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The Man Who Changed the Course of Islamic History

The Man Who Changed the Course of Islamic History

A few years after his departure to visit Andalusia and the Islamic Orient, Ibn Tumart found his way back home. The simple young man, who…

Major Sunni Misconceptions About Shi’ites

Major Sunni Misconceptions About Shi’ites

It has been said that ignorance is the fuel of animosity; and perhaps one glance at the modern Middle East confirms the veracity of this…

Interview with Sonallah Ibrahim: The Writer of Modern Arab Life

Interview with Sonallah Ibrahim: The Writer of Modern Arab Life

In 2003, novelist Sonallah Ibrahim refused to receive the Arab Novel Award granted by the Egyptian government. That year, during the ceremony, he took to…

Al-Qarawiyyin: A Visit to the World’s Oldest University

Al-Qarawiyyin: A Visit to the World’s Oldest University

In 245 AH/859 CE, the first edifice of al-Qarawiyyin was erected in Fes, which would constitute what would later become the oldest continually operating university campus…

Book Clubs Ignite Literary Passion in Tunisia

Book Clubs Ignite Literary Passion in Tunisia

Throughout Arab history, passion for literature was pervasive, and libraries were a labor of love and the pride of many a ruler. The libraries of…

The Assassins/Hashashin: A Fantasy of the Orient

The Assassins/Hashashin: A Fantasy of the Orient

Historically, the Assassins, or 'Hashashin', as they are known in their land of origin, were a mysterious sect of the Shi’ite Nizari Ismailis in Persia,…