Mega Cities on the Silk Road

Throughout history, trade routes played a central role in the transfer of goods and exchange of ideas between different parts of the world. The historic Silk Roads, which were a network of trade routes across land and sea that connected the lands from China across Asia to the Meditteranean, connected civilisations and peoples from different...
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The House of Wisdom

The heyday of Baghdad was 1,200 years ago when it was the thriving capital of the Muslim civilisation. For about 500 years the city boasted the cream of intellectuals and culture, a reputation gained during the reigns of some of its most famous Caliphs (Al-Rashid, Al-Ma’mun, Al-Mu’tadhid and Al-Muktafi). As one of the world’s biggest...
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Al-Jahiz and “The Book of Animals”

Al-Jahiz lived, during one of the most exciting times of intellectual history – the period of the transmission of Greek science to the Arabs and the development of Arabic prose literature -and was intimately involved in both. Not much is known about al-Jahiz’s early life, but his family was very poor. Born early in February...
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They shoot historians, don’t they? by Nasser Rabbat

Media outlets around the world have grown increasingly indifferent to the brutality of the ongoing war in Syria, numbed by more than four years of senseless killing and destruction in that cursed country. But a recent attack finally touched a raw nerve among global literati, for the victim is someone with whom they can identify....
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World Wide Web

The complex geometry of 
Islamic design

In Islamic culture, geometric design is
everywhere: you can find it in mosques,
madrasas, palaces, and private homes.

Eric Broug,
TED-Ed animation

World of Ibn Al Haytham

"If learning the truth is the Scientist’s
goal, then he must make himself the enemy
of all that he read."

Al Hasan Ibn al Haytham
965 – 1040


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