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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
Hasanaginica – a European Muslim Opera

Hasanaginica – a European Muslim Opera

Hasanaginica, also known as ”The mourning song of the Noble wife of Hasan aga” is a Bosniak Muslim folk ballad created in the period from 1646–49 in Imotski (present day Croatia) at a time, part of the Bosnia eyalet of the Ottoman Empire. It was passed down in oral form, knee to knee for a period of time before it[Read More…]

July 22, 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
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
Western Muslim Conservatism

Western Muslim Conservatism

The article on the so-called “Progressive Islam”, published on our website, raises the question of the attitude towards that ideology and it’s opponents. As for “Progressive Islam,” which denies the basic and consensual principles of Islamic theology, nothing to speak about — it is not Islam. Considering the fact that a significant number of white European Muslims are converts, for[Read More…]

April 17, 2018 2 comments Society
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
Towards an Islamic West

Towards an Islamic West

If my impertinence can be forgiven, I’d like to present a few modest thoughts as to why an Islamic West is so important and how it might, insha’allah, be brought about. Given the appalling condition into which colonialist abuse has forced the Islamic world in the last two centuries, no Muslim can be blamed for seeking to use Western liberalism against Western[Read More…]

March 25, 2018 0 comments Society