Wed

09

Feb

2011

Who's afraid of the Muslim Brothers

There are offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood in countries across the region [EPA]
There are offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood in countries across the region [EPA]

ALJAZEERA

Western fears of 'Islamism' have been aided by Arab autocrats seeking to prolong their iron-fisted rule.

By Mohammed Khan, a political analyst based in the UAE.

The views expressed in this article are the author's own

and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.

Last Modified: 09 Feb 2011 08:10 GMT

 

"Islamism" has been sending jitters through Western political corridors over recent years readily aided and abetted by Arab autocrats who have exaggerated and harnessed the "Islamist" threat to prolong their iron-fisted rule.

In the case of Egypt, the biggest bogeyman in this long-running battle over political supremacy with the state is the Muslim Brotherhood (the Ikhwan al-Muslimun) whose influence extends across the Arab and Islamic world.

 

 

Read More 3 Comments

Tue

26

Oct

2010

Albanian Muslims risk their own lives to save Jews from Nazis during World War II

It's a story you've likely never heard. It is a story told through the faces of Albanian Muslims who risked their own lives to live by a code of faith and honor called Besa.

 

By Leisa Zigman

from:   http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=222601&catid=3

A video is present on this URL which is very much worth looking at.

Read More 0 Comments

Sun

17

Oct

2010

Oman

The oldest independent state in the Arab world, Oman is one of the more traditional countries in the Gulf region and was, until the 1970s, one of the most isolated.

Read More 0 Comments

Fri

15

Oct

2010

Islamic Art 10th-early 11th century: Plaque

Plaque, 10th–early 11th century; Caliphal
Attributed to Córdoba, Spain
Ivory, quartz, pigment

H. 4 1/4 x 8 in. (10.8 x 20.3 cm)
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913 (13.141)

This panel, carved from a single piece of elephant ivory, once adorned one side of a rectangular casket. The complexity of the decoration as well as the attention to details—such as the eyes of humans and animals, which were drilled and filled with minute clear stones—demonstrate the refinement and accomplishment of such an object.
Source: Plaque [Attributed to Córdoba, Spain] (13.141) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

From http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/

0 Comments

Fri

15

Oct

2010

Islamic Art 10th Century: Carved marble

Capital, 10th century
Spain, probably Madinat al-Zahra'
Carved marble

H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm), Gr. W. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Theodore D. Davis collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1930 (30.95.134)

This capital probably came from the splendid Umayyad royal residence city of Madinat al-Zahra’, near Córdoba, Spain, which was founded in 936. The classical tradition so important in Umayyad Syrian art is evident here. This is not surprising in light of the Syrian roots of this caliphal house (711–1031), which arose in Spain after the Umayyad dynasty was replaced and almost extinguished by the new cAbbasid rulers centered in Baghdad.


Source: Capital [Spain] (30.95.134) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

from http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/30.95.134

0 Comments

Wed

13

Oct

2010

Islam Facts

This section provides "just the facts" on Islam in a quick, at-a-glance format. Here you can get a general sense of the Muslim faith before exploring it in greater depth, get the basics in order to compare Islam to other religions, study for a test on Islam, or just learn something new. For the basics in paragraph form, see Overview of Islam.

Important note: Muslim beliefs differ between sects and individual believers. Those listed below are believed by the majority of Muslims, but not all.

Read More 0 Comments

Tue

12

Oct

2010

History Islam Introduction 001

Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity. As a monotheistic faith that originated in the Middle East, Islam holds many beliefs and practices in common with Judaism and Christianity.

 

Judaism, Islam and Christianity are collectively known as "Abrahamic religions" because they trace their history to the covenant God made with Abraham in the Hebrew Bible.

 

The Prophet Muhammad met both Jews and Christians during his lifetime, and Islam has come into frequent contact with both of its fellow monotheistic faiths throughout most of its history.  

From http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/comparison_charts/islam_judaism_christianity.htm 

Read More 0 Comments

Thu

07

Oct

2010

The Beliefs and Laws of Islam

Stephen Bates explains the basics to non-Muslims with little previous knowledge.  From Islam For Today

 

Origins Islam is the religion of allegiance to God and his prophet Mohammed, who lived around 570-632 and came from a family of traders at Mecca. The religion's book of revelation, mediated by the prophet, is the Koran. The word Islam derives from the same semitic root as the Hebrew word Shalom, which means peace. Islam means "entering into a condition of peace and security with God, through allegiance or surrender to him".

Read More 1 Comments

Tue

05

Oct

2010

What does a Muslim woman look like?

Read More 0 Comments