Beyond ‘Tolerance’ and ‘Intolerance’: Deconstructing the Myth of the Islamic Golden Age — by Mohamad Ballan on Jadaliyya com

(Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker at source)   [Qutub Shahi Tombs, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, India. Image by Nagarjun Kandukuru via Flickr] Like many other concepts that shape our understanding of medieval history, the idea of a “Muslim Golden Age” is a historiographical construct. It promotes the notion that, until at least the early thirteenth…

Islam and Muslims on Judaism and Jews by Mustafa Abu Sway

Source: Common Ground News Service ***** JERUSALEM – Despite being in a protracted political conflict over the Holy Land that began around the advent of Zionism more than a century ago, Jews and Muslims have common historical roots, as well as theological commonalities. Our common roots go beyond the Abrahamic tribal constructs. Abraham himself is…

Restoring ‘lost city’ of medieval Spain – BBC News

      New imaging techniques have been used to visualise the city It has been 100 years since excavations started on the Madinat Al Zahra, the magnificent 10th century palace city near Cordoba in southern Spain. -snip- In a curious parallel, new techniques such a tele-imaging, that are being used in order to understand…

The Institute of Ismaili Studies – Interview with Dr Shainool Jiwa

The Institute of Ismaili Studies Publication: Towards Shi’i Mediterranean Empire: Fatimid Egypt and the Founding of Cairo Translated by: Dr Shainool Jiwa 1. Could you please elaborate on the title of the book and explain why you have chosen to call the Fatimids a ‘Mediterranean Empire’? (0-1:26) 2. The book’s introduction gives a succinct and informative…