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Religious Pluralism In Al-Andalus: Translating An Old Greek Text

The Middle Ages are commonly associated with ideas such as religious intolerance and intellectual backwardness. Images are conjured up of despotic kings using religion as a pretext for destructive wars that prevented Europe from achieving the prosperity and intellectualism it had...

Spain’s Moriscos: a 400 year old Muslim tragedy is a story for today

Matthew Carr, the author of Blood and Faith, explains how the plight of the Moriscos, driven from their home country as detested aliens, has urgent lessons for our own age. La Expulsión en el Puerto de Denia, painted by Vicente Mostre in 1613. Photograph: Public Domain first...

Ten Historical Facts for Dirilis Ertugrul Fans

The Turkish drama series Dirilis Ertugrul has taken Muslim audiences in the West by storm, but Dilly Hussain asks whether fans are aware of the following historical facts. Forget Stranger Things, Breaking Bad and House of Cards, Dirilis Ertugrul is the only Netflix series Muslims...

Islam and the Ottoman Empire

If you read many Western histories of the Ottoman Empire, you may not even learn that the Ottomans were a Muslim empire. They are often seen as a typical European multi-cultural empire whose only purpose in existence was to promote its own interests. The truth is far from this,...

Spain’s Forgotten Muslims – The Expulsion of the Moriscos

One of the truly tragic events in Islamic history is the loss of al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain. For centuries, the Iberian Peninsula was a Muslim land with Muslim rulers and a Muslim population. At its height, Iberia had over 5 million Muslims, a majority of the land’s people....

Cultured Cordova

In the days of Islamic Spain, one city made a bold bid for much of the world’s talent Cultured Cordova A raffish figure cantered down the dusty Spanish road to Cordova in the year 1120. His mount was an overage plow horse, his saddle a battered and discarded veteran of many...

Turkey

Fascinating culture paired with stunning scenery make a tour of Turkey a truly unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s best sights on these guided tours. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, tour the Blue Mosque, one of...

Listening for Al-Andalus

Their Iberian predecessors include these frieze figures from Santiago de Compostele, Spain. One of the world’s most influential musical cultures flourished from the eighth to the 15th century in the southern Iberian realm called al-Andalus by the Arabs who lived and ruled...

Touring Al-Andalus

Written by Tor Eigeland To please his passengers, our small plane’s pilot banked steeply and flew two tight circles over the Alhambra before settling into his final approach to Granada’s airport. The thrill of seeing this sprawling hilltop fortress against the...

Bringing History Alive

(October 7, 2013) – Spain’s Al-Andalus region holds answers to many problems facing the world today, according to Spanish tour operator, Tariq Mahmood. “We believe this period can be the bridge between the Islamic and Western world and holds the keys to the answers of many of the...
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