One Thousand Years of Missing History

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One Thousand Years of Missing History Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani* Table of contents 1. Illuminating words 2. Academic voices 3. The Dark Ages revisited 4. Instances of creative contributions 5. Notes and references *** Note of the editor The following article is a newly edited and augmented version of an essay presented first by Professor Al-Hassani, the Chairman of FSTC, at the conference "La Deuda Olvidada de Occidente "(The forgotten debt of the West) organised in Madrid in 21-26 October 2003 by the Fundacion La Huella Arabe. An earlier version was published on www.MuslimHeritage.com in 2004. © FSTC 2004-2010. ***   Large imageFigure 1: HRH Prince Charles of Wales. (Source). 1. Illuminating words In a memorable lecture on "Islam and the West" presented on 27th October 1993 in Oxford,…
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Al-Jazari: The Mechanical Genius

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Al-Jazari: The Mechanical Genius Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani * Al-Jazari was the most outstanding mechanical engineer of his time. His full name was Badi' al-Zaman Abu-'l-'Izz Ibn Isma'il Ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari. He lived in Diyar-Bakir (in Turkey) during the 6th century H (late 12th century-early 13th century CE). Large image Figure 1: Wash-basin in the form of a peacock described by Al-Jazari in Kitab fi Ma'rifat al-Hiyal al-Handisayya. Manuscript copied in Sha'ban 6002/ March 1205. (Source). Large image Large image Figure 2 a-b: He was called Al-Jazari after the place of his birth, Al-Jazira, the area lying between the Tigris and the Euphrates in Mesopotamia. Like his father before him, he served the Artuqid kings of Diyar-Bakir for several decades (at least between 570 and 597 H/1174-1200 CE) as…
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Ecology and Islam: Review of Abdul-Matin’s “Green Deen” (2010)

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Ecology and Islam: Review of Abdul-Matin’s “Green Deen” (2010) | Dissident Voice<!--google_ad_client = "ca-pub-3732368513453587";/* 728x90, created 07/01/10 */google_ad_slot = "0492720593";google_ad_width = 728;google_ad_height = 90;//-->src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js">by Eric Walberg / January 14th, 2011Paperback: 264 pagesPublisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers(Nov 11 2010)Language: EnglishMuslim Americans are slowly beginning to make their mark on their conflicted society. There are more Muslims than Jews in the US now — approximately 5 million. They are the most diverse of all American believers, 35 per cent born in the US (25 per cent Afro-American), the rest — immigrants from southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Traditionally they have voted Republican, but have shifted to Democrat and Green parties in recent years.Ibrahim Abdul-Matin is the son of black converts, raised in New York, a community organiser now environmental adviser to New…
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Israel clears out disputed site in Muslim quarter

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Israel clears out disputed site in Muslim quarter - Middle East, World - The IndependentBy Catrina Stewart in JerusalemFriday, 14 January 2011 Israel has widened access to a revered Jewish site in the heart of the Jerusalem Old City’s Muslim quarter, a move that threatens to inflame tensions at one of the world’s most contested religious sites.Municipal officials recently ordered the removal of scaffolding -- which propped up an arch underneath Palestinian homes -- to enlarge the courtyard in front of a small section of the ancient wall, claimed by Israel to be a remnant of the Second Temple destroyed in 70 AD, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.The clearance will allow more Jewish worshipers to pray at the site, which lies less than a hundred metres north of the Wailing Wall.On…
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Study: White Women in UK Converting to Islam More Than Men

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Study: White Women in UK Converting to Islam More Than Men Jan 5, 2011 – 2:20 PM Print this page|EmailShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on DiggShare on Lifestream Dana Kennedy Contributor A new survey sponsored by a British Muslim organization estimates that about 5,200 people in the United Kingdom converted to Islam last year, part of a steady increase since 2001.White British women made up the biggest number of converts, and the average age of conversion was 27.The report, titled "A Minority Within a Minority," was issued by the Faith Matters organization and conducted by Kevin Brice, an office administrator at Swansea University.Using figures drawn from the 2001 Scottish census, Brice estimates that the number of converts to Islam in the U.K. may have risen from around 60,000 in 2001…
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Study: White Women in UK Converting to Islam More Than Men

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Study: White Women in UK Converting to Islam More Than Men Jan 5, 2011 – 2:20 PM Print this page|EmailShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on DiggShare on Lifestream Dana Kennedy Contributor A new survey sponsored by a British Muslim organization estimates that about 5,200 people in the United Kingdom converted to Islam last year, part of a steady increase since 2001.White British women made up the biggest number of converts, and the average age of conversion was 27.The report, titled "A Minority Within a Minority," was issued by the Faith Matters organization and conducted by Kevin Brice, an office administrator at Swansea University.Using figures drawn from the 2001 Scottish census, Brice estimates that the number of converts to Islam in the U.K. may have risen from around 60,000 in 2001…
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