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Review: Rise of Empires: Ottoman (Netflix)

On two separate occasions in the new six-part Netflix docu-drama Rise of Empires: Ottoman the newly appointed Sultan Mehmed II (Muhammad) – who was only nineteen when he took the helm of the Ottoman state following the death of his … Continue reading

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Ayatullah Khamenei’s Friday Jumu’ah sermon – with English translation

The Iranian channel Press TV has uploaded the entire footage of theĀ  sermon – click on the pic above – delivered by the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatullah Khamenei at the Friday congregational prayer in Tehran on 17th January 2020. The … Continue reading

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Evliya Celebi at the Sulaymaniyyah Mosque in Istanbul

As a new year begins, I am grateful that I was able to once again visit Istanbul last year. A few years ago, I purchased An Ottoman Traveller: Selections from the Book of Travels of Evliya Celebi. Celebi lived in … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Very British Muslim Activist

What an incredible journey Ghayasuddin Siddiqui has been on. Arriving in Sheffield as an impoverished Chemistry PhD student from Pakistan in the early 1960s, he would be heavily involved in the earliest UK student Islamic societies. It would be a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Quran: Epic and Apocalypse by Todd Lawson

What is an epic and what is an apocalypse? After reading this book, it seems that Todd Lawson, an Emeritus Professor of Islamic Thought at Toronto university in Canada, is arguing that an epic provides a narrative about human origins, … Continue reading

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Standing Up To UK Government Extremism

Yesterday, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javed, gave a speech in London on “Confronting Extremism Together”. At a time when nationalist attitudes are on the rise in Europe and we have a US President whose open bigotry and stoking of white … Continue reading

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WuduMate – Coming to a Workplace Near You?

During the course of helping set up the network infrastructure for a large new building in London I went for a wander – curious git that I am. On one of the floors I saw two rooms marked “Male Contemplation … Continue reading

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