Guardians of Thrones: When women ruled the Muslim world | Qantara.de

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The ancient East knew many female leaders who were successful rulers of kingdoms, yet authority in the Islamic world was the exclusive preserve of men. Sons, brothers and grandsons were the only ones with a recognised right to inherit power. Nevertheless, Islamic history is riddled with severe crises that threatened to…

Humayun’s Tomb unburied — The Hindu com on documentation film on Discovery Channel to telecast on July 27 for Indian public

Before undertaking conservation works a significant archival research programme was initiated. The necropolis of Mughal dynasty, the Humayun’s Tomb, built in the 1560s, stands revealed basking in its regained grandeur amidst the frantic activity of the modern Delhi. The regained charm of this Mughal monument will now be revealed in a show titled ‘Revealed: Humayun’s…

Socio-economic Development through Cultural Revitalization — Pamir Times Net article by Ahmad Nadeem on the Aga Khan Development Network’s initiatives in Pakistan and other countries

The Khaplu Palace & Reside (KP&R) of Gilgit-Baltistan region restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), – the cultural agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) – won the ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Best in poverty reduction’ category of the Responsible Tourism Awards 2012 and it was the only project from Pakistan…

The Timeless Beauty Of Afghanistan’s Blue Mosque – RFERL News Article

The shrine of Hazrat-e Ali, also called the Blue Mosque, in Mazar-e Sharif, in northern Afghanistan May 25, 2011 By Charles Recknagel MAZAR-E SHARIF, Afghanistan — What would Afghanistan look like without war? It could look like the oasis of peace that is the Blue Mosque standing in its flower-filled park in the center of…

The Silent Artist of Nizamuddin – Open The Magazine com

Meet Om Pal, for whom the street outside Mirza Ghalib’s tomb is a canvas     WHO SAYS HE IS HANDICAPPED? Om Pal lost an arm when he fell off a building doing construction work some years ago (Photo: RAUL IRANI)     It’s 7 am and Delhi’s historic Nizamuddin basti is slowly stirring to…