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Author Archives: nataliegriffitts

Arbaeen Ritual Gathers Millions in Karbala

Millions of Shi’ite Muslims traveled to Karbala and Thursday marked the end of the 40-day mourning period of the martyr Imam Hussein ibn Ali and his brother who died at the Battle of Karbala. We discussed the event, looked at some videos of the crowds, and I only stumbled across this by happenstance when Buzzfeed … Continue reading »

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100 Women 2015: Life for Women in Islamic State’s Raqqa

BBC’s 100 Women of 2015 series has chosen a Syrian refugee from Raqqa. As misinformed mainstream media continues to insist on describing IS behavior as “traditional” behaviors of Muslims in the Qur’an and westernized communities of Muslims as having been liberated from barbaric traditions in the Qur’an, it is necessary to hear from refugees about life … Continue reading »

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ISIS Destroys 2,000 y/o Columns

Just shortly after ISIS destroyed the historic 1,800 year old Arch of Triumph in Palmyra they strapped explosives to three victims and tied them to the pillars at the 2,000 year old Temple of Baalshamin where the explosives were then detonated. The Temple is also in Palmyra, Syria and had been previously damaged but not … Continue reading »

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Zahiriyya Madrasa (Al-Madrasa al-Zahiriyya)

Ibn al-Athir discusses the death of Ya’qub ibn Yusuf ibn ‘Abd al-Mu’min, who was the ruler of the Maghrib and Andalusia, and how he was a beloved leader of Jihad, religion, and Islamic law (42). Before his death in early 1199 CE (42), he spread the study of Islamic law beyond his borders and Zahiriyya … Continue reading »

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Kerfuffle at Al-Aqsa Mosque

While we have not discussed Al-Aqsa Mosque by name in class, we have discussed that there are several religious sites that Muhammad is said to have visited in his lifetime. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of these sacred sites, sitting next to the Dome of the Rock, but frequently the pictures around the internet are of the building … Continue reading »

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