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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
Clans of Sapient Virtue – Shaykh Ahmad Ali Adani

Clans of Sapient Virtue – Shaykh Ahmad Ali Adani

Rather than a focus on feeding ideological clans, which met their extinction as quickly as they sprang into life, notable Muslims in the past took great care to nurture evergreen trees of excellence within their households. That was true of Morocco and Jakarta, or Syria and Khorasan in between. In this nimble writing, which is meant to be no more[Read More…]

April 12, 2018 0 comments History & Culture, Society
Islam belongs to Prussia

Islam belongs to Prussia

The history of German-Muslim relations is long. The “Soldier King” Frederick William I had in 1732. Converted a riding stable to a mosque. Statistically, Islam has been a part of Germany for long time. Muslims have been living in Germany for centuries, currently there are nearly five million of Muslims living in Germany. About fifty percent of them are German[Read More…]

April 9, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
The Inner Saracen

The Inner Saracen

Islam and European knighthood, part 2 The Inner Saracen There is a quite popular plot in some scholastic treatises and different chivalric proses of XIV-XV centuries. Saladin, in that plot, becomes seriously curious about Christianity, even considering to convert to it (or initially with a different purpose), he travels to the West in a company of his former captive, Hugh[Read More…]

April 7, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Islam and European knighthood

Islam and European knighthood

Once I came across a YouTube video, representing a selection of engravings by Gustave Dore on King Arthur’s legends on the background of the overture from Wagner’s “Parsifal” — nice artistic work, I really liked it. What grabbed my attention were the comments below: “And now, all this great European culture is been destroyed by Muslims”, declared one; the other[Read More…]

March 31, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Cultural innovations in Al-Andalus

Cultural innovations in Al-Andalus

Culture is often a difficult topic to study historically. How did present-day cultures develop? What other regions and times have affected our modern-day cultures? How were ancient cultures different from our own? One of the best ways to address such questions is to look at some of the cultural giants of the past. One of these giants was a Muslim[Read More…]

March 25, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Calligraphic inscriptions in the Ottoman Bosnia

Calligraphic inscriptions in the Ottoman Bosnia

At the end of 15th century and at the beginning of 16th century, we already meet first domestic calligraphers and copyists, even at that early period, Tasmanian craft is developing and first domestic masons of tarih and epitaphs appear. The first important inscriptions by domestic masters are observed on the domed mosques at the beginning of 16th century. That is[Read More…]

March 25, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
European Muslim women in Granada

European Muslim women in Granada

A conversation with the group of European Muslim women in Granada.

March 20, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Estranged kinsmen by shaykh Ahmad Ali Adani

Estranged kinsmen by shaykh Ahmad Ali Adani

In a previous article we published on this site, titled “The Fourteenth Tribe”, we mentioned that the Libyan linguist Ibn Manzūr, in his celebrated Arabic lexicon, Lisān al-‘Arab, matter-of-factly referred to the Rūm as “a well-known human stock; the singular is called Rūmī. Their lineage is ultimately traced back to ‘Īsū, a son of Prophet Ishāq, peace upon him”. The works[Read More…]

March 16, 2018 0 comments History & Culture