the Al-Azhar stands as a landmark in its architectural and cultural history, marking the beginning of the Fatimid rule and the foundation of its capital Cairo (Al-Qahira, "The Victorious").

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Ibn Tulun Mosque

by FSTC Published on: 18th February 2003

Ibn Tulun Mosque is a rare example where Europeans openly admitted its influence on the development of many features of their architecture. Elements such as the pointed arch, the pier, and wall battlements formed the…

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A’mr Mosque

by FSTC Published on: 17th February 2003

In year 642AD, A'mr Ibn Al-Aas laid the foundations of the first and oldest Mosque in Egypt and Africa. Measuring 25 meters long by 15 meters wide it was a simple structure and imitated the…

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Architecture under Umayyad Patronage (661-750)

by Rabah Saoud Published on: 15th January 2002

Under the Umayyads, Islam spread to various lands, generating considerable prosperity and wealth. In that period, the mosque developed its main structural and functional elements such as Minaret, Mihrab, Maksurah and dome.

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Al-Azhar University

by The Editorial Team Published on: 10th April 2001

Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo in Egypt is a fundamental Islamic monument with many dimensions. Constructed by the Caliph Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah for the newly established capital city in 970, it was the first mosque established…