The Kabah

The Architecture of the Three Holy Mosques.. Places to Visit

Makkah Designed with polished slabs of blue-gray marble, the outer walls of the Holy Mosque are fascinating, without exaggeration. Equally captivating is the well-polished 560×350 ft. white marble floor. Aided by the air-conditioning system, as well as the underground network of cool water pipes, these marbles help keep the floor cool through the reflection of …

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Palestine: A Homeland Lost

Homeland Lost by reportage photographer Alan Gignoux is a photographic essay that juxtaposes the portraits of individual Palestinian exiles and their families with present-day images of the places they left in 1948. The above are the first lines on the invitation to the touring exhibition Homeland Lost held at Cairo’s Contemporary Image Collective (CIC). It …

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Bab al-Qattanin

Jerusalem’s Forgotten Architectural Heritage – The Mamluks

After Salah ed-Deen liberated Jerusalem from the Crusaders in 1187, major architectural restorations began which would leave their mark on history. The Haram was cleared of Christian monuments such as the cross on top of the Dome of the Rock and replaced with a golden crescent.  The wooden minbar (pulpit) of Salah ed-Deen was placed …

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From Here to Timbuktu

Egypt was home to two of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Great Pyramid at Giza drew the awe and admiration of the people of ancient Rome and Greece. Perhaps it is not surprising that Egypt, “the Mother of the World,” should possess two of these seven wonders. …

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Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Metro Goldwyn Mayer: One of the Oldest and Most Influential Studios in Motion Picture History

In our Profile series, we continue presenting the Major Studios in Motion Picture productions. These huge media conglomerates contributed and continue to influence the globalized world. Profiling them will allow us to Understand: The mechanism of creating successful media giants. The successful psychology displayed by the creators of the studios and other media corporations. What …

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Iranian Cinema earns International Prestige

Iranian Cinema earns International Prestige

The image of post-revolutionary Iran depicted in the Western mass media over the past two decades has been almost uncompromisingly defamatory and vilifying. It would be difficult indeed to locate more than a few references to Iran that do not contain the terms “terrorist state,” “fundamentalist regime,” or “human rights violations.” While this has only …

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Women In Andalusia... Not Only a Poet

Women In Andalusia… Not Only a Poet

Despite the numerous studies which were written on women in Andalusia, Dr. Aid’a Khaled insisted on choosing the same topic for her thesis upon which she recently gained her Ph.D. Justifying her choice, she said, “none of the researchers has thoroughly tackled the issues of women in Andalusia. Those researchers tackled the literary and cultural …

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The Art Of Islamic Architecture

The Art Of Islamic Architecture

History, Architecture, Art? History: a means for understanding the present and a way into the future. Architecture: the faithful mirror that reflects a people’s culture, progress and development. Art: the refining of the soul and elevation of the senses. The architectural nature, which is also called the architectural style or pattern, is only the result …

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Diaries, An Art Popularized By War

Diaries, An Art Popularized By War

High intensity conflict is a primary emotion that may reveal the inherent capacities of an individual or a group. The art of writing diaries is one of the pursuits which best reveal this hidden aspect of human nature, perhaps because of its transparency and unpretentiousness which have prompted some critics to classify it as a …

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Art In Palestine

Art In Palestine

The Early Experiments Prior to 1948, Palestine witnessed little activity in the field of arts. What few attempts or experiments in drawing or painting that materialized at the time were amateurish in nature and had not developed into the professional or full-time involvement which characterized artists in other Arab countries. This was due to the …

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The Barbizon School

The Barbizon School

In the aftermath of the Romantic Revolution of France, a new art movement emerged called The School of 1830 or The School of Barbizon, which urged artists to emigrate out of cities to the pristine environment of nature and make it a central source of artistic inspiration. Followers of this school sought refuge in the …

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Book Review Islamic Science Fiction

Book Review: Islamic Science Fiction

Few Muslims have thought about using science fiction as a Da’wah tool. However, Jamshed Akhtar, an electrical engineer with varied interests, has broken this trend. In what can be termed as “religious science fiction,” the author has creatively used his God-given abilities to present Islam through the means of science fiction in his first novel. …

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Censorship In The Arab-Islamic World In The Information Age

Censorship In The Arab-Islamic World In The Information Age

Without a doubt, in many societies the issue of censorship is not blatant anymore. But in Arab and Islamic societies, censorship is central to the lives of the people. The governments throughout the Muslim world remain very preoccupied with censorship methods and ways to deprive their peoples of information. They take this debate seriously, using …

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Patch Adams: Breaking Down the Wall Between the Patient and the Physician

Imagine yourself in a rich, prosperous country where there is a surplus in food; the dream of others is to immigrate and live there. Imagine this “shiny” country has the most sophisticated research centers, the “top notch” technologies, the best health providers, but has eleven million children without access to healthcare. Imagine the system is …

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