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Refuting Isis

A summary of Refuting Isis by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi January 2016: I’ve just finished reading this powerful piece by Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi, in which he issues a fatwa concerning the entity … Continue reading

15 January, 2016 · 12 Comments

Haiku: British Museum astrolabe

On seeing the astrolabe of the muwaqqit (timekeeper) of the Ummayad mosque in Damascus (c. 1334 CE):   Spring morning, workbound In  the eastern galleries Time lies etched in bronze … Continue reading

21 March, 2015 · Leave a comment

Islamic Spain and Al Andalus

Islamic Spain was the subject of this excellent BBC programme from Andrew Graham-Dixon. These are my rough, on the fly, notes from the TV. —- Andrew Graham Dixon on the … Continue reading

1 February, 2008 · Leave a comment