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Arabs' Obsession with the Unclean Animal Carries on Beyond Methodology

Arabs' Obsession with the Unclean Animal Carries on Beyond Methodology

Many creatures were perceived to be either pure or unclean in ancient cultures, which generally incline towards antithetical views on different aspects of life: good…

Morocco Bans a Book Critical of Al-Bukhari as it Threatens "Spiritual Security"

Morocco Bans a Book Critical of Al-Bukhari as it Threatens "Spiritual Security"

A Moroccan court has recently banned a book named "Sahih Al-Bukhari...The End of a Legend" by Rachid Aylal, which has stirred controversy in Morocco since…

Cross Dressers Seeking to Revive Morocco's Aita Folk Music

Cross Dressers Seeking to Revive Morocco's Aita Folk Music

On a makeshift stage in Casablanca eight men perform wearing women's outfits, a band resurrecting the nearly forgotten historical Moroccan genre of Aita music. The…

The Yemeni Messiahs: 800 Years Ago Jews and Muslims Had Messianic Appearances

The Yemeni Messiahs: 800 Years Ago Jews and Muslims Had Messianic Appearances

A savior or an impostor? A question raised among Muslims and Jews alike in Yemen in the mid 12th century, when a man called Ali…

Millennials and Specialty Coffee: a Story, a Saga and a Love Affair

Millennials and Specialty Coffee: a Story, a Saga and a Love Affair

Specialty coffee shops offer a different experience to customers, here is what they promise and why they are popular

Islam and Jail: the Prophet Used Wives' Houses and Mosques as Prison Facilities

Islam and Jail: the Prophet Used Wives' Houses and Mosques as Prison Facilities

Not only was Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Medina a mosque and a meeting point of the Prophet and his companions, but…