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Umar ibn Abdul Aziz: The Rightly Guided Reformer

Umar ibn Abdul Aziz: The Rightly Guided Reformer

Umar’s efforts to transform the Islamic Empire into a well-run Islamic community knew no bounds. Just as he transformed his life he also transformed the empire. Umar undertook extensive public works throughout the empire, in Persia, Khorasan (includes parts of modern day Iran, Afghanistan and central Asia) and across North Africa.

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Spiritual Life in a Materialistic World

Spiritual Life in a Materialistic World

It is very difficult to have a spiritual life in a time when minds are polluted, hearts are sinned and reasoning and judgment are affected with worldly diseases. Nevertheless, when a person gives the willpower its due and tries to get rid of such influences as much as possible he/she can reach a life in the dimensions of heart and spirit.

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Golden Age of Islamic Civilization

Golden Age of Islamic Civilization

Harun is remembered not for his empire building, but for building the edifice of a brilliant civilization. It was the golden age of Islam. It was not the fabulous wealth of the empire or the fairy tales of the Arabian nights that made it golden; it was the strength of its ideas and its contributions to human thought.

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Cambridge 2016 Symposium on the History of British Muslims

Cambridge 2016 Symposium on the History of British Muslims

British Muslims have been settled in the UK in large numbers for almost fifty years now. It has been a difficult time and the community faces many important challenges including how to get on in an increasing secular society and how to respond to various international situations to which British Muslims feel a strong sense of commitment and support.

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Transfer of Islamic Technology to the West

Transfer of Islamic Technology to the West

The adoption by Europe of Islamic techniques is reflected by the many words of Arabic derivation that have passed into the vocabularies of European languages. In English these words have often, but not always, entered the language from Italian or Spanish. To cite but a few examples: in textiles–muslin, sarsanet, damask, taffeta...

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Ibn Khaldun – Father of Sociology

Ibn Khaldun – Father of Sociology

Ibn Khaldun said in clear-cut sentences that he has explored an independent science that no one of his ancestors had talked about. He says: “Such is the purpose of this first book of our work. (The subject) is in a way an independent science. (This science) has its own peculiar object- that is, human civilization and social organization.

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Averroes & the European Renaissance

Averroes & the European Renaissance

Ibn Rushd was a philosopher, physician and Islamic jurist of Muslim Spain. He spent a great part of his life as a judge and physician in Morocco and in the Andalus. He is also celebrated in medieval and Renaissance Europe for his commentaries on Aristotle and for his influence on the European medieval philosophy.

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Spiritual Illiteracy and Blindness

Spiritual Illiteracy and Blindness

Knowledge, which is based on combining the two readings, the reading of revelation and the reading of nature, is the key to every good in both worlds. One’s real achievements and happiness are commensurate with what and how much one reads, and with what and how much one knows.

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The Houses of the Prophet

The Houses of the Prophet

There were four houses of mud brick, with apartments partitioned off by palm branches plastered with mud, and five houses made of palm branches plastered with mud and not divided into rooms. Over the doors were curtains of black hair-cloth. Each curtain measured 3 by 3 cubits...

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