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From humble beginnings to global success for Muslim sitcom

By Sonya Bell | TheNational | 9 Jan 2012

The concept was radical in its non-radicalness: a television series about Muslims who were neither extremist nor oppressed.


Scientific Renaissance in Muslim Countries

By Hasan Zillur Rahim |Theamericanmuslim | 27 Dec 2011

A remarkable interactive exhibition called “Islamic Science Rediscovered” at the Tech Museum in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley is drawing large number of visitors. The exhibition celebrates “a Golden Age of Science and Technology” when, from the 8th to the 13th century, Muslims led the world in such fields as architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine, optics and water management.


Campaign to make Al-Okhdood a UNESCO site

By Galal Fakkar | Jeddah | Arab News / 24 Nov 2011

Saudi heritage lovers have launched a campaign on social media networks to list Al-Okhdood archaeological city in Najran in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Kingdom's sites Madain Saleh and Diriyah have already been listed.

Al-Okhdood is the site of an ancient city in the southern part of Saudi Arabia, founded in the 6th or 7th century BC.


Journey to the heart of Islam under spotlight at Britain’s Haj exhibition

By ROGER HARRISON / Arabnews / 13 Nov 2011

The British Museum in London is to mount the first major exhibition dedicated to the Haj.

“Haj: Journey to the Heart of Islam” will open Jan. 26 and run until April 15, 2012. Venetia Porter, curator of the museum’s Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Department, said the exhibition would examine the significance of Haj as one of the five pillars of Islam, exploring its importance for Muslims and looking at how this spiritual journey has evolved throughout history.


Magnificent Mosques: The Kalon Mosque of Bukhara


Source: By Muhammad Habib/ "Haj and Umra" magazine/May/2009 

When the Kalon Mosque of Bukhara was built in 1127, its minaret was probably the tallest building in Central Asia. It can house 10,000 worshippers and its roof consists of 288 domes.


History Of Calligraphy

Source:By Alavi Mehr/alavimehr.com/April 11/2010

The history of calligraphy cannot be separated from the history of Islam. Yasin Hamid Safadi in his book, Islamic Calligraphy writes: “Although Arabic is only second to the Roman alphabet in terms of widespread use even today, the Arabic script was developed at a much later date. The reason for this late development was that the Arabs were mainly a nomadic people and mistrustful of the written word.


World cartoonists gather in Istanbul 31st Nasreddin Hodja contest

Source : Cihan news agency | Istanbul | 14 Oct 2011

Talented cartoonists from all over the world have been gathering in İstanbul this week for the 31st edition of the annual international Nasreddin Hodja Cartoon Competition, the Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.


Artistic Treasures

By Muhammad Habib /Haj and Umra magazine/Jeddah/June 2009

The mosque and madrasa of Sultan Hassan in Cairo are one of the largest Islamic religious buildings in the world.

Egypt undoubtedly is an ancient country, full of artistic treasures. Two such are the mosque and madrasa (religious school) of Sultan Hassan and the Abu Al-Abbas Al-Mursi Mosque.

The mosque and madrasa of Sultan Hassan in Cairo are one of the largest Islamic religious buildings in the world. Built between 1356 and 1363 by the Mamluk ruler Sultan Hassan, the scale of the mosque is so colossal that it nearly emptied the treasury according to the Sacred Destinations website.


Turkish PM opens Yunus Emre Culture Center in Cairo

Source : Anadoly Agency | Cairo / 15 Sept 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has highlighted importance of the general election in Egypt scheduled for November 2011, adding, "I believe that a democratic parliamentary system will emerge with people's will.

The transition process may naturally have some difficulties. You need to be patient. You will reach prosperity in the end."

Erdogan inaugurated the new building of the Yunus Emre Culture Center in Cairo as part of his visit to Egypt.


The Jameel Prize 2011

By Sheyma Buali | Arab News / London / 07 Sept 2011

Celebrating works inspired by the Islamic world around the globe
The Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London has been home to a vast collection of Islamic art for more than 150 years. Today, the Museum has taken a step beyond simply showcasing it, they have joined efforts with the Abdulatif Jameel Group’s Community Initiative to highlight and encourage work inspired by the faith. The Jameel Prize is a biennial award recognizing the use of Islamic design and art technique in contemporary work.


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