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1 09, 2017

Eid al-Adha – Islamic holidays

By |2019-08-10T23:36:52-07:00September 1st, 2017|Islam, Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Eid al-Adha: an Islamic image of Abraham and Ishmael What is Eid al-Adha? Eid al-Adha is an Islamic holiday. It falls a few months after the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr. These two celebrations are the two most important holidays of the year for Islam, and of the two, this holiday is the [...]

26 07, 2017

Religion of Islam

By |2019-09-30T05:35:33-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Religion|0 Comments

Tomb of Ali, the first Imam and the fourth caliph, in Iraq (it was rebuilt about 1500 AD by the Safavids) Where did Islam come from? Medieval Islam was closely related to Judaism and Christianity. Like Jews and Christians, Muslims - people who followed Islam - believed that there was only one God. They called this [...]

26 07, 2017

History of the hajj – Islamic religion

By |2017-07-26T23:17:45-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Religion|0 Comments

Mohammed praying at the Ka'aba(in an Ottoman book from 1388 AD) From the very beginnings of Islam, in the 600s AD, Muslims believed that Allah wanted them to go to Mecca to pray at the Kaaba at least once in their lifetime. They called this trip the hajj. Most people were too poor to afford such a long and [...]

25 07, 2017

Mohammed the Prophet – Early Islamic history

By |2018-04-23T15:29:55-07:00July 25th, 2017|History|3 Comments

Mohammed praying at the Ka'aba(in an Ottoman book from 1388 AD) Mohammed was born in the Arab trading and pilgrimage city of Mecca, in the Arabian peninsula, between 570 and 580 AD. His parents were part of a family of traders. They were not among the ruling families of Mecca, but they were certainly not poor either. Mohammed himself however grew up poor, [...]

19 05, 2017

Ibn Khaldun

By |2019-09-07T16:09:20-07:00May 19th, 2017|Africa, Economy, Literature|0 Comments

Palace of the Hafsids in Tunis (now the Bardo Museum) - where the economist Ibn Khaldun spent time Ibn Khaldun's childhood The economist Ibn Khaldun was born in Tunis, in North Africa, in 1332 AD, not long after the birth of Ibn Battuta. Like Ibn Battuta, Ibn Khaldun was from a rich Muslim [...]