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Al-Ghazali and the Revival of Islamic Scholarship

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ promised that every century, a re-newer of the faith of Islam will arise. Throughout history, great Muslim intellectuals, rulers, …

Islam

How Atatürk Made Turkey Secular

The evolution of Turkey in the early 1900s is one of the most baffling cultural and social changes in Islamic history. In a few short years, the …

How Do We Know the Quran is Unchanged?

The awakening of Europe from the Dark Ages and the subsequent intellectual enlightenment of the 1600s-1800s was one of the most powerful movements in …

Islam

The al-Aqsa Mosque Through the Ages: Part 1

When Prophet Muhammad ﷺ received the command from God to lead the Muslim community in five daily prayers, their prayers were directed towards the …

The al-Aqsa Mosque Through the Ages: Part 2

In <b>Part 1 of this article</b>, we saw the early history of the third holiest site in Islam: the al-Aqsa Mosque. From a Roman and Byzantine dumping site to …

Al-Zahrawi – The Pioneer of Modern Surgery

It has often been stated on this website that the Muslim period of Spain’s history (also known as al-Andalus) was a Golden Age of Islamic …

The Sultanate of Malacca

As a crossroads of trade between the Indian Ocean and East Asia, the Malay Archipelago has consistently been a wealthy, diverse, and politically …

Asia

Not 'brainwashed': American women who converted to Islam speak out

When an American convert to Islam was revealed as the wife of the dead Boston bombing suspect, Lauren Schreiber wasn’t surprised at what came next.<p>Comments from former acquaintances and complete strangers immediately suggested that 24-year-old Katherine Russell, a New England doctor’s daughter, …

American Female Converts To Islam Facing Growing Scrutiny

<b>By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service</b><p>BOSTON (RNS) When Karen Hunt Ahmed and her Muslim husband divorced four years ago, many friends asked her, "Now you can stop this Islam stuff, right?"<p>Some friends, she thought.<p>"Like it was a hobby I took up when I got married and now I'm supposed to drop it," …

Pioneers of Aviation: 17th Century Flight in Istanbul

One of the most enduring (and incorrect) accusations made about the Ottoman Empire is that it was intellectually stagnant. Orientalist historians …

World History

The Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948

One of the most jarring and important events of recent Islamic history has been the Arab-Israeli Conflict. This conflict is multifaceted, complex, …

Israel

Muslim Bashing in the Wake of Boston Bombing

After Boston attack, physical threats are waning, but verbal attacks continue.<p><b>When the FBI identified the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects as Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the American Muslim community braced itself for another onslaught of anti-Islamic feeling—a caustic sentiment that has</b> …

Did Islam Spread by the Sword?

It’s a common accusation made against Muslims and Islam in general: “The only reason Islam is a world religion is because it spread by the sword.” …

Religion

The Greatest Architect of All Time

Islamic history is filled with genius architects. Some of the greatest monuments on earth are the product of Muslims who wanted to build beautiful …

Islam

A Gold Mine in the Desert – The Story of Mali

Today, Mali is known as one of the poorest countries on earth. Life expectancy and literacy rates are dangerously low. A violent rebellion by the …

Islam

Lost Islamic History

Salah al-Din was a scholar in addition to a general.<p>He once quoted a Musalsal Hadith around some soldiers. A Musalsal Hadith is a Hadith in which one …

Iran plans 'Islamic Google Earth'

The Iranian authorities have long accused Google Earth of being a tool for western spy agencies, but now they have taken their attacks on the 3D …

Al-Biruni: A Master of Scholarship

When learning about Islamic history, it’s hard to not be amazed at the scientific and intellectual accomplishments of Muslims in the past. From …

Humanities

Education in Islamic History

From the very earliest days of Islam, the issue of education has been at the forefront at the minds of the Muslims. The very first word of the Quran …

Islam

Who Guards The Most Sacred Site In Christendom? Two Muslims

JERUSALEM -- Every Christian knows the holiest places in Christendom are in Jerusalem. The holiest of all, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was …

Jerusalem and Umar ibn al-Khattab

Jerusalem is a city holy to the three largest monotheistic faiths – Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Because of its history that spans thousands of …

Islam

Non-Muslim Rights in the Ottoman Empire

Much like previous Muslim Empires, the Ottomans showed great toleration and acceptance of non-Muslim communities in their empire. This is based on …

Religion

Granada – The Last Muslim Kingdom of Spain

In 711, Islam made its entrance into the Iberian Peninsula. Having been invited to end the tyrannical rule of King Roderick, Muslim armies under the …

World History

Aurangzeb and Islamic Rule in India

When historians look back at Muslim rule in India, their perspective greatly shapes the way they present historical characters. Some people are seen …

Religion

Al-Khawarizmi and Modern Math

Modern theoretical mathematics is a complex and abstract field. It frustrates and annoys secondary school students in math classes, but also provides …

Mathematics

The Birth of the Ottoman Empire

According to the political philosophy of Ibn Khaldun, empires have lifespans like humans. They are born, grow, reach maturity, and then decline and …

World History

The Life of Imam Abu Hanifa

The understanding of the laws and code of conduct of Islam is something that has constantly been evolving throughout Islamic history. The first …

Islam