Hate Smears India’s Symbol of Love, the Taj Mahal




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German soldier charged with planning to kill top politicians in fake Islamist attacks

“A German soldier was charged on Tuesday with plotting to kill senior politicians because of their support for refugees and trying to make it look like asylum seekers carried out the murders.”
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US: NY attack suspect’s family ‘outraged’ by police actions


The family of Akayed Ullah is unhappy with allegations against their son and the treatment of minors in connection with NYPD investigations.




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Mongol Rule in Russia

This video contains a segment in which the period of mongol rule over Russia is discussed. It gives an overview of how the Mongols conquered Kiev and how they subjugated the Russian princes. They allowed the princes to continue to rule as long as they paid tribute to the Mongol leaders. It also discusses the rise of Moscow during this time, which was due to Russian migration north east to escape the Mongols. The princes in Moscow accepted Mongol rule and so the city was protected, meaning that many people moved there.

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How to Whirl

So it may look like whirling would make you dizzy or vomit, but not if you start slowly. There are three stages of whirling. The first stage is 45 min where you start with your eyes open and slowly turn, after 15 min go faster. The 2nd stage is 15min and you fall to the ground and have your belly button towards the floor with your eyes closed. The last stage is celebration where you can either join the party or sit. Afterwards drink lots of water.


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Shrine of Rumi, Konya

This article discusses the shrine dedicated to “Mevlana” Jalaj al-Din Rumi, his life, and his contributions to the Islamic world, as well as the world wide poetry community. This article details the influential moments in his life that greatly affected his teaching as well as talking about his legacy and the rituals that are still preformed today by his followers in his memory. 


-Anna Turcott

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The Golden Horde and Russia

This article discusses the Mongol and Golden Horde invasions of Russia and Ukraine. It highlights the way that the Mongols treated the native Russians and how they influenced the political and cultural trends in that region of the world. This article also talks about how the Muslims dealt with the Russian Orthodox Church and its presence during Muslim rule. Included in the article are some images of Muslim art, clothing, and money that was used and made in Russia, and has contributed to the history of Russian art and culture.


-Anna Turcott

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Sorghaghtani Beki

The “Mother of the Great Khans”, Sorghahtani Beki ruled as Regent in Mongolia and Nothern China after the death of her husband, Tolui, Genghis Khan’s youngest son. Speculation suggests that she refused a marriage offer from Guyuk (Ogodei’s son) to keep the throne for her sons. She exercised her power as a mother to raise her sons to be great leaders, encouraging them to learn to read and speak foreign languages, even though she was illiterate. She was a Nestorian Christian and raised her sons to also be religiously tolerant. There is some suspicion that she had Güyük killed when he tried to undermine her power as Regent. She was in power until her son Möngke took over. She died in 1252. In all, she was politically savvy and a powerful woman in Mongol, and world, history.

Her sons:
Möngke Khan: 1251-1259
Kublai Khan: 1259-1294, Eastern Mongol Empire, Yuan dynasty
Hulagu Khan: 1262-1265, Ilkhanate dynasty, (Central Asia)


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This podcast offers a concise summary of Muhammad al-Ghazali’s Incoherence of the Philosophers.

Muhammad al-Ghazali was a major critic of the works of other philosophers. In this work he attacks various viewpoints of Ibn Sina, more commonly known as Avicenna. By criticizing others’ philosophies, he also asserted an emphasis on God’s absolute power in Islamic theology. A popular criticism al-Ghazali held was of the idea that the universe is eternal. According to al-Ghazali, if the universe is eternal, then God could not have created it, thus God cannot be all powerful. This was considered heresy to al-Ghazali. It seems that his goal was to combine philosophy and theology in such a way that God has the ultimate power, contrary to other philosophers. A significant issue he found with Avicenna’s teachings regarded the theory of causation. Avicenna believed that one thing may be the cause of another however al-Ghazali proposed the theory of occasionalism, which is to say that one thing does not necessarily cause the other, rather they are simply grouped together by God, further asserting His power as the absolute divine being




Diana Handler

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Revolution and “ISIS” Flag, & Historical ties

The “parallelism” between Islam, the revolution and the Isis flag dates back to early Islamic beliefs.The black and white flag decorated with Arabic lettering which in translation means ““There is no god but Allah [God]. Mohammad is the messenger of Allah”. It’s popularly interpreted in the wrong context, it’s not a war cry or rebellious phenomenon. It’s simply a declaration of faith and an an acceptance of Muhammad as God’s prophet used across Islam, officially known as the “shahada” which origins date back to ancient times. It’s association with with Jihad corresponds to how the flag is displayed and interpreted through media. This is parallel to misuse and aspects of propaganda in both media and for extremists purposes. Monochrome flags are an ancient tradition in ancient Eastern, Arabic, and Islamic tradition, and some people believe one of the Prophet’s original banners was black, according to the Quilliam Foundation. Modern jihadists therefore adopted this style to legitimise their causes (Gander, 2015). In retrospect you can mold a flag’s meaning through action. Similar to the confederate flag in America, some argue that the flag is a symbol of slavery and oppression, while others insist that it is purely a matter of Southern heritage and pride. The flag is not unique to the KKK, but we can observe them use it frequently for their causes, similar to ISIS with the ancient flag. It has been adopted for their own political and theological identity.

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