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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 [...]

19 07, 2017

Delhi Sultanate architecture – Indian mosques

By |2019-09-17T11:37:34-07:00July 19th, 2017|India|2 Comments

Delhi Sultanate architecture - Quwat ul-Islam, Delhi, 1196 AD The first mosques in India Beginning about 1100 AD, invaders from the Abbasid Empire conquered most of northern India. These invaders were Muslims. Muslims needed mosques to pray in. So Delhi Sultanate architecture is all about mosques. What is a mosque? More about Islam The Delhi Sultanate All our [...]

6 06, 2017

Government in Ancient China – Emperors

By |2019-09-05T06:42:20-07:00June 6th, 2017|China|76 Comments

Chinese government: Empress Wu of the T'ang Dynasty The first emperors of China During the Stone Age, people in China lived in small villages and had big men in charge, and then chieftains. But by the time of the Shang Dynasty, about 1800 BC, China was united into an empire. What is an [...]

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 [...]