The Huffington Post
2 months
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The term "Middle East" - coined in the 19th century - fails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam - and continue to do so today.
Informed Comment
2 months
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
Informed Comment
2 months
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
The Iran Project
8 months
Aran va Bidgol, Isfahan prov., Aug 6, IRNAManager of the complex of ancient underground city of Ouee near Kashan said that the number of foreign tourists visiting the historical city has increased by 10 comparing last year. Abbas Shafeie told IRNA on Saturday that since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2016), some 3,500 foreign tourists have visited the underground city which lies in the city of Noushabad north of Kashan in Isfahan province, central Iran. The figure showed a 10% growth compared to its previous year. The underground city of Ouee in Noushabad is considered as one of the masterpieces of Iran's ancient architecture. It was discovered in 2004. People of Noushabad dug up 4 flours under their town connected to their houses by a well from inside their courtyards at least 1,500 years ago in the Sassanian period (16th to 18th centuries), fearing from being invaded by some foreigners.
The Huffington Post
9 months
Former White House Director of Public Liaison Linda Chavez opened the Grand Iranian Gathering and said , "Let's honor and commend the bravery and dedication of Camp Liberty residents. We all know that Camp Liberty came under heavy missile attacks on July 4th, which left vast destruction and dozens of injuries. The Mullahs perpetrating this attack showed that what threatens them the most and what are they afraid of the most. Therefore let's make it clear to the mullahs that nothing can and would prevent the Iranian Resistance from forging ahead for democracy and freedom in Iran." U.S. Sen. John Boozman, addressing his 'friends' pointed out that he was 'disturbed' by the incresaing number of human rights violations in Iran. Chairman of the Board of the King Faisal Center for Research And Islamic Studies Saudi Prince Turki Al Faisal stated "In the pre-Islamic world, the Persian Sassanian Empire extended from Turkey and Egypt in the west to the Indian subcontinent in the east; it was a cultural and political force rivaling that of ancient China, India, or Rome.