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The roar of Rumi – 800 years on

By Charles Haviland BBC News, Balkh, northern Afghanistan For many years now, the most popular poet in America has been a 13th-century mystical Muslim scholar. Translations of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s – better known as Rumi – verse are hugely popular and have been used by Western pop stars such as Madonna. They are attracted by his … Continue reading »

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Genghis Khan a Prolific Lover, DNA Data Implies

Hillary Mayell for National Geographic News February 14, 2003 Genghis Khan, the fearsome Mongolian warrior of the 13th century, may have done more than rule the largest empire in the world; according to a recently published genetic study, he may have helped populate it too. An international group of geneticists studying Y-chromosome data have found … Continue reading »

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Dome of the Rock

The Dome of the Rock, located in Jerusalem, was built by the Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik and completed in 691 AD.Today the Dome is mainly perceived in the Islamic world as the commemoration of the marvelous story of the night journey of the Prophet Muhammad (al-Isra’) and his ascension to the sky (al-mi’raj).Quotations from the … Continue reading »

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Battle for Iraq and Syria in maps

Battle for Iraq and Syria in maps More than 170 air strikes have been launched against Islamic State (IS) positions in Iraq in the past month in an attempt to halt the advance of the militant group. The US carried out 174 of them, while French jets joined the mission on 19 September, launching their … Continue reading »

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The world should welcome an independent Kurdistan

The world should welcome an independent Kurdistan In 1991, after the Kuwait War had ended, and as Saddam Hussein attacked Iraq’s 6-million Kurds, three arguments were made against American intervention on the Kurds’ behalf, arguments still commonly heard today: (1) Kurdish independence would spell the end of Iraq as a state, (2) it would embolden … Continue reading »

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Iraq crisis: Kurds retake strategic mountain from IS

Iraq crisis: Kurds retake strategic mountain from IS Kurdish forces in northern Iraq have recaptured a strategically important mountain from Islamic State (IS) militants, helped by US air strikes. Mount Zartak overlooks a plain that stretches to Mosul, the city seized by IS in June. The mountain fell to the Islamists last month when they … Continue reading »

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Iraqi military families storm parliament, demand answers after ISIS slaughter

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — The families of Iraqi military members attacked by ISIS in June stormed parliament in Baghdad Tuesday, demanding more information about the fate of their loved ones, a parliamentary official told CNN. More than 100 family members clashed with security before entering the building, located in the International Zone, commonly known as the … Continue reading »

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