Five Islamic secrets of the Americas

The Islamic heritage of the Americas is largely ignored. Besides some speculation about pre-Columbus Muslim explorers, the odd discussion on slaves from Islamic African nations, and infrequent write-ups concerning the impact of recent Muslim migrants, the topic remains at best, ill explored. The following are five fascinating Islamic secrets about the Americas that make it clear just how much work is …

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The real European Renaissance: A photographic ode to Al-Andalus

On April 27, 711AD Tariq Ibn Ziyad, General for Caliph Al-Walid I, head of the Muslim Umayyad dynasty in Damascus, Syria, landed with his troops on a huge rock that can still be seen from the coast of Morocco today. That rock is now known as Gibraltar, a Latinisation of 'Jebel-al-Tariq' to mean the 'mount of …

5 Islamic Secrets of Europe

"Islam and Europe", don't quite fit, right? One doesn't belong in the other, apparently. "Islam and Muslims should leave Europe!" say the ignorant on both sides. Whatever your views, one thing isn't up for debate. Europe has a massive 'Islamic heritage'. In fact Islam arrived on these shores within a couple of decades of Muhammad's death, meaning …