History & Culture

Icelandic Nasheed on The Death of Abu Lahab

Icelandic Nasheed on The Death of Abu Lahab

October 23, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Scottish Muslims and Ottomans

Scottish Muslims and Ottomans

As the rest of the world – and indeed, the rest of the United Kingdom – finally wakes up to the fact that Scotland may well become an independent state in just a few days’ time, I thought it would be appropriate to take a wee look at an episode in Ottoman-Scottish relations. Although the Sublime State never had formal[Read More…]

October 21, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Friedrich Nietzsche on Christianity and Islam

Friedrich Nietzsche on Christianity and Islam

“Christianity destroyed for us the whole harvest of ancient civilization, and later it also destroyed for us the whole harvest of Mohammedan civilization. The wonderful culture of the Moors in Spain, which was fundamentally nearer to us and appealed more to our senses and tastes than that of Rome and Greece, was trampled down (—I do not say by what sort of feet—) Why? Because it had to thank noble and[Read More…]

September 30, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Aždaha – European Muslim Dragons

Aždaha – European Muslim Dragons

Unique in the Bosnian Muslim slavic mythology are the stories of the ”Aždaha”, the snake like dragon creatures. The word Aždaha is derived from the Turkish/Persian word ejdehâ. The stories about the dragons were widespread in Bosnia before Islam took roots there as well. Motifs of the dragons and serpents can be found on the medieval Bosniak Stećak tombstones from[Read More…]

September 23, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
A Bosnian song – DŽEHVA

A Bosnian song – DŽEHVA

In his land, in solitude As soon as the bad dreams of the night pass You reap on your own, and tie your sheaves You cut off your blonde hair And today you realize You will not give your love to anyone else In your heart, in your dreams, you carry him You call upon your Hajrudin And he gazes[Read More…]

September 18, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
The Oldest Lasting Muslim Organization in the US – a European One

The Oldest Lasting Muslim Organization in the US – a European One

The oldest lasting Muslim organization in Northern America is Džemijetul Hajrije/The Benevolent Society formed by Bosniaks 1906 in Chicago. Today they are known as Bosnian Islamic Cultural Center and are part of Islamic Community of Bosnia. Bosnians first migrated to Chicago in the late nineteenth century. Early migrants from Bosnia-Herzegovina were generally young, unskilled male laborers who came in search[Read More…]

August 17, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
The Romans and Quran

The Romans and Quran

“The Romans have been defeated in the lowest land, but after their defeat they will soon be victorious. Within three to nine years. The decision of the matter, before and after, is with God.” (Quran 30:2-4)   Quranic miracle which predicted the victory of the Romans (Byzantines) over their Persian Sassanid enemies. Shortly before the expansion of Islam began, Persian[Read More…]

August 13, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Fredrick II Hohenstaufen – a German Emperor and Islamophile

Fredrick II Hohenstaufen – a German Emperor and Islamophile

On the historical plan, the relations between Islam and Germany in the Middle ages were not just political ones, but civilizational ones as well. Fredrick II Hohenstaufen was not only a ”founder” of the specific shape of German sympathy towards Islam, he also started the pattern to which all the later attempts of western understanding of Islam aligned to. As[Read More…]

August 13, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
A Catalan Muslim Commander – Abu-l-Hasan Ali ibn Ruburtayr

A Catalan Muslim Commander – Abu-l-Hasan Ali ibn Ruburtayr

Abu-l-Hasan Ali ibn Ruburtayr or Reverter was the younger son of Reverter I viscount of Barcelona, and a Muslim Catalan mercenary commander. He left the Christian faith and territories, and converted to Islam. His Christian name is unknown.   When his father died in 1142 or 1144, he became leader of the Christian mercenary regiment of Tashfin ibn Ali, the[Read More…]

July 28, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Sinan Reis – The Great Jewish Convert

Sinan Reis – The Great Jewish Convert

Sinan Reis known as ”The Great Jew” Sephardi convert to Islam and one of the sea captains of the Hayreddin Barbarossa, a famous Ottoman corsair admiral. Sinan’s family was expelled from their home following the decision undertaken by the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille to expell the Jews from the Imperial Spanish territories. After that his[Read More…]

July 28, 2018 1 comment History & Culture