The Greatest Master of Europe

Andalusia Lessons II I was about to finish A history of Islamic Spain by M. Watt and P. Cachia published by Küre Pub. When I read the article “The Sound of the Call for Prayer in Cordoba after centuries” in the website dunyabulteni.net on Wednesday October 26. The article giving good news reads: “From now on, Muslims can recite the call for prayer out loud and practice their prayers just next to the Great Mosque of Córdoba which had been built delicately throughout 205 years by Caliphs of Andalusia and…

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Andalusia Lessons

In his dream on his way to Spain, the great commander Tariq ibn Ziyad sees the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) and a group of companions of the Prophet from Ansar and Muhajereen all girded on, and the Prophet encourages him “Oh Tariq, continue your march!” His intention of conquering Spain unites with the courage and perseverance and he contributes to the opening of the doors of a great civilization with his conquers (711) which will change the color and history of not only the Muslims but also the…

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Andalusian Literature and the West

By Prof. Dr. ‘Abdulwāħid Lúlúa The major development in Andalusian literature was in the realm of poetry. The Andalusians were not really interested in the narrative art, except where it was of a historical nature. Like their predecessors in the Arab East, where the poets of Syria and Iraq formed the literary background, the Andalusians were poets first. Even if there may be doubts about the three lines of Arabic poetry ascribed by Ibn Khaldūn to the Berber Ţāriq ibn Ziād, who led the first conquest of Andalus in 711,…

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The Great Master of Modern Science

Interview with Dr. Salah Eddin Al Djazairi Dr. Salah Eddin Al Djazairi has lectured and researched at the University of Constantine (Algeria) for more than ten years. He also tutored at the Department of Geography of the University of Manchester. More recently, he has worked as a research assistant at UMIST (Manchester) in the field of history of science. Dr Salah has published many academic works. Publications in scientific journals include papers on environmental degradation, and desertification, as well as papers on politics and change in North Africa, and problems…

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A Masterpiece on Al Andalus civilization

Excerpted from Foreword by Sala Khadra Jayyusi Salma Khadra Jayyusi, the academic on Arab literature and poetry, collected and edited the essays on various aspects of Al Andalus civilization which has been the best publication written on the issue so far. “The idea of this book was vaguely born in my mind many years ago when, sitting on the slopes of Toledo, my friends and I listened, fascinated, to the late Aslam Malik, the then Pakistani charge d’affaires to Spain, reading Muhammad Iqbal’s great poem on the Mosque of Cordoba,…

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An historical perspective on Muslim Andalus State

from the print edition (October-December 2011) Muslim Andalus State had a phenomenal rise and a phenomenal fall. Andalus is a glorious chapter in the development of Islamic Civilization. Its rise signifies the power of Islam in revolutionizing societies within no time and creating new horizons of civilization. Its fall signals the failure of its followers to apply it in its true spirit. Islam arose from Mecca, soon took the whole Arab world and within a few centuries Islamic World became the biggest power on the earth. But as the old…

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