Tag: Iraq

Overland Hajj Route Darb Zubayda

by Wijdan Fareeq Enad Published on: 17th March 2021

This article presents a historical analysis of the various constructions built on the ancient overland Hajj route from Iraq to Makkah and the role of Lady Zubayda with especial reference to her Makkah water projects.


Science Institutionalization in Early Islam

by Moneef Rafe Zoubi Published on: 29th January 2020

“Bayt al-Hikma of Baghdad as a Model of an Academy of Sciences” from Dirasat, Human and Social Sciences, Volume 44, No. 3, 2017: This study aims to introduce academy-type institutions of the pre-Islamic era. To…


The House of Wisdom: Baghdad’s Intellectual Powerhouse

by Cem Nizamoglu Published on: 17th May 2016

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…


Scholarly Traditions of the Schools in Baghdad: The Mustansiria as a Model

by Nabila A. Dawood Published on: 27th October 2015

Baghdad schools are a challenging topic, involving several different facets of history. These include cartography to identify the location of each school, biographical studies to identify their teachers, preachers, jurists and administrators, along with their…


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

by The Editorial Team Published on: 13th July 2013

Mosul, in Northern Iraq, is the country's second largest city and the north's major center for trade, industry and communications. Situated in the northwestern part of the country, on the west bank of Tigris, and…


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

by Kaouthar Chatioui Published on: 16th January 2012

Written nearly a thousand years ago, Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's tenth-century cookbook is the most comprehensive work of its kind. Its recent edition and English translation offers a unique glimpse into the culinary culture of the…


The Fate of Manuscripts in Iraq and Elsewhere

by Geoffrey Roper Published on: 11th September 2008

In this well informed article, Dr Geoffrey Roper, an expert in the field, outlines an impressive portrait of the dangers and threats encountered by the national heritage of Iraq due to the dramatic recent events…



by FSTC Published on: 4th January 2005

Basra became like many places in the Muslim world a centre for knowledge and commerce. Originally set up on the orders of the Caliph as a military camp, the town had good fortunes but suffered…


City Design and Planning of the Abbassids

by Rabah Saoud Published on: 14th January 2002

The Abbassid period is characterised by large-scale design and city planning. In addition to their famous cities of Baghdad (762) and Samara (836), the Abbassids founded the settlement of Al-Rafiqa.


Ceremonial Gates of the Abbassids

by Rabah Saoud Published on: 14th January 2002

Among the features of the Abbassids elaborate lifestyle that had a great impact on the architecture of this period was the ceremonial attitudes of the Abbassid Emirs which led to the spread of monumental gates…


Architecture under Abbassid Patronage (750-892)

by Rabah Saoud Published on: 14th January 2002

The Abbassids became patrons of a number of gigantic construction projects extending from large mosques and complex palaces to large-scale urban design and city planning, and consequently played a fundamental role in the city planning.