Nizar Alshubaily

50 Flips | 1 Magazine | 1 Like | 3 Followers | @NizarAlshubaily | Retired banker with 30 years experience and training in New York, London, Switzerland, and The Gulf. Currently writer on Islamic economy and heritage.

The secret world of Granada’s Alhambra palace

From underground tunnels that snake below the palace’s surface to enigmatic carvings that are just now being understood, is the Alhambra finally revealing its mysteries?<p><i>Join over three million BBC Travel fans by liking us on</i> <i>Facebook</i><i>, or follow us on</i> <i>Twitter</i> <i>and</i> <i>Instagram</i><i>.</i><p><i>If you liked this story,</i> <b>sign</b> …

European Travel

Arabic in the Sky

On March 3, 1995, when American astronomers Andrea Dupree and Ronald Gilliland trained the orbiting Hubble Telescope on the constellation of Orion …

The father of the theory of evolution

Abu ‘Uthman ‘Amr Ibn Bahr Al Qinanih Al Fuqaymih Al Basrih, known to most people as Al Jahiz, was born in Basra (Iraq) in AD776. He excelled as a …

Why Arab Scholar Ibn Battuta is the Greatest Explorer of all Time

The title of “history’s most famous traveler” usually goes to Marco Polo, the great Venetian wayfarer who visited China in the 13th century. For …

Islamic Law

The 1,000-year-old lost Arab poetry that lives on in Hebrew

A thousand years ago, the Iberian peninsula was a cultural oasis – until a million of its Arabic manuscripts were destroyed. Benjamin Ramm explains how its poetry lives on.<p>On 9 December 1499, the citizens of Granada awoke to a scene of devastation: the smouldering remains of over a million Arabic …

Literature

Islamic History: The Other Richard Burton

<i>Guest Writer, Nizar Alshubaily</i><p>Everyone (at least those of us of a certain age) knows Richard Burton. A Welsh actor of the 1950s and 60s, known for …

The Muslim tradition of sci-fi and speculative fiction has been flying for centuries

The genre is not the sole preserve of Western literature, and has not been for a very long time.<p>Think invisible men, time travel, flying machines and …

The Amazing Arab Scholar Who Beat Adam Smith by Half a Millennium

<i>By Dániel Oláh</i><p>In one of the most seminal works in the field of history of economic thought (<i>History of Economic Analysis</i>, 1954), Joseph Schumpeter …

Meet Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi – The Father of Algebra

Like<p>Please log in or register to like posts.<p>Video<p>Meet Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi – The Father of Algebra<p>Related Posts<p>featured<p>trending<p>0 123 0 …

The Forgotten 400,000 Muslim Heroes Who Fought In The Trenches Of The Great War (1914- 1918)

Staff Writer, Halal Incorp<p>Two years ago Britain marked the centenary of the Great War. World War I started in 1914 when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was …

Ancient disruptors of the Islamic Golden Age | King Abdullah University

​​​The​ word "disruptors" is often bandied about these days in discussions about tech startups and Silicon Valley. The Cambridge dictionary loosely …

The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer: Ibn Rushd and Modern Islamic Banking

<i>Guest Writer, Nizar Alshubaily</i><p><i>Dubai:</i> Gone are the days when no one heard of Islamic Banking. That was when I started, in the mid 80s. But there were …

Islam

The Statue of Liberty Was Originally a Muslim Woman

The United States has debated immigration since the country's founding, and the Statue of Liberty—a potent symbol for immigrants—is often invoked as …

Ancient History

Islam on the Banks of the Thames

William Shakespeare turned 400 last year. His journey as a writer has much to teach us about the relationship today between Islam and Christianity

William Shakespeare

“The Free Destination For The Incurably Curious”

<i>Guest Writer, Nizar Alshubaily</i><p>Thus states the website of a truly amazing library and museum.<p>You would be forgiven if you happen to be on the Euston …

Humanities

Goethe and Islam: Religion has no nationality

In the 21st century, how might Goethe, who had a lifelong preoccupation with Islam, position himself on the question of whether Islam is a part of …

Religion

A New Book by George Saliba: Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance

This new book by George Saliba describes the rise and fall of the Islamic scientific tradition, and the relationship of Islamic science to European …

Humanities

How can camels survive for months in the desert? It’s in their blood

There are few things more iconic of the Gulf region than a camel being led through a desert of sand dunes.<p>For as long as 5,000 years, people on the …

United Arab Emirates

Morocco

Mount Vernon

Islam at Mount Vernon

By 1799 most of the enslaved individuals at Mount Vernon were second or third generation Americans. Some?

Mount Vernon

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• Führen Sie eine Suche in unserem Internetauftritt durch<br>• Eine Übersicht der Seiten finden Sie im grau hinterlegten Inhaltsverzeichnis am unteren …

The House of Wisdom: One of the Greatest Libraries in History

Adding to the list of names among the greatest libraries of the past, the Bayt al-Hikmah (translated as ‘The House of Wisdom’) was established in …

King Offa’s Gold Coin | Intriguing History

King Offa’s gold coin<p><b>There resides in the British Museum in London, one of the most intriguing gold coins ever minted.</b> It was bought in Rome about a …

Cryptocurrency

Great Mosque of Córdoba, Spain. Built 784 A.D.

"Ibn al-Haytham's Sketch of the Human Optical System. The oldest known drawing of the nervous system from Kitab al-Manazir of Ibn al-Haytham (from a manuscript held in the Süleymaniye Library, Istanbul), in which the eyes and optic nerves are illustrated. It shows a large nose at the bottom, eyes on both side and a hollow optic nerve that flows out of each one towards the back of the brain." From www.muslimheritage.com

Sicilian Peoples: The Arabs - Best of Sicily Magazine - Moors and Saracens in Sicilian History

<b>The Peoples of Sicily: A Multi­cultural Legacy</b>. Full of Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Germans and Jews, the most signif­icant general history of Sicily …

Meet Delhi’s Roshni Misbah, A ‘Hijabi Biker’ Who Is Breaking Stereotypes

<b>By Uzair Hasan Rizvi, Hindustan Times</b><p>This Honda CBR 250 cc rider attracts a lot of startled looks, particularly when she dismounts. Onlookers gape …

Arab Culture

Inside al-Qarawiyyin, the oldest library in the world

The al-Qarawiyyin university, library, and mosque were founded by Fatima El-Fihriya in 859 — around the time early forms of algebra were being invented.<p>Samia Errazouki/AP Images

Automaton by Al-Jazari (1136 -1206 A.D.) Master Engineer and Father of Robotics

Were My African American Ancestors Muslims?

Ever wondered what religious practices your African ancestors followed before arriving in America? While many observed indigenous tribal beliefs, it …

Black History