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Cholera, Cluster Bombs and Summer Vacation

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 14:42:10 +0000

This post can be read at MENA Tidningen.

al-Juwayni on Islamic Law

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:45:11 +0000

David R. Vishanoff has recently published online A Critical Edition, English Translation, and New Commentary on Imām al‑Ḥaramayn al-Juwaynī’s Leaflet on the Sources of Law (Kitāb al‑Waraqāt fī uṣūl al‑fiqh). “For an English-speaking student who wishes to understand the theory behind Islamic law, the first step is to read an introductory legal theory text such […]

Pierre Cachia 1921-2017

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 06:55:12 +0000

Pierre Cachia 1921-2017 Pierre Cachia slipped away peacefully on 1st April, a few days shy of his 96 th birthday, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. With the passing of this key architect of Arabic studies who made modern Arabic literature a serious academic subject in both the UK and US, those of us who […]

Sadiq al-Azm (1934-2016)

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:15:59 +0000

The loss of a true intellectual. May he rest in peace as the world he loved continues to spiral in conflict.

Film on Cairo’s Zabbalin

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:06:36 +0000

There is a recent documentary on the Zabbalin garbage collectors of Cairo, produced by RT.

Persian Muscle Men

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:02:41 +0000

Following the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the sporting activities in the Zurkhaneh were declared inappropriate. Nowadays, however, they have become a symbol of Iranian national pride. Persia’s “power houses” packed a punch Qantara Varzesh-e Zurkhaneh-i, (literally, the sport of heroes in the house of power). The ancient Iranian Zurkhaneh gymnasia have their roots in customs […]

Al-Nuwayri on the Pleasures of Life

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:46:37 +0000

A post about the famous 14th century Mamluk text of al-Nuwayri, with a new English translation of excerpts from this classic compendium now available.

Weapons of the Syrian War

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:19:46 +0000

For an animated video of the weapons used by all sides in Syria, click here. by Ben Watson, Defense One, July 19, 2016 From chlorine gas to Kalashnikovs, barrel bombs to cruise missiles, the Syrian conflict shows what 21st-century militaries and armed groups can bring to bear. The Assad regime’s bloody reaction to the 2011 […]

Onomasticon Arabicum

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 01:05:09 +0000

Onomasticon Arabicum (OA) is a long-living database project. This new online-version informs on more than 15000 scholars and celebrities from the first Muslim millenary. Its entries in Arabic are compiled from ancient biographical dictionaries, a veritable treasure of Islamic culture. Crossed search allows separate interrogation on any of the different elements of the Arabo-Muslim names, […]

Trump’s Muslim Bashing

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 08:13:09 +0000

The Atlantic (June 16) has a powerful piece by Uri Friedman on Donald Trump’s rampant Muslim bashing with responses by six Muslim commentators and scholars. It is well worth reading.