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Cairo art exhibition displays the ‘Ugly Feelings’ of Egypt’s revolution

Source : Al Arabiya / 13 Nov 2013

A recent exhibition held at Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery art space aims to shed light on the different emotions displayed by Egyptian people during times of political instability, reported Ahram Online.

The organizers of the show, entitled “Ugly Feelings,” seek to respond to what they call the “state of helplessness” among Egyptians, stimulated by the political turmoil which followed the 2011 uprising, according to the website.


Yemen’s traditional kisher coffee stimulates social scene

Source : Reuters / 09 Nov 2013

In the bustling Old City of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, it is common to find men gathered in streets and cafes, waiting patiently for a cup of freshly-brewed kisher.

The drink is made from the dry shell of the coffee bean. The shell has a tea-like flavor with less caffeine than coffee and is said to be rich in antioxidants.


US Art Expo Explores Muslim Life

Source : OnIslam & Newspapers / 08 Nov 2013

Portraying Muslims daily life through the lens of art, students in a leading American university have inaugurated a multimedia expo about Islam, which will be running through November.

“Islam is a religion that can be interpreted in so many ways and through so many different passions,” Layla Quran, a junior student at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and co-organizer of the expo at Chapel Hill, told the Daily Tar Heel.


UAE Science Festival Draws on Int'l Attraction

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies / 06 Nov 2013

Martin Croucher

A biologist will dissect squid and fish live on stage during a science exhibition next month in the capital of UAE.

The dissection, which organizers admit is “not for the squeamish”, will be performed by a biologist from Bahrain’s Science Centre and is among several exhibits at this year’s Abu Dhabi Science Festival from the wider region.


OIC head of cultural affairs speaks on Islamophobia

Source : Saudi Gazette / 05 Nov 2013

An international law, represented by Article 20 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), clearly states that denigration of symbols or persons sacred to any religion is a criminal offense, according to Rizwan Saeed Shaikh, head of department of cultural affairs at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Shaikh was addressing the members of Pakistan Executive Group (PEG) as a guest speaker at Marhaba restaurant recently.


Top architect to assist in Madinah expansion

By Abdul Hannan Tago / 05 Nov 2013

A top international architect is currently visiting Madinah to provide advice on the expansion plans for the Prophet’s Mosque and surrounding area.

Paolo Portoghesi is an Italian architect, theorist, historian and professor of architecture. KhalidTaher, the mayor of Madinah, had invited him to visit the city.


Saudi Arabia translates Qur'an to Kurdish

Source : / 2 Nov 2013

The head of religious affairs in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, Kamil Haji Ali, has revealed that Saudi Arabia is preparing to publish Kurdish translations of the Holy Qur’an.

On returning from the Hajj pilgrimage, he said ‘We are very pleased to know that Kurdish translations of the Qur’an will be published. Everyone, especially our pilgrims, are overjoyed to hear this news. We thank the Saudi Arabian government for this.’


15,000 visit Al-Masmak Museum during Haj holidays

By Rashid Hassan / 26 Oct 2013

About 15,000 people visited Al-Masmak Museum in Riyadh during the Haj holidays, an official said on Thursday.
Nasir bin Abdul Kareem Al-Oraifi, director of the museum, said the visitors included diplomats and tourists from across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Al-Oraifi said the museum has attractive and informative exhibits on the unification of the country by King Abdul Aziz. 

Makkah Exhibition showcases artifacts of holy mosques

Source : / 26 Oct 2013

The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques has set up an exhibition to document the history and artifacts of the Haram Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

The manager of the Two Holy Mosques Exhibition, Mohammad Al-Jabri said that the exhibition will include artifacts, architectural and inscriptions from the Umayyad era until the present era.


The Alpujarras: Spain's Last Muslim Stronghold

By Sara Irving / 21 Oct 2013

From the many hillside cafes and plazas of the bustling city of Granada, snow-capped mountains are visible just a short journey away.

On the slopes of these mountains are strings of tiny villages which housed the remnants of Spain's last Muslim communities; they have their own small but distinct role in Andalucia's history, and offer a calm and often stunningly beautiful destination for a day trip or few days' break from city life.


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