Due to forbidden of Arabic language in 16th Century Spain, how Muslims developed a linguistic variant of Spanish called “Aljamia” to keep their cultural traditions alive – IIS Lecture by Dr Martínez de Castilla

IIS Qur’anic Studies Unit Hosts Occasional Lecture July 2012 The Institute’s Qur’anic Studies Unit hosted an occasional lecture by Dr Nuria Martínez de Castilla of the Complutense University of Madrid. The lecture, entitled Surviving the Fall of Granada: The Qur’an among Muslims in 16th Century Spain, focused on the methods used by Muslims in the…

The New Straits Times article on Aga Khan Award winning Architects Enrique Sobejano and Fuensanta Nieto on ‘Madinat Al-Zahra Museum project in Cordoba’ and a turning point in their career

Competitive edge By YVONNE YOONG DOUBLE WINNERS: Partners in life and in their architectural practice, Enrique Sobejano and Fuensanta Nieto are the perfect example why two are better than one; winning international design competitions is their forte The serene view of the main patio as seen from the lobby is a sight to behold “snip”…

State-mosque relations in Europe, the other half of the story – by Jonathan Laurence at CG News

  * Jonathan Laurence (www.jonathanlaurence.net) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims: The State’s Role in Minority Integration (2012). This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews). ***** Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts…

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…

Universality of Islam: Myth vs reality – Dr Manzoor H Khatana

Source: Pakistan Observer ***** Dr Manzoor H Khatana Hardly any Muslim, regardless of his or her persuasion, would disagree with the five basic tenets of Islam: Testimony of Faith (Al Shahadah), Prayer (Al Salah), Fasting (Al Siyam), Almsgiving (Al Zakat), and the Pilgrimage (Al Hajj). If a person practices these five principles, irrespective to his…

Islam in Granada:The Mellow Voice of the Muezzin

Source: Qantara.de 2010 Seven years ago, the Great Mosque of Granada was opened, more than 500 years after the Muslim Moors were expelled by the Catholic ‘Reconquista’. But despite the city’s multicultural character, many people there feel uncomfortable hearing the Muslim call to prayer. Troy Nahumko paid a visit : “Somewhat of a miracle”: Granada…

Virtual World: Al-Andalus 2.0

Source: saudiaramcoworld.com ***** Down to the details of flowers in bloom and fruiting orange and lemon trees, the gardens in the virtual community of Al-Andalus, below, have been “built” to resemble those of the Generalife in Granada, Spain. The arch of red roses at the center of the topmost image is one of the contributions…