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 Baltic Islamic trail

Islam in the Baltic has a surprisingly long history. There is evidence of Muslim travellers and geographers appearing in the area as early as the tenth century. However beyond the odd adventure or mapping exercise, the Baltic held little interest for them. The first real Muslim community is established in the 14th century in southern Lithuania, east …

Lithuania’s Forgotten Love Minaret

If you didn't know it was there, you'd never find it. The old dirt path that crosses the railway tracks leads only to a blue tourist sign that says "50m" and points left towards what seem to be just a load of trees. There are no other clues that anything is here.  Passengers stand on the platform at …

Top five places to connect with Europe’s Muslim Heritage

As interest in the Muslim heritage of Europe grows, more and more of us are looking for places to connect with the continent's Islamic past (and present). This list handpicks the five ideal destinations to do just that. Each entry has been included for its historical significance as well as its ability to offer the visitor something special. They come with …