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Albanian Muslims celebrate holy month

Albanian Muslims celebrate holy month

The Eastern European nation of Albania has a Muslim majority and, of course, takes Ramadan very seriously. Communism ended in the country in the 1990s, and since then, the holy month has been revived.

May 27, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Ramadan in Saraevo

Ramadan in Saraevo

In Bosnia, cannons are fired at the start of the iftar (fast breaking). It’s an old Ottoman tradition.

May 25, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Islam in Eastern Europe by Jacob Mikanowski

Islam in Eastern Europe by Jacob Mikanowski

Prologue THERE HAS NEVER BEEN an Eastern Europe without Islam. Eastern Europe owes its existence to the intermingling of languages, of cultures, and, perhaps above all, of faiths. It is the meeting place of the Catholic West and the Orthodox East, of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewry, of militant Islam and crusading Christianity, of Byzantine mystics and Sufi saints. Once, this[Read More…]

May 21, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Marriage in old Sweden

Marriage in old Sweden

According to old Germanic views – visible in the Swedish landscape laws – a two-member marriage agreement (“aqd”) and marriage-giving bedding (dukhūl) were concluded. The agreement was a contract (katb al-kitāb) to enter into intimate marriage (nikāh) and it was concluded between the woman’s guardian (walī) and the suitor (khatīb). The result meant that the contractors after a wedding party[Read More…]

May 20, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Ramadan in Croatia

Ramadan in Croatia

May 19, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Otto von Habsburg About Relations of the Europe with Islam

Otto von Habsburg About Relations of the Europe with Islam

Otto von Habsburg (20 November 1912 – 4 July 2011), also known by his traditional royal title of Archduke Otto of Austria, was the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary from 1916 until the dissolution of the empire in 1919, a realm which comprised modern-day Austria, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, and parts of Italy, Montenegro,[Read More…]

May 10, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
England, Extinct?

England, Extinct?

“And did the Countenance Divine shine forth upon our clouded hills?” William Blake, Jerusalem “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” King James Bible, Mark 8:36 The Venerable Bede, England’s first native historian, records that Pope Gregory I, on seeing a group of fair-haired Anglian children at Rome’s slave[Read More…]

May 6, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
On Islamic Affairs in Bosnia – Adviser of Mufti Muhamed Jusic

On Islamic Affairs in Bosnia – Adviser of Mufti Muhamed Jusic

“In Bosnia we have 140 years experience of administrating Islamic affairs in a secular state” | Euronews

May 2, 2018 1 comment History & Culture
An Interview with Idris Mears

An Interview with Idris Mears

British Muslim Idris Mears about his conversion in Islam, his life and his books.

April 29, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Tatar community in Finland: a case for European Muslims

Tatar community in Finland: a case for European Muslims

The Tatars provide a good example of successful integration: they have adapted well to Finnish society as hard-working citizens, while managing to maintain a close community. The Tatar community has not asked for outside help but has, through its own resilience, acquired good-quality premises for itself and been able to maintain two graveyards. It has also set an example for[Read More…]

April 21, 2018 0 comments History & Culture