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Art & Culture

Always Coca-Cola? Why Sudan unrest spells trouble for soda pop

Source : Al Arabiya / 1 May 2013

Ever since cola soft drinks became a household favorite across the world, one question has transcended generations: What goes in a can of Coke?

But cola beans and fizz aside, we now know the ingredient behind the “glue” that holds all the ingredients together.

 

Morocco fair promotes self-sufficient agriculture in effort to cut imports

Source : Reuters / 29 Apr 2013

For the eighth year in a row, the central Moroccan city of Meknes hosted its annual agriculture event, attracting over 1,000 exhibitors from around the world.

This year’s International Agriculture Fair focused on food security and self-sufficiency, as many countries seek to reduce their dependence on imported foods.

 

Libya’s desert ‘pearl’ Ghadames awaits return of tourists

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian / 24 Apr 2013

Perched on a low wall in the center of the Libyan desert oasis town of Ghadames, 80-year old tourist guide Mohammed Ibrahim says he is waiting for the foreign visitors he used to show around to come back.

 

London exhibition to showcase Muslims who saved Jews during Holocaust

Source : Al Arabiya / 22 Apr 2013

A new exhibition to be held in central London will showcase pictures of Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust, the BBC has reported.

The Righteous Muslim Exhibition, to be launched at the Board of Deputies of British Jews in Bloomsbury,“hopes to inspire new research into instances of collaboration between the Muslim and Jewish communities,” the BBC reported.

 

The Dignity of Islam's Social Etiquette

By Ahmad Al-Batili / 20 Apr 2013

Cordially making room for newcomers in a gathering is a rule of refined conduct taught and encouraged by the Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam.

Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, says: "O you who have believed, when you are told, 'Make worn [for one another]' in gatherings, then make room; Allah will make room for you. And when you are told: 'Arise!' then arise. Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge by degrees. And Allah is acquainted with what you do" [58:11].

 

Islamic and Arab culture lost in UAE's foreign schools

By Afshan Ahmed / 20 Apr 2013

They are being overwhelmed in all levels of education with concepts that are not adapted to the local culture, in what Dr Eugenie Samier describes as "intellectual imperialism".

The associate professor of management and leadership at the British University in Dubai has written a paper on the issue, which will soon be published in Interchange, a quarterly education review journal.

 

Taiwan aiming to attract more Muslim tourists

By Elaine Hou / 27 Mar 2013

Taiwan is working to attract more Muslim tourists as part of its efforts to expand its tourism, the Tourism Bureau said Monday at a briefing by Muslim travel market experts.

Last year, the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Taiwan reached a record high of 7.3 million, but the percentage of Muslim tourists remained small, said Eric Lin, director of the bureau’s international affairs division.

 

Museum for Makkah history planned

Source : Arab news /25 Feb 2013

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities is currently developing a museum for Makkah history at Maabida Palace, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of SCTA yesterday. “We are also building a number of new regional museums,” he added.

Prince Sultan made this comment after meeting Abdul Maqsood Khoja at his house in Jeddah. He honored Khoja for donating nine rare manuscripts to SCTA and commended his desire to preserve national heritage.

 

Manuscripts of Muslim Spain

By David James / 23 Mar 2013

Whenever anyone thinks of the art of Islamic Spain it is usually the great architectural monuments which come to mind; the Alhambra must be as familiar to most Europeans as the Parthenon. Yet the Muslim craftsmen of Islamic Spain—Al-Andalus—were equally skilled in the arts of metalwork, pottery, woodcarving, tilework and—as the museums of Spain and Europe testify—the art of manuscript illumination.

 

UNESCO threatens to axe old Sanaa from world heritage list

Source : Reuters / 18 Mar 2013

Famous for its unique mud brick tower houses and labyrinthine souqs and listed as a world heritage site by the United Nations, Yemen’s old city of Sanaa is now under serious threat.

The entire area was declared a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1986; in a bid promote the preservation of the city’s traditional architecture.

 
 

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